State Police probe fatal Franklin County crash

State-PoliceFrom Virginia State Police: The Virginia State Police are continuing their investigation into a fatal crash that killed a Henry, Virginia man early this morning around 12:30 am on Route 780 two tenths of a mile south of Route 605 in Franklin County. The preliminary investigation revealed that a 1998 Ford F-150 pick up that was being operated by Michael Henrey Guilliams, age 34 of Henry, Virginia ran off the left side of the roadway overcorrected, then ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned. Guilliams who was not wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash and was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. No further information is available regarding the crash which remains under investigation.

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Bedford County investigators continue Lyon sisters’ probe in Maryland

Lyon sisters-thumbFrom the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: “Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz and investigators for the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police traveled back to Montgomery County Maryland this week. The team from Bedford County continues to work with Cold Case Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department interviewing witnesses and reviewing the large amount of case files in the Lyon Sisters’ case.”

10-year-old Katherine Lyon and 12-year-old Sheila Lyon vanished from a mall in Wheaton, Maryland, March 25, 1975.

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“Aging in place” event set for next week

The first Aging in Place National Planning day is next week, and local organizers are hosting a symposium  in Botetourt County. Chris Moore is director of education for the Western and Central Virginia Aging in Place Council. He says with 10,000 people turning 65 every day, the U.S. is facing a “silver tsunami.”

Moore says people interested in ideas on being able to stay in their homes as they age are invited to the free symposium at the Greenfield Center in Daleville Thursday, October 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Vendors who specialize in aging in place services are also invited to participate.

 

 

 

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Pittsylvania County man is first $1 million winner in newest VA Lottery game

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From the Virginia Lottery:  Earl Kirks, Jr. of Dry Fork was just about to leave for work when he discovered he’d won $1 million in the Virginia Lottery’s new $1,000,000 Money Ball game. That’s a pretty good way to start the day. “Nothing bothered me the rest of the day,” he said.  Mr. Kirks is the game’s first $1 million winner. His ticket matched all five winning numbers in the October 1 drawing, and the Gold Million Dollar Money Ball was drawn. The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball increased the top prize from $100,000 to $1 million.  He bought the winning ticket at Apple Market, 4168 Franklin Turnpike in Danville. On October 8 he returned to the store to receive his million-dollar prize from the Virginia Lottery. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. The winning numbers for the October 1 drawing were 5-9-29-30-32.

(Continue reading for the rest of the news release.)

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Roanoke Co. Police investigate child pornography

Roanoke-CountyFrom Roanoke County Police Department:

On 09/30/2014 the Roanoke County Police executed a search warrant at a residence in the Villages of Garst Creek apartment complex. This search warrant was in reference to an ongoing child pornography investigation. Again, this investigation is ongoing and at this time there is no indication that local children were involved. Resty Senecal, 37 of Roanoke has been charged with one felony count of possession of child pornography. Also, during the course of the investigation it was determined that Resty’s brother Glen Senecal, 22 of Roanoke was living with Resty and had failed to register as a sex offender. A member of the Virginia State Police Sex Offender Unit responded and Glen Senecal was charged with one misdemeanor count of failing to register. The investigation into this case is ongoing and anyone with information should call Det. A. Thompson with the Roanoke County Police at 540 777-8633, the Emergency Communication Center at 540 562-3265 or the Roanoke Valley Crime Line at 540 344-8500.

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Searchers comb parkway, river for missing man

Roanoke County PoliceFrom Roanoke County Police: A search operation for a missing 46 year old man being conducted in the vicinity of the Roanoke River Bridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway has been suspended due to darkness and adverse weather conditions. The search will resume tomorrow. The search is being conducted for a 46 year old male resident of Roanoke City who was last seen at his parents’ resident in southwest Roanoke County Sunday evening (10/05/2014). A vehicle used by the male was located at the overlook parking lot Sunday evening by patrolling parkway rangers, but the male was not observed. The male’s family reported him missing to the Roanoke County Police Department earlier today. Blue Ridge Parkway Rangers, Virginia Dept. of Emergency Management, Roanoke County Police and Fire & Rescue Departments, and swift-water rescue teams from Salem and Roanoke Fire Departments participated in the search today.

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Poll shows Warner with 12-point lead in U.S. Senate race

election-2014A poll released Tuesday shows Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Warner leading Republican challenge Ed Gillespie, 51-39%. Read the rest of this story »

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Roanoke Police charge man with killing father; suspect had been arrested for separate assault hours earlier

Roanoke-PoliceFrom Roanoke City Police: At 5:46 a.m. this morning, officers responded to the 1800 block of Cambridge Avenue SW to investigate a possible death.  The address the officers responded to was the residence of Michael Paul Thomas. When officers arrived on scene, Roanoke Fire EMS had pronounced the victim dead at the scene. Officers conducted interviews, collected potential physical evidence, and conducted further investigation.  As a result of that investigation, officers charged Thomas with second degree murder.  The victim has been identified as the suspect’s father, David Scott Thomas, age 64, of Roanoke.  The investigation is on-going.

(The suspect was charged with an assault six hours early on Memorial Avenue. Continue reading for the Roanoke Police news release on that incident.)

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Trucker driver charged in Route 24 crash

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State Police photo

From Virginia State Police:  Police are continuing their investigation into an early morning crash which occurred on Route 24 at the intersection of Joppa Mill Road shortly after 6:00 am this morning. The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2000 Volvo tractor-trailer was heading southbound on Joppa Mill road approaching Route 24 when the driver stated his brakes failed causing him to go through the intersection striking a guard rail.  The truck was blocking both lanes of Route 24 when a Lincoln Navigator which was traveling westbound on Route 24 struck the trailer portion of the tractor-trailer which was blocking its lane.  The driver of the tractor-trailer John E. Taylor, age 58, of Moneta, Virginia was not injured in the crash and he was charged with reckless driving. The driver of the Lincoln Navigator Kenneth Tuck, age 82 of Roanoke , Virginia and his passenger Chester Bates, age 54, of Moneta, Virginia both suffered minor injuries in the crash but they were not transported to the hospital. The Virginia State Police motor carrier division was called in to assist with the crash investigation.  No further information regarding the investigation is available at this time.

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Roanoke police: possible child abduction in SW city

Roanoke-PoliceFrom Roanoke City Police: On September 30, 2014 at approximately 5pm the Roanoke Police responded to the 500 block of 14th Street SW concerning a report of a possible attempted abduction.  The victim, a 7 year old female, reported to family members that while she was standing on the front porch of the residence she was approached by a white male who grabbed her.  The child screamed and this prompted the male to release the child and leave the area.  The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall with close cut, dark hair.  Officers checked the area immediately following this event for any suspects who may match the above description however no one was located. The investigation is on-going and detectives have followed up on several reports of suspicious activities and vehicles in the SW area of Roanoke; however no one has been linked to the original call or suspect description. The police department asks that if you have information please call 911.

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