Archives for October 2016

Lynchburg Death

An investigation is underway in Lynchburg after officers find a man dead in the parking lot of the Timber Ridge Apartments. Police say 35-year-old Brent Strothman was discovered around 6:30 Saturday morning lying on the ground. The Medical Examiner is now working to find out how and why Strothman died.

High School Student Crash

Police are investigating a crash on Lee Highway in Botetourt County that killed a James River High School student. The accident happened Saturday night when police say 17-year-old Trystan Lowdermilk lost control of the car he was driving causing it to hit an embankment and flip over. A 16-year-old girl, who was also in the car, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. Authorities say neither was wearing a seatbelt, and alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the accident.

Pipeline Project Meetings

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is holding two public sessions seeking comment on the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline proposed project. The first is scheduled for Wednesday at Franklin County High School in Rocky Mount. The other is set for Thursday in Roanoke at the Sheraton Hotel off Hershberger Road. Both begin at 5 p.m.

Woman Climbs fence at Airport

Officers arrested a woman Saturday after she climbed a fence and walked up to a terminal at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport. An airport spokesperson says crews quickly spotted her scaling the fence on the Thirlane Road side of the airfield. She’s now facing charges of trespassing.


Police in Virginia say 22 people were hurt when a car slammed into them following a NASCAR race today. Most of those hurt outside the Martinsville Speedway were treated at the scene, but nine were taken to the hospital. The driver was taken into custody.

Help to Communities

Virginia is bringing community services to troubled youth in the Commonwealth. It’s signed contracts with two companies to coordinate services for youths in the juvenile justice system in their communities. The initiative is designed to keep kids closer to home and provide service where and when they need it. The programs get underway in the new year. They’re being paid for by the savings from the closing of the Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Center in Powhatan County next June.

VA Board of Education

The Virginia Board of Education is giving partial accreditation to two local schools. Hurt Park and Westside elementary are also being allowed to reconstitute. The state superintendent had recommended the schools lose their accreditation because their English test scores have not met the state’s minimum requirements for four straight years. However, Roanoke Superintendent Rita Bishop attended the board’s meeting last week, in Richmond to advocate for the schools in person.

Va Tech

Virginia Tech’s Meat Science Center in Blacksburg is now selling to the public. It’s opened a year round retail store to sell a wide selection of dry aged beef, lamb, pork, bacon, and other processed meats. Most of it comes right from the university’s farm on Plantation Road. You can place an order at the science center’s website.

Church Bus Crash

More than a dozen people are recuperating after a church bus from Virginia crashed into an SUV headed in the wrong direction on a North Carolina highway. The State Highway Patrol said 17 people ranging in age from one month to 90 years old were injured in the crash early Sunday. Troopers said most were aboard a 15-passenger, rented van carrying members of a Jehovah’s Witness congregation from Martinsville, Virginia, to Salisbury, North Carolina.

Two Men Among Those Arrested in Meth Ring

Two local men are among two dozen busted under federal drug and gun charges. Authorities say 54 year old Robert Jones and 40 Richard Scott, both of Waynesboro, allegedly took part in a methamphetamine distribution ring. Federal, state and local law enforcement seized hundreds of firearms and major quantities of methamphetamine.