Roanoke police seek bank robber; suspect may have bandaged neck

Roanoke-Police

From Roanoke Police:

On July 28, 2014 at 9:21 a.m. Roanoke Police were dispatched to the 600 block of 9th Avenue SE, the Carter Bank & Trust, to investigate a bank robbery. Several employees told officers the suspect walked into the bank, displayed what appeared to be a firearm, and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money the suspect left the store on foot. The suspect was described as a white male, thin build, possibly around 5’7″. The suspect was last seen wearing a blue long sleeved shirt and blue jeans.  Several witnesses also told officers they observed some type of bandage on the suspect’s neck, possibly covering a recent wound or surgical procedure.   Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Roanoke Valley Crime Line 540-344-8500. All tips are anonymous and a reward of up to $1,000 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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Roanoke County honored for technology services

Roanoke-CountyRoanoke County recently received first place honors among counties with a population of up to 150,000 for its technological services. The county’s interactive Geographic Information Systems portal and data-driven approach to crime prevention were recognized, as WFIR’s Kelsea Pieters reports.

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Parks & Arts continues Saturday

The fourth in the Parks and Arts series is happening this weekend at Roanoke’s newest park. WFIR’s Kelsea Pieters has the details:

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Click HERE for details from the City of Roanoke website.

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Copperhead snakes have been making daytime appearances

Snake-ImageCopperhead snakes are typically nocturnal – but several have been spotted out and about during the day around Roanoke. Snake expert Jason Regel says it’s because female snakes are looking for a nesting area. WFIR’s Kelsea Pieters explains:

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New poll reveals how Virginians feel about medicaid expansion

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

The latest public opinion poll from the Roanoke College Institute for Policy and Opinion Research reveals that Virginians are split over how they feel about Medicaid expansion, while a majority believe Governor McAuliffe should not act on his own.WFIR’s Kelsea Pieters has more:

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Poll shows Warner with comfortable lead

Sen. Mark Warner

Sen. Mark Warner

Ed Gillespie

Ed Gillespie

The latest public opinion poll from Roanoke College’s Institute for Policy and Opinion Research reveals that Incumbent Senator Mark Warner maintains a comfortable 25-point lead over Republican Ed Gillespie. Gillespie remains largely unknown – 75% of those polled say they don’t know enough about him to form an opinion. WFIR’s Kelsea Pieters has more:

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Roanoke police seek suspect in report of “suspicious activity”

Community Shop In 7/22/14 Suspicious Activity Suspect

Community Shop In
7/22/14 Suspicious
Activity Suspect

 

From Roanoke City Police Department on Wed., 07/23/2014 2:23 PM:

On July 22, 2014 at 11:18 a.m. Roanoke Police were called to the 1600 block of Burrell Street NW, the Community Shop In, to investigate a report of suspicious activity.  A cashier at the store told officers that the suspect came into the store wearing a mask and dressed in black.  The suspect was also was wearing gloves.  The cashier said he started yelling at the suspect and threatened to shoot the suspect.  At that point the cashier said the suspect ran out of the store.  The suspect never displayed any type of weapon and did not make any demands.   A picture of the suspect is attached.  If you have any information that can help investigators, please 8500.  The incident is under investigation.

(See suspect photos provided by Roanoke City Police Department)

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Update: two partially decomposed bodies found at Bedford County home

Bedford-SheriffsUPDATE: Wed., 7/23/14 5:25 a.m.

From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office:

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the death of the two victims found on Saturday, July 19th, 2014 on Tucker Terrace. In addition to the victims remains found at the scene, numerous items of physical evidence will be submitted to the forensic science laboratory in Roanoke. The exact identification, manner and cause of death of the victims can only be determined by a complete and thorough autopsy. The autopsy and the examination of the forensic evidence may take several weeks or more before any investigative conclusions can be reached. Preliminary investigations of these deaths does not indicate the involvement of a third party. However, the investigation is ongoing.

Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators are not making assumptions concerning the two deaths. But will follow where ever the evidence leads them.

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AAA: Leave the social media at home while on vacation

AAA-LogoAAA advises travelers to keep information regarding vacations off of social media — that’s one way thieves target homes. WFIR’s Kelsea Pieters has more:

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Protecting yourself while outdoors

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It’s summertime and the warmth draws us outside, but as WFIR’s Kelsea Pieters reports, we must be weary of biting mosquitoes — they could lead to serious illnesses:

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