From Roanoke City Police: On October 12, 2015 at 3:32 a.m. Roanoke Police responded to an alarm at Ntelos in the 2000 block of Colonial Avenue SW. Officers found the front door to the business shattered. Preliminary evidence indicates the suspects used an object to break the glass in front entrance and entered the store. Once inside, the suspects went to a storage area and stole a large quantity of merchandise. The suspects had left the scene by the time officers arrived. The store’s video security system was functioning during the burglary and pictures of the suspects are below.Anyone with information can leave an anonymous tip by calling 540-344-8500. You can also text an anonymous tip to CRIMES (274637). Please begin your text message with the keyword RoanokePD: to ensure that it’s properly sent.
Anyone caring for an older relative living at home may benefit from information and expertise being offered next week in Roanoke. The “Aging in Place Symposium” will provide knowledge and resources to make such care less burdensome. It is scheduled for Tuesday, October 13 from 4:30 to 7:30 at the Jefferson Center.
From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: On Saturday, 10/3/2015, Investigators with the Bedford Co Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Interdiction Unit obtained a search warrant for 1012 Miller Hollow Rd, Goodview, VA, based on information that Investigators obtained in reference to the occupants possessing and distributing heroin from their home. Upon execution of the Search Warrant, Piotr (Peter) Pawel Korczynski (35 yoa) and his wife, Jessica Korczynski (32 yoa) and juvenile child, 6 years of age, were found in the home.
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From Virginia State Police: Virginia State Trooper J. B. Cline is investigating a fatal single vehicle crash on Interstate 81 in Roanoke County. The crash occurred at 10:44 pm on October 3, 2015 at the 136.1 mile marker on the northbound side of Interstate 81, one mile south of Route 619. A 2003 Ford Explorer was traveling north on Interstate 81 when the vehicle lost control, ran off the left side of the roadway into the median, struck an embankment and overturned. The 2003 Ford Explorer was driven by Natalie Danielle Boatman, 23, of Christiansburg, Va. There were four passengers in the Explorer; Jessica Dawn Ratcliffe, 26, Jason Andrew Bain, 29, Ashleigh Hope Denham, 25 and Crystal Lynn Loftis, 30. The driver and the four passengers were transported from the scene to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for injuries sustained in the crash. Crystal Lynn Loftis later died at Roanoke Memorial Hospital from her injuries. The driver, Natalie Boatman and the front seat passenger, Ashleigh Denham, were wearing their seatbelts. The three passengers in the rear were unrestrained.
The National Weather Service has lifted the Flash Flood Watch for the region. The weather service says its focus now turns to the wind threat for the next day or two with additional power outages possible.
Appalachian Power reports plenty of progress in restoring power to its Virginia customers. At one point this morning, APCO reported more than 5,000 without power. The number now is below 400 including 154 customers in Botetourt County
Most of the heaviest rainfall today has come east of the Blue Ridge including more than two and a quarter inches of rain in Big Island in Bedford County almost two and three quarter inches south of Lynchburg in Rustburg and in Charlotte County more than four inches today in Drakes Branch.
Some of the usual low-water roadways are closed in the Roanoke area. They include Wiley Drive along the Greenway and the Bellevue Avenue railroad underpass across from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Also closed, the greenway bridge that crosses the Roanoke River at Wasena Park.
VDOT still reports many roads closed in the region, most of them secondary roads that suffered washouts earlier this week. And local flooding is still possible in some low-lying areas. You are urged to observe barricades and not attempt to drive across water-covered roadways. If you see trees down across a state road, VDOT asks you to report it buy calling 800-FOR-ROAD
River forecasts indicate the New and James Rivers will remain below flood stage.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the entire region that will be in effect from Friday morning through Saturday evening. From the Weather Service: “Waves of Low Pressure along a stationary coastal front will combined with an upper level low pressure system to produce widespread heavy rain across the region from early Friday morning through Saturday night. Two to five inches of rain, with locally higher amounts along and on the east slopes of the Blue Ridge, are expected. This rain will be falling on soil that is completely saturated. This will lead to much of the rain running off into small streams and creek. Impact from the heavy rain would be rapid rises and flooding of small streams and creeks, flooding of underpasses and other poor drainage areas, and mudslides. A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.
From the National Weather Service Offfice in Blacksburg: Flash Flood Watch in effect through Wednesday morning… The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a Flash Flood Watch for portions of North Carolina and Virginia…including the following in North …Carolina… Alleghany NC… Ashe… Caswell… Rockingham… Stokes… Surry… Watauga… Wilkes and Yadkin. In Virginia… Alleghany… Amherst… Bath… Bedford… Botetourt… Campbell… Carroll… Craig… Floyd… Franklin… Grayson… Halifax… Henry… Montgomery… Patrick… Pittsylvania… Pulaski… Roanoke… Rockbridge and Wythe. Numerous showers and isolated thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rain are expected today and tonight.
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UPDATE: Body recovered from Roanoke River has been identified as 63-year-old Joseph Salmon. The cause of death has not yet been determined.
Kayakers found a body in the Roanoke River over the weekend near Explore Park. A swift water rescue team was called to the scene, and the male body has been taken to the medical examiner’s office for identification and an autopsy. Rescuers had been searching the same area for missing Roanoke man, 63-year-old Joseph Salmon, whose vehicle was found last week in a parking lot along the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Roanoke River overlook. Authorities say the identity of the man should be released sometime this week.