Crime and Public Safety

Joseph Gasior

From Lynchburg Police: On Saturday, July 21, 2018, at 8:07 pm, officers with the Lynchburg Police Department responded to Regal Cinemas at 3411 Candlers Mountain Rd, to investigate a witness report that an adult was engaged in obscene sexual behavior while sitting near the complainant’s 10-year-old daughter. Upon further investigation, the officers were able to develop a suspect, identified as Joseph F Gasior, a 52-year-old male of Spout Spring, and eventually made contact with him. As a result of the investigation, a warrant was obtained for Gasior for violation of 18.2-38 7.1 Obscene Sexual Display. He was then arrested and taken to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Lynchburg.

From news release: Virginia State Police Trooper A.C. Price is investigating a motor vehicle crash which resulted in a fatality.  The crash occurred today (Jul 23) at 11:57 a.m. on Interstate 81, southbound at the 150 mile marker in Botetourt County.

A 1999 Toyota 4Runner was merging onto Interstate 81 from the 150 entrance ramp, when the 4Runner swerved, lost control, and was struck by a 2016 tractor trailer.

The 1999 Toyota was driven by Stephen Flick, of Clinton, TN.  Mr. Flick was injured and was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.  The passenger, Beth A. Flick, 58, also of Clinton, TN was wearing her seatbelt.  Ms. Flick was injured and was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where she later died.

The Virginia State Police Crash Reconstruction Team assisted with the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

James Lewis, Jr.

From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: On Thursday night at 10:07 p.m., Bedford County 911 received a call from a female advising she had received a call from her stepmother. The caller stated that her stepmother told her that the caller’s father had assaulted her. Bedford County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the residence on Woodshire Drive in Blue Ridge. After arriving on the scene, deputies made numerous attempts to get someone to come to the door. After several hours negotiations failed and a search warrant was obtained to enter the residence.

At 2:55 a.m. Friday morning the search warrant was executed by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Response Team. James Lewis Jr. was taken into custody and the victim located inside the residence. Deputies located seven firearms inside the residence. The victim was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital.

James Edward Lewis Jr., age 42, was arrested and charged with Felony Strangulation and Domestic Assault and Battery. He is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center on no bond.

Roanoke County Fire and Rescue responded to a fire in the 100 block of Poplar Street in Vinton around 1 this afternoon – where they found smoke and flames coming from a single-story home. A juvenile and three dogs got out safely and will stay elsewhere locally. Two adults were not home at the time. The fire was declared under control in about 30 minutes. The damage is estimated at $60,000 and smoking materials were determined to be the cause. Several county squads and Roanoke City crews responded.

Update: Virginia State Police Senior Trooper S.M. Krantz is investigating a fatal crash in Bedford County. The crash occurred at 4:20 p.m. Monday (July 16) on Goode Road at the intersection of Goode Station Road.

A 1997 Jeep Wrangler was traveling north on Goode Road when it swerved to the left to avoid striking a deer in the roadway. The Jeep crossed the center line and ran off the left side of the highway. The vehicle then struck a ditch and overturned. It came to rest on its wheels.

The driver of the Jeep, a 17-year-old Bedford, Va. female, was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. She was wearing a seat belt.
The passenger, a 16-year-old Bedford, Va. female, was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the Jeep. She died at the scene.
The crash remains under investigation.

Previously: At 4:30 p.m., Monday (July 16), Virginia State Police responded to a traffic crash in Bedford County. The crash occurred on Goode Station Road when a vehicle ran off the road and overturned. There is one confirmed fatality. The crash remains under investigation.


From Roanoke City Police Department: On July 13, 2018 right before 8 p.m., officers were dispatched to a call of an armed subject in the 5000 block of Youngwood Drive NW.

Upon arrival, officers located the suspect – identified as 33-year-old Ronnie Stout Jr. of Roanoke – in the front yard of a home with a firearm. Stout was actively threatening others in the home and police. He then went back inside the home.

The Tactical Response Team and hostage negotiators responded. Stout released the individuals in the home with him and barricaded himself inside the home.

At 10 p.m., Stout came out of the home and surrendered. He was taken into custody for a mental evaluation. This case is still under investigation and more charges may be pending.

Roanoke County police responded to the Country Store on Starkey Road for reports of a robbery this morning. Callers say a white man with blonde hair entered the store wearing a dark gray sweatshirt and gray sweatpants. He demanded money from the clerk and fled the scene just before 3 am. No arrests have been made and anyone with information is asked to call the Roanoke County Police Department.

From news release: On Friday, July 13, 2018 at approximately 02:40 AM, Roanoke County Police Officers responded to the Country Store in the 4700 block of Starkey Road in reference to a robbery. Information was received that a white male entered the store wearing a dark gray sweatshirt and gray sweatpants. The suspect was described to have blonde hair. The suspect demanded money from the clerk and subsequently  fled the scene with an unknown amount of assorted U.S. currency.

No arrests have been made and anyone with additional information about this crime is asked to call the Roanoke County Police Department at (540) 562-3265.

UPDATED THURSDAY: Roanoke Police say a shooting two nights ago is now a murder case. Officials say 19-year-old Jacob Aldridge of Salem died this morning. He was shot in the back of the head Tuesday night on the 1600 block of Eastern Avenue.

PREVIOUS: Police say a man was shot in the back of the head last night in northeast Roanoke. Police identify him as 19-year-old Jacob Aldridge of Salem, and they say he is in critical condition at Roanoke Carilion Memorial Hospital.  There was another shooting along this same block last Thanksgiving day.

From Roanoke City Police: On July 10, 2018 at around 10 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of Eastern Avenue NE in reference to a shots fire call. Upon arrival, officers found a victim with a gunshot wound to the back of the head. The victim – identified as 19-year-old Jacob Aldridge of Salem – was transported to Roanoke Carilion Memorial Hospital. His condition is still listed as critical at this time. Responding officers performed a search of the immediate area where the victim was located. Our Tactical Response Team evacuated the houses immediately around 1642 Eastern Avenue NE. Homeowners were allowed to return to their homes at around 8:30 a.m. No arrests have been made at this time, and the investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information about this case, they’re asked to call our tip line at (540) 344-8500 and share what they saw. Callers can remain anonymous. You can also send an anonymous text message to 274637. Please use the keyword “RoanokePD” at the beginning of the text to make sure it’s properly sent. Reference case number 18-076345.

Botetourt County law enforcement says there were reports of shots fired in Troutville. Callers said they heard yelling and gunshots last night on the 300 block of Tucker Road. When deputies responded to the scene, they found a male victim had been shot and stabbed and a female victim also suffered gunshot wounds. Two suspects were arrested. 20-year-old Matthew Green was charged for malicious wounding and reckless handling of a firearm, and 20-year-old Tyler Wheetley was charged with malicious wounding and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

From News Release: The Botetourt County Sheriff’s  Office reports that at approximately 10:09 pm on July 10, the 911 Communications Center started receiving reports of shots being fired in the 300 block of Tucker Rd., Troutville VA, callers further stated they heard yelling and also heard that someone had been shot. Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene and once at the residence determined that a male victim had been shot and stabbed and that a female victim had also been shot. Deputies detained two suspects and then had Emergency Services workers come in and treat the victims. Both the male and female victims were transported to a Roanoke area hospital. Both suspects were arrested and transported to the Botetourt County Jail. Matthew T. Green, age 20 of Troutville VA was charged with 2 counts of Malicious Wounding, Reckless handling of a firearm and the use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony. Tyler T. Wheetley, age 20 of Roanoke VA was charged with one count of Malicious Wounding and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. The Investigation is continuing and no photos of the arrestees are available at this time.