Archives for August 2016

First solar project

Virginia’s first community solar project is now on. Governor Terry McAuliffe was in Lexington yesterday to flip the switch on the new service through BARC Electric Cooperative. The plan is for people who don’t have the space or money to install solar panels but want to lock in energy prices for the next 20 years by using solar. The initial period of availability for the service sold out with 25 more already on the waiting list.

Ambulance collision

A collision with a Roanoke County ambulance is sending one man to the hospital. Authorities in Salem say a man was injured when he collided with the ambulance in the 18-hundred bloc of West Main Street yesterday afternoon. The ambulance had its lights and sirens on as it was transporting a patient to LewisGale Medical Center at the time of the crash. The motorcyclist is expected to survive.

Lawsuit against church

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is facing a lawsuit for defamation brought by a Roanoke County woman. Karena McGraw, a one-time member of the Cotton Hill branch of the church, claims officials with the church made other worshipers fear her after they wrote a letter to police alleging the woman caused disturbances on the church’s property. McGraw filed the suit this month, seeking nearly a million-dollars in damages.

Buffalo wild wings shooting

A 21 year old man was shot yesterday morning near Buffalo Wild Wings according to the Danville Police Department. He suffered non life threatening injuries.

Food Pantry for clifton forge

The Clifton Forge Food Pantry’s building is in sudden need of repairs, and they need your help. The roof of one of their buildings is quickly failing and needs to be replaced. So, a GoFundMe account has been set up for monetary donations. You can donate on the Facebook page of the Food Pantry by visiting Facebook dot com slash Clifton Forge Area Food Pantry. Folks can also donate by mailing a check to PO Box 361, Clifton Forge. Monies raised will help to replace the failing roof as well as the ceiling of one of the buildings of the Clifton Forge Food Pantry.

Lake Moomaw

Yesterday morning there was a situation at Lake Moomaw. Ricky Chittum, of Covington, was seen around the lake with an assault rifle and in body armor. He reportedly fired into the lake a few times while displaying an American flag and another flag. Alleghany County Sheriff Kevin Hall explained that Chittum was “protecting the lake from ISIS.” Chittum was charged with assault of an officer and brandishing a firearm. He was taken to Alleghany Regional Jail for processing and if being evaluated by mental health professionals. It was a work of several counties coming together to arrest Chittum. The Sheriff said it was a joint effort of the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office, the Bath County Sheriff’s Office, Covington City Police and Virginia Station Police.

Airport gets upgrade

The Lynchburg Regional Airport is getting an upgrade! They will soon offer larger and faster flights at lower prices. American Airlines will offer regional jet service. The Lynchburg Regional Airport will have 3 larger planes, including one of the new models that can hold up to 63 passengers, compared to the 48 seats on current flights. The change happens September 7th.

Police cruiser hit

An SUV hit a Roanoke police cruiser yesterday morning, at the intersection of Williamson and Liberty Roads. Lt Bob Chandler said the officer was on his way to a high priority call. One officer had a minor injury and returned to work. The crash is under investigation.

Co workers fight

What started as an argument between co-workers now has one man in jail. Rodney Harris was arrested for attacking his co-worker with a hammer in Lynchburg. It happened Monday night at Conner Produce on Oakley Ave. The owner of the business says he doesn’t know what started the fight. Donald Johns says the victim has been released from the hospital and Harris no longer works there. He tells the “News and Advance” Harris was a truck driver and worked at the business for about three or four years. Harris is being held without bond.

VA Tech

He can’t play football anymore, but thanks to the Hokies, he can still be part of a team. Fifteen-year-old cancer patient Elijah Oltmanns attended Virginia Tech football practice this week as a guest of the team. The Vinton resident had to quit football a couple years ago when doctors found he had lymphoma and later, diabetes. Elijah was presented with a jersey and gloves and got to lead the team in their end-of-practice breakdown. Head Coach Justin Fuente says they wanted to make it a special day for Elijah. His mom tells HokieSports.com the experience was just amazing.