Archives for July 2016

March against hate Saturday

Dozens gathered Saturday night to march against hate. The Rally and March for Justice and Equality brought many folks together. They took a moment to honor African Americans who lost their lives to recent violence, as well as police officers killed in the line of duty.


The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ five mobile customer service centers, called
DMV 2 Go, are traveling across the state to serve customers. Thanks to DMV’s partnerships with other government agencies, customers may also now purchase certified copies of Virginia birth, marriage, divorce, and death certificates, obtain E-ZPass transponders, and apply for their hunting or fishing licenses on all five DMV mobile offices.
To connect with DMV 2 Go on Twitter, use @VirginiaDMV or #DMV2Go.

Family lost hiking found safe

A family got lost Saturday afternoon hiking in Giles County. They were near Mountain Lake Lodge and were able to call 911. They had also run out of water. The Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad assisted in the search. It looks like the 911 call helped authorities find them, which they did within a couple of hours.

Virginia swing state

Being a swing state in this election is going to put Virginia in the spotlight and on the hook. As the presidential candidates tour the state, extra security will be needed at campaign events. Those costs don’t appear to be covered by the campaign, but by the taxpayers. For instance, Donald Trump’s event this week in Roanoke cost taxpayers almost 20-thousand dollars. Most of it went towards extra police officers and the rest went toward extra fire department and EMS workers.

Man charged with assault, giving police fake name after incident in Waynesboro

A 52 year old man has been arrested in Waynesboro for assault and for falsely identifying himself to police. Raymond Lamber Jr is accused of threatening workers at Gio’s Treasures on the 100 block of 8th Street with a knife. When police got there, Lambert was being restrained by several employees after one had disarmed him. There were no injuries. Police say Lambert initally gave a fake name until they did some digging and found out who he was.

VA gets high grade for helping students with disabilities

State officials are touting Virginia’s compliance with a federal law designed to help students with disabilities.
State education officials said Thursday that the Old Dominion has earned the “Meets Requirements” rating from the U.S. Department of Education, which officials said was the highest possible rating. Virginia is one of 23 states and territories to receive the designation. The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ranks states on a number of factors, including graduation rates of special education students.

Funeral arrangements for missing girl

Funeral arrangements have been made for a 14-year-old West Virginia girl missing and presumed dead in last month’s devastating floods. The obituary for Mykala Cheyanne Phillips says the service will take place Sunday afternoon at Bethesda Church in White Sulphur Springs.

Man falls 30 feet

A man died on yesterday morning in Botetourt County after falling about 30 feet. He was trimming trees when he fell and was pinned by several logs that had fallen on top of him.
It was initially thought that he was struck by lightning while trimming trees. The investigation is still ongoing, but according to Botetourt County Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle, it appears to be an accident.

Roanoke police officer

Roanoke police Officer Najee Anthony Tynes, 29, of Roanoke, was found dead on Wednesday evening inside a restroom in the police department from a self inflicted gunshot wound. Tynes had worked for the department since August 30, 2011. An internal review of what happened is underway.

Roanoke officer self inflicted gunshot

The body of a Roanoke police officer was found at the police department Wednesday, according to Crime Prevention Specialist Scott Leamon of the Roanoke City Police Department. The officer died from an apparent, self-inflicted gunshot wound in the facility at 348 Campbell Avenue SW. This investigation is ongoing.