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Inmate walks away from work detail; freedom lasts just over 2 hours

Inmate walks away from work detail; freedom lasts just over 2 hours

A Roanoke County inmate who walked away from an outside work detail late this morning on Hollins Road was apprehended without incident about two hours later just inside the Roanoke City limits. Local residents had been asked to shelter in place. 34 year old David McFall is serving time for armed robbery. Three Roanoke County… ... Continue Reading
Wirtz woman pleads no contest in death of toddler found in toilet

Wirtz woman pleads no contest in death of toddler found in toilet

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (AP) – A Franklin County woman has pleaded no contest to charges in the death of her 1-year-old daughter who was found unresponsive lying in a toilet bowl. The Roanoke Times reports 30-year-old Tabitha Danielle Amos entered the plea Tuesday to charges including child cruelty with injury and felony possession of narcotics.… ... Continue Reading
Maroons lacrosse goalie camp is back

Maroons lacrosse goalie camp is back

Summer means its time again for Roanoke College men’s lacrosse head coach Bill Pilat’s goalies school. More than 80 young netminders from around the country are in Salem for the camp this week: WPLY-MIN ... Continue Reading
Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge rolls out new sports video

Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge rolls out new sports video

Sports is big business in the Roanoke Valley and Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge wants to grow that even bigger. More about an announcement made today from WFIR’s Gene Marrano. 7-17 VBR Sports Video Wrap#1-WEB ... Continue Reading
Texas motorcyclist dies in Blue Ridge Parkway crash

Texas motorcyclist dies in Blue Ridge Parkway crash

A Texas motorcyclist lost his life yesterday on the Blue Ridge Parkway when his cycle left the Roadway in Floyd County and went down a 30-foot embankment. Parkway officials say 73-year-old Ronald Campbell was traveling behind his son in law, who then noticed Campbell was no longer in sight. Sheriff’s deputies and Park Service rangers… ... Continue Reading
Downtown Roanoke eatery to remain open after bars close

Downtown Roanoke eatery to remain open after bars close

Downtown Roanoke’s newest eatery is now open at the corner of Campbell Avenue and South Jefferson Street. WFIR’s Ian Price has more on Wokology: 07-17 Wokology WRAP ... Continue Reading
Roanoke gunfire: Two dead in overnight shootings

Roanoke gunfire: Two dead in overnight shootings

Two people are dead and third is hospitalized after gunfire erupted overnight in northwest Roanoke. Police say officers on patrol heard gunshots coming from the area of 11th and Orange, and while responding, they came across a car in the 800-block of Orange with the three victims inside. A woman was pronounced dead at the… ... Continue Reading
United Way President and CEO gets ready to move on

United Way President and CEO gets ready to move on

Friday is the last day on the job for the United Way of Roanoke Valley’s President and CEO of the past four years – as she moves to a worldwide platform. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more with Afira DeVries: 7-17 Devries Wrap#1-WEB Click below to hear our in-depth conversation with Afira DeVries: 7-17 Afire DeVries… ... Continue Reading
Rescue Mission’s Rally for Recovery is July 2th

Rescue Mission’s Rally for Recovery is July 2th

The Roanoke Rescue Mission will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its residential, long-term substance abuse treatment program, “The Way Forward,” with a night of live music and a keynote speaker – the “Rally for Recovery” is July 27th at the Berglund Center: WFIR-AMNE   ... Continue Reading
Virginia Western begins campaign to replace iconic gazebo

Virginia Western begins campaign to replace iconic gazebo

Fund-raising efforts are under way to build a new gazebo at the Virginia Western Community College arboretum. The current one is 26 years old, and it is starting to deteriorate. They thought about restoring the gazebo but learned that state and federal standards make total replacement the less expensive option. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:… ... Continue Reading
7 months later, Ashanti Alert still not active

7 months later, Ashanti Alert still not active

Despite being signed into law seven months ago by President Trump, the “Ashanti Alerts” have not been implemented by the Justice Department. Now Virginia’s Senior Senator is demanding answers, as WFIR’s Ian Price reports: 07-16 Ashanti Alert WRAP ... Continue Reading
Favre, Kelly among Liberty University speakers this fall

Favre, Kelly among Liberty University speakers this fall

Two NFL Hall of Fame quarterbacks will be among the speakers coming this fall to Liberty University. Liberty announced in a tweet today that Brett Favre and Jim Kelly will both be speakers at student convocations. The university has not yet released the specific dates. ... Continue Reading
Video: Police seek man for burglarizing lawn equipment business

Video: Police seek man for burglarizing lawn equipment business

NEWS RELEASE: Roanoke County police are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a burglary suspect and/ or suspect vehicle. A business in the 4000 block of Starkey Rd was burglarized on June 26 and July 7. Surveillance footage obtained from the July 7 incident show a while male with bald head entering the store with… ... Continue Reading
Blackface scandal dampens Northam’s fundraising

Blackface scandal dampens Northam’s fundraising

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is struggling to raise big money in a key election year after a blackface scandal nearly ended his political career. But he’s also managed to remain a major source of campaign cash for Democrats, including those who have previously called on him to resign. New campaign finance… ... Continue Reading
Downtown retail icon completes facelift

Downtown retail icon completes facelift

After 32 years in downtown Roanoke on Campbell Avenue, Orvis Roanoke cut the ribbon on its newly renovated store today. Orvis has more than 80 stores in the US and UK; the one in Roanoke was the second. The outdoors-oriented retailer was founded in 1856 and was an early mail order company. David Pero says… ... Continue Reading
Richmond Catholic Diocese suspends Roanoke-raised priest

Richmond Catholic Diocese suspends Roanoke-raised priest

The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has suspended a Norfolk priest who graduated from Roanoke Catholic School, was an altar server at St. Andrews Church and held his first priestly assignment there. Diocesan officials say the suspension of Joseph Metzgar the Third followed  recent accusations that he violated the code of conduct with minors. The news… ... Continue Reading
Former Salem Red Sox players have big nights for Boston

Former Salem Red Sox players have big nights for Boston

The Boston Red Sox held on for a 10 to 8 win over the Toronto Blue Jays last night.  3 former Salem Red Sox players had plenty to do with that win: WPLY-MIN ... Continue Reading
State pension plan looks to lower expected rate of return

State pension plan looks to lower expected rate of return

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia state and local governments may have to pay more each year to cover public employees’ retirement costs.The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the state’s pension plan for public employees is looking at lowering its expected rate of investment returns.The Virginia Retirement System could lower the assumed growth rate from 7 %… ... Continue Reading
Prosecutors hope Fields sentencings can help healing process proceed

Prosecutors hope Fields sentencings can help healing process proceed

Prosecutors in Charlottesville say they hope the sentencings of James Fields, Jr. will help the healing process move forward. Fields received a second life term yesterday on state charges, following a similar sentence last month on federal ones. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones. 07-16 Fields Sentence Wrap-WEB ... Continue Reading
VDOT: I-81 accident blocks all NB lanes near Elliston

VDOT: I-81 accident blocks all NB lanes near Elliston

From VDOT: On I-81 at mile marker 127 in the County of Montgomery, motorists can expect delays due to a tractor trailer accident. All North lanes are closed. Traffic backups are approximately 3.0 miles. ... Continue Reading

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