From Roanoke Police: On January 25, 2016 co-workers of Jonathan Alan Kent, age 26, of Roanoke reported him missing to the Roanoke Police Department. At this point in the investigation, it appears Kent has not been heard from since January 20th. He is described as being 5’9″, 150 lbs., with blue eyes and brown hair. Anyone who can help locate Kent is encouraged to call our Tipline at 540-344-8500. Tips can be anonymous. A picture of Kent is attached. Kent’s vehicle is a 2015 Gray Honda CRV. It has a Virginia license plate VEC-7717.
Life in prison — the sentence handed down today to 24-year-old Dominique Moss for the shooting death of Shawn Moss. Dominique Moss entered an Alford plea in October, which means he acknowledged prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him. The 34-year-old victim was fatally shot in August of 2014 along the 1,000 block of Polk Street, the result of an ongoing feud. After sentenced was pronounced, this reaction from Shawn Moss’s aunt, Patricia Braxton.
Braxton says deputies had to step in after sentence was pronounced:
You can hear much more from her in Conversations with Andre Whitehead, this Sunday at 8:00 am on WLNI.
Dominique Moss entered an Alford plea in October, which means he acknowledged prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him. While the shooter and victim shared the same last name, they were not closely related.
From Blacksburg Police: Nichole Madison Lovell was last seen in the Lantern Ridge area in Blacksburg, VA between the hours of midnight-7am on 01/27/2016. Nichole Lovell was wearing black jeans, possibly a gray striped Mossy Oak shirt, and brown and pink “Fat Baby” cowboy boots. Nichole Lovell has slightly past shoulder length brown hair and a tracheotomy scar on her throat. She may also be in possession of a blue blanket with the yellow “Minions” (animated characters) on it. Nichole Lovell requires prescription medication daily from a previous liver transplant and is currently without it. If you have any information as to the whereabouts of Nicole Lovell please contact the Blacksburg Police Department at 540-961-1150.
(Continue reading for more information on Nichole’s physical description.)
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ The dean of Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering has been named sole finalist to become president of the University of Texas at Dallas. Richard Benson was selected Monday by the University of Texas System Board of Regents. Benson faces a state-mandated 21-day waiting period before official confirmation to lead UT-Dallas, located in Richardson. Benson would replace David Daniel, who last year moved from his post as UT-Dallas president to serve as deputy chancellor of the UT System. Benson holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace and mechanical science from Princeton University, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Health officials say a Virginia resident who traveled outside the United States has tested positive for Zika, a mosquito-transmitted virus. Health Commissioner Dr. Marissa Levine said Tuesday that the resident traveled to a country where the Zika virus transmission is ongoing. She says this person poses no risk to other residents, because it is not mosquito season in Virginia. Health officials suspect Zika is linked to a wave of birth defects in Brazil in which babies have small heads. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that pregnant women consider postponing trips to countries and areas in the Caribbean and South America where there are Zika virus disease outbreaks.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced that Virginia’s employment level reached 3,856,100 in December 2015, the highest in the Commonwealth’s history. The governor’s office announced Monday that in December, Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2 percent. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.6 percentage point from December 2014 and remains below the national rate, which was at 5 percent in December. December was the 21st consecutive month of year-over-year employment growth in the Commonwealth, and at 1.5 percent, is the highest growth since September 2011. Also in December, the governor’s office says Virginia had the lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate among the Southeast states and the fourth-best rate among states east of the Mississippi River.
From Ferrum College: Jennifer Braaten, the 10th president of Ferrum College and Ferrum’s first woman president, announced today her decision to retire in the summer of 2016. Sam Lionberger, chair of Ferrum’s Board of Trustees, had high praise for Braaten’s extraordinary accomplishments during her presidency. He noted that Dr. Braaten’s family was experiencing serious health issues and that she felt her obligation was to now be with family. “The College has grown in stature and reputation from her strong leadership during her tenure as President and our prayers of love and support are with her as she now enters a new phase of her life”, said Lionberger. A Search Committee is being formed at this time to seek a successor.
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