Roanoke County looking for stolen credit card users

Food Lion Suspect 3-thumbTwo 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.


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Fire damages SW Roanoke County home

Fire-ImageFrom 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.


Two holdup suspects don’t get far –captured shortly after overnight robbery

WFIR-LOGO-1From 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.

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I-81 northbound detours — day and night — underway

I81FROM VDOT:  As part of a maintenance project to rehabilitate pavement on northbound Interstate 81 between mile markers 121 and 125 in Montgomery County, a multi-day detour is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 6. The detour will be in place 24 hours a day for approximately eight consecutive days.   Traffic impacts will differ for day and nighttime traffic during the detour.

Daytime Detour: Between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. each day, one lane of northbound I-81 will remain open for tractor-trailer traffic. All other traffic, including wide loads over 11 feet, will be detoured onto Route 11/460 at exit 118C in Christiansburg.

Nighttime Detour:  From 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. each night, all northbound I-81 traffic will exit onto Route 11/460 at exit 118C in Christiansburg and return to northbound I-81 at exit 132 (Dixie Caverns).

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Cooking fire leaves three homeless in Roanoke

Fire-ImageRoanoke Fire-EMS says a residential fire Saturday morning in the 3400 block of Pittsfield Circle was caused by cooking.  When crews arrived shortly after 9:00 a.m. they found three occupants had escaped the kitchen fire without injuries.  The fire did an estimated $75,000 damage.  The American Red Cross is assisting the family.



Updated: Firefighters battle southeast Roanoke County house fire


Roanoke County fire investigators say a house fire on Underhill Avenue Friday displaced a family of four and did $50,000 damage to the house.   Two dogs and a car that were originally missing later were found alive and well.  No one was home when the fire started.  Investigators say the fire started in a front bedroom.  They were not able to determine a cause, but believe the fire was accidental.


From Roanoke County Fire & Rescue: “Crews were dispatched to a reported residential structure fire in the 1400 block of Underhill Avenue at about 2:45 this afternoon. When fire crews first arrived they reported a single story residence with flames showing from the front of the house. Crews entered the structure and knocked down the flames in about 15 minutes. Crews from the Mount Pleasant and City Station 11 are currently on scene conducting overhaul. No injuries have been reported at this time.”

Fire investigators are still on the scene as of 2:45 pm.





Car clocked at 100+; resulting police chase covers two interstates in two counties.

State-PoliceFrom Virginia State Police:

WYTHE CO., Va. – A Pennsylvania man faces multiple charges after fleeing from Virginia State Police just outside the Wythe County line. Kevin L. Ranck, 47, of Mount Joy, Penn., is being held at New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin, Va., on one felony count of eluding police, one count of resisting arrest and one count of reckless driving. Shortly before 9 a.m. Monday (March 31, 2014), Virginia State Police Trooper A.W. Crigger attempted to stop a 1997 Buick sedan traveling south on Interstate 77 near the 49 mile marker in Bland County. The traffic stop was for speeding in excess of 100 mph. When the trooper activated his emergency lights and attempted to stop the Buick, its driver, Ranck, refused to comply and a pursuit was initiated. Read the rest of this story »


Carr to challenge Griffith in 9th Congressional District

William Carr (Martinsville Bulletin  photo)

William Carr
(Martinsville Bulletin

Former Congressional candidate William Carr, of Patrick County, has announced that he will challenge Salem-based Congressman Morgan Griffith in the 9th District race in November. Carr opposed Griffith for the 2010 Republican Party nomination; Griffith was selected from the six candidates at a party nominating convention. Carr will run this time as an Independent. (An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Griffith defeated Carr in a primary.)

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Major I-81 detours planned for “extensive” paving project

I81 From VDOT: – Beginning Sunday, March 30, contractors will begin an extensive pavement rehabilitation project on northbound Interstate 81 between mile markers 120 and 125.  The work will require a nighttime left lane closure in the work zone beginning at 10 p.m. Sunday, March 30. The lane closure will be in place, Sunday through Thursday, from 10 p.m. each night until 6 a.m. the following morning until fall 2014. Additionally, this project will require a detour that will be in place for 24 hours a day for approximately eight consecutive days. The detour is dependent upon weather and the contractor’s work schedule. The exact days and times will be announced at a later date.Different traffic impacts are scheduled for day and nighttime traffic during the eight-day detour.

Roanoke Police seek owner of iPad recovered in burglary probe

Roanoke-PoliceFrom Roanoke City Police: Detective Dale Brink has been going the extra mile in his efforts to reunite an Apple iPAD with its owner. It was recovered during a burglary investigation last November. The “cover photo” on the iPAD is of three young men, and a young woman, who appear to be attending a wedding at a church. The iPAD is password protected. If you can help, please call the Roanoke Police Department at 540-853-5959. This brings us to our Crime Prevention Thursday tips on protecting your valuables: