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UPDATE: Roanoke Police say a man previously thought to be involved in a shooting over the weekend is no longer a suspect. Officials say further investigation revealed Tyriek Jordan was not involved in the incident on May 12th that started after a fight outside the city market building. Investigators say they are looking for another man who they believe was involved.


News release: Roanoke Police are asking for your help locating Tyriek Jordan. Based on information obtained in the May 12, 2019 downtown shooting investigation, Roanoke Police have obtained a charge of malicious wounding for Javoun Jordan, 29 of Roanoke, and also a charge of malicious wounding for Tyriek Jordan, 30 of Patterson, NJ. Javoun Jordan turned himself in to Roanoke Police on May 14, 2019 and is currently in the custody of the Roanoke Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information concerning the location of Tyriek Jordan is asked to call (540)344-8500 and share what you know. You can also text us at 274637; please begin the text with “RoanokePD” to ensure it’s properly sent. Both calls and texts can remain anonymous.

UPDATED MAY 15: Roanoke Police have identified and arrested Gene Gallimore, 59 of Roanoke, and charged him with the February 13, 2019 felony hit and run of Linda Pierson. Gallimore is also charged with not having an operator’s license.

PREVIOUS FROM ROANOKE CITY POLICE: On February 13, 2019 at around 7 pm, Roanoke Police responded to the intersection of 5th Street and Campbell Avenue SW in regard to a traffic crash involving a pedestrian. Upon arrival, officers located a female victim, later identified as Linda Pierson, 58 of Roanoke, lying on the sidewalk near the intersection. She was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital by Roanoke Fire-EMS, where she died from her injuries.At this time, we are investigating this incident as a fatal hit and run. No arrests have been made in this case.If anyone saw this incident or has information, please call us at(540)344-8500 and share what you know. You can also text us at 274637; please begin the text with “RoanokePD” to ensure it’s properly sent. Both calls and texts can remain anonymous.

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UPDATE: Federal officials have identified the man fatally stabbed Saturday along the Appalachian Trail in Wythe County has 43-year-old Ronald Sanchez of Oklahoma.

PREVIOUS from the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia: United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and David W. Archey, the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Division, announced today an arrest in a deadly stabbing incident that occurred along the Appalachian Trail in Wythe County, Virginia that left one person dead and another severely injured.

James L. Jordan 30, of West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, was arrested in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 11, 2019 on a federal criminal complaint. Jordan is charged with one count of murder within the special maritime territorial jurisdiction of the United States and one count of assault with the intent to murder within the special maritime territorial jurisdiction of the United States.

“I commend local law enforcement in Wythe and Smyth Counties for mobilizing successful rescue and tactical operations in this remote region,” U.S. Attorney Cullen stated today.  “Thanks to their efforts, the suspect was safely apprehended and a seriously wounded victim received critical medical care.   We will continue to work with our state and local partners to bring the perpetrator of this senseless and brutal attack to justice.”

This investigation is ongoing. The federal charges against Jordan will be officially filed in U.S. District Court in Abingdon Monday morning. The defendant will have an initial court appearance in federal court in Abingdon on Monday, May 13, 2019.

A criminal complaint is only a charge and not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

From Virginia Station Police: As the investigation into a fatal traffic crash that occurred May 3, 2019 at the Russell/Washington Countyline, the Virginia State Police is seeking the public’s assistance concerning the wrong-way driver involved in it. Anyone who may recall seeing a dark-colored 2003 Ford F-350 flatbed work truck with flashing amber lights on the cab (pictured at left)  traveling the wrong way on Route 19 on the night of May 3, 2019, is encouraged to please contact VSP at 276-880-4238 or contact the investigating Special Agent by email at seth.sutherland@vsp.virginia.gov.The crash occurred Friday (May 3) at approximately 11:45 p.m. on Route 19 just inside Russell County at the Washington County line.
Shortly before 11:45 p.m., the Russell County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about a wrong-way driver on Route 19. The sheriff’s office immediately broadcast it to their deputies, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police. Moments later, a 2003 Ford F350 flatbed pickup traveling south in the northbound lanes of Route 19 crested a hill and struck head-on a 2016 Nissan Rogue. There was dense fog at that location at the time of the crash.
There was a driver and three passengers in the Nissan Rogue. All four were from Rural Hall, N.C. and were wearing seat belts. The driver, Brian Barnes, 46, was treated and released for minor injuries. A 13-year-old female passenger was flown to a hospital in Wake Forest for treatment of life-threatening injuries. The Nissan’s remaining two passengers did not survive the crash. Candace R. Barnes, 47, died at the scene. Brenda Fields, 66, was transported to Johnston Memorial Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries early Saturday morning (May 4).
The driver of the Ford, Treymane M. Ferguson, 51, of Ruther Glen, Va., was treated and released for minor injuries. He was wearing a seat belt. Ferguson is being held without bond on a charge of reckless driving and a charge of obstruction of justice, for refusing a warrant for a blood sample to be taken as part of the ongoing investigation.

