From the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport – Airport Commission chair, Cynthia Lawrence, announced that Roanoke‐Blacksburg Regional Airport Executive Director Jacqueline Shuck has informed the members of the Airport Commission of her desire to retire at the end of 2014. Shuck, who is the first and only airport director to serve under the Airport Commission which was formed in 1987, has worked in this capacity for 25 years, following more than five years in a similar position in Cleveland, Ohio. During her tenure, ROA’s first low cost carrier, Allegiant Air, began service, regional jets became commonplace, and the airport saw the construction of a new air traffic control tower, a completely rehabilitated airfield, numerous infrastructure projects and most recently the renovation of the airport terminal which was newly opened the week before she began her employment with the Commission. Shuck has indicated that she will remain on the job while the Commission conducts a nationwide search to find the most qualified candidate to fill this position.
From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: Investigators have identified the deceased hiker found at the Matt Creek Shelter yesterday morning as Rodney Montgomery, age 59, Otis Orchard, Washington. Investigators contacted a brother in Washington late yesterday. The brother advised that he had two brothers hiking together on the Appalachian Trial. Investigators contacted the second brother, by cell phone, and learned he was in Troutville. He told investigators that they were hiking to Georgia and last week his brother not sick. The two of them stayed at the Matt Creek Shelter for a couple of days. On Friday, April 18, 2014, he left his brother and they agreed to meet in Troutville to continue their trip. Investigators have spoken to several hikers, who all corroborate the facts.
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From the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office: Franklin County, VA — On April 21, 2014 at 11:46 AM the Office of the Sheriff received a 911 call in reference to a shooting on Double Oaks Lane in the Burnt Chimney community of Franklin County. Deputies arrived on the scene a few minutes later and found a seven year old male, with a gunshot wound, lying on the floor of the residence. The juvenile was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Update: The preliminary investigation indicates that the seven year old was playing at a neighbor’s residence with his twelve year old brother. The twelve year old found a handgun and accidentally discharged the firearm, striking and instantly killing the seven year old. The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed at this time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved in this time of tragedy.
From Roanoke Police: On April 18, 2014 at 8:50 p.m. Roanoke Police were dispatched to the 1900 block of Franklin Road SW, the Ramada Inn, to investigate a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers located a victim, a 62-year-old white male from Roanoke. The victim suffered what appeared to be a non-life threatening gun shot wound and was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment. Officers attempted to locate a suspect but were unsuccessful. The victim told detectives he was walking along the greenway and noticed someone approximately 50 yards in front of him keep looking back in a paranoid state. On the greenway, in the area of the Ramada Inn, the victim stated the suspect turned and fired multiple shots.
From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call Monday morning at 9:18 a.m. reporting a deceased male hiker on the Appalachian Trail. The caller, who was not hiking with the deceased, advised the body was located at Matts Creek’s Shelter. Bedford County Fire and Rescue units along with Bedford County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the scene. After arriving on the scene, deputies interviewed several hikers who said they talked to the victim late Sunday.
Two subjects have been targeting Kroger, Food Lion, and Wal-Mart in multiple jurisdictions. They are using stolen card numbers to buy gift cards and other items. They may be driving a white Dodge Charger or a Toyota truck. Please contact Roanoke County Police Officer Torzewski at 540-777-8662 if you have any information about the two subjects.
From Roanoke County Fire and Rescue: Crews were dispatched to a reported structure fire in the 3600 block of Colony Lane at about 2:45 this afternoon. When crews first arrived, they reported smoke and flames coming from the back of a single story residential structure. Firefighters from the Cave Spring, Clearbrook and Back Creek stations had the flames knocked down in about 15 minutes. The fire damage was contained to the back deck and kitchen of the house, but there is smoke and water damage to the home. No one was home at the time the fire started. A neighbor called 9-1-1 reporting that she could see flames in the backyard. Red Cross is assisting the couple who lived in the home. No injuries were reported.
Colony Lane is in southwest Roanoke County near Green Valley Elementary School.
From the Henry County Sheriff’s Office: The Martinsville/Henry County 911 center received a call on April 7, 2014 at 3:05 am reporting a robbery that occurred at FasMart located at 2758 Virginia Avenue Collinsville, Virginia. The clerk reported a white male entered the store wearing a bandana covering his face, produced a firearm and demanded money. The suspect fled the store in a green Nissan Sentra with an undisclosed amount of cash. The Nissan Sentra was spotted by Deputy Travis Hambrick and a chase ensued. Following a short pursuit, the Nissan Sentra crashed on Sunset Drive and the two occupants were taken into custody.