The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office says a Jefferson Forest High School student is in custody for making online threats to the school earlier today. An alert was sent to parents early this morning about an alleged threat posted on social media. Staff immediately contacted the Bedford County Sheriffs office which identified the student. The message also stated that the person poses no direct threat to the campus.
NEWS RELEASE: This morning after receiving a report of an alleged threat posted on social media, Bedford County Sheriff’s school resource officers identified the person who allegedly made the threat. After a short investigation a Jefferson Forest High School student was taken into custody, off campus, and charged with making the threat. The juvenile was transported to the Lynchburg Detention Home. The investigation revealed there was no direct threat to the school.
UPDATE: Roanoke Police have lifted the shelter in place advisory for the Grandin Road area near Patrick Henry School, but police say they do not know where murder suspect Michael Brown may be. Anyone living in or driving through the Grandin Village area is urged to lock their homes and vehicles.
UPDATE FROM ROANOKE POLICE: The shelter in place for the Grandin Road area near Patrick Henry High School has been lifted, but Roanoke Police urge residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity. Remember to lock your vehicles and homes. Stay tuned to social media outlets for updates.
PREVIOUS: Roanoke Police say the search remains centered in the Grandin Village neighborhood for murder suspect Michael Brown. And they urge everyone to use proper precautions in their homes and vehicles. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the latest.
Herer is Roanoke Police Chief Tim Jones’ 1:00 pm news conference:
PREVIOUS: State Police explosives experts are searching the RV Michael Brown was believed to be using. The vehicle was found overnight in the Grandin neighborhood, and it is being checked to determine if any explosives were inside it.
PREVIOUS: The search for a weekend murder suspect has led police to the Grandin neighborhood of Roanoke — and the closure today of all Roanoke City Schools. This comes after a caller reported a possible sighting last night of Michael Brown near Patrick Henry High School. There is a heavy police presence now throughout that neighborhood, and all Roanoke schools are closed as a precautionary measure. People living in that area are urged to shelter in place and keep their doors locked.
Police found an RV in the area that is believed to be the one Brown was using.
Michael Brown is wanted for the weekend shooting death of Rodney Brown in the Hardy area of Franklin County. The county sheriff’s office says Michael Brown is an AWOL Marine and the son of Rodney Brown’s live-in girlfriend.
NEWS RELEASE: Roanoke Police Chief Tim Jones, along with other law enforcement partners, held a press conference this morning about the manhunt for Michael Alexander Brown. He is believed to be in the area near Patrick Henry High School and is considered armed and dangerous. THIS IS NOT A SCHOOL SHOOTING OR SCHOOL INCIDENT. If you see Michael Alexander Brown, please call 1-877-926-8332 or 911. His vehicle was discovered on Tillett Road, SW. Police believe he may be on foot in the area. Residents are asked to use extreme caution, lock all doors, and be on the lookout. To watch the press conference, visit
NEWS RELEASE: Donald Trump, Jr. will be at Liberty University for Convocation at 10:30 AM (EST) on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. Mr. Trump will be discussing his bestselling new book, “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us.”
“Don brings the highest levels of energy and conviction to the political battlegrounds of our day, said Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. “His new book exposes the schemes the left uses to silence conservatives and push socialist dogma. Liberty University students have a great opportunity to hear from a major force in American politics, and a personal friend.”
Convocation is live-streamed at the Liberty University Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LibertyUniversity/.
THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE HAS ISSUED A SENIOR ALERT ON BEHALF OF CHESTERFIELD COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT ON 11/08/2019 AT 2130 HOURS.
THE CHESTERFIELD COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING FOR BOBBIE JAMES, BLACK, FEMALE, 66 YEARS OLD, 5 FOOT 7 INCHES,135 lbs., WITH BROWN EYES AND BLACK HAIR. SHE WAS LAST SEEN ON 11/08/2019 AT 1630 HOURS AT HER RESIDENTS ON SHEFFIELD PLACE IN CHESTERFIELD COUNTY. SHE WAS LAST SEEN WEARING LIME GREEN PANTS AND A TAN COAT WITH A HOOD.
THE MISSING SENIOR SUFFERS FROM A COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT AND THE DISAPPEARANCE POSES A CREDIBLE THREAT TO HER HEALTH AND SAFETY AS DETERMINED BY THE INVESTIGATING AGENCY.
PLEASE CONTACT THE CHESTERFIELD COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY INFORMATION REGARDING HIS WHEREABOUTS AT 804-748-1251 OR YOU MAY FIND COMPLETE INFORMATION AT http://www.vasenioralert.com
NEWS RELEASE: Virginia State Police Trooper J.P. Peck is investigating a two-vehicle crash in Washington County. The crash occurred Nov. 3, 2019 at 7:15 p.m. on Interstate 81 at the 26 mile marker. State police began receiving calls about a 2015 Nissan Sentra traveling north on I-81 at an extremely slow speed and without its lights on. As troopers were responding, the Nissan came to a complete stop in the travel lane. A 2011 Honda CRV, also traveling north, swerved in an attempt to avoid striking the Nissan, but was unable to avoid hitting it in the stopped vehicle. The impact of the crash caused the Nissan to spin off the right side of the road where it struck an embankment.
