Latest Roanoke News

Longtime Virginia judge found dead; autopsy pending

Sep. 16, 2019 1:48 AM EDT

PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) — A longtime Virginia judge has been found dead. News outlets report the body of James D'Alton was found Friday night at a home in Petersburg. City police didn't immediately release a cause of death. A police statement says an investigation is ongoing. D'Alton's body has been set to...

Roanoke College professor researches tiny flying larvae

Sep. 14, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — For a split second, Michael Wise wondered if his eyes were playing tricks on him. "At first, I thought maybe I had been sitting in the lab by myself for too long," he joked. "I had not expected these little guys to be able to jump." Wise, a biologist and a professor at Roanoke College,...

Psychiatric hospital to add 56 new spots

Sep. 12, 2019 5:03 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Virginia plans to add more than 50 new spots at a psychiatric hospital in the state's southwest. The Roanoke Times reports that the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services is adding 56 beds at Catawba Hospital near Roanoke to comply with a state law requiring that no...

Virginia man gets 3 life terms in triple slaying

Sep. 10, 2019 1:30 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who admitted to killing his "only friends" has been sentenced to three life sentences plus an additional 13 years' imprisonment in a triple slaying. News outlets report 19-year-old Trevor E. Charles pleaded guilty Monday to charges including first-degree and capital...

Lauded ex-Virginia Tech researcher sentenced to probation

Sep. 7, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia Tech scientist found guilty of conspiring to commit federal grant fraud has been sentenced to probation. The Roanoke Times reports the federal judge sentencing Yiheng "Percival" Zhang said Friday he didn't find a need for prison time, given that Zhang didn't profit...

Childhood cancer survivor graduates, writes new chapter

Sep. 7, 2019 9:00 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Juanita Prada marveled at the strength of a 3-year-old girl as she pulled apart the Play-Doh and pressed it back together. "Ooh. You're getting muscles!" Prada told Laken Musselwhite, a patient in Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital's pediatric unit one day last spring. "One day, you're...

Part of Blue Ridge Parkway closed after fatal Virginia crash

Sep. 6, 2019 5:16 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Officials with the Blue Ridge Parkway say a 15-mile section is closed after a head-on collision killed a Virginia man. News outlets report rangers were called on Labor Day about a head-on collision near milepost 132 near Roanoke, Virginia. According to officials, the caller reported...

Norfolk Southern furloughs 130 at Virginia locomotive shop

Sep. 4, 2019 5:21 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Norfolk Southern Corp. says it has furloughed approximately 130 employees at its locomotive shop in Roanoke, Virginia. News outlets report an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers representative says more than 80 workers lost their jobs at Shaffer's Crossing and as many as 50...

Virginia Army veteran find peace, purpose with fly fishing

Sep. 2, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Army veteran Kyle Chanitz spent two and a half years deployed in Afghanistan, where he saw intense fighting and suffered concussions that led to seizures. When he returned to the U.S., he started taking college classes, but then dropped out to follow the jam band Phish around the...

New gas tax for I-81 funding rankles some Virginia counties

Aug. 22, 2019 5:05 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Some local governments along Virginia's Interstate 81 corridor are balking at a new state law that raised their fuel tax rate to help pay for improvements to the highway. The Roanoke Times reports the law has rankled some of the dozen counties that are subject to the regional fuel tax...