Roth to leave Tech for position at UCLA

Bill Roth

Bill Roth

From the Virginia Tech Department of Athletics: Longtime and popular radio play-by-play broadcaster, Bill Roth, is leaving his position to accept a similar position at UCLA. The Tech athletics department will honor the legendary announcer known as the “Voice of the Hokies” for his contributions to Virginia Tech at this Saturday’s Maroon-Orange Spring Game. Roth, who works for IMG College, Virginia Tech’s multimedia rights holder, will make his final call for Virginia Tech this Saturday. At the end of the first quarter, the department will recognize Roth by announcing the establishment of the Bill Roth Student-Athlete Endowed Scholarship, which will be awarded annually in perpetuity to a deserving Virginia Tech student-athlete with an interest in communications or broadcast journalism.

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Soldering causes Roanoke County house fire

RC-FireRescueThe Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Department was called to a house fire yesterday around 7:15 p.m. in the 2200 block of East Ruritan Road. Crews had the flames under control in about 30 minutes. The fire started in the bathroom. Damage estimates are $100,000. No one was living in the home and no injuries were reported. The Roanoke County Fire Marshal ruled the fire accidental and determined someone was soldering water pipes in a bathroom when the torch inadvertently sparked the fire.

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Woman and Dog Rescued After Fall at Roanoke River Overlook

Vinton First Aid Crew photo

Vinton First Aid Crew photo

From Roanoke County Fire & Rescue: Crews were dispatched at about 6:45 last evening for a technical rescue call at the Roanoke River Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Two women and a dog were hiking when the dog started climbing down the rocks at the Roanoke River Overlook. One of the women went to get dog and both the woman and dog slid down the steep, rocky mountainside about 15 feet to a narrow ledge. The second woman called 9-1-1 for help. Career and volunteer crews from Vinton station, along with the County’s Heavy Technical Rescue Team arrived on scene and soon called upon the Roanoke Fire-EMS Swift Water Rescue Team to deploy to the Roanoke River below the ledge as an additional safety measure. The patient and dog were not injured, so a rope operation rescue was established with swift water rescue operations established in the river in case the ledge broke or subjects fell in river for any reason. The woman was assisted into a safety harness attached to a rope and helped up the mountain. The medium-size dog was carried up the mountain by a rescue team member. The patient and dog were both “topside” by 8:17 p.m. and checked out by paramedics to be okay.

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EMS/Healthcare Career Day coming up

Botetourt County LogoOn Saturday May 2, the Botetourt County Department of Fire & EMS, in coordination with numerous local and regional partners, will be hosting an EMS/Healthcare Career Day at the Greenfield Education & Training Center from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event will give people the opportunity to get information on pursuing an education in healthcare and the opportunity to meet with local volunteer EMS agencies that are in need of volunteers wishing to become medically trained. There will also be two Hands-Only CPR classes at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., a special appearance by a Carilion Life Guard helicopter and a blood drive by Virginia Blood Services. For more information can click here.

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Weekend stabbing in Bedford County; victim hospitalized, suspect jailed

Bedford CountyFrom the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: At 3:43 a.m. on Sunday morning April 19, 2015, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a female reporting a stabbing on Old Firetrail Road in Huddleston. She further advised the victim was lying in the road and the suspect, Justin Burrell, age 19, had left the scene in a Jeep with two other males. Deputies located and stopped the Jeep on Gladdy Branch Road at 4:11 a.m… Burrell was taken into custody and charged with malicious wounding. He is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center without bond. Investigation of this incident continues.  The victim of the stabbing Joey D. Roach Jr., age 18, was transported by helicopter to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

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Governor’s Children’s Cabinet visits Roanoke today

Commonwealth of VAMembers of the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet will visit Fallon Park Elementary School today to tour the facility and discuss issues such as health, education, workforce, housing, child welfare and safety. The Children’s Cabinet was established by Governor Terry McAuliffe last year through Executive Order, and is co-chaired by Secretary of Education Anne Holton and Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel. Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones and local leaders and advocates will also participate in the roundtable discussion.

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Salem Police seek suspect in attempted abduction of 13-year-old girl

Pickup Photo1Pickup Photo2From Salem Police: This morning at approximately 7:50 a.m., Salem Police received information from a 13-year-old female that a older male had attempted to coax her into his vehicle while she was headed to her bus stop. The female, who is a student at Andrew Lewis Middle School, was approached at the intersection of Orchard Drive and Riverside Drive. As soon as the student arrived at school, she told school staff and her D.A.R.E. Officer what had happened and an investigation was promptly initiated by the Salem Police Department. The suspect, who remained seated inside of his truck while he spoke to the child and never exited the vehicle, is described as an older white male, with white hair and a white beard. He was wearing a soiled white shirt and may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time. He also was reported to be driving a white older model, standard cab pick-up truck with a great deal of rust on the truck body. The photos photos are representations of the truck body style the subject likely was operating.

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N&W Class J 611 returning to Roanoke next month

611On Saturday, May 30, the Norfolk & Western Class J 611 Steam Passenger Locomotive will return to Roanoke under its own steam power. To welcome the locomotive home, the Virginia Museum of Transportation is planning a celebration. The 611 will arrive in Roanoke between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., and will stop near the old N&W Passenger Station, now home to the Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau and O. Winston Link Museum. No passenger tickets will be sold for the Class J 611 homecoming train. The homecoming celebration will be open to the public and free of charge. The Museum of Transportation will announce additional homecoming celebration weekend details at a later date. After spending some time at home the locomotive will participate in Norfolk Southern 21st Century Steam excursion program throughout June and July. For more information on excursions and the homecoming celebration click here.

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Chance Crawford Benefit Softball Tournament returns this weekend

Salem Parks and RecThe 35th annual Chance Crawford Benefit Softball Tournament will be held this weekend throughout the Roanoke Valley. The tournament is a regional effort put on by the cities of Salem and Roanoke and the counties of Roanoke and Botetourt. For this year’s tournament, there are 133 teams coming from Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Tennessee. Games will be played at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex, the Botetourt Sports Complex and fields at the Salem Civic Center, Arnold R. Burton, Whispering Pines, Wasean Park, Huff Lane and Oakey’s Field. The Chance Crawford Softball Tournament began in the spring of 1981 to help a young Salem High School quarterback, Chance Crawford, who suffered a spinal cord injury during one of his football games. Now, proceeds from the event are used to help those in need in the community with their own medical and education expenses. You can learn more about the tournament by clicking here.

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Fire hydrant flushing scheduled throughout Roanoke

Roanoke-LogoRoanoke Fire-EMS personnel are testing fire hydrants throughout the city. Fire hydrant flushing is necessary to both test the function of the hydrants and to flush sediments that build up naturally over time in waterlines. The maintenance should end in July. During the flushing, many residents may experience temporary water discoloration. A fire spokesperson says this water is ordinarily safe to drink, but it’s best to flush any discolored water from pipes by turning on all cold-water faucets in your home or business at once. You should avoid turning on hot-water faucets so the discolored water is not drawn into hot water heaters. The flushing should remove discoloration in less than five minutes.

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