A Madison Heights convenience store is the latest to be the target of what appear to be similar holdups in the region — and elsewhere in Virginia. The Amherst County Sheriff’s office say three men walked into the Du Drop In around 6:30 am Tuesday, all three wearing hoodies, their faces covered.
From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: On Saturday, 10/3/2015, Investigators with the Bedford Co Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Interdiction Unit obtained a search warrant for 1012 Miller Hollow Rd, Goodview, VA, based on information that Investigators obtained in reference to the occupants possessing and distributing heroin from their home. Upon execution of the Search Warrant, Piotr (Peter) Pawel Korczynski (35 yoa) and his wife, Jessica Korczynski (32 yoa) and juvenile child, 6 years of age, were found in the home.
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The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office is looking for three men who robbed the 7-Eleven store on Route 460 in New London. Deputies say the three walked into early Monday morning and demanded cash; one of the suspects displayed a chrome handgun. All three wore masks or bandanas over the faces, but the sheriff’s office hopes store surveillance photos will help lead them to the suspects.
The National Weather Service has lifted the Flash Flood Watch for the region. The weather service says its focus now turns to the wind threat for the next day or two with additional power outages possible.
Appalachian Power reports plenty of progress in restoring power to its Virginia customers. At one point this morning, APCO reported more than 5,000 without power. The number now is below 400 including 154 customers in Botetourt County.
Most of the heaviest rainfall today has come east of the Blue Ridge including more than two and a quarter inches of rain in Big Island in Bedford County almost two and three quarter inches south of Lynchburg in Rustburg and in Charlotte County more than four inches today in Drakes Branch.
Some of the usual low-water roadways are closed in the Roanoke area. They include Wiley Drive along the Greenway and the Bellevue Avenue railroad underpass across from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Also closed, the greenway bridge that crosses the Roanoke River at Wasena Park.
VDOT still reports many roads closed in the region, most of them secondary roads that suffered washouts earlier this week. And local flooding is still possible in some low-lying areas. You are urged to observe barricades and not attempt to drive across water-covered roadways. If you see trees down across a state road, VDOT asks you to report it buy calling 800-FOR-ROAD.
River forecasts indicate the New and James Rivers will remain below flood stage.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the entire region that will be in effect from Friday morning through Saturday evening. From the Weather Service: “Waves of Low Pressure along a stationary coastal front will combined with an upper level low pressure system to produce widespread heavy rain across the region from early Friday morning through Saturday night. Two to five inches of rain, with locally higher amounts along and on the east slopes of the Blue Ridge, are expected. This rain will be falling on soil that is completely saturated. This will lead to much of the rain running off into small streams and creek. Impact from the heavy rain would be rapid rises and flooding of small streams and creeks, flooding of underpasses and other poor drainage areas, and mudslides. A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.
From the National Weather Service Offfice in Blacksburg: Flash Flood Watch in effect through Wednesday morning… The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a Flash Flood Watch for portions of North Carolina and Virginia…including the following in North …Carolina… Alleghany NC… Ashe… Caswell… Rockingham… Stokes… Surry… Watauga… Wilkes and Yadkin. In Virginia… Alleghany… Amherst… Bath… Bedford… Botetourt… Campbell… Carroll… Craig… Floyd… Franklin… Grayson… Halifax… Henry… Montgomery… Patrick… Pittsylvania… Pulaski… Roanoke… Rockbridge and Wythe. Numerous showers and isolated thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rain are expected today and tonight.
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Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the following statement on the announcement that Speaker John Boehner will resign from the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of October: “Speaker Boehner has been a tireless public servant for his constituents. I respect his courageous decision to step down at the end of October in an effort to unite the Republican Conference, and thank him for his leadership in the House, as well as for his personal friendship over the years. I wish John and Debbie the best as they start a new chapter in their lives. The fight for the conservative cause must go on. Now is the time for House Republicans to renew our resolve to unite and plot a path forward to address the issues facing the American people today.”
Here’s the news release from the department: The Lynchburg Police Department has been awarded $205,486 to assist us with the purchasing and implementation of a body worn camera system. This grant will require a $213,692 match for a total of $419,178. Though these funds have been awarded by the Office of Justice Programs/Department of Justice they still need to be accepted which will require City Council action. It is slated to be brought to Council on Tuesday, October 27th. If this award is accepted it will assist the Lynchburg Police Department with the purchase of 175 camera systems, mounting kits, docking stations, assurance program and storage fees. This will allow for every Lynchburg Police Department officer to be assigned a body-worn camera.
From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: At 1:06 a.m. this morning, Friday September 11, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from Sheetz, 12259 East Lynchburg Salem Turnpike, reporting an armed robbery of the business. Caller advised that two male subjects had entered the store wearing masks and gloves displaying hand guns demanding money. After getting an undetermined amount of money the suspects left the store of foot. Bedford County deputies arrived on the scene two minutes later and were unable to locate the suspect either suspect. Suspect #1 was wearing a black hoodie, black gloves and black jeans. Suspect #2 was wearing a black hoodie, black gloves and blue jeans. No one was injured during the robbery. Anyone with information on this crime should contact the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 586-7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Crime Stopper callers remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward up to $1,000.00 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s).
Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital reports Vicki Gardner was discharged Monday, 11 days after she and WDBJ7 employees Alison Parker and Adam Ward were shot during a live broadcast from Smith Mountain Lake. Gardner’s Facebook recovery page was updated yesterday afternoon. She says she wakes to renewing strength and optimism every day and says she has no thoughts of “why me” but a feeling of what can be done to unite the community. Gardner is expected to make a full recovery. She is Executive Director of the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce.