Archives for June 2016

Key piece of evidence

A key piece of evidence in a deadly hit-and-run case may have been found. State Police seized a car Tuesday in Roanoke they believe was involved in last week’s crash. It happened on I-581 near Orange Avenue when a woman lost control of her car and hit a wall. She wasn’t hurt in that collision but then was hit crossing the highway to get to the shoulder. She was identified as 44-year-old Lori Allis. No charges have been filed.

Patriotic State

This weekend is about getting outdoors, barbecuing and spending time with family and friends, but most importantly, we get together to Honor our Independence as Americans. According to the personal-finance website WalletHub, they released its list of 2016’s Most Patriotic States. Surprisingly, Alaska has the highest number of veterans per 1,000 residents, which is two times higher than in New York. Georgia has the highest percentage of residents who enlisted in the military (non-prior service). Minnesota has the highest percentage of residents who voted in the 2012 presidential election, and Utah has the highest volunteer rate. However, which state is the most patriotic? Virginia is, followed by Alaska.

Dooring

A traffic infraction for “dooring” and some new restrictions for learner’s permit holders are
among the many DMV-related legislation changes effective July 1. Dooring, commonly used in reference to bicyclists, occurs when a motorist opens his vehicle’s door in the path of an oncoming cyclist or other vehicle. The impact can seriously injure or kill a bicyclist.
This new traffic law takes effect today.

Fireworks

Fireworks and celebrations go together, but if you do not take the proper fireworks safety precautions your celebrations could come to a sudden and possibly tragic conclusion. The Virginia Department of Fire Programs and the State Fire Marshal’s Office would like to remind everyone to remember a few things this holiday weekend. Leave the fireworks displays to the trained professionals. If you plan to discharge approved fireworks on your property do the following: Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies and for pouring on fireworks that do not go off. Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Douse and soak them with water and throw them away. Be sure all people are out of range before lighting fireworks. Please stay safe this weekend.

Dominion Virginia Power

Dominion Virginia Power’s expanded EnergyShare program has already helped 10,740 families and individuals with bill payment assistance and weatherized 1,600 homes across Virginia in less than one year. Additional details and successes of the program are now available in Dominion’s first EnergyShare Annual Report.

Mobile command centers

The attorney general’s office is deploying several mobile command centers to areas hit the hardest by last week’s flooding. The mobile offices will be staffed by the Consumer Protection Division to answer questions and concerns related to potential cleanup and repair scams. The seven different offices will be set up in Kanawha, Greenbrier, Jackson, Nicholas, Roane and Webster counties.

Shooting in Roanoke

Two people were hurt after a drive-by shooting in a neighborhood where children ride their bikes and attend daycare. It happened around 3:30 Monday afternoon in northwest Roanoke on Orange Avenue. The shooting happened just a day after police and religious leaders held a prayer walk about two blocks away to call for peace. Shootings are on the rise in the city this year. The “Roanoke Times” reports 27 shootings this year compared to 14 at this time last year.

Non profit helps families in Roanoke

A non-profit called Family Promise of Greater Roanoke provides temporary housing and meals for families with children working with four families at a time. It’s made up of 31 congregations and more than one thousand volunteers. Family Promise is one of the agencies partnering with the United Way RYSE Program to end student homelessness for nearly 600 students in Roanoke. The non-profit has a case manager who helps them with all of the issues they may have that cause them to be homeless and gets them back into permanent housing. Classes in financial management help them become more successful.

Greenbrier resort

The once beautiful Greenbrier resort, is now in great need of repair. The grandstands set up for a PGA tournament that was supposed to start the week of July Fourth now look out on a muddy, gouged-out golf course strewn with trash, tires, refrigerators and severed trees. The Greenbrier’s newly built chapel was filled with 4 feet of mud. At the tennis complex, mud coated a few levels of seats around the year-old center court. It might take a full year to bring Old White back into proper shape so the PGA Tour can come back in 2017 as expected.

Church helps flood victims

As families clean up the flooding mess, a Botetourt church is looking to meet long-term needs. Starting today, Fincastle Baptist Church is collecting furniture and appliances for flood victims. After delivering food and supplies to Alleghany County and West Virginia since Friday, the pastor asked disaster relief leaders what’s next. Kevin Cummings, the pastor at FBC, really wanted to help. Today through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. you can drop off unused furniture and supplies at Fincastle Baptist Church on Route 220 and in Covington beside the Kmart in Mallow Mall.