Crime and Public Safety

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NEWS RELEASE: On Tuesday August 13, 2019, Blacksburg Police Department personnel received a complaint of a man assaulting a young woman after picking her up in his vehicle in the 1300 block of South Main Street. Police arrested Herbert Wayne Walley, 62, of Christiansburg, Virginia for Assault and Battery on August 14, 2019. He was taken before a Magistrate and released on a $2,000 personal recognizance bond. Anyone with information regarding this or similar incidentsis asked to contact Blacksburg Police at (540)443-1400, or call the tip line at 540-961-1819. Tips can also be emailed to

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A Martinsville man faces murder charges after reporting that his wife had committed suicide. Police say the call came Monday, and further investigation determined the shooting death of Amber Ives was a homicide, not self-inflicted. 25-year-old David Ives was arrested yesterday; he faces murder and firearms charges.

NEWS RELEASE: David Dillon Ives (DOB: 11/14/1993) was arrested on 8/15/2019 for the murder of his wife, Amber Ives. David Ives has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder, use of a firearm in committing a felony, discharging a firearm within an occupied dwelling, and reckless handling of a firearm. He is currently being held without bond.

On 8/12/19 Martinsville Officers responded to a reported suicide at 735 Onieda Street. Upon arrival, the officers found Amber Ives, age 25, with an injury consistent with a gunshot wound. The victim did not survive the injury and was pronounced dead at the scene. Information and evidence collected at the scene by officers and results from the medical examiner’s office determined that the case was not a suicide but a homicide. Further information obtained during the investigation by the Martinsville Police Department and the Virginia State Police resulted in charges against David Ives.

Although an arrest has been made, the investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time. If anyone has any information regarding this crime, contact Sergeant Richard Ratcliffe at 276-403-5331 or Crime Stoppers at 276-63-CRIME.



Roanoke Police have another murder investigation on their hands. Police say officers found 38-year-old Kevin Williams of Roanoke with gunshot wounds  Sunday night along the 300 block of 9th St SW. Williams died this morning under hospital treatment. So far, there is no word of any arrests.

From Roanoke City Police:  Roanoke Police have identified the victim in this incident as Kevin Williams, 38 of Roanoke. On August 15, 2019 just after 9:00 am, Mr. Williams died at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital as a result of his injuries. We are now investigating this incident as a homicide. This investigation is ongoing. 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.

Roanoke City Police say officers responded last night to a “person down” call to find a man with severe injuries to his face. It happened along the 800-block of Tazewell Avenue Southeast. The victim is under hospital treatment; his name or current condition not currently released.

NEWS RELEASE: On August 14, 2019 right before 7:30 pm, Roanoke Police were dispatched to the 800 block of Tazwell Ave SE in reference to a person down. Responding officers located an adult male with severe injuries to his face. The victim was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital by Roanoke Fire-EMS for treatment. No arrests have been made regarding this incident. The investigation is ongoing. 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. Please reference case 19-086218. Both calls and texts can remain anonymous.

(A previous version of this story incorrectly connected this incident to an update to a shooting death in southwest Roanoke. As of Friday morning, August 16, police have not released any updates regarding this incident.)

Roanoke County Police have charged one of their officers with falsely padding pay sheets over a two-year period. 33-year-old Steven McChesney faces three separate counts. Police say McChesney recorded time on department time sheets that was not actually worked.

NEWS RELEASE: Roanoke County Police Officer Steven W. McChesney, 33, of Roanoke has been charged with one count of obtaining money by false pretense, in excess of $200, and two counts of obtaining money by false pretense, in excess of $500. The arrest warrant was served Tuesday afternoon and McChesney was released on a $2,500 unsecured bond. An internal investigation revealed recorded time on department time sheets that had not been worked over a two-year period. The discovery was made in June and McChesney was placed on paid administrative leave. McChesney was employed with the Roanoke County Police Department from 2013-2015, left briefly, and returned in 2016. Commonwealth’s Attorney Bethany Harrison from the City of Lynchburg has been assigned as the special prosecutor in this case, and the investigation is ongoing. There is no further information to release at this time.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ The widows of two Virginia troopers killed in a helicopter crash during the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville are now suing the state and others over their husbands’ deaths. The Daily Progress reports Amanda Bates and Karen Cullen filed separate wrongful death lawsuits Monday against Virginia, the Secretariat of Public Safety and Homeland Security and state police. H. Jay Cullen and Berke M.M. Bates had been monitoring the  rally on Aug. 12, 2017, when their helicopter crashed. Federal investigators expect to issue their findings on the crash next year. A primary report suggests the aircraft’s main rotor system or tail rotor likely malfunctioned and caused it to spin out of control. The lawsuits say the
helicopter had a history of malfunctions, including the tail rotor issues.

