Northside principal Frank Dent announces immediate retirement

Frank Dent

Frank Dent

From Roanoke County Public Schools: Citing personal and family reasons, Frank Dent, principal at Northside High School, has requested to be relieved of his principal duties, effective immediately. Additionally, Mr. Dent has announced he will officially retire at the end of the 2015-16 school year. Mr. Dent, 56, joined Roanoke County Public Schools in 1998 as the assistant principal at Northside High School. He became principal of the school in 2003 and has served in that role until his retirement this year. Prior to joining Roanoke County Public Schools, Mr. Dent was a teacher and athletic director for Roanoke City Public Schools from 1983-1994. He also served as an assistant principal in Springfield, VA from 1994-1998.

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Police searching for 15-year-old driver after high speed pursuit in Franklin County

Franklin-County-UpdateFrom Virginia State Police:Boones Mill, Va. – Virginia State Police is searching for the 15 year old driver which led police in a pursuit Wednesday evening in Franklin County.

On Wednesday February 10, 2016 at 9:04 pm, Trooper C. N. Lynch observed a white Chevrolet Impala enter his RADAR in the town of Boones Mill.  The vehicle was traveling north on Route 220 at a speed of 67 mph in a 45 mph zone.  As the trooper attempted to stop the vehicle it sped away.  The trooper followed at a safe distance as the vehicle continued in a reckless manner.  Just after the vehicle crossed into Roanoke County, the vehicle lost control and struck a 1992 Honda Accord in the rear.  The 2001 Chevrolet then ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned.

The 2001 Chevrolet Impala was driven by a 15 year old male juvenile which fled the scene on foot.  There were four passengers in the Chevrolet.  Allen Wayne Wright, 19, of Wirtz, VA, Amber Marie Smith, 18, of Roanoke, VA, Kevin Rashawn Townes, 18, of Rocky Mount, VA and a 17 year old male juvenile.  All the passengers were transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for injuries from the crash.

The 1992 Honda Accord was driven by Aaron Lee Chance, 23, of Boones Mill, VA.  Mr. Chance was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured.

The Virginia State Police used police K-9’s and Virginia State Police Aviation to search for the 15 year old male driver which fled the scene.  He was believed to be armed with a small hand gun, but is believed not to be a threat to the public.  He was wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans and was not wearing shoes.

The Virginia State Police Crash Reconstruction Team and the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation was called to assist with the investigation.

Any information that the public may have regarding the whereabouts of this subject, please call State Police Dispatch at 1-800-542-5959.  The crash remains under investigation.

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Salem Police charge man for making meth in abandoned building

Joseph Gabris

Joseph Gabris

From Salem Police: On Saturday, February 6, the Salem Police Department responded to the 1600 block of Reece Road in reference to a suspicious subject entering an abandoned structure. Upon arrival, officers spoke with a resident on Reece Road who advised them that she had observed a white male enter an abandoned building on an adjoining property. As officers approached the structure, the man immediately fled on foot. The subject was detained a short distance from the structure and at the time he was carrying a bottle containing a liquid substance. The subject advised officers that he had been manufacturing methamphetamines in the building before their arrival. Evidence of the manufacturing process was confirmed inside the structure and materials were seized. After further investigation, Joseph S. Gabris, 28, of Salem was taken into custody and charged with possession of methamphetamine, manufacturing of methamphetamine and trespassing. The suspect was transported to the Roanoke County/Salem Jail where he was released after posting a secured bond.

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State police ask for help finding missing senior

(2) 16-000081 Leonard Fox PhotoVirginia State Police have issued a Senior Alert on behalf of The Luray Police Department. 73-year-old Leonard Charles Fox was last seen on Horsepen Road in Luray on Monday evening. He has a cognitive impairment and his disappearance poses a credible threat to his health and safety. He may be driving a green 1999 Ford Ranger pickup with the registration number ZVY-3503. Fox is a 5’5″ white man with brown eyes and gray/black hair. He weighs around 233 lbs. Do not approach him. If you see him call 911 or 540-743-5343.

