New leadership for Women’s March on Roanoke

Last year, thousands turned up for the Womens March in Roanoke in coordination with millions around the globe. WFIR Reporter Lillian Boyd talked with this year’s new leadership for the second march.

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VDOT: Dropping temperatures have caused re-freezing on roadways

SALEM –Virginia Department of Transportation crews and contractors have been monitoring and addressing road conditions overnight and this morning as dropping temperatures have caused re-freezing on roadways.

Crews worked overnight to attend to secondary routes and maintain primary routes throughout the district. They are continuing to treat roads and apply abrasives where needed.

As of 4:45 a.m., Interstates and primary roads are in minor condition. Drivers are encouraged to allow for extra travel time on their morning commute and to watch for isolated slick spots on bridges and ramps on Interstates (I-77, I-81 and I-581) and primary roads (those numbered 1-599). Henry and Patrick County is reporting moderate conditions for primary routes.

Secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) are in moderate condition throughout the Salem District. Many of these roads will have snow pack present which means drivers will not see bare pavement. Drivers should travel slow as roads will be slick until temperatures rise on secondary roads, neighborhood streets and subdivisions, especially in areas that are mostly in the shade during the day.

Motorists are encouraged to consider delaying their travel this morning and wait for temperatures to rise and for road conditions to improve.

Travelers are reminded that they can get real-time information on road conditions and traffic incidents on Virginia roads by using VDOT’s 511 free mobile app or the www.511Virginia.org website and phone system.

The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, and Roanoke.

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Dr. Pepper Park offering wedding venue deals, first-come, first-served

Want to get married in May? Outdoors? At Dr. Pepper Park? Here’s your chance. More on “Mega Rock-N-Wed” from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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VDOT warns commuters of slick roads and icy patches in Roanoke area

SALEM – Morning snow showers have started to fall through southwest Virginia and road conditions may continue to change and impact drivers over the next few hours. Virginia Department of Transportation crews have been attending to roads throughout the night and will continue to monitor and address road conditions today.

As of 4:30 a.m. this morning, drivers will find the interstates, most primary roads (those numbered 1-599), and secondary roads (those numbed 600 and above), in minor condition with icy patches and slick spots. Slick roads throughout the region are present, especially on bridges, overpasses, curves, higher elevations and elevated surfaces which often will produce icy conditions first.

Snow is expected to continue to fall throughout the morning and road conditions could change rapidly with wind chills and temperatures continuing to fall. Drivers are encouraged to use caution and continue to monitor traffic and weather reports throughout the morning as conditions are expected to change.

Travelers are reminded that they can get real-time information on road conditions, traffic incidents and congestion on Virginia roads by using VDOT’s 511 free mobile app or the www.511Virginia.orgwebsite and phone system, which can help travelers plan their routes accordingly.

The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke.

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Water line break in Roanoke at Orange Ave and Courtland Road NE

From Western Virginia Water Authority:  A 12-inch water line break at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Courtland Road NE is impacting traffic.  While both westbound lanes at the intersection are currently closed, crews are one the scene and are working to open one lane of traffic.  Traffic is expected to be impacted through the night.  Drivers are encouraged to use caution in the area and follow established detours.

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NY law enforcement thanks Bedford Co. authorities for help in gang investigation

From News Release: MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced today that 17 alleged members and associates of the MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha) gang have been indicted by a grand jury on various charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and drug trafficking in Nassau County and nationally.

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Vehicle-pedestrian accident on Challenger Avenue in Roanoke County

From Roanoke County Police: On 01/13/2018 at approximately 01:07 an Officer was flagged down in reference to a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian. The victim was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with non life threathing injuries. One lane of the road was blocked to traffic. Alcohol may have been a factor in the accident. The accident is still under investigation. No charges have been placed at this time. The roadway is back open at this time.

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Roanoke shooting victim on Facebook live: I’m okay

Photo: Troy Gastelo Facebook

The survivor in a fatal shooting in Roanoke took to Facebook Live to let others know he’s okay. It’s the first shooting and the first homicide of the New Year in Roanoke. Last Friday, police found Michael “Cardona” Santamarina and Troy Gastelo with gunshot wounds in a vehicle on Burks Street Southwest. WFIR’s Lillian Boyd has more on the investigation to find a second suspect.

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VDOT: Main roads have icy spots, secondary roads remain ice covered

From news release: Yesterday’s wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain combined with overnight cold pavement temperatures to create icy road conditions throughout southwestern Virginia.

If at all possible, drivers are strongly encouraged to consider postponing travel until later in the day when temperatures are expected to rise and road conditions will improve.

As of 4 a.m., road conditions in western Virginia range from minor (icy spots) to moderate (ice covered).

Drivers will find Interstate 81, I-581 and I-77 and primary roads (those numbered 1-599) to be in minor condition. This means these main routes are mostly clear with isolated slick spots. Motorists should use still use caution on bridges, overpasses, ramps and in cooler areas on these routes.

Secondary roads and neighborhood streets (those numbered 600 and above) in many counties, particularly in the New River Valley, are covered in ice. This includes secondary roads in Botetourt, Craig, Giles, Pulaski, Montgomery, Floyd and Roanoke counties.

Secondary roads and neighborhood streets in other portions of the region are mostly clear with isolated slick spots. Drivers should watch for icy patches on secondary roads, particularly in the higher elevations and on bridges and overpasses. Icy spots are reported on roads in Bedford, Carroll, Henry, Franklin and Patrick counties.

Travelers can get real-time information on road conditions, traffic incidents and congestion on Virginia roads by using VDOT’s 511 free mobile app or the www.511Virginia.org website and phone system, which can help travelers plan their routes accordingly.

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Craig Co. leaders developing Field of Dreams for 2018

Craig County officials are continuing their work this new year toward developing a sports complex and recreation area for youth.

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