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Man pleads guilty to second-degree murder in Roanoke woman's death

ROCKY MOUNT - A Franklin County homicide case, with branches that also stretched from Roanoke to Raleigh, North Carolina, was resolved via plea agreement Thursday, just a few weeks before it was scheduled to be heard by a jury. Lamarre Maurice Camper, 50, pleaded guilty to an amended count of the se

MARTINSVILLE BULLETIN - 2018-03-22 22:56:00

Owner of Salem bakery starts petition for better food allergen warning labels

SALEM, Va. - One local baker is hoping to ease worries for those with food allergies. Shana Brown owns Corbin's Confections. She opened the bakery after her young son was diagnosed with a peanut and tree nut allergy. Now Brown is fighting for the Food and Drug Administration to change its labeling

WSLS - 2018-03-22 19:02:19

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

Owner of 5 Virginia pharmacies accused of payroll tax violation

The owner of five Virginia pharmacies, including one in Rocky Mount, has been accused of a payroll tax violation. Jerry R. Harper Jr., 58, of Collinsville pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Roanoke federal court to a single felony count that says he violated the federal tax code. On Wednesday, a judge sc

ROANOKE TIMES - 2018-03-21 21:53:00

Henry County indictments linked to undercover operation

COLLINSVILLE-Most of the indictments handed down Monday in Henry County came as the result of a drug sting operation. Officials from the Henry County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Wednesday the department had been conducting an undercover operation for the last year, with the goal of cracking

MARTINSVILLE BULLETIN - 2018-03-22 01:52:00

Andrew Lewis educator named Salem teacher of the year

Before working with students in detention centers, jails and college classrooms, Sonnya Preston became aware of and concerned about the changes in her Northwest Roanoke neighborhood. "I spent my middle-school years on Harrison Avenue and around that time, drugs were starting to make their way into o

ROANOKE TIMES - 2018-03-23 04:00:00

Christiansburg Hobby Lobby to open next week, plans filed for new restaurants nearby

Hobby Lobby is planning to open its Christiansburg store on March 26, but the shopping center springing up around the craft store is just getting started. Plans filed with the town of Christiansburg this month show developers hope to build an additional 7,000-square-foot building that will sit in wh

ROANOKE TIMES - 2018-03-22 15:39:00

Police: Scammers staging traffic accidents, coercing victims into settling without police

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Virginia Tech Police said it's been made aware of a scam that has been reported off campus. They said the scam involves people, usually working in pairs, who "stage" traffic accidents where they tell victims that they either hit the scammer's vehicle or the scammer. The sca

WSET - 2018-03-22 11:19:47

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


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


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

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


Cold case for missing man gets new attention from state police

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) -- A cold case in Vinton is getting a fresh set of eyes from law enforcement and officers say they already are learning new information. "Oh yes I will never forget that day," said Mary Douthat. "I never dreamed in a million years when I dropped him off at work that morning and

NEWSPLEX.COM - 2018-03-21 17:54:00

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


Coming snow causes Amtrak to modify schedule Wednesday

WASHINGTON - Amtrak has modified its Northeast Regional service between Washington, D.C., and Roanoke for Wednesday. Train 176, which leaves Roanoke for Lynchburg and then travels up to Boston, will now terminate in New York. Train 171, which typically takes passengers southbound, has been cancele


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


Rain early followed by accumulating snow tonight

ROANOKE, VA (WDBJ7) TUESDAY - WEDNESDAY Showers continue this morning, but we'll get a lull in the moisture before the next system approaches. The low will transition into a coastal system. This will place more moisture into our region and usher in colder temperatures. Those colder temperatures wil


Winter storm warning issued for sequel to earlier March snow

The March 12 snow many were calling "winter's last gasp" is gaining a first-full-day-of-spring sequel that may be every bit as worthy as the original, if not even a little bit more intense production. A winter storm warning has been issued for Wednesday along and west of the Blue Ridge for potential


Roanoke police investigate death at Southeast home

ROANOKE, Va. - Roanoke police are at a home investigating a death Tuesday morning. The person was found dead at a home in the 1700 block of Padbury Ave., which is in the Southeast section of the city. Police are trying to determine how the person died and say they are seeing if there is anything s


Mother of Franklin County man missing since 2013 says she'll 'never give up hope'

Mary Douthat of Wirtz still has hope that her son will be found. Christopher Douthat, who was then 24, went missing on Oct. 25, 2013, in Vinton. The Virginia State Police is now heading up the investigation, recently executing a search warrant for his Facebook contents. STEPHANIE KLEIN-DAVIS | The R