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Travel back in time this summer at Explore Park’s T-Rex Trail

ROANOKE, Va. – Dinosaurs have taken over Roanoke at Explore Park! You can travel back in time down the park’s half-mile wooded path to take in all the sights and sounds of its T-Rex Trail. The trail takes you through three different time periods: Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous....
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Semi driver charged with DUI, hit-and-run in I-81 crash

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WSET) — The driver of a tractor-trailer involved in a crash Tuesday morning that damaged a bridge and several vehicles has been arrested for driving under the influence. Virginia State Police responded to the incident around 5:20 on I-81 where it crosses the I-581 Bridge in...
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Virginia State Police arrest and charge driver in Interstate 81 crash.

UPDATE: Steven P. Lender, 50, of Pennsauken, NJ was arrested for Driving Under the Influence and Misdemeanor Hit and Run, for his role in the early morning CMV crash on Interstate 81 at Interstate 581, which left the bridge and several vehicles on I-581 damaged. There were no injuries reported in the crash, and the vehicles on I-581 only struck the debris that had fallen off the bridge.
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Tractor-trailer driver arrested after crash on I-81

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - A tractor-trailer driver was arrested Tuesday morning after a crash on I-81 in Roanoke County. Virginia State Police say the crash occurred at 5:20 a.m. Stephen Lender, 50 of Pennsauken, NJ, was driving north when he ran off the road, and hit a bridge, causing debris from the crash to fall on the road below.
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T-Rex Trail opens Saturday at Explore Park

ROANOKE CO., Va. (WDBJ) - You can hear them, long before you get a glimpse of Explore Park’s newest residents. And when they come into view, the prehistoric creatures quickly capture the imagination. “Sometimes you forget they’re there,” said Parks Administrator Eric Koehler. “And they move, and you suddenly...
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Roanoke County firefighter trains for upcoming Ironman race

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - A Roanoke County firefighter is training for the upcoming Carilion Clinic Ironman 70.3 Virginia’s Blue Ridge. The race involves swimming, cycling, and running. These days when Barry Brown’s not out on a call, he’s training for the big race. “I started running...
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Chief: Negative public expressions continue to impact police hiring

Roanoke County Police Chief Howard Hall says many of the public expressions regarding law enforcement in recent years continue to impact the department’s hiring efforts. Chief Howard Hall says in a typical year, attrition on the force would be about 10%, but in 2020, it was about double that. Hall says while COVID-related circumstances were responsible for much of that attrition, the many nationwide calls to “defund the police” have significantly contributed to the shortage of qualified applicants ever since. .More from WFIR’s Evan Jones:
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