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4 P.M. burning law in effect February 15

Virginia Department of ForestryVirginia’s 4 p.m. Burning Law goes into effect Feb. 15, 2016 – the start of spring fire season in the Commonwealth.  This law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. each day (Feb. 15 – April 30) if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of, woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials. A violation of this law is a Class 3 misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine.  In addition to the criminal violation, those who allow a fire to escape are liable for the cost of suppressing the fire as well as any damage caused to others’ property.

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Woman is charged after a Sunday night stabbing in Roanoke County

Joy Lynn Kent

Joy Lynn Kent

A woman is charged with malicious wounding after a stabbing Sunday night in Roanoke County. Police say officers found Jeffery Lynn Brock in the living room floor at 6946 Goff Rd holding down 49-year-old Joy Lynn Kent. Brock had an apparent stab wound to his side and was transported to the hospital where he was treated for non life threatening injuries. Kent was placed under arrest and is currently held without bond in the Roanoke County Jail on Malicious Wounding Class 3 Felony.

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With three weeks to go in Virginia, poll finds Sanders with highest favorability rating, Trump the lowest

WFIR-campaign-2016With Virginia’s presidential primary now just over three weeks away, a statewide poll shows Democrat Bernie Sanders with the highest favorability rating  at 40%; Republican front-runner Donald Trump has the highest unfavorable rating  with 61%. More from WFIR Intern Reporter Clark Palmer:

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Byran Hamlar withdraws from City Council race; cites pending family responsibilities

Byron Hamlar

Byron Hamlar

Byran Hamlar Statement:” After prayer and thoughtful consideration, I have made this difficult decision. With great intentions, I entered the race because I felt I could make a difference for our community. However, realizing the importance of the council and its commitments, I am concerned that I would be unable to fully devote myself at this time. My wife and I are expecting our first child in the upcoming months. Although I feel strongly about serving the community, my first commitment must rest with my family. I would like to thank all of my supporters and friends for their encouragement. Please know that this will not be my final involvement. I will look for future opportunities to enthusiastically serve the great people of the Roanoke Valley.”

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Salem shoplifting call leads to police pursuit, foot chase and arrest

Israel Cunningham

Israel Cunningham

From Salem Police: This morning at approximately 8:21 a.m., officers were called to the 1800 block of West Main Street in reference to a shoplifting incident. The suspect was observed leaving the parking lot, and officers were given a description of his vehicle as soon as they arrived on the scene. The male suspect’s car was quickly located in the vicinity, but the driver refused to pull over when officers activated their emergency lights and siren. A pursuit ensued and eventually ended in Roanoke City where the vehicle was abandoned in the 200 block of Westside Boulevard. After a short foot pursuit, the suspect was located and taken into custody. Israel Antonio Cunningham, 27, of Roanoke, has been charged with Grand Larceny and Felony Eluding. Cunningham is currently being held at the Roanoke County/Salem jail without bond. There were no injuries during the incident.

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Details remain scarce in death of Nicole Lovell

Nicole Lovell

Nicole Lovell

David Eisenhauer

David Eisenhauer

Natalie Keepers

Natalie Keepers

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) – Police still aren’t saying exactly how the lives of a slain seventh-grader and two Virginia Tech students charged in her death intersected.  Investigators have released no details about what happened to 13-year-old Nicole Madison Lovell after she climbed out of her bedroom window last week. Her body was found Saturday after a four-day search just across the state line in Surry County, North Carolina. Eighteen-year-old David Eisenhauer is charged with kidnapping and first-degree murder. Nineteen-year-old Natalie Keepers is charged with improper disposal of a body and accessory after the fact in the commission of a felony. The two students from Maryland made their initial court appearances Monday but said little. Eisenhauer is from Columbia and Keepers from Laurel. Their lawyers have declined to comment.

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