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Cox, Jerry Wayne

Jerry Wayne Cox, 71, more affectionately known as ‘Buddy’ by his family, of Christiansburg, VA, passed away on August 5, 2022. He was born to the late John W. Cox and his surviving mother, Mareinda Cox. Besides his father, Jerry is preceded in death by his sister Barbara Sutphin and his brother Van Douglas Cox.
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Multiple people injured following crash, structure fire in Roanoke

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — First responders brought several people to the hospital after a vehicle crashed into a Roanoke building early Sunday morning, sparking a fire. Roanoke Fire-EMS says crews were dispatched shortly after 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7 for reports of a vehicle crash and a structure fire in the 3700 block of Peters Creek Road. When units arrived at the scene, they found heavy smoke and flames coming from a commercial building.
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Eyewitness accounts say man set himself on fire at the Salem duck pond

On Sunday evening local news outlets reported that a man who had been in Lake Spring Park also known as the Salem duck pond was taken to the hospital with burns. Today witnesses confirm that the victim set himself on fire According to Kelseigh Meador, 30, of Salem she and her children were enjoying themselves at the Park when they saw a man sitting on a bench on the side of the pond closest to West Main Street."

Joe Goodpies in Vinton unexpectedly shuts down

VINTON, Va. – A popular restaurant in Vinton has closed its doors unexpectedly. Joe Goodpies off of East Washington Street in Vinton has closed its doors. Customers were met with a sign on the door that said August 6 was their last day of business. The sign on the...

Anne Heche is being investigated for drunk driving and hit and run

A Podcast by the actress indicated she had been drinking. WDBJ News 7 is reporting that Actress Anne Heche is being investigated for driving drunk and hit and run when she was involved in two automobile accidents. A Podcast just a few hours before the accidents that has since been taken down showed Heche talking about drinking wine and vodka because she was having a bad day.

Police seek thieves connected with car break-ins in Montgomery County

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Christiansburg Police Department needs the public’s help to identify a person connected with several car thefts on Friday morning. Police say it happened in the early morning on Friday, Aug. 5 when several parked cars outside of multiple gyms and fitnesses centers were broken into in the Town of Christiansburg.

Several hospitalized after weekend crash, fire in Roanoke

ROANOKE, Va. – Several people were hospitalized after a car accident and structure fire on Peters Creek Road over the weekend caused around $350,000 in damages, according to Roanoke Fire-EMS. Authorities said crews responded to an accident and structure fire in the 3700 block of Peters Creek Road on...

Christiansburg car break-ins prompt police warning

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WSET) — Early in the morning on August 5 a string of car break-ins took place at gyms and fitness centers around Christiansburg. The Christiansburg Police Department says this kind of larceny is becoming more common. " The thieves observe the parking lots at these facilities and...

Costly fire resulting from accident yesterday

On Sunday, August 7 at 3:34 a.m., Roanoke Fire-EMS was dispatched for reports of a motor vehicle accident and structure fire on the 3700 block of Peters Creek Rd. First arriving units found a commercial building fully involved with heavy smoke and flames. Due to the size of the fire, only a defensive fire attack was performed. The occupants of the vehicle were transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The waitlist for Roanoke’s Section 8 public housing is opening next week

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) -The waitlists for Roanoke’s Housing Choice Voucher Program is opening August 15. The Section 8 housing program provides rental assistance to low income families. “There is an extreme intense need for affordable housing,” said Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority Executive Director David Bustamante. “So, hopefully, with...

Second Bobcat kitten taken in at Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke is asking for the community’s help after taking in another bobcat kitten found in Floyd County. In a Facebook post the center says they now have two bobcat kittens to feed and are looking for donations to help.

Potential impact of Inflation Reduction Act

ROANOKE, Va. – The Senate just passed the largest climate investment bill in US history called the Inflation Reduction Act, but some critics think the name is misleading. According to 10 News Political Analyst Edward Lynch, inflation relief for the average person because of this bill won’t be coming anytime soon.

Does August fog lead to winter snow? We’re busting the myth

Happy Monday and welcome to another edition of the Beyond The Forecast weather newsletter!. Meteorologists hear a wide variety of weather folklore from the viewers that they forecast for every day, like “red sky at morning, sailors take warning” or “clear moon, frost soon.”. One such saying...

Virginia health officials remind parents to get students vaccinated

ROANOKE, Va. – Kids will be heading back to classrooms soon, and the Virginia Department of Health is reminding parents about the immunization requirements for students. Virginia state law requires specific immunizations that students, depending on their age group, must have to enroll in school. Unless there is a religious exemption, getting immunizations and making sure they are up to date are the first steps of a child’s early education. Though the vaccination requirements of young adults may not be as obvious a step, they are equally as important.

Gas prices in Roanoke down nearly 72 cents in a month

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Average gasoline prices in Roanoke have fallen 19.9 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.59 per gallon today, according to GasBuddy’s survey of 155 stations in Roanoke. Prices in Roanoke are 71.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 69.1 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has declined 13.1 cents in the last week and stands at $5.14 per gallon.