Crime and Public Safety

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NORFOLK, Va. – A Honduran national was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

According to court documents, early on the morning of June 20, 2023, officers with the Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD) responded to a report of an unconscious person in a car and found Delvin Antonio Cruz-Melgar, 25, asleep behind the wheel of a red Dodge that had been involved in a hit-and-run accident with another vehicle about 90 minutes earlier. After observing a meth pipe in plain view, VBPD initiated a probable cause search of the red Dodge and located a second meth pipe, a plastic bag containing 4.57 grams of meth, and a black bag containing 225.44 grams of meth.

During a search of Cruz-Melgar’s person, officers discovered a loaded Walther PPX 9mm handgun in his waistband, as well as $760 in cash. Detectives with the VBPD Special Investigations Unit were called to the scene. The detectives located a stolen Akkar Churchill Model 612 12-gauge shotgun, a digital scale, multiple cellphones, and ammunition in the vehicle.

Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Jason Miyares, Attorney General of Virginia; Craig Kailimai, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Washington Field Division; Liana Castano, Field Office Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Washington, D.C.; Derek W. Gordon, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, D.C.; Paul Neudigate, Chief of Virginia Beach Police; and Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent, made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney Jr..

Assistant U.S. Attorney Darryl J. Mitchell and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc W. West, an Assistant Attorney General with the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results


The suspect in the recent officer-involved shooting has been identified as 41-year-old Travis Martin, of Roanoke. The situation started when authorities responded to reports of a man shouting threats at police officers outside the Roanoke Police Department. The same man also made a 911 call threatening to kill all Roanoke Police officers. At the intersection of Hershberger Road and Ferncliff Avenue later in the day, the man struck a patrol car multiple times with a weapon and then advanced toward officers with the weapon leading police to shoot him at the intersection. The officers involved are on administrative leave.

(from Roanoke PD) On June 5, 2024 at approximately 1:05 p.m., Roanoke Police were notified by the City of Roanoke E-911 Center of a person with a gunshot wound in the 3500 block of Ferncliff Avenue NW. Responding officers located a juvenile male teen with what appeared to be serious gunshot wounds. Roanoke Fire-EMS transported the teen to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment. A short time later, officers were notified that the juvenile male had succumbed to his injuries.

Details about what led to the shooting are limited. No suspects were located on scene and no arrests have been made at this time. This remains an ongoing investigation.

From Roanoke City Police Department: On June 2, 2024 at approximately 2:30 a.m., Roanoke Police were notified by the City of Roanoke E-911 Center of a person with a gunshot wound in the 3000 block of Williamson Road NW. Responding officers did not locate any victims on scene, but did locate property damage and evidence consistent with a shooting.


A short time later, officers were advised that two adult male victims with gunshot wounds were being transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital via personal vehicles. Responding officers learned that one of the men did have what appeared to be non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, and the other had what appeared to be minor injuries that were not consistent with a gunshot wound. Throughout the course of the investigation, officers determined that both men were injured in the shooting that occurred on Williamson Road NW.


Details about what led to this shooting are limited. No suspects were located on scene and no arrests have been made regarding this incident. This remains 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 “RoanokePD” to insure it is properly routed. Both calls and texts can remain anonymous.


Roanoke County Fire and Rescue responded at 5:31 a.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2024, to the 2900 block of Catawba Valley Drive, in the Masons Cove area of Roanoke County, for the report of a residential structure fire. First arriving crews from Station 10 (Masons Cove) found heavy, gray smoke coming from the attic and roof area of a one-story home that was under renovation. The house was vacant at the time of the fire due to the renovations, and no one will be displaced. There were no injuries to fire department personnel. The fire was brought under control in approximately 15 minutes. The Roanoke County Fire Marshal’s Office is on scene to investigate a cause and to provide a damage estimate.

The work Feeding Southwest Virginia is doing has become more and more important. The pandemic highlighted food insecurity and now rising grocery prices have increased the need in the area the organization serves. WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno has more.

Saturday, May 11th,Feeding Southwest Virginia wants you to leave some non-perishable groceries by your mailbox to help your neighbors in need. As WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno reports it is time once again for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

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Take it With You – or Leave it at Home – that was the message today from Roanoke County and Town of Vinton police detectives – and two local residents who had their cars broken into recently. Speaking at Garst Mill Park, police say organized groups from South Florida and elsewhere are breaking into vehicles nationwide, taking money, credit cards and identification. Parks and trailheads where people leave their cars for extended periods of time are prime targets. Vinton detective Justin Baker:



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