Gene Marrano

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(update 6:20 pm) SALEM – The Virginia Department of Transportation has made good progress today on plowing and treating roads throughout western Virginia. Interstates and primary routes are in clear to minor condition, which means they are mostly clear with isolated slick spots.  Today, crews have been treating secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) and neighborhood streets but icy patches are remaining.  Many of these routes have been plowed or treated, but crews will continue working tonight and into tomorrow.

Equipment operators have been pushing slushy areas where possible, plowing snow on routes where it accumulated, and treating icy roads with salt and abrasives.  Crews also have been responding to downed trees on roadways. Heavy equipment is being used on mountaintop routes and other colder areas to remove frozen slush and ice from locations where it has bonded to roadways. 

Refreezing is a concern tonight and into tomorrow as any wet roads will become icy as temperatures fall well below freezing overnight.  Drivers should not expect bare pavement as icy patches remain on plowed and treated roads and wet areas will refreeze overnight.


Mountain Valley Pipeline has filed a response to the lawsuit filed by environmental regulators concerning erosion and harm to water sources due to the way the 42 inch diameter steel pipe was being constructed through the Roanoke Valley and other locations along its 300 mile route to carry fracked natural gas. The Roanoke Times reports that on Friday MVP asked that the suit brought by the State Water Control Board and the Va Dept. of Environmental Quality be dismissed, citing “extraordinary” amounts of rainfall and other uncontrollable forces of nature. The filing in Henrico County Circuit Court also reveals that MVP may be interested in the negotiated resolution of a lawsuit that has accused it of violating environmental regulations more than 300 times

(Fox News)  A Virginia woman whose husband is currently furloughed by the government shutdown has won $100,000 and a new Ford SUV thanks to the lottery. “I cried. I couldn’t believe it,” Carrie Walls, of Ashburn, told the Virginia lottery of her win. Walls, who worked for the U.S. Air Force for more than 13 years, drew the winning ticket in a Dec. 4 drawing that was a part of the “Ford Expedition Plus $100K” promotion. Hers was one of 554,000 entries, the lottery said. Walls said the win came at an ideal time because her husband, who the lottery did not identify, is a federal worker who has been furloughed by the partial government shutdown.

On 1/3/19, members of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit began an investigation in to a wanted subject that was posing as an “escort” on social media. Investigators established communication with the subject and arranged for a meeting. Investigators made contact with Tabitha Danielle Amos [of Wirtz] who was currently wanted on outstanding charges [including possession of a controlled substance, felony endangerment]. Amos was arrested on the outstanding charges and is currently being held in the Western Virginia Regional Jail without bond. The case is currently under investigation and additional charges may be pending.