Archives for April 2017

Amtrak in Clifton Forge

It is looking like Amtrak Service under President Trump’s proposed budget, will threaten passenger rail service to Clifton Forge and White Sulphur Springs. According to The Virginian Review, Trump’s preliminary 2018 budget calls for a 13 percent cut in federal funding for transportation. We won’t know the full budget until sometime next month. Amtrak is partially funded by the government, but is operated as a for profit corporation, and managed that way too. The Cardinal line, serves Clifton Forge, and it’s a long distance passenger train that runs three times a week between Penn Station in New York and Chidago’s Union Station.

Vehicle Thefts

David Patterson, 20, and Ireland Umbarger have been arrested after several vehicle thefts in the
Meadowview/Valley Pike area of the county. WSLS TV reports that Patterson has been charged with grand larceny of a motor vehicle, grand larceny of a firearm, stealing with intent to sell, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, entering a vehicle with intent to commit a crime and underage possession of alcohol.
Umbarger, has also been charged with grand larceny of a motor vehicle, grand larceny of a firearm, and entering a vehicle with intent to commit a crime.

Rue21 Closing some Stores

Privately held company retailer, rue21 is closing about one-third of its stores nationwide as it focuses more on its online business. The company will close nearly 400 stores, leaving it with more than 700 stores in 48 states. In Southwest Virginia, the rue21 locations in Christiansburg, Galax and South Boston will all be closing; however, the Danville, Lynchburg, Martinsville and Roanoke stores will remain open.

Police Chase

A Roanoke man is facing charges after he led police on a chase and a manhunt for several hours. A Rockbridge County sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop 18-year-old Nigel Stockton speeding south on Interstate-81 at mile marker 196 very early Easter morning. Stockton exited the highway, pulled into a parking lot and ran from the vehicle and was arrested. Stockton faces multiple charges including driving a stolen vehicle.

National Park Week

It’s time to plan a weekend getaway! The National Park Service is once again partnering with the National Park Foundation to present National Park week. Meaning, you can get into national parks free for the next two weekends. It ends April 23rd. There are 417 National parks and more than 100 of them charge an entrance fee. It’s a good reason to soak in our national parks.

False Tax Returns for Harris

A Danville man is facing federal charges after a grand jury in Roanoke indicted him for filing false tax returns. Court documents show Timothy Harris filed tax returns from 2011 to 2014 that claimed business losses his clients weren’t entitled to. The IRS had revoked Harris’ Electronic Filing Identification Number for his tax preparation businesses but he allegedly used someone else’s information to file his returns. Harris faces up to three years on each count plus restitution and penalties.

Va Tech Remembers

Ten years after a mentally ill student fatally shot 32 people at Virginia Tech, survivors and families of the slain are returned to the campus to honor the lives that were lost. Virginia Tech held a series of events yesterday to mark the anniversary of the deadly campus shooting on April 16, 2007. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine were among those gathered to honor those lost ten years ago.

Rockbridge Crash Saturday

On Saturday morning, Roy Wade Swisher, 71 died in a single vehicle crash, in Rockbridge County.
According to WSLS TV, he was on Route 71, and was driving at 1977 Sierra pick-up truck when he ran off the road and hit the guardrail. Swisher was not wearing his suitbelt. The accident is being investigated.

Farm Tractor Overturns

A farm Tractor overturned Tuesday, killing a Millboro man in Bath County. According to WSLS TV, Warren Roderick, 79, was using the tractor to push over a cut tree, and the forks got caught in the tree, causing the tractor to overturn. It happened early Tuesday morning, on Pig Run Rd. Roderick died at the scene.

Students in Northern Va

The Virginia Supreme Court has dealt a blow to a bid to overturn protections for gay and transgender students at a northern Virginia school district. Andrea Lafferty, president of the Traditional Values Coalition, and a student filed a lawsuit after the Fairfax County School Board voted to add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to its non-discrimination policy. They argued that the policy is unlawful because such protections aren’t included in state law.