Youth drowns at Smith Mountain Lake

Smith Mountain Lake Fire and Rescue reports a drowning last night at Mariner’s Landing in Bedford County. The victim was reported to be a 17-year-old male. Crews recovered the body last night. No word yet on the name of the victim or the circmstances of the drowning.

 

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Poe & Cronk selected to represent Norfolk Southern

Poe and CronkThe Poe and Cronk Real Estate Group in Roanoke has been selected to represent Norfolk Southern as it exits from downtown by the end of this year. The 200,000 square foot regional headquarters office building for Norfolk Southern sits on 1.5 acres in downtown Roanoke. The building opened in 1992.

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Police make arrest in Tanglewood Mall bomb threat

Richard Clay

Richard Clay

Roanoke County police have arrested an Illinois man in connection with Sunday’s bomb threat at Tanglewood Mall. The mall was evacuated for about five hours late Sunday afternoon while authorities searched and determined that there was no bomb. Police have charged 18-year-old Richard Clay of Rockford, Illinois with two felony counts of “communicating a threat to bomb.” He’s being held in the Roanoke County jail without bond. Read the rest of this story »

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Gunfire kills two-year-old, wounds mother; suspect in custody

Warner Hunter III

Warner Hunter III

From Roanoke City Police:On July 16, 2015 at 9:22 p.m. Roanoke Police responded to a report of a shooting in the 3100 block of Oakland Boulevard NW. Upon arrival officers located an adult female and a two year old child who had both been shot. Roanoke Fire EMS transported both victims to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital where the child was pronounced dead. The adult female survived and is receiving treatment. Through the course off the investigation, detectives developed Warner Loving Hunter III, age 25, of Roanoke as the suspect in the shooting. The shooting occurred in the street in front of Hunter’s residence and he fled the scene in a vehicle after the incident.At approximately 1 a.m. on July 17th, Hunter was taken into custody by officers with Virginia State Police and Covington Police at a residence in Covington. He will be transported to the Roanoke City Jail.

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Troutville man charged with burglarizing two Blue Ridge area homes

Matthew Meade

Matthew Meade

From the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office: Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle reports that on Tuesday afternoon July 14, his Department received two calls of residential burglaries in the Blue Ridge area of the County. Based upon evidence from the scene, including photographic surveillance, his Investigators were able to develop a suspect and suspect vehicle. Warrants were obtained for Matthew D. Meade age 31 of Troutville VA. During the investigation, his Investigators were able to recover property stolen from one of the homes at a Roanoke area Pawn Shop about five minutes after Meade had sold them. Botetourt County Investigators were able to locate Meade Wednesday afternoon in Bedford County where he was arrested and taken into custody by Bedford County Deputies. Meade has been charged with Breaking and Entering, Grand Larceny and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, more charges could follow at the October term of the Botetourt County Grand Jury. Meade is currently being held in the Botetourt County Jail without bond.

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Criminologist says solving a cold case is difficult, but not impossible

wfir-linkA professor of criminal justice at Radford University says the keys to solving criminal cold cases include public input, forensic evidence and dedicated police work. WFIR’s Luke Church has a report.

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“Major developments” in Lyon sisters case to be announced in Maryland, Bedford County

Lyon sisters-thumbFrom the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office:  A Press Conference will be held at Mid-County Services Center, 2424 Reedie Dr., Wheaton, MD, at 12:00 Noon, this Wednesday, July 15, 2015, on major developments in the Lyon Sister’s Cold Case Investigation. Sheriff Mike Brown and Commonwealth Attorney Randy Krantz and members of the Montgomery County (MD) Police Department and the State’s Attorney’s Office will be speaking on these latest developments in this investigation. A Press Conference will be held at the Central Virginia Community College, Main Training Room, 1633 Venture Blvd., Bedford, VA, at 12:00 Noon, this Thursday, July 16, 2015, on additional developments in the Lyon Sister’s Cold Case Investigation. Sheriff Mike Brown and Commonwealth Attorney Randy Krantz and members of the Montgomery County (MD) Police Department and the State’s Attorney’s Office will be speaking on other developments in this investigation.

 

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Salem Fair wraps up

Salem-Fair-2013-LogoSalem City officials say an estimated 323,000 people attended the Salem Fair during its 12-day run that ended in a downpour Sunday night. It was the first time in 7 years the fair did not set a new attendance record, but the opening night turnstile count was the highest-ever in the 28-year history of the free-gate fair.

 

 

 

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Police seek man who entered home overnight but ran when spotted

Roanoke-PoliceFrom Roanoke City Police: On July 10, 2015 at 3:58 a.m., Roanoke Police were dispatched to the 2500 block of Memorial Avenue SW to investigate a reported breaking and entering into a residence.  One of the residents was sleeping and woke up to find a man inside the home. The suspect was described as being a white male, possibly 5’8” to 6’0” tall, with short hair, weighing between 160 to 190 lbs., wearing a dark colored t-shirt and blue jeans.  The suspect ran from residence when he was spotted.  No one was hurt in the incident.  The suspect had left the scene by the time officers arrived. After further investigation officers found no sign of forced entry.

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Former Bosnian prison guard extradited from Roanoke to face war crime charges

WFIR-LOGO-1From U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: The United States government extradited a wartime camp guard to Bosnia last week, following an extended investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and legal proceedings that spanned multiple years. Almaz Nezirovic, 54, formerly of Roanoke, Virginia, was extradited July 1 to Bosnia, where he is accused of perpetrating torture and inhumane treatment against Serbian civilians detained at the Rabic Prison Camp in Derventa Municipality. He was charged in Bosnia with committing war crimes against civilians between April and July 1992 during the Bosnian War.

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