Archives for February 2016

Roanoke Chief Retires

Chief Chris Perkins concluded his last day with the Roanoke Police Department where he began: the streets of District 4. Perkins, 46, joined his street cops at the morning line-up, where he received his assignment, and loaded up his police cruiser to set out for an area in northwest Roanoke, yesterday morning. Perkins joined the police department in 1992 as an officer, then rose through the ranks. He became chief in 2010. In December, he announced he planned to retire, citing personal needs.

Beck’s Sentencing

Prosecutors said that on a springtime Sunday morning last year, during an argument over coffee in their kitchen in northwest Roanoke, David Tyrone Beck, 56, attacked Allicott, 45, and used several different knives to stab and cut her more than a dozen times. At Beck’s sentencing yesterday, Roanoke Circuit Court Judge William Broadhurst sentenced Beck, 15 years on the two charges, with another 15 years in suspended time. After he’s released, he’ll be placed on indefinite probation.

Update on Roanoke Shooting

Roanoke County police identify the victim of Friday night’s officer involved shooting. Police say 18-year-old Kionte Deshaun Spencer died after being shot in the hip and collarbone. Police received a call Friday around 7:15 p.m. about a man pointing a gun at cars near the intersection on Brambleton Avenue and Electric Road. When officers arrived, police say, they saw Spencer carrying what looked like a handgun. Officers later determined it was a BB pistol air gun.
At least six officers were involved. They are on administrative leave. The police department is conducting an internal investigation to make sure protocol was followed.

Free development screening

In an effort to help families who may have children with developmental delays, a free child development screening will be offered on Wednesday, Marych 9th, from 4 pm to 7pm at
Edgemont Primary School. This screening will evaluate children’s skills in all areas of development. Please contact Tammie Looney at 965-1420, Melinda Snead-Johnson at 540-965-1400, or Angelina Banaag at 863-1620 if you need further information.

NAACP Press Conference Today

The Roanoke chapter of the NAACP will have a press conference today at the Cave Spring Corners parking lot to talk about the shooting death of Kionte Spencer. Chapter President Brenda Hale says she is “extremely concerned” by how the investigation is being handled by the Roanoke County Police Department. Hale wants the department to release video of the incident and answer questions about how and where Spencer was tasered. The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

NAACP

The Roanoke chapter of the NAACP will have a press conference tomorrow at the Cave Spring Corners parking lot to talk about the shooting death of Kionte Spencer. Chapter President Brenda Hale says she is “extremely concerned” by how the investigation is being handled by the Roanoke County Police Department. Specifically she wants the department to release any video of the incident, to answer questions about how and where Spencer was tasered and start discussion of the creation of a citizens review board.

Easter Parade plans mapped out in Clifton Forge

Clifton Forge Main Street has laid out some details of its Easter Bonnet Parade. the group requested permission to hold the march on Saturday, March 26 at 11:00 AM kicking off from the 400 block of East Ridgeway St. to the Clifton Forge Town Hall parking lot. The parade will line up at 11:30 AM and all men, women, children, and pets are invited to participate with a bonnet or cap of their design.

Shooting range access roads closed due to bad weather

The Forest Service temporarily closed Forest Road 616 accessing Low Moor Shooting Range in Alleghany County and Forest Road 1312 accessing Bath County Shooting Range. Recent bad weather made the roads unsafe for vehicle travel. The public can walk into both ranges while the roads are closed. Parking for Low Moor Shooting Range is available at the locked gate with a ¼-mile walk to the range. Visitors can walk .7 miles into Bath County Shooting Range after parking across State Road 619 from the closed gate. Gates to the Low Moor and Bath County Shooting Ranges are closed until suitable repairs can be made to the access roads, possibly by spring, if weather permits.

Rubio in Roanoke Sunday

Another Republican candidate for President is coming to the Roanoke Valley ahead of Tuesday’s crucial “Super Tuesday” primaries. A Roanoke area GOP source tells WDBJ7 Anchor Chris Hurst the event will be at Roanoke College in Salem. Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s campaign released details of a rally scheduled for Sunday night. It says doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the event scheduled from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Other GOP sources say the campaign for Texas Senator Ted Cruz is also trying to schedule a stop in western Virginia in the next week.

Crash closes Route 43

Part of State Route 43 in Botetourt County was closed yesterday morning, due to an accident. The southbound lanes of state Route 43 were closed near Lake Catherine Drive. The accident occurred about 3.5 miles northwest of Buchanan.