Officer-involved shooting incident reported in Henry County

UPDATE 12/2 6:09 p.m.: The Henry County Sheriff is reporting a man is dead after an officer-involved shooting. Sheriff Lane Perry says an older man was shooting at cars just before 3 p.m. on Route 220 near Route 58. When an officer confronted the man, shots were fired and Sheriff Perry reports the man was […]
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Holiday events in the area

(WFXR) — Christmas bells are ringing and there are endless events to get you in the holiday spirit. From tree lightings to live performances Christmas has come to town. Here is a list of events starting this weekend. Botetourt County: Tinsel Trail Fri. Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. Fincastle Town Parade Sat. Dec. 3 at […]
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Pedestrian fatalities tripled in Roanoke Region: DMV

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is reporting that pedestrian fatalities have tripled on the roads in the Roanoke Region. The DMV says as of November 14, 18 pedestrians have been killed as a result of crashes in the area. At the same time last year, only five people lost their […]

Electrical fire in Danville leaves home damaged

UPDATE 12/1 2:01 p.m.: The Danville Fire Department says they responded to a house fire at 2035 Westover Drive on Thursday, Dec. 1 at approximately 8:30 a.m. Firefighters say the first unit arrived and found fire at the front corner of the home. Several crews also responded including two fire marshals, a safety officer, and […]

The race is on to save a popular gamebird in Virginia

MASON COVE, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia has a rich tradition of gamebird hunting, but now one of those species of gamebirds is in danger of disappearing from the commonwealth. Ruffed grouse numbers are on the decline. “We’ve really been talking about grouse declines for the better part of 50 to 60 years,” said Virginia Department […]

First child death from Flu complications reported in SW Va.

(WFXR) — The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has announced a child from Southwest Virginia has died from Flu complications. According to VDH, this is the first pediatric death in Virginia for the 2022-23 flu season. They say the child was in the age range of 5-12 years old. No more information was shared by […]

Giving Tuesday kicks off today

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Tuesday, November 29th kicks off Giving Tuesday. According to the organization, the independent nonprofit and global movement was created in 2012. It encourages people to do good this holiday season and inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. Organizations right here in the commonwealth are getting […]

One woman dies in vehicle crash on Route 29

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The Danville Police Department says a woman died in a single-vehicle crash on Monday, Nov. 28. Police say 25-year-old Miriam Gonzalez Pacheco of Danville died when the Nissan Xterra she was driving crashed on Route 29 near the Holland Road overpass shortly before 1:00 pm. According to a press release, Pacheco […]

Virginia makes proposal to curb controversial type of fishing

FORT MONROE, Va. (WFXR) — For years, conservation and sportfishing groups have called for the Commonwealth of Virginia to take some sort action against reduction menhaden fishing in the Chesapeake Bay. Virginia is the only state on the east coast to allow reduction fishing in estuaries like the Chesapeake. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) […]

On the Farm: Winter does not stop Virginia farmers

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Winter for most of us means bundling up to stay warm, or shoveling snow, or slowing down on the roads because of ice. Sure, it is a nuisance, but it is not like our livelihoods depend on having to battle through the winter elements every hour of every day. However, that […]

Criminologist discusses workplace violence

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WFXR)– After the deadly tragedy at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Va., criminologists are weighing in on how you can be more aware of a person displaying signs of workplace violence. “Part of my research was doing the profile of occupational violence,” said Dr. Tod Burke, Criminologist, and Former Police Officer. Dr. Burke says […]

Hunters for the Hungry feeds thousands in Virginia

THAXTON, Va. (WFXR) — The men lifted crate after crate of venison into the back of the pickup truck. “Five hundred pounds,” one said. “No, a thousand,” said another. Finally, a third chimed in, “Thirteen hundred pounds.” “I’ll take it all,” said Pastor David Burgess. Burgess runs the Christian Soldiers Food Pantry in southeast Roanoke. […]

Danville Police investigate man’s death

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR)– The Danville Sheriff’s Office says a man was found without a pulse in a holding cell at the Danville City Jail on Tuesday, Nov. 22. Deputies say 31-year-old Anthony Lee Wyatt of Danville was arrested on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at approximately 2:44 p.m. for public intoxication. Deputies say around 5:26 p.m. a […]

Martinsville Chief of police announces his retirement

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — After 37 years of service, the City of Martinsville Chief of Police G. E. “Eddy” Cassady announced his retirement on Monday, Nov. 21. According to a press release, Cassady submitted his retirement in October. He was named Martinsville Chief of Police in 2017. “Since I started in 1985, our continued relationship […]