Archives for February 2017

Suspicious Man Follows Girl

There was an incident around Forest Park Academy Tuesday morning. A 17 year old girl reported she was being followed to school that morning. She said an older white man, possibly between 55 and 60 years old, driving a red, four door Ford F150, waved at her before she walked into school. WSLS TV reports that the girl saw the same man last year, and he followed her in the same vehicle around Christmas time. Roanoke Police have increased patrols in the area. If you have any information please call the RPD tip line at 540-344-8500.

Mother and Son Rescued from Swamp

A mother and her son are safe after being rescued from a swamp. Emergency officials say the incident happened round 5:00 yesterday afternoon near Cottons Mill Road in Bedford. Authorities say the mother and six-year old son were stuck behind their home. The boy was stuck from the waist down.

State Fair of WV

The State Fair of West Virginia and Lewisburg Rotary Club will have the first West Virginia Craft Brew Festival, on Saturday, April 29th, at the State Fairgrounds in Lewisburg. The Herald Dispatch reports the event will take place from 2-10pm. All kinds of craft breweries will be featured, including an assortment of food trucks and music from Tyler Childers, Larry Keel, and Black King Coal to name a few.

Homeless Shelter Closing

A Bedford homeless shelter is closed due to a lack of funds. Pastor Josh Ball says 26 people were staying at the Grace House Community Church’s shelter when it closed yesterday as the lights were cut off. Bedford authorities say police and fire-rescue crews responded to nearly 100 calls to the shelter over the last six months and some were calling it a “hangout spot.” Ball says it was a drug-free and alcohol-free shelter and he plans to raise money so the shelter can reopen.

YMCA employee exploited children

A former YMCA of Roanoke Valley employee is facing federal charges of sexual exploitation of children. Court documents show that law enforcement in Newark, New Jersey, provided information to Roanoke Police who executed warrants for a search of Shannon Bobrosky’s personal items including computers and electronic storage devices. Authorities found explicit pictures Bobrosky took with children. Bobrosky was arrested Wednesday and immediately fired from her job.

Truck Fire in Rockbridge County

A truck fire closed lanes in Rockbridge County yesterday, on I 81. All northbound lanes were shut down for some time, with a 3 mile backup. The crash was at mile marker 191, right near the I 64 junction.

Former News Anchor Raises 30 grand

A former Virginia news anchor whose girlfriend was fatally shot during a live broadcast in 2015 says he’s raised more than $30,000 during the first week of his campaign for the House of Delegates. The Roanoke Times reports that Chris Hurst announced the fundraising total during a campaign kickoff event on Saturday. He has yet to file a campaign finance report.

Cop Asleep in Car

The Roanoke Police Department says it’s investigating photos that appear to show an officer sleeping in his patrol car. The photos that have been circulated on social media appear to show an officer in the parking lot of the Walmart parking lot on Dale Avenue Southeast. A department spokesman tells the “Roanoke Times” that the officer was working an off-duty assignment. The report says the matter will be handled through the department’s internal disciplinary process.

Virginia 4 pm law

Virginia’s 4 pm burning law is in effect now until April 30th. The Virginian Review reports that the law says it’s illegal to burn before 4pm, if a fire is in, or within 300 feet of woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass. Now, if you violate this law, you could get a fine of up to 500 dollars, and paying for property damages. Please be safe and cautious.

Fire at Botetourt Home

Botetourt County was busy Satruday morning, putting out a fire on the 200 block of Royce Road in Troutville. Thank goodness no one was home at the time of the fire.