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UPDATE: Medical Examiner determines medical issue caused death of man found in Roanoke home

A Medical Examiner has determined that a man found dead in a home on Padbury Avenue on Tuesday died of natural causes due to a medical issue. ORIGINAL STORY: A death investigation is underway after a man was found dead in a home on Padbury Avenue on Tuesday morning. When officers approached the res

WDBJ7.COM - 2018-03-20 20:24:00

Roanoke woman pleads to 5 felonies after wounding clerk during hold-up

Prosecutors said Dawn Michele Whitlock shouted "Money! Money! Money!" as she tried to rob a northwest Roanoke convenience store last September, and security video of the incident corroborates that degree of frenzy. The 44-year-old Whitlock was captured on camera pointing a .25-caliber handgun at a f

MARTINSVILLE BULLETIN - 2018-03-20 20:00:00

Grocery chain Lidl may no longer be opening stores in Roanoke, Salem, Christiansburg

ROANOKE, Va. - A discount grocery chain that planned on building four stores in the region may be reconsidering. Last year, German-based Lidl said it would build 100 stores on the East Coast by the middle of this year. In our area, a store was planned for Salem and for Christiansburg, and two were

WSLS - 2018-03-21 21:14:05

Historic mansion in northwest Roanoke added to state landmarks register

The antebellum mansion that served as the Villa Heights recreation center in northwest Roanoke in recent decades has been added to the Virginia Landmarks Register. Built in 1820, the house was owned by Lt. Col. Elijah McClanahan, a War of 1812 veteran who was married to Agatha Lewis, the daughter of

MARTINSVILLE BULLETIN - 2018-03-20 20:00:00

Roanoke police conducting investigation into man's death

Roanoke police are conducting a death investigation after the body of a man was found inside a home. Officers went to a house in the 1700 block of Padbury Avenue Southeast to do a well-being check shortly before 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Capt. Chester Smith said. Through a window, officers saw blood inside

MARTINSVILLE BULLETIN - 2018-03-20 17:30:00

Hallmark returns to Roanoke in hardware shops

Hallmark cards and other products can now be found in the Northwest True Value hardware stores on Brambleton Avenue and in Hollins. The Ridgeway location also will be getting Hallmark. Store operations manager Nathan Overstreet said Hallmark approached the locally owned hardware shop about adding it

ROANOKE TIMES - 2018-03-21 15:45:00

Virginia State Police respond to more than 240 traffic crashes since midnight

Virginia State Police say officers have responded to more than 240 traffic crashes statewide from 12:01 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Wednesday as snow continues to fall across much of Virginia throughout the morning. As of 8:45 a.m., state troopers are currently responding to 51 traffic crashes statewide. 11 o

WDBJ7.COM - 2018-03-21 16:22:00

Roanoke County students help spread message of safe driving during prom season

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. Spring is here, and that means prom season. Studies show more teen drivers in Virginia will be involved in traffic crashes between May and August than any other time of the year. Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety, or YOVASO is trying to keep that from happening.

WDBJ7.COM - 2018-03-21 12:55:00

Two men wanted for vehicle vandalism in Roanoke County

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) -- The Roanoke County Police Department seeks the public's help in identifying two men wanted for vehicle vandalism. Police say on the morning of March 16, officers responded to the 3500 block of Meadowlark Rd. in reference to vandalism of multiple vehicles along the ro

WDBJ7.COM - 2018-03-19 23:13:00

Josh Turner to headline Bud Light Downtown Dilly Dilly concert in Roanoke

ROANOKE, Va. - Country music star Josh Turner will be headlining an outdoor concert in Roanoke this summer. Along with Turner, country stars RaeLynn and Jordan Davis will also be performing at the July 21 Bud Light Downtown Dilly Dilly at Elmwood Park. The concert begins at 7 p.m. with gates openi

WSLS - 2018-03-20 18:31:03

Roanoke County has pictures of Cave Spring vandalism suspects

(Roanoke County Police release) On the morning of 3-16-2018, Roanoke County Police responded to the 3500 block of Meadowlark Rd. in reference to vandalism of multiple vehicles along the roadway. The vehicles had been spray painted during the night causing extensive damage. The pictures attached are


Local cold case for missing man gets new attention from state police

ROANOKE, Va. (WDB7) - A cold case in Vinton is getting a fresh set of eyes from law enforcement and officers say they are already learning new information. In 2013, Christopher Douthat, 24 at the time, disappeared after what his family said was a very typical day. They have not see or hear from hi


Roanoke city leaders discuss possible solutions for blighted properties

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) - Roanoke City Manager Robert Cowell spoke to the city council Monday afternoon to brief them on some possibilities of what the city can do with blighted and abandoned houses. Cowell called the ideas "very much a work in progress" and a "continuation of the discussions" that th

WDBJ7.COM - 2018-03-20 00:34:00

Poll shows Virginia real estate market favors sellers

ROANOKE, Va. - It's a seller's market, according to a real estate poll Roanoke College released Monday. The findings show both prices and sellers' confidence are on the rise as the number of homes on the market is dropping. The poll shows all major cities in Virginia have rising home prices. The me


A fashion show to help the youth of Roanoke city

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) A group of women in Roanoke wants to help projects that involve youth or domestic violence. Women United for Community Action held their seventh annual fashion show. It was a packed room. Attendees enjoy an inspirational dance performance and a display of featured garments from


Roanoke prevention advocates concerned about Virginia medical marijuana law

ROANOKE, Va. - Let doctors decide. That was the decision by the Virginia General Assembly. About a week ago, Gov. Northam signed a bill providing protection for those using a form of medical marijuana into law. Prevention professionals are concerned about the decision's potential effect on teens an


Gun owners 'stand up for second amendment' at gun show in Roanoke

ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) -- Gun owners in Roanoke were out Sunday for the Roanoke Gun Show, 'fighting for your rights,' they said. Hundreds of gun owners were at the Berglund Center to buy and sell firearms and some of them said to stand up for their second amendment rights. In light of recent tragedies,


Allergy season already underway in Roanoke Valley

ROANOKE, Va. - The first day of spring is Tuesday, but allergy season is already here. Local health experts said some types of pollen are out in full force. They're already seeing patients with minor symptoms. A Carilion allergist said you should start taking medicine now, because it can take a we


Roanoke city plans to establish an innovation hub

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Roanoke City council announced its strategy to increase focus on innovation and economic inclusion. As Roanoke's downtown continues to develop, so do other areas around the city. Roanoke city council wants to establish innovation hub between Carilion Clinic and the edge of downt


Goodwill of the Valleys to host job fair in Roanoke

ROANOKE, Va. - Goodwill Industries of the Valleys will be hosting a job fair Tuesday, March 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. The job fair will be free and open to the public, and will take place at the Goodwill Jobs Campus, located at 2502 Melrose Avenue, NW, Suite B in Roanoke. Participating employers in