Bedrosian: surplus county school items should not all be given to just one recipient

Al Bedrosian photo

Al Bedrosian photo

Roanoke County Supervisor Al Bedrosian thinks 20,000 pieces of surplus county school items should be distributed across the county — and not just to a single Vinton service club. The desks, chairs, filing cabinets and other items are all in storage at the former William Byrd High School. One proposal would have it all go the Vinton Lions Club, but Bedrosian disagrees.

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Bedrosian wants any interested Roanoke County organization to let him know if they’re interested in any of these surplus items. He plans to address the matter at the next Roanoke County Supervisors meeting September 9th.

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Roanoke police seek barber shop bandit

Roanoke-PoliceFrom Roanoke City Police: On August 29, 2014 at 11:46 a.m. Roanoke Police were dispatched to the 1400 block of Peters Creek Road NW, the Boxley Hills Barber Shop, to investigate a robbery. The victim, the owner of the barber shop, said the suspect walked into the business, displayed a firearm, and demanded money. After taking an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the business on foot. The suspect was described as a black male in his early to mid 20s, thin build, approximately 5’9″, with short hair and facial hair only on his chin. The suspect was wearing a black tee shirt , khaki colored pants, and blue sneakers with an orange color around the soles. If you have any information that can help investigators, call the Roanoke Valley Crime Line at 540-344-8500. Tips are anonymous and awards are offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

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Military pilot in Virginia F-15 crash identified

Morris Fontenot (USAF photo)

Morris Fontenot (USAF photo)

WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) _ The pilot who was killed in the crash of an F-15 jet this week in the remote Virginia mountains has been identified as Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr.  Officials with the Massachusetts Air National Guard say Fontenot was the inspector general for the 104th Fighter Wing and had had more than 2,300 flight hours of experience. He was flying the plane to New Orleans for a radar system upgrade when he crashed Wednesday in western Virginia. Officials say he reported an in-flight emergency before losing radio contact. The cause remains under investigation.  Col. James Keefe of the Massachusetts air guard said Friday that the death was announced with “profound sadness.”  Fontenot was a 1996 Air Force Academy graduate. Officials say he was an F-15 instructor pilot with more than 17 years of experience flying the jets.

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More good publicity for the Roanoke Valley

Virginia's Blue RidgeMoneycrashers-dot-com claims Roanoke is a top-ten place to live…and Forbes says the valley is part of an ideal weekend getaway. The website and the magazine both released favorable stories about the region in the past few days. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Bedford Co. Sheriff: forgery appears connected to others in VA since June

Bedford Co. Sheriff photo

Bedford Co. Sheriff photo

From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: The office is investigating a forgery and uttering that recently occurred. During the course of the investigation it was discovered that the same female suspect is responsible for similar crimes in Waynesboro, Chesterfield, and the Town of Bedford. These crimes with this suspect have been occurring since June 2014. The suspect appears to be intercepting legitimate business, in this case, Forest Foot and Ankle, checks from the mail and in one case, a private drop box. The suspect then alters the check to reflect a fake name. She then takes the checks to a bank and cashes them.

The suspect has used the following names and fake I.D.’s in these crimes:

1-       Tabitha Leigh Williams, 4552 Brookgreen Dr. West Columbia, SC 29169; SC DL 85185749

2-       Jennifer Cauthen, 3024 Anchorbrook Dr. Bellefontaine, OH 43311; Oh ID 9404951281

3-       Keandra Ellen Duncan; address 3225 Centerfield Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45201, Oh ID OHTL951402

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Crime Stoppers callers remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward to up $1,000 for information that solves the crime.

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Updated: Bomb threat affects traffic on Williamson Road

UPDATE:  Roanoke County police reported this was all clear at 7:56 a.m.  All roads were open.  The bomb threat remains under investigation.

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Roanoke County Police are currently responding to a report of a bomb threat at the CVS at the corner of Williamson and Plantation Roads. The call came in at 6:25 a.m. It has affected traffic on Williamson Road from Plantation Road south to Dent Road.

Roads closed at this time:

Williamson at Plantation

Williamson at Lamar Dr

Williamson at Sunnybrook

Plantation at Boxley

Plantation at Honey Tree Learning Center

 

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Hollins professor researches TV’s effect on toddlers

HollinsSpending time with your toddler at home? Then turn off the television in the background … a Hollins professor says her study shows that noise can affect their language development. WFIR’s Gene Marrano explains:

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ACLU, local jailers agree: fed immigration detainer requests should not be honored

WFIR-LOGO-1The ACLU is advising Virginia corrections officials to ignore federal detainer notices from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying they can result in unjustified imprisonment. Those detainers ask jailers to keep a person in custody for 48 hours beyond the time they would otherwise be released because ICE believes their legal status in the US may be in question. As WFIR’s Evan Jones reports, Roanoke area jail officials say they will honor ICE warrants, but not these detainer requests.

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Roanoke Police make arrest for malicious wounding

Roanoke-PoliceFrom Roanoke City Police: On August 27, 2014 at 10 p.m. Roanoke Police were dispatched to a disorder call in the 2000 block of Mountain View Terrace SW.  While responding to the call, officers were advised that the call had been upgraded to a gunshot wound.  Officers found the victim, a 38-year-old man from Roanoke, on the sidewalk with what appeared to be a single gunshot wound.  The victim was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital with a non-life threatening injury.  Several witnesses provided officers with a suspect description. Responding officers located an individual nearby matching the description of the suspect in the shooting. He was positively identified by witnesses, arrested, and subsequently interviewed.  The weapon suspected to have been used in the shooting was recovered. The suspect was identified as Marquis Deshay Staples, age 19, of Roanoke. After further investigation officers charged Staples with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.  He was taken to Roanoke City Jail.

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Roanoke Police make arrests for two food delivery driver robberies on same block

Roanoke-PoliceOn August 28, 2014, Roanoke police arrested Christopher Trevon Spencer, age 22, of Roanoke, and Devan Rashawn Blake, age 18, of Roanoke on charges of robbery.  Spencer was charged with two counts of robbery. These charges are related to the robbery of a pizza delivery driver in the 1500 block of Bluemont Avenue SW on July 16th and a separate robbery of a food delivery driver on August 20th in the same block of Bluemont Avenue. Blake was charged with one count of robbery related to the pizza delivery driver incident on July 16th. Both men were taken to the Roanoke City Jail.

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