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News release: The Christiansburg Police Department is celebrating National Police Week in style – well, in 1970s style. All week, from May 13 to May 20, officers are throwing it back a few decades and sporting the department’s former uniform to honor those who came before them. The French light blue shirts with dark blue epaulets were worn by officers of the Christiansburg Police Department for about 20 years, ceasing in 1990.

In downtown Roanoke, Kirk Ave. will be closed between Jefferson St. and Market St. for most of today. Access to parking on that section of Kirk Ave. will be restricted as the Science Museum of Western Virginia gets some new exhibit materials delivered. The south entrance/exit for the Center in the Square parking garage will be also closed.

From Virginia State Police: A Bluff City, Tenn. man is in custody following a pursuit Monday morning in Washington County. James E. Malone, 41, was taken into custody on several outstanding arrest warrants. Charges are currently pending related to today’s incident. At approximately 10:30 a.m. Monday (May 13), a Virginia State Police trooper initiated a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Aveo that was traveling north on Interstate 81 at the 7 mile marker in Washington County, Va. The Chevrolet refused to stop and a pursuit was initiated. The Chevrolet sped away from the trooper headed north on I-81, using the shoulder to pass northbound traffic. The trooper terminated the pursuit at the 11 mile marker when he lost sight of the Chevrolet.

A Be On the Look Out (BOLO) was issued for the suspect vehicle, which was spotted traveling on US Highway 11 a short time later by a Virginia State Police sergeant. The sergeant initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, which again refused to stop. The Chevrolet got back onto I-81 at Exit 14. As the Chevrolet headed north on I-81, it rammed a Virginia State Police patrol car, which caused Malone – the driver of the Chevrolet – to lose control. The Chevrolet spun out into the median. Malone regained control and began driving north in the southbound lanes of I-81. With the assistance of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, all southbound traffic was stopped at the 21 mile marker as the Chevrolet continued north on the southbound shoulder of I-81 at a high rate of speed.

The Chevrolet exited I-81 at Exit 19. As it continued onto Watauga Road at a high rate of speed, Malone lost control of the vehicle. The Chevrolet ran off the road and struck a house. Malone then fled the scene on foot. At 10:47 a.m., state police apprehended him a short distance from the crashed vehicle. He was taken into custody without further incident and transported to Johnston Memorial Hospital for minor injuries sustained in the crash.

The house that was struck by Malone’s vehicle was occupied at the time of the crash, but no one inside was injured. No other motorists or law enforcement were injured during the course of the pursuits or crashes.

News release: Virginia State Police Senior Trooper M.D. Mayhew is investigating a single vehicle crash which resulted in a fatality.  The crash occurred Sunday (May 12) at 12:10 p.m. on Route 626 [Smith Mountain Lake Parkway], six tenths of a mile south of Route 1326 in Bedford County. A 2018 Toyota Avalon was traveling south on Route 626, when the vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway, struck a mailbox and then a tree.

The driver of the Toyota was identified as John Francis Finnegan, 75, of Huddleston, Va.  Mr. Finnegan was not wearing his seatbelt and was transported to Bedford Memorial Hospital, where he later died.

The crash remains under investigation.

From Roanoke Police: On May 12, 2019 at around 2 am, Roanoke Police were responding to a disorder at a restaurant in the 100 block of Campbell Avenue SW.  Two adult females were involved in a verbal altercation with others in the restaurant. The altercation was becoming physical when they were asked to leave the business. Both the women and their party left the restaurant, but continued the fight in the streets. At that point, a male suspect shot another adult male. The victim was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and is in stable condition.  

No one has been arrested regarding this incident. This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call (540)344-8500 and share what you know. You can also text us at 274637; please begin the text with “RoanokePD” to ensure it’s properly sent. Both calls and texts can remain anonymous.

UPDATE News Release: Roanoke County Fire & Rescue units responded to an explosion Friday morning at 6:30 at a restaurant in the 6400 block of Williamson Road. Approximately 12 employees, customers and a delivery person were inside but not in the area of the explosion. Everyone made it out safely and there were no injuries. Preliminary findings show the cause to be a natural gas leak in the mechanical room which then was ignited by an ignition source. The Roanoke County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined the estimated damage to be $250,000.00. The investigation is ongoing. It is unknown when the restaurant might reopen due to the extent of the damage. Units from Hollins, Cave Spring and Roanoke City responded.
PREVIOUS: Roanoke County officials say units are responding to a fire at Famous Anthony’s on Williamson Road, that’s in the 64-Hundred block. Motorists are asked to avoid the area at this time. We’ll have more details as they become available.