The driver of the Nissan, Charles M. Johnson, 86, of Rogersville, Tenn., died at the scene. He was wearing a seat belt.
The driver of the Honda was not injured in the crash.
The crash remains under investigation. A medical emergency is being considered as a possible factor in the crash.
PRESS RELEASE:Roanoke County Fire and Rescue responded at about Noon, on Saturday,November 2,2019 to the 300 block of Sunflower Drive,which is located in the Vinton area,for the report of a residential structure fire.First arriving crews from Station 2 (Vinton)found heavy black smoke coming from one end of the two-story, vinyl sided home.The home was occupied by 2 adults and 2 cats at the time of the fire and all made it out of the house safely. One other adult who lives at the home was out of town. The fire was brought under control in about 24 minutes. There is a significant amount of fire damage to the home. There were no other injuries. The three adults will be displaced and the American Red Cross will be assisting them. Units from Vinton, North County, Mount Pleasant,and the City of Roanoke responded to the fire.The Roanoke County Fire Marshal’s Office is on scene to investigate a cause and estimate damages.
PRESS RELEASE: Roanoke County Fire and Rescue responded at about 7:45p.m., on Friday,November 1,2019 to the 4600 block of Red Barn Lane,which is located in the Bonsack area,for the report of a residential fire alarm.First arriving crews found smoke coming from the home and upgraded the call to a residential structure fire.The fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes. There were no injuries to people or pets. The family of 3 (1 adult and 2 children) will be displaced but is staying with family in the area.Units from Read Mountain, Vinton,and North County responded to the fire.The Roanoke County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that the fire was started by an unattended candle and did approximately $75,000 in damage.
NEWS RELEASE: Lisa Carter was on her way to work with her husband when they stopped at H & H Market on East Jackson Highway in Big Island. While they were there, they picked up a Hold ‘em Poker Scratcher ticket from the Virginia Lottery. By the time they got to work, the Rockbridge County couple was $200,000 richer. “We’re still kind of in denial,” she said. “We can’t believe we’ve won that kind of money.”
Ms. Carter is the first person to claim the top prize in Hold ‘em Poker. The Scratcher game features prizes ranging from $5 to $200,000. Three top prize tickets remain unclaimed in this game. The odds of winning that top prize are 1 in 1,040,400, while the odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.71. “It’s still unbelievable!” she said.
OCTOBER 31 UPDATE: Roanoke County police have arrested Kenneth Inger and charged him with involuntary manslaughter following the fatal accident on September 10th that claimed the life of 48 year old Thomas Orr II. It happened near the intersection of Brambleton Avenue and Garst Mill Road. Roanoke County police said at the time that drugs and alcohol may have been a factor in the multi-vehicle crash. Inger is being held without bond.
PREVIOUS: Roanoke County Police have identified the suspect in the multiple vehicle crash last week that killed a driver on Brambleton Avenue at Garst Mill Road. He is 58-year-old Kenneth Inger of Roanoke. Police say no charges have been filed yet, but an earlier news release said speed, drugs and alcohol were all possible factors.
NEWS RELEASE: Roanoke County Police confirm the alleged suspect involved in the multiple vehicle crash on Brambleton Avenue on September 10 is Kenneth Inger, 57, of Roanoke. Charges are pending the conclusion of the ongoing criminal investigation.
PREVIOUS FROM ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE: On Tuesday September 10, 2019, a Volvo sedan was traveling southbound on Brambleton Ave. in Roanoke County when it rear ended a Toyota driven by 48-year-old Thomas Orr II. Mr. Orr’s vehicle then left the right side of the roadway where it struck a utility pole. Mr. Orr was pronounced dead at the scene. The sedan continued southbound on Brambleton Ave. where it struck a Cadillac and pushed the Cadillac into a pickup truck. The driver of the Cadillac was transported to the hospital and has been released. The driver of the pickup truck was not injured. The driver of the Volvo was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. All parties were wearing their seat belts. Speed along with drugs and alcohol, may have been a factor in the crash. Brambleton Ave. was closed for a period of time while members of the Blue Ridge Regional Crash Team worked to reconstruct the incident, but all lanes of Brambleton Ave are back open at this time. Charges in this case are pending, and the investigation ongoing.
PREVIOUS: At 2:30 today, a single vehicle struck multiple vehicles at the intersection of Brambleton Avenue and Garst Mill Road. The accident resulted in two being transported with non-life-threatening injuries and one fatality. Speed was a factor in the accident. The police department received additional reports of a possible suspect vehicle involved in an additional accident on Brambleton Avenue.
Police and VDOT are on scene diverting traffic. People should avoid Brambleton Avenue northbound because it is completely blocked. Brambleton Avenue southbound traffic should go to Pinevale or View avenues. People should also avoid Garst Mill to Brambleton and detour to Cresthill Drive.
These roads will remain closed for a number of hours while POLICE continue to investigate.
FROM VIRGINIA STATE POLICE:The Virginia AMBER Alert for Isabel Hicks and Bruce Lynch has been canceled as both have been located in Virginia. Miss Hicks has been safely located and Lynch taken into custody. The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office will provide an update shortly…please be patient, as they’re still in the midst of the investigation and arrest.