Fire weather warning for Roanoke, watch issued for Virginia

VA-FORESTRY-LOGOCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Department of Forestry has issued a fire weather watch for the entire state. The advisory issued Wednesday signals an increased threat of wildfires. Forestry officials say the watch has been issued because of predictions of low humidity and high winds, among other factors.

They all add up to an increased wildfire danger.

If those conditions linger, the watch could be upgraded to a red flag warning. The National Weather Service already has issued red flag warning for some areas, including much of southwestern Virginia. That is issued when conditions are ideal for wilderness fires to start easily and spread rapidly.

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Time limits on Roanoke Co. supervisors to speak at meetings get first approval

Roanoke-CountyRoanoke County Supervisors appear ready to limit how much time any one of them can speak on any single topic at any one meeting to 20 minutes. A proposed set of changes that includes that limit received first approval yesterday 3-2. The two “no” votes came from supervisors who believe the proposal is an attempt to stifle a minority.  WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Salem City Council candidates square off

SalemThere was some push back at a Salem City Council candidates forum yesterday…on issues of party affiliation and spending. WFIR’s Gene Marrano was there:

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Roanoke-Blackburg Regional Airport head to retire after 25 years

Airport-logoFrom 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.

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Officials ID man found dead at Appalachian Trail shelter

Bedford-CountyFrom 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.

(Continue reading for the initial sheriff’s office news release.)

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UPDATE: 12-year-old fatally shoots 7-year-old brother

Franklin-County-UpdateFrom 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.

 

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Extra precautions at this weekend’s Blue Ridge Marathon

Blue Ridge Marathon2Expect tighter security at the Blue Ridge Marathon in Roanoke on Saturday. WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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Lynchburg-based filmmaker hoping to get next production off the ground

Chesapeake-150x150A Lynchburg-based filmmaker is hoping to get her next production off the ground this summer…if the funds needed can be raised in time. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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Click HERE to go to the Chesapeake the Film website.

Click HERE to visit the INDIEGOGO fundraising site for Chesapeake the Film.

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Coins, jewelry and more; unclaimed property goes on VA auction block this week

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Virginia is getting ready to auction off hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of items that have gone unclaimed and ended up in state-managed storage. The state Treasury Department tries to find the items’ rightful owners, but storage space is not unlimited, so some of the jewelry, furniture, coins and other items eventually go on sale. The proceeds go to a fund to support Virginia public schools. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Click here for full auction information.

Click here to check for unclaimed property for yourself, your business or your organization.

 

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Franklin Co. authorities investigate shooting death of boy

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The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says it’s investigating the shooting death of a juvenile Monday morning. WFIR’s Velvet Hall has more:

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