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Rocky Mount man killed in Hardy Road accident

Rocky Mount man killed in Hardy Road accident

State Police say a Rocky Mount man lost his life when his car left Hardy Road in Franklin County, struck a guard rail and overturned. It happened Friday night near Middle Valley Road. Troopers say 28-year-old Timothy Muterspaugh II died at the scene. NEWS RELEASE: Virginia State Police Trooper J.D. Cockerham is investigating a motor… ... Continue Reading
July home sale contracts in the valley are the most since 2005

July home sale contracts in the valley are the most since 2005

The Roanoke Valley Association of Realtors has released housing sales statistics for the month of July, and they show an 8% increase in homes placed under contracts from June to July. The association says the 616 homes placed under contract in July has been the highest total during the month of July since 2005. WFIR’s… ... Continue Reading
Congressman focuses on homelessness during August recess

Congressman focuses on homelessness during August recess

5th District Congressman Denver Riggleman has posted a video online detailing changes he wants made to help homeless people. WFIR’s Ian Price has more: 08-19 Homelessness WRAP ... Continue Reading
New Glenvar field will also benefit soccer, track teams

New Glenvar field will also benefit soccer, track teams

The new synthetic turf field going in right now at Glenvar High School will benefit much more than the school’s football program. Roanoke County School Board Chair Don Butzer says muddy conditions and concerns over player safety limited the old Glenvar field’s use for soccer. The old track was asphalt; Butzer says it hasn’t hosted… ... Continue Reading
Music amongst the zoo animals: Acoustic Fest is coming

Music amongst the zoo animals: Acoustic Fest is coming

Lions, Tigers, and Beers? The Mill Mountain Zoo is throwing another “Acoustic Fest” and will be featuring a local brewery. For the third year in a row, the Mill Mountain Zoo will host the festival where visitors will be able to hear local musicians amongst the animals this coming weekend. WFIR’s Madison Everett has the… ... Continue Reading
Team Virginia advances in Little League World Series

Team Virginia advances in Little League World Series

A team from Loudoun County used a second no-hitter to advance in the Little League World Series. The Southeast region champions, defeated Minnesota 11- 0 yesterday, and have yet to allow a hit in the tournament. Virginia is the sixth team in the tournament’s history to throw multiple no hitters in their first two games.… ... Continue Reading
No whistle blower tips for Virginia state inspector general

No whistle blower tips for Virginia state inspector general

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s state watchdog says it’s not getting much help from whistle blowers. The Daily Press reports that the Office of the State Inspector General received no whistle blower tips in fiscal 2019. The office also said the state Fraud and Abuse Whistle Blower fund paid out zero claims. The fund lets whistle… ... Continue Reading
Liberty head football coach battles life-threatening infection

Liberty head football coach battles life-threatening infection

From Fox News: Liberty University head football coach Hugh Freeze was recovering from surgery this weekend after a life-threatening staph infection entered his bloodstream, according to a report. Freeze, in his first year coaching the Flames, was forced to miss recent practices because of severe back pain and a herniated disk, ESPN reported. He has suffered with back pain for… ... Continue Reading
Lawsuit challenges schools named after Confederate leaders

Lawsuit challenges schools named after Confederate leaders

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A local chapter of the NAACP is suing a Virginia county in an effort to change the names of schools named in honor of Confederate leaders. The Hanover County chapter of the NAACP said Friday that it was filing a federal lawsuit challenging the school names on constitutional grounds. The group… ... Continue Reading
Ahead of gun meeting, Virginia AG weighs in on militias

Ahead of gun meeting, Virginia AG weighs in on militias

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says heavily armed private militias could be in violation of state law if they mimic police functions like crowd control. Herring’s advisory opinion comes just days before lawmakers discuss gun laws at a Capitol meeting in what’s expected to be a contentious atmosphere. A Democratic lawmaker… ... Continue Reading
More than 100 animals seized from roadside zoo in Virginia

More than 100 animals seized from roadside zoo in Virginia

WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — More than 100 animals, including water buffalo, tigers and lions, have been seized from a roadside zoo in Virginia with a history of complaints. The Virginia Attorney General’s Office said Friday it joined with state and local authorities to carry out the seizures Thursday and Friday to investigate animal cruelty allegations… ... Continue Reading
McAuliffe concerned about election security ahead of 2020

McAuliffe concerned about election security ahead of 2020

Virginia’s former Democratic Governor says he has concerns regarding election security ahead of the 2020 Presidential election. WFIR’s Clark Palmer has more. 8-16 McAuliffe Election Security Wrap-WEB ... Continue Reading
Blacksburg police: Man assaulted woman after picking up in his vehicle

Blacksburg police: Man assaulted woman after picking up in his vehicle

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… ... Continue Reading
Separate accidents create backups both ways on same stretch of I-81

Separate accidents create backups both ways on same stretch of I-81

UPDATE: As of 5:00 pm, VDOT reports eight miles of northbound backups through the Roanoke Valley from Wildwood Road to Hollins, and three miles of southbound delays in the Cloverdale area. PREVIOUS: Accidents are creating Friday afternoon delays in both directions on Interstate 81 between I-581 and Cloverdale. On the northbound side, the accident is… ... Continue Reading
Man who reported wife’s suicide now charged with her murder

Man who reported wife’s suicide now charged with her murder

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… ... Continue Reading
Lawsuit challenges Virginia schools named after Confederate leaders

Lawsuit challenges Virginia schools named after Confederate leaders

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A local chapter of the NAACP is suing a Virginia county in an effort to change the names of schools named in honor of Confederate leaders. The Hanover County chapter of the NAACP said Friday that it was filing a federal lawsuit challenging the school names on constitutional grounds. The group… ... Continue Reading
SML shooting survivor Vicki Gardner sues WDBJ7

SML shooting survivor Vicki Gardner sues WDBJ7

MONETA, Va. (AP) – The only survivor of a 2015 attack where a disgruntled former employee shot and killed two Virginia journalists is suing the television station whose on-camera interview she was appearing in. The Roanoke Times reports Vicki Gardner is suing WDBJ for $6 million in damages in an amended civil complaint. Gardner says… ... Continue Reading
Big animal adoption weekend ahead to “Clear the Shelters”

Big animal adoption weekend ahead to “Clear the Shelters”

Roanoke-area animal rescues are inviting everyone to come help “Clear the Shelters” this weekend. It is a nationwide event, and since 2015, more than 250,000 animals across the country have found homes through the adoption event.  WFIR’s Madison Everett has more: 8-16 Clear the Shelters Wrap #2-WEB ... Continue Reading
Two arrested in latest MVP protest

Two arrested in latest MVP protest

From the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office:  On August 15, 2019, shortly after 7:00 AM, security personnel with Mountain Valley Pipeline contacted the Communications Center for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in reference to two protestors that were chained to a piece of equipment near Wades Gap Road in Callaway. The caller reported an additional 4-5… ... Continue Reading
UPDATE: Man dies due to injuries sustained in weekend shooting

UPDATE: Man dies due to injuries sustained in weekend shooting

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… ... Continue Reading

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