Man sought for burglary, grand larceny

News release: Roanoke County Police is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Alexander Troy Lanham. Police hold outstanding felony warrants on Lanham for Burglary and Grand Larceny. Lanham is described as a white male, 5 foot 11 inches, brownish-red hair, hazel eyes and weighing 165-180 pounds. He is believed to be driving a 2003 Audi A4 sedan, with Virgina registration VRG-4219. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call Roanoke County Police at 540-562-3265, or call 911.

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Donated mobility equipment sought by Salem non-profit

A Salem-based non-profit that provides “mobility equipment” to those that can’t afford it otherwise figures spring cleaning is a good time to ask for donations. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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VT prof weighs in on misconception of civil rights movement and MLK

Wornie Reed

As black history month draws to a close, a man who participated in civil rights protests during the 1960s is putting the efforts of those not named Martin Luther King Jr. into perspective. As WFIR’s Ian Price reports:

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Switching gas pumps to chip credit card readers: remove your card more slowly

Kroger hopes to have every one of its gas pumps in our region converted to chip card reading ability by the end of the year, but it is an expensive and complicated process. And you may have to remove your card more slowly for now, as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports.

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The science behind beer: “Beakers and Brews” looks to educate

Parkway Brewing Company and Virginia Cooperative Extension are collaborating to  provide the monthly series, Beakers and Brews, in an effort to educate the community on the science behind beer. WFIR’s Lillian Boyd has more:

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UPDATE: Stolen playground Xylophone found, suspect in custody

UPDATE: From Bedford Police:The Bedford Police Department and the Town of Bedford want to thank everyone for your assistance. The Xylophone was recovered and hopefully the Town Public Works Department will be able to have it back at the park installed soon. After the Xylophone was recovered officers of the Bedford Police Department worked diligently and we’re able to make an arrest of the suspect. We will share more about the arrest.

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Man accused of killing Lyon sisters has Va. trial delayed

Lloyd Welch, Jr.

BEDFORD, Va. (AP) – The trial of a man accused of killing Maryland sisters who disappeared more than 40 years ago has been moved from April to September.Lloyd Welch. Jr. was scheduled to go on trial in Virginia on April 18 for murder in the deaths of 12-year-old Sheila Lyon and 10-year-old Katherine Lyon. They were last seen walking to a mall in Washington’s Maryland suburbs in 1975. They’ve never been found.Online court records from Bedford County, Virginia, where Welch is being prosecuted, say the trial is now set to start Sept. 12. Welch’s attorneys had requested the delay.Welch was charged with two counts of murder in 2015.

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Virginia lawmakers wrap up session focused on budget

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia state employees will be getting raises, some of them quite hefty, under a budget plan headed to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s desk. The GOP-controlled General Assembly on Saturday passed a state spending plan that includes significant pay increases for state police and other law enforcement officers, as well as a 3 percent across-the-board raises for state employees and the state’s share of a 2 percent raises for teachers. Virginia lawmakers finished their work this weekend for the 2017 legislative session, a six week sprint that saw bipartisan cooperation on some issues like treating opioid addiction, but plenty of squabbles on social issues like abortion and gun issues.  Lawmakers also moved quickly to do Virginia’s part in establishing an independent oversight authority for the beleaguered Washington-area Metro system. They also grappled with how best to dispose of the leftover waste product that comes from burning coal.

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UPDATE: Missing teenage girl is found safe

Breana Stout

UPDATED SUNDAY: Breana Stout has been located and is safe.

PREVIOUSLY: Roanoke County Police are seeking the public’s help in locating Breana Stout a 17 year old female from South County. She was last seen leaving the McDonalds at 2071 Electric Road on Friday evening (02/24/17). Breana was last seen in a McDonald’s uniform which is a red & black polo shirt, and black pants. She could possibly be in a Red 2015 Nissan Sentra with VA license plate VHX-7188. If anyone has information on Breana’s whereabouts call our non-emergency number (540) 562-3265. Breana is 5’10”, 185 lbs., and currently has her hair dyed red in color.

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After major fire, Mt. Regis Center is set to show off new location

After last year’s fire caused $600,000 worth of damages, Mount Regis Center for addiction treatment is hosting an open house at its new location on Monday. WFIR’s Lillian Boyd has the story.

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