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41-year-old man dead after crash in Alleghany County

ALLEGHANY COUNTY, Va. – A 41-year-old man is dead after a crash in Alleghany County, according to the Virginia State Police. On Wednesday around 9:45 a.m., police said a Chevrolet pickup was traveling north on Route 629 near Whispering Circle when it ran off the left side of the road and hit a tree.
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Man who killed woman in car has prison sentence suspended

BEDFORD, Va. (WDBJ) - A man who pleaded guilty to shooting and killing a woman last July has been sentenced to prison, with most of the sentence suspended. Daniel Norwood was charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless handling of a firearm. He was sentenced to eight years in prison for...
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Roanoke approves boutique hotel plans

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - A boutique hotel and restaurant is coming to Roanoke. The Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously approved plans Wednesday to build a boutique hotel on Crystal Spring Avenue where Famous Anthony’s was. The hotel will have about 21 rooms and a bistro restaurant with 190 seats.

Roanoke City leaders unanimously approve plans for Crystal Spring hotel

ROANOKE, Va. – During their meeting today, the Roanoke City Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously approved the two special exception applications concerning the controversial Crystal Springs hotel. The exceptions include both the construction of the hotel itself, as well as the proposed bar and restaurant accompanying it. This decision...

Fatal crash today in Alleghany County kills Roanoke man

ALLEGHANY COUNTY, Va. – Virginia State Police is investigating a single vehicle crash, which resulted in a fatality. The crash occurred Wednesday (Aug 10) at 9:45 a.m. on Route 629, near Whispering Circle in Alleghany County. A Chevrolet pickup was traveling north on Route 629, when the vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Ricky Lee Poore, 41, of Roanoke, Va. Mr. Poore was not wearing his seatbelt and died at the scene.

28-year-old reported missing in Rocky Mount

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (WSET) — There is a missing person in the Rocky Mount area. The office of the Sheriff, communications center received a call Monday for this report. The office identified the missing person as 28-year-old Phillip Mills. The center said that Mills was last seen Sunday at...

Roanoke man found dead on Hardy Road

ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) — On Thursday Roanoke County Police received reports of a deceased man found in the 2000 block of Hardy Road, law enforcement says. Although no details are public about the man's death, Roanoke County Police said no evidence of foul play was discovered. The man was...

Virginia Tech prepares for move-in day for new and returning students

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Tech campus is gearing up for students to go back and welcome the new class of Hokies. New and transfer Virginia Tech students will move in starting Monday, August 15. Students will have a specific time slot when they can go to campus, get...

Boyer hired as Blacksburg Public Works Director

The Town of Blacksburg has hired John Boyer to serve as its Director of Public Works, following Kelly Mattingly’s retirement in August. Boyer began his career with the Town of Blacksburg in 2006, as Horticulturist and Certified Arborist. During this time he directed the daily activities of the horticulture and grounds field crews, created landscape designs for public gardens and outdoor spaces, supervised collection services and snow removal, and led Blacksburg’s urban forestry program. Most notable during this time was his project to design and construct the town’s tree nursery, which to date has grown over 1000 trees for planting in town parks and other properties.

Shared by Grant West, Moneta

Grant West shared this photo of a recent sunset at Bridewater Bay in Moneta. The purple hue of the sunset can be seen reflecting of the calm lake.

As one of Va.’s largest mills closes, smaller mills grind on

Last month, one of Virginia’s largest producers of flour and cornmeal announced they would be closing their business. Big Spring Mill has been in operation along the Roanoke River between Christiansburg and Roanoke since 1850. Meanwhile, another mill in nearby Floyd County is stepping up its production. 22-year-old Theodore...

Feds ask probation for ex-police officer who stormed Capitol

A former Virginia police officer who pleaded guilty to storming the U.S. Capitol with another off-duty officer deserves to avoid a prison sentence for his cooperation and trial testimony against the other officer, federal prosecutors argued in a court filing Tuesday. Justice Department prosecutors recommended six months of probation along with a period of home detention or “community confinement” for former Rocky Mount police officer Jacob Fracker. He pleaded guilty to a felony charge that he conspired with a former colleague, Thomas Robertson, to obstruct Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory. Prosecutors have recommended an eight-year prison sentence for Robertson, who was convicted by a jury of attacking the Capitol to obstruct Congress from certifying the Electoral College vote on Jan. 6, 2021. Robertson is scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday and Fracker, next Tuesday.

Virginia Tech CB Cam Johnson Pushing For Playing Time as a True Freshman

Cam Johnson was one of Virginia Tech's crown jewel recruits in their 2022 class as a consensus four-star recruit who had double-digit Power 5 offers coming out of high school. He entered a CB room full of talent with Dorian Strong leading the way plus quality veterans like Armani Chatman and Brion Murray along with another talented young standout in redshirt freshman DJ Harvey. That put odds of Johnson being an instant impact freshman quite low even with the pedigree he brought to the table.

As Hokies’ QB decision looms, all eyes on Grant Wells and Jason Brown

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - At Wednesday’s Virginia Tech football media day, first-year head coach Brent Pry said he expects to name a starting quarterback sometime next week. With time ticking down, the transfer passers competing for the job say it’s critical to capitalize on every rep from here on out.

Carmelo Taylor commits to Penn State

ROANOKE, Va. – Standout two-sport athlete Carmelo Taylor has committed to take his talents to Penn State. The 4-star wide receiver made the announcement via Instagram. The highly touted athlete has been a dominant force under Alan Fiddler at Patrick Henry High School. Taylor is also a track athlete where he’s a two time VHSL State Champion.