Amtrak to start in Fall

Amtrak service will start in Roanoke this fall. The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation says that its Northeast Regional Service will begin October 31st. A train will operate one round trip every day of the week.

Police Pursuit

A man is facing multiple charges after a police pursuit. Roanoke Police say Derrell Holland was driving an unauthorized vehicle when they tried to pull him over around 7 p.m. Tuesday. The vehicle stopped on Jae Valley Road after hitting another car. Holland tried to run from the scene, but was apprehended.

YMCA Botetourt Co

Folks are trying to get enough money raised to start construction on the new Botetourt County YMCA. The goal is August 1st, the amount, is 9 million dollars, and yes, they are pretty darn close-at 8.65 million, at last count. WSLS TV reoprts that if they reach 8.85 by deadline, a local donor will pitch in the rest. They want to break ground in September, and the plan is to have the new Y open by January 2019.

Store Theft

Paul Richard Bundy of Pedro, Ohio was arrested on Monday, after breaking and entering at Hematite Grocery on Dunlap Creek Rd. According to the Virginian Review, food items, tobacco and alcohol products were taken from the store. According to Lt Col. Matt Bowser, who is the chief deputy of the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office, they believe the robbery occured on Monday morning. Investigator Lt. Richard Fridley is heading the investigation.

Fare Care For Residents, Employees In Colonial Heights

When you need an ambulance in an emergency, the cost isn’t top of mind. In Colonial Heights, FARE CARE is a subscription program to help citizens alleviate any out-of-pocket expenses, such as health insurance co-payments and deductibles, when emergency ambulance transportation is needed. Individuals will be billed for emergency ambulance transportation under the city’s Cost Recovery Program. You can enroll for $29 a year (single coverage), or $59 a year (2 or more family members). Employees who work in, but do not reside in Colonial Heights, are also eligible for enrollment.

Covington Police Continue To Comb For Clues In Break-In

It was almost a year ago that someone broke into the Covington Parks and Recreation building at the corner of Oak Street and Marion Avenue and stole a gas blower. Still, police are looking for clues to track down whomever is responsible. Police say they came in a white or light-colored SUV along Marion Avenue. They were at the scene for about three minutes and then took off. Crimestopper reward money is available for information leading to the recovery of the stolen property and the arrest of those responsible. If you have information, please contact the Covington Police Department at 540-965-6333 and ask to speak to an officer on duty.

Where VA Stands Among States In Terms Of At-Risk Youth

Virginia finishes at number 36 among states in terms of at-risk youth populations. The survey from Wallethub looked at everything from drug use to poverty to obesity rates to compile the standings, ten key indicators in all. The commonwealth fared best in terms of lowest percentage of homeless youth, finishing 48th. North Dakota did best in the study, Mississippi finished worst.

DARE Returns to Covington

DARE Program returned to the Covington City School System this year. Students at JeterWatson Intermediate School, in the fifth and seventh grades spent some time this Spring on the program. DARE shows kids the importance of avoiding drugs, alcohol and violence, and it gives students the knowledge and tools to make them better respond to decisions to avoid things of that nature. The Virginian Review reports that Officers Chris Smith and Kameron Crowder of the Covington Police Department served as DARE instructors for the students this year.

Man Pleads No Contest

A Roanoke man could spend up to 40 years behind bars after pleading no contest Monday, to killing a five-month old baby. Court documents show that authorities found Liam Fink unresponsive, who was in the care of Mikeal Sardarov on February 28th. The infant died the next day at the hospital. Sardarov claimed the infant had been dropped, but the medical examiner says there were multiple head traumas. Sardarov will be sentenced October 26th.

Man Facing Charges

A man is facing charges in connection with a stabbing. Roanoke Police say the 55-year old victim was stabbed around 6 a.m. yesterday in the 300 block of Woods Avenue. Authorities say 44-year old Jeremy Daniel Graves is charged with malicious wounding and is jailed without bond.