Kevin Salisbury

Courtney Rucker

A man and woman are jailed in Maryland, charged with stealing a purse from a woman attending a funeral in Moneta — then taking off in her vehicle. Police say it happened early this month, and Kevin Salisbury of Vinton and Courtney Rucker of Fincastle were located several days later in Maryland while still operating the victim’s vehicle. Both face multiple charges in several jurisdictions.

From the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office: On 8/3/19, the female victim was attending a funeral at a church on Lakemount Dr. in Moneta. A male and a female subject entered the church and stole the victim’s purse. The subjects then left the church on the victim’s vehicle. Investigator’s with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office were able to retrieve video evidence from the church. The male and female were soon identified as Kevin Salisbury and Courtney Rucker. The vehicle was entered as stolen. On 8/6/19, the two subjects were located in Montgomery, MD, still operating the victim’s vehicle. Investigator’s from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office were able to obtain a confession in the larceny of the vehicle. Both suspects were charged with felony Grand Larceny of a motor vehicle by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. They face additional charges in Montgomery, MD, as well as Vinton, VA and Bedford, VA. Both subjects are currently being detained in Montgomery, MD.

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A Salem man faces multiple charges — including attempted murder of a law enforcement officer — following a high-speed pursuit early Saturday morning south of Charlottesville. The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office says the chase began after a deputy attempted a traffic stop, and it ended when Timothy Massie deliberately rammed the deputy’s car. Massie and his passenger, Elizabeth Hensley of Roanoke, are both charged with possessing methamphetamine.

From the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office: Two individuals are in custody this evening following an early morning pursuit that started in Nelson County. At approximately 5:25 this morning Deputy Trevor Ross, with the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, attempted to stop a 2010 Nissan Rogue for erratic driving on River Rd when the vehicle began to flee. The pursuit extended into Albermarle County and came to an end in the area of Banjo Lane when the suspect driver, Timothy Herman Massie, 28, of Salem intentionally rammed Deputy Ross’ vehicle. The impact of the collision caused airbag deployment in both vehicles and caused Massie to flee on foot.

The passenger in the vehicle, Elizabeth Autumn Hensley, 30, of Roanoke was then taken into custody. A search of the area was conducted with Nelson County Sheriff’s Office K-9, Xombie, and Massie was located hiding in underbrush. He was taken into custody without further incident. In addition, methamphetamine and drug distribution equipment was located inside the vehicle.

Deputy Ross and Hensley were both treated and released at local medical facilities following the incident. Massie and Hensley have both been transported to Albermarle Regional Jail on the following charges:

Timothy Herman Massie –

• 46.2-817 – Felony Eluding
• 18.-248 – Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine
• 18.2-57 – Felony Assault & Battery of Law Enforcement Officer
• 18.2.-32 – Attempted murder of Deputy Ross in the First Degree

Elizabeth Autumn Hensley –
• 18.-248 – Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

Both are being held without bond. Additional charges are pending.


Chief Ryan Zuidema

Lynchburg Police Chief Ryan Zuidema says he has directed his officers to make immediate arrests if they encounter anything like that seen on some recent viral videos from New York City — citizens dousing officers with buckets of water. Zuidema says it is more than disrespect: it is a matter of officer safety and Virginia law. He spoke with WFIR’s Evan Jones:

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Here is Chief Zuidema’s full response:

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A white supremacist group member sentenced to more than three years in prison for attacking protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia is asking a federal judge to free him on bond while he appeals.Benjamin Daley is one of four Rise Above Movement members who pleaded guilty to a riot conspiracy charge. He wants to be released to the custody of his parents in Oregon and monitored electronically while on home confinement.U.S. District Judge Norman Moon didn’t immediately rule on Friday’s written request by Daley’s attorneys. Moon set an Aug. 16 deadline for Daley and co-defendants Michael Miselis and Thomas Gillen to submit briefs on their bond requests.Prosecutors said the group members engaged in other racist and anti-Semitic activity before the August 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.