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Attorney calls on US Marine deserter to turn himself in

Nov. 18, 2019 12:49 PM EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — An attorney who could represent a U.S. Marine deserter wanted for questioning in a murder case is asking for the man to surrender peacefully. News outlets report Deborah Caldwell-Bono has agreed to represent 22-year-old Michael Alexander Brown. Brown’s mother Vanessa Hanson...

Marine deserter’s mother names him in fatal shooting

Nov. 15, 2019 5:12 PM EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The mother of a wanted Marine told investigators that she saw her son kill her boyfriend, according to a federal criminal complaint. The criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Roanoke, Virginia, on Wednesday shows Vanessa Hanson told a U.S. Marshal that she witnessed Michael...

Schools reopen in Virginia amid manhunt for Marine deserter

Nov. 15, 2019 7:11 AM EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Schools are reopening in Roanoke, Virginia, on Friday as a manhunt continues for a Marine deserter wanted in a murder case. Roanoke City Public Schools closed on Thursday when police learned Michael Alexander Brown may have been spotted in town. The 22-year-old combat engineer is wanted...

Judge reconsiders some sentences in 1995 Roanoke firebombing

Nov. 15, 2019 2:53 AM EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A judge is recalculating prison sentences for four men convicted in a 1995 firebombing of a convenience store in Roanoke, Virginia. The Roanoke Times reports the men, incarcerated for 22 years, had their sentences slashed to less than time served in September to reflect revised federal...

Virginia police say wanted Marine deserter sought family

Nov. 14, 2019 6:28 PM EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say the Marine deserter wanted for questioning in a murder case was trying to reach out to a family member when he was spotted. Roanoke Police Chief Tim Jones told a news conference that it’s believed Michael Alexander Brown was trying to contact his...

2nd Virginia teen indicted on murder charge in shooting

Nov. 7, 2019 8:02 AM EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Another Virginia teen has been indicted in a fatal shooting of a 17-year-old. The Roanoke Times reports 17-year-old Ozmeik Rae'Quan Clements was indicted Monday on a first-degree murder charge. Clements and 18-year-old co-defendant Cinque Tarik Fayette are accused of killing Savion...

California man caught with loaded gun at Virginia airport

Nov. 6, 2019 8:51 AM EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration says a California man has been cited for having a gun loaded with three bullets in a carry-on bag at an airport in Virginia. A news release from the TSA says the gun was found at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport checkpoint Tuesday...

Virginia woman dies after crash on I-77 in North Carolina

Nov. 5, 2019 3:57 PM EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina say a Virginia woman has died of injuries suffered in a crash on Interstate 77. The Roanoke News reports the North Carolina State Highway Patrol says 61-year-old Jennifer Stender Burton of Roanoke died after being injured in a tractor-trailer crash Oct. 27...

Forestry department: 'Peak week' for leaves along parkway

Nov. 5, 2019 4:43 AM EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Forestry says it's "peak week" for colorful fall foliage along the Blue Ridge Parkway. According to this week's foliage report , the highest mountain areas have lost many leaves, but areas below 3,000 feet are "stunning." The department says what was expected...

US Attorney Cullen being considered for federal judgeship

Nov. 2, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen is under consideration for a federal judgeship to fill a vacancy in U.S. District Court in Roanoke. Cullen has been U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia since March 2018. The Roanoke Times reports that Virginia's U.S. senators — Mark...