Archives for February 2017

Man from Virginia who scaled Trump Tower

A 19-year-old man who scaled Trump Tower in New York City in August has pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct. A judge told Stephen Rogata, of Great Falls, Virginia, on Monday that he’s prohibited from any contact with President Donald Trump. The Daily News says that includes mail, Facebook and Twitter.

Jury Trial

The jury trial for the man accused in connection with the disappearance of the Lyon sisters is being rescheduled. Lloyd Welch was scheduled to go on trial in April and is now expected to begin September 12th. The two sisters went missing from a Maryland shopping mall in 1975 and their remains have never been found but are believed to be buried in Bedford County.


Homeowners near the old Shenandoah Life building in Roanoke are not happy about development plans for part of the property. Tempers flared at a presentation meeting last night over the 17 acres where Greensboro, North Carolina developer Berkley Hall plans to build 224 apartments. Carilion purchased the Shenandoah Life building back in 2015 and decided to sell off part of the land to Berkley Hall. Neighbors had hoped that Carilion would have kept the acreage as a park with trails.

Easter Baskets by 7th Grader

It’s a birthday tradition in Botetourt County, for Sarah Hamblin of Fincastle. Every year, Sarah, a seventh grader, asks for gifts for others for her birthday. It’s called, Operation, Easter Bunny. She asks folks to donate to the Botetourt Food Pantry, Badkback Buddies, and the Roanoke Rescue Mission, and people have been doing that for the past seven years. WSLS TV reports she has donated over 700 Easter Baskets, and this year she wants to donate Easter Baskets to all the Children at Roanoke Memorial Children’s Hospital. They are filled with toys, coloring books and stuffed animals, no candy, since some kids have dietary restrictions.

VA State Employees Getting Raises

Virginia state employees will be getting raises, some of them quite hefty, under a budget plan headed to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s desk. The GOP-controlled General Assembly on Saturday passed a state spending plan that includes significant pay increases for state police and other law enforcement officers, as well as a 3 percent across-the-board raises for state employees and the state’s share of a 2 percent raises for teachers.

Woman attacks College Professor

Virginia State Police say a central Virginia community college professor is expected to survive after being attacked on campus by a woman with a box cutter. Police said in a statement that the attack happened inside the professor’s office at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College on Thursday afternoon. The statement says a 24-year-old woman cut a male professor with a box cutter and was attempting to leave the building when she was apprehended. The professor was taken to VCU Medical Center with injuries that are not life-threatening. No one else was injured.

New Chief Executive Officer at LewisGale

LewisGale Hospital Alleghany, has a new chief executive Officer. William “Will” Windham will take the position on April 3rd. Windham currently resides in Mckinney Tx, where he serves as chief operating officer for HCA’s Medical City McKinney. According to the Virginian Review, he has held positions at HCA’s HealthONE division office and Presbyterian/St Luke’s Medical Center, both in Denver, Colorado, and in Nashville he was the corporate Strategic Resource Group and Centennial Medical Center at that location.

Forest Park Academy

Roanoke police are stepping up patrols in the area of Forest Park Academy. A 17-year-old girl reported to police that she was followed to school by a man Tuesday morning. The man is described as an older white male 55- to 60-years-old and driving a red Ford F-150. The man never approached her, but did wave before she walked into school.

Bob Goodlatte

Roanoke area citizens are voicing their concerns to Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte or at least a cardboard cutout of him. Good latté hasn’t held a town hall meeting in four years so Roanoke Indivisible decided to hold one and invited the congressman. But Goodlatté was already on a scheduled trip to India so a capacity crowd at the Vinton Senior Center last night asked questions and voiced concerns to “cardboard Bob.” Topics ranged from Obamacare to the environment.

VMI Robot heading to Texas

A VMI Robot is heading to Texas in search of ticks. A particularly vicious breed of ticks is plaguing cattle in Texas, and the robots are going to go collect the ticks and use them for analysis. According to WDBJ TV, the robot will be lead by a team of five cadets that have been working with the machine. The robot will collect data by attaching sensors to find out the best way for it to work. They will head to Texas for two days with the robot to collect the ticks.