Archives for April 2017

Let Fawns Be

It’s the time of year where you might come across a baby deer, and the temptation to check on them or even give them a hug is overwhelming for some. But Police are reminding folks to give fawns their space.
Police say fawns will bed down and be left alone for extended periods of time while their mothers go out and forage. So a fawn that appears to be alone has not actually been abandoned. A fawn is unlikely to run away even if you approach it, but that is not a sign of injury.

Deadly Workplace Accident

Authorities are investigating a deadly workplace accident. The accident happened Thursday when Charles McFadden of Appomattox was killed during a structure demolition project in Bonsack. McFadden at worked for WEL Incorporated for nine years.

Community Development Authority for site

The firm redeveloping the former Kmart on North Franklin Street in Christiansburg is requesting a Community Development Authority be created for the site. Core Property Capital is pursuing the special tax district as a way to raise money for property improvements. The CDA can issue bonds for improvements and the locality can assess a special tax on property within that area to pay down the debt. The request is bringing mixed reaction from local officials.

Fire in Roanoke

Three people are recovering from injuries after a fire in Roanoke County. The fire happened around 6 p.m. Friday in a home in the 21-hundred block of Sourwood Street. An older couple and a woman in the home were taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The cause of the fire was an oven in the kitchen.

Furniture Warehouse Fire

Fire officials are investigating the cause of a furniture warehouse fire in Martinsville. The fire happened at the American Furniture warehouse in the 200 block of Aaron Street. Authorities say the building is a total loss and that the owners carried no insurance. No one was injured.

Va Officer Shoots Man

Police say an officer in Virginia shot a man yielding a knife who said he strangled his wife. The Richmond Police Department says officers were called to an apartment complex early Sunday after a man told a dispatcher that he strangled his wife and was holding a gun to his head. Police say the man then threatened the officers with a knife and an officer shot the man once.

Kotulka gets extension

Last week the Alleghany County School board voted to give Superintendent Eugene Kotukla a two year extension. His orginal contract was set to expire in 2019. The Virginian Review reports that the board met in closed session to approve the 4-2 extension. Kotulka has a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Man arrested for Making Threats

Roy Womack was arrested on Saturday after he threatened to brurn a church down and make threats to church members. The Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Department arrested Womack. Womack was using social media to make threats to individual members of the church in February.

CSX Train hits Man

Authorities have identified a man who died after he was hit by a CSX train in Fredericksburg. Police identified the man on Sunday as 30-year-old Jeremy David Day of Fredericksburg. Police said Day died at the hospital after he and another man were hit by a CSX train early Saturday.

Execution Halted

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has halted a man’s execution in a murder-for-hire case, citing concerns about false information provided to jurors. The Democratic governor commuted 38-year-old Ivan Teleguz’s sentence to life in prison Thursday. Teleguz was convicted in 2006 of hiring a man to kill 20-year-old Stephanie Sipe, the mother of his child.