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According to the latest numbers released this morning by the Virginia Department of Health there are 45 new confirmed or probable coronavirus cases being attributed to the Roanoke Valley. State health officials are reporting 19 new cases in Roanoke City, 18 new cases in Roanoke County, and 8 new cases in Botetourt County. Coronavirus numbers in Salem remain the same. There are no new deaths related to coronavirus being reported in the Roanoke Valley.

Roanoke County police say a domestic assault in the Bonsack area led to the lengthy standoff in Roanoke City that ended with the suspect’s surrender. Police say 51-year year old John Burch assaulted a woman Sunday, and when they attempted to serve warrants at a Roanoke home, Burch barricaded himself for almost 20 hours. He faces multiple charges.
NEWS RELEASE: (Roanoke County, VA—June 22, 2020) Shortly after noon Sunday Roanoke County Police responded to a domestic assault in the 5200 block of Orchard Hill Drive. Officers found a 53-year old white female at the scene. She was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Roanoke County Police put out a lookout for 51-year old John Andrew Burch. Roanoke County Police obtained felony warrants for Aggravated Malicious Wounding and Abduction. Roanoke City Police located Burch at a residence in the 2500 block of Edinburgh Dr, NW. When they attempted to arrest him, he barricaded himself inside the residence with a firearm. A standoff ensued and the Roanoke City Police Tactical Response Team was called in. As the standoff extended late into the evening, Roanoke County SWAT and City of Salem Emergency ResponseTeam relieved Roanoke City. At 6:30 a.m. Monday, the Roanoke City Tactical Response Team resumed command. At approximately 10:30 a.m. the suspect surrendered and was taken into custody without incident.Roanoke County Police continues to investigate the incident. Additional charges are pending further investigation.Roanoke County Police is appreciative of the Roanoke City and City of Salem Police Departments for bringing this incident to an end.

There are 18 new confirmed or probable coronavirus cases being attributed to the Roanoke Valley, according to the latest numbers released this morning by the Virginia Department of Health. State health officials are reporting 11 new cases in Roanoke City, 6 new cases in Roanoke County, and 1 new case in Botetourt County.There are no new deaths related to coronavirus being reported in the Roanoke Valley.

Update From Roanoke County Police Department:One victim from the two vehicle crash at US220 and Yellow Mountain Road later died from injuries suffered during the crash.

Previous:Today, 6/21/2020, at approximately 3:02pm Roanoke County Officers responded to a two vehicle crash at the intersection of US220 and Yellow Mountain Road. One vehicle had overturned and all lanes of traffic were temporarily blocked. Three individuals were transported to the hospital in stable condition. The accident is still under investigation. All lanes of US220 are now open.

A man barricaded himself inside a home yesterday in Northwest Roanoke leading to a close to 12 hour stand off. The standoff began around 3pm yesterday at the home on Grandview Ave. NW near the intersection with Edinburgh Dr. NW. when officers attempted to serve felony warrants. Police say they have reason to believe the man is armed with two guns. The situation is ongoing and we will provide updates when they become available.

 

Photo: BCSO

UPDATE: On June 21,2020, The Bedford County Sheriff’ Office obtained warrants on and arrested the following:

Dustin R. Holdren 34yoa of Roanoke Va. for:

Aggravated Malicious Wounding

18.2-51.2

Aggravated Malicious Wounding in Virginia (Va. Code §18.2-51.2) is the malicious shooting, stabbing, cutting, or wounding of another person with the intent to maim, disfigure, disable or kill resulting in severe injury and permanent and significant physical impairment.

Holdren is being held at the BRRJA under no bond.

This incident is still under investigation and more charges may be pending.

PREVIOUS: On Saturday, June 20, 2020, at 1:53pm, the Bedford Emergency 911 Dispatch Center received a call from a person stating they had been assaulted.

The victim was a Realtor showing an open house at Mariners Landing Subdivision [along Smith Mountain Lake] in Huddleston VA.  

Victim was transported to the hospital.

A new set of flash flood warnings is now in effect across most of the Roanoke Valley and Smith Mountain Lake area until 8:15 pm. The National Weather Service says today’s heavy rains are falling on already saturated ground, and flash flooding is possible in small creeks and streams, roadways and low-lying areas.

The National Weather Service in BLACKSBURG has issued a * Flash Flood Warning for Central Roanoke County, the City of Salem in west central Virginia the City of Roanoke, West central Bedford County,  Southwestern Botetourt County and northeast Franklin County. * Until 815 PM EDT. *

At 215 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. This rain is falling on ground that is already saturated from several days of heavy rainfall. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.

HAZARD…Flash flooding caused by thunderstorms. SOURCE…Radar indicated. IMPACT…Flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage and low lying areas. * Some locations that will experience flooding include… Roanoke… Salem… Vinton… Buchanan… Troutville… Fincastle… Lithia… Rocky Mount… Boones Mill… Penhook… Burnt Chimney… Western Smith Mountain Lake… Union Hall… and Northwest Smith Mountain Lake.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots. When it is safe to do so, please send your reports of flooding, including mudslides or flooded roads, to the National Weather Service by calling toll free at 1…8 6 6…2 1 5…4 3 2 4. Reports and pictures can also be shared on the National Weather Service Blacksburg Facebook page and on Twitter.

31 new confirmed or probable coronavirus cases have been attributed to the Roanoke Valley, according to the latest data released this morning by the Virginia Department of Health. State health officials are reporting 14 new cases in Roanoke City, 12 in Roanoke County, 4 in Botetourt County, and 1 in Salem. There are no new coronavirus related deaths being reported in the Roanoke Valley.

NEWS RELEASE: In light of the significance of Juneteenth and the recent statement by the Governor to recognize this day as an official Holiday, following consultation with the Mayor and City Council, City municipal offices will be closed tomorrow, Friday, June 19.  This does not impact Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, General District Court, or Circuit Court operations at the Oliver W. Hill Justice Center.