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Virginia Tech football player accused of killing Tinder match after discovering his date was a man

A suspended Virginia Tech football player punched and stomped his Tinder match to death after learning the person was a man, according to prosecutors. Isimemen Etute, 18, of Virginia Beach, was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Jerry Smith in Blacksburg, where Virginia Tech is located, police said earlier this month. Smith, 40, died of blunt force injuries to the head, according to the Roanoke Medical Examiner’s Office.
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Driver survives rollover crash in Franklin County

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - Virginia State Police say an 18-year-old female driver survived a rollover crash near Hardy Friday. Troopers say the driver was in the northbound lanes of Hardy Road, near Bay Rock Marina Drive, when she lost control. The vehicle ended up flipping about 3 to 4 times according to VSP.
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Obituary for Bobby Lee Simpson

Bobby Lee Simpson, age 79 of Dublin passed away Thursday, June 10, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family. Born July 17, 1941 in Pulaski County, he is the son of the late Paul Chambers Simpson and Cecil Ida Roope Simpson. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Ann Simpson Thornton; one brother, Paul Simpson, Jr., grandson, Seth Simpson, great grandson, Braylon Simpson and son-in-law, Jeff Allison.
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Suspect in fatal Peters Creek Road shooting indicted on first-degree murder charge

The man accused of fatally shooting a Roanoke nursing assistant last month now faces a more serious charge in her death. Todd Emanuel Manns, 35, was indicted during Monday’s grand jury session on one count of first-degree murder — an increase from his initial charge of second-degree murder — as well as possessing a firearm as a felon and using that weapon to commit a felony.
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Six Bedford businesses awarded at Gauntlet awards ceremony

On Thursday, May 27, The Gauntlet Business Program & Competition held its 7th Annual Graduation & Awards Ceremony in Vinton, awarding more than 55 area entrepreneurs cash and in-kind prizes to help start or expand their businesses. Winners in the Bedford area were Priss E Nerd, Kasper UAV, LAT Personal...
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Jones, Bobbie Lee

Bobbie Lee Jones, 76, of Pulaski went to his heavenly home on June 10, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Carroll County on December 20, 1944 to the late Wesley K. Jones and Donna T. Jones. He was also preceded in death by two nieces, Melissa Jones and Amanda Williams; a daughter-in-law, Sabrina Alderman (Jones) and by a brother-in-law, Wayne Burcham.

Virginia hospital opens modernized cath lab

LewisGale Hospital Montgomery in Blacksburg, Va., opened a renovated cardiac catheterization lab June 10. The renovation is part of the hospital's $35 million capital improvement plan to improve cardiovascular services, update medical equipment and support new patient safety and quality efforts. The cath lab features new echocardiogram technology for cardiac...

Dog Bowl Concert Series returns Saturday

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - In Roanoke, another popular event is making a comeback after a COVID cancellation. The Dog Bowl Concert Series returns Saturday night at Black Dog Salvage. Co-owner Mike Whiteside says he’s excited to bring people back to the outdoor amphitheater. “In ’19, we had three concerts, had...

Patrick Henry High School seniors celebrate graduation

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Patrick Henry High School seniors celebrated at their graduation on Friday, June 11th, after a less than normal year. They shared memories and triumphs from their high school days, including living and studying through a pandemic. Parents cheered and music played, as students donning decorated hats...
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Warren Robinson: From war to wheel bearings

DUBLIN — He didn’t remember old no. 535 ever looking this good, Warren Robinson said. The shiny green F-716 diesel short-hauler sitting in front of him was built in 1982 and was the first Volvo truck produced in Pulaski County. As service manager for the now-closed Wilson Trucking Company’s Roanoke terminal, Robinson was in charge of repairing and maintaining it.

Salem Fair still accepting vendors ahead of June 30th

SALEM, Va. (WDBJ) - The Salem Fair is just a few weeks away, and it’s not too late to sign up as a vendor. The fair will run June 30 through July 11, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays and noon to 11 p.m. weekends. Organizers say they already have all the concessions ready to go and vendors are filling up, but there are still some open slots.
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Georgia DL is currently in Blacksburg for an official visit

Last week, we saw a few new official visitors added to Virginia Tech’s official visitor list on Friday. This week, we have added a new, previously unreported, official visitor. Newnan, GA, defensive end Michai Hill is currently at Virginia Tech and is about to begin his official visit to Blacksburg.