Archives for August 2016

Deadly shooting

Roanoke police are still investigating a deadly shooting last weekend that they’re now saying doesn’t appear random. Rajae Juan Henderson was shot to death Saturday afternoon on the sidewalk in the 29-hundred block of Bluestone Avenue. Authorities say Henderson was murdered, but they’re still trying to figure out who was involved. Two witnesses tried to help Henderson get to a hospital in time, but he died on the way outside a gas station.

Summit taking place

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce is kicking off its annual summit at The Greenbrier. Yesterday, marked the start of the event that runs through tomorrow, featuring addresses from the state’s political, education and business leaders. Yesterday, panels discussed changes in the natural gas market, recent West Virginia Supreme Court decisions, the state’s opioid abuse crisis, education and economic topics.

No deer feeding in Va starts today

As of today, it is no longer legal to feed deer in the state of Virginia. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries released the statement, adding annual prohibition runs through the first Saturday in January. Make sure all feed has been removed, and any area where deer feed has been distributed is considered a “baited” area and cannot be hunted for 10 days following the complete removal of the food. These restrictions do not apply to agricultural plantings (including wildlife food plots) or food distributed to livestock.

Roads Closed

The USDA Forest Service has issued an emergency road closure order for Forest Road, Jerry’s Run, Big run, So Big, Crows Run and Crows Run Spur Roads due to Storm damage. The Forest Service is seeking storm damage funds in order to repair these roads to make them safe for travel while also providing for resource protection.

Augusta County man waives right to speedy trial

Child porn counts face an Augusta County man who has waived his right to a speedy trial. 50 year old Albert Christy Jr. had been cuffed back in March on 13 charges including possession and distribution of kiddie porn. He’s now being held at the Middle River Regional Jail. A trial date is expected to be determined on October 3.

Skimmer found on ATM’s in Waynesboro

A skimmer was found on an ATM in Waynesboro. Police say a customer spotted it on two ATM’s at the DuPont Community Credit Union on 140 Lucy Lane in Waynesboro. This is the branch of the credit union located near Wal-Mart beside Goodwill.The person who found it said the skimmer fit over the top of the existing card reader and he was aware of it because he had been notified of similar attempts at other credit union branches.

New Fire Chief

Nathan Ramsey is the new Fire and EMS Chief in Rockbridge County. He will start on September 26th. He is a Rockbridge native and attended Jefferson College of
Health Sciences and Columbia Southern University. He is certified to the level of Fire Officer IV through the Virginia Department of Fire Programs. Ramsey was chosen from a large group of 40 candidates.

Chittum

There is new information on the stand off at Lake Moomaw in Alleghany county on sunday. Ricky Chittum told deputies he was protecting the dam from ISIS. One negotiater was able to talk Chittum into putting down his rifle in exchange for water, but when the armored car pulled up, he pulled out another gun. Deputies charged him with brandishing a firearm and assaulting a law enforcement officer. Investigators found a burlap sack with “terrorist body bag” written on it, and found a pistol, ammunition boxes, 13 assault rifle magazines, two cell phones, two electronic tablets, a notebook, and a laptop.

Va Health Dept & Hepatitis A

The Virginia Department of Health is sending out a warning after more than three-dozen Virginia residents tested positive for hepatitis-A. A smoothie at Tropical Smoothie Cafe appears to be the culprit. Authorities say frozen strawberries imported from Egypt are to blame. Health officials say the bad strawberries were served at statewide locations between early-May through earlier this month.

Name released in shooting

Authorities are releasing the identity of a murder victim over the weekend at a northeast Roanoke apartment complex. Rajae Juan Henderson was found shot to death near a cul-de-sac in the 29-hundred block of Bluestone Avenue on Saturday afternoon. So far, police haven’t identified a suspect in the shooting.