Archives for September 2016

Lewisburg water safe

Lewisburg city officials are confident that their water supply is safe. The water system was tested recently, and it showed that it did test positive for the chemical Chromium 6. What does that mean though? The EPA says the maximum contamination level for Chromium is 100 parts per billion. The highest test result in the Lewisburg Water System is 0.079 parts per billion, and that is above the minimum detection level of 0.03 parts per billion.

Shooting investigated

Roanoke City police are investigating a shooting. Authorities say the shooting happened round 4:30 yesterday morning on Courtland Road. The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The investigation disrupted the morning school bus routine for children and the bus stop was moved up the block.

Body found

Pulaski police are investigating the discovery of a body found in a creek. Police say the body was found around one o’clock Wednesday afternoon in a creek near Route 11. Chief Gary Roche says it appears the body had been there for some time and it’s too early to say if foul play is involved. The body is at the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke for an autopsy.

Rahami’s wife and daughter

The family of the suspected New Jersey and New York bomber is now living in Roanoke. The Rahamis, including Ahmad Rahami’s wife and daughter, moved to the rented Patterson Avenue home over the weekend. The family’s landlord says they signed a year lease last December and planned to move there after selling their chicken restaurant. Ahmad’s father, Mohammad Rahami, tells WSET he has a brother who already lives in the Roanoke Valley and he thinks his family will be able to live the American dream there.

Greenbrier mourning

The Greenbrier is mourning the death of Arnold Palmer. The golf legend passed away over the weekend and the West Virginia resort says it’s remembering one of the game’s greatest icons. Palmer had a long history with The Greenbrier, first visiting the property with his family nearly 60 years ago and playing golf with the legendary Sam Snead. Palmer was recently working with Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Lee Trevino on a new mountaintop golf course on The Greenbrier’s property.

Man hits back of bus

A Lynchburg man is facing a reckless driving charge after hitting the back of a school bus in Amherst County. Police say the crash happened around 8:15 yesterday morning on Route 29 when the bus carrying elementary students was stopped with its red lights flashing. Police say several cars were stopped behind the bus when a vehicle driven by Robert Penn of Lynchburg swerved to miss the stopped cars and then rear-ended the school bus. Police say none of the children on the bus were injured, but Penn was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

New tool for First responders

Roanoke County’s first responders have a new tool to use on the job. The county has a new fire and police mobile command post. The mobile command post costs about 350-thousand dollars, but taxpayers didn’t pay a dime. The fire department paid its half with grant money and the police department used confiscated drug money to pay its share.

Daycare center

A Blacksburg daycare center is closing because there just aren’t enough kids. Over the summer Kids Heaven Childcare had 17 kids coming in, but now a smaller number are there and the owner says with fewer kids they can’t afford the rent and teachers. After the last day on Friday, the daycare will sell everything inside to anyone who wants to buy it before handing the keys over to the landlord Sunday night. The money from the sale will be used to pay the last month’s rent and the employees’ last pay check.

Cell phone area at airport

People picking up passengers at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport have a special place for them to wait. A new cell-phone lot is at the back of the parking lot. All passengers have to do is call the person picking them up to come around to the curb to get them. Any unattended vehicles left in the cell phone lot will be ticketed.

Child hit by bus

A Roanoke elementary school student is recovering from non-life threatening injuries after he was hit by a car at a school bus stop. The accident happened around seven o’clock Monday morning as the child was about to board the school bus. Police say Matthew Henry of Roanoke was issued a summons for passing a stopped school bus while loading. School officials say the child is a kindergarten student at Highland Park Elementary.