(From Franklin County Sheriff’s Office 3:30PM) Westlake Corner, VA. -The Franklin County Communications Center received a 911 call at approximately 08:01am on Monday, April 12th, alerting of a possible bomb planted in the Westlake Bojangles located at 49 Lakewatch Center Drive in Moneta, Virginia. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office immediately responded to the call, evacuated the restaurant, and set up a security perimeter.
Vehicle traffic on Booker T. Washington Highway/Route 122 was stopped in the immediate area for safety. Once the building was fully cleared of threats, vehicle traffic was opened back up on Booker T. Washington Highway/Route 122. The business remains closed for the day and this investigation is ongoing. Initial investigation leads the office to believe it is a false accusation, known as swatting, with no threat to the community.
A bill signed into law by Governor Ralph Northam increases eligibility for state child-care subsidies to help with COVID recovery. WFIR’s Ian Price reports that now, a family of two making less than $60,000 a year can qualify for assistance.
People can apply online at commonhelp.virginia.gov or call 1-866-KIDS-TLC.
What started as a pandemic hobby has turned into a new all-natural candle business in Riner. WFIR’s Ian Price has more on FWM Candles:
From Roanoke County Fire and Rescue: The Roanoke County Fire Marshal’s Office has concluded their investigation of the fire in the 8500 block of Summer View Drive and concluded that the fire was accidental in nature due to unattended cooking on the exterior of the home. The estimated damages are $50,000. The American Red Cross is now assisting the two occupants of the home.
(Roanoke County, VA—March 26, 2021) Roanoke County Fire and Rescue responded at about 7:45p.m., on Friday, March 26, 2021 to the 8500block of Summer View Drive, in theHollinsarea,for the report of a residentialstructure fire. First arriving crews from Station 5(Hollins)foundfireand smokeshowing from thefront corner of a single-storyhome. Two adults residein the home but were able to escape unharmed.The fire was knocked down in about 10minutesafter arrival of first units.The two occupantswill bedisplacedand are staying with neighbors. We appreciate the help of RoanokeFire and EMS on this call. The Roanoke County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigatingand will provide a damage estimate.