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Relatives of the Botetourt County woman who was killed Thursday night said she was trying to pick up her children from her estranged husband when she was shot. Donna B. Hahn, 43, was found dead on the porch of a house on Carvins Cove Road where James Alan “Jimmy” Hahn was living, according to Botetourt County Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle.
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CLAYTOR LAKE — Today, after a year of being covered in tarps in dusty garages or secured tightly to wooden docks, many boats across the region will re-emerge on Southwest Virginia’s lakes and rivers. Memorial Day weekend is known as the kickoff to boating season and the unofficial start of summer. But before heading out on a boat that has been idle all winter, the law enforcement officials who patrol the area’s waterways suggest, boaters should make a thorough check of the vessel and review current boating requirements — both for safety and to avoid violating state law. A good starting place is to make sure the boat and the operator are legal, according to Conservation Police Officer Francis Miano with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
Supermoon. The name foretells something spectacular coming our way. Surely, it must be special and probably rare. You be the judge. The recent full moon, as bright as it was, was not a supermoon. However, our next full moon, the one found glowing brightly on the night of June 22 into the following morning, will be. It will be the brightest full moon of 2013. By itself, this does not
In its first season, the Roanoke Rampage football squad lost every single game. For Todd Stone, a Roanoke fire captain who helped establish the team, that was OK at first. Roanoke Rampage is a minor league football team made up of firefighters, police officers and sheriff’s deputies from the area. Proceeds from the games and merchandise go to the charities of their choice. Most of the players simply joined for
A man accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail into a northwest Roanoke home — and nearly hitting a child with it — pleaded no contest Friday to one count of attempted arson. Cody Alan Shell, 21, was found guilty of that felony charge in Roanoke Circuit Court and will be sentenced in August. Attempted arson of an occupied dwelling carries a maximum sentence of 10 years. The incident occurred shortly
A 22-acre project along South Jefferson Street in Roanoke broke ground Friday, signaling the next step in a $100 million plan to establish more apartments, retail and office space near downtown over the next two decades. The development, previously named Riverside Station, has been dubbed “The Bridges” in an attempt to market a name that is “recognizable and germane to the area,” said Thomas Becher , a spokesman for the
The space on the corner of Campbell Avenue and Fifth Street in downtown Roanoke hasn’t had a tenant for a year or more, but it will soon be bustling with the smell of coffee and scratch-made food. Business partners Jerry Duncan and Jerry Rush hope to open 501 Speakeasy in the storefront by June 15. Both men have experience in restaurants. Duncan has worked as a cook in local establishments
Dennis Hong, a professor of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech, wanted the world to see his team’s new robotic limb. His strategy: an audition on “MasterChef,” the cooking show on Fox. It didn’t completely work, but he did give TV viewers something to see Wednesday night. Of 8,000 competitors who sought to be on the show, Hong, 42, was one of about 95 allowed to audition for the reality show’s
Roanoke police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Friday. Police spokeswoman Aisha Johnson said police arrived at 2:18 p.m. at the One Stop Market in the 800 block of Bridge Street Southwest where an employee said two men entered the business and demanded money. The employee, a man, said one of the men had a firearm, Johnson said, and he was physically assaulted but was not shot. The men
A fire Friday destroyed a duplex in the 1400 block of Goodview Road in Bedford County. Stewartsville-Chamblissburg Fire Capt. Nathan Minnix said crews responded to a report of a fire at about 6 p.m. He said a woman was sleeping inside the duplex when she woke up to the smell of smoke. Fire crews arrived to find flames as high as 40 feet shooting through the roof , according to
Roanoke police are looking for a man reported missing by the retirement home where he lives. Police spokeswoman Aisha Johnson said Quang Tran, 45, was reported missing on May 10. She said investigators do not believe he has been the victim of a crime. Johnson said Tran was last seen at the retirement home in northwest Roanoke. As a resident of his home, he is allowed to leave when he
Roanoke police are looking for two men who stole prescription drugs from a pharmacy early Friday morning. Police spokeswoman Aisha Johnson said officers responded to the CVS Pharmacy at Towers Shopping Center, in the 2000 block of Colonial Avenue, at 5:49 a.m. She said employees reported that two men had entered the store with a baseball bat and demanded prescription medications. Johnson said the men obtained medications and fled. No
Police are searching for a man who robbed George's Tobacco in Vinton on Friday, prompting lockdowns at three nearby schools. Roanoke County police responded to a report of an armed robbery at the store in the 2400 block of Washington Avenue shortly after 9:30 a.m., according to a news release from Roanoke County police. An employee reported that a man entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The
A 33-year-old Buena Vista man is charged with murder and malicious wounding in the Thursday fatal stabbing of his mother-in-law and injuring his wife. The Buena Vista Police Department said in a release that Michael J. O'Hare is suspected of stabbing his mother-in-law and his wife in what they are calling a homicide. Officers responded to a domestic altercation on Glasgow Avenue at 12:26 p.m. Thursday. Upon arrival, they found
SOUTH HILL -- A politically connected nutritional supplement maker’s lawsuit against the state is moving forward after being stalled for more than a year. A judge in Mecklenburg County set a December trial over Star Scientific’s dispute of a state tax bill, attorneys appointed to represent the state in the matter told media outlets on Thursday. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli recused his office after it became public that he
A 22-member committee to start the search for Virginia Tech's next president has been appointed by university Board of Visitors Rector Mike Quillen, After nearly 14 years as president, Charles Steger announced last week that he would step down as soon as his replacement can be hired. Such searches take about a year. The first presidential search committee meeting is set for June 2, according to a university news release.
Comcast cable customers in the Roanoke Valley can now watch ball games in 3D. Comcast has added 26 channels to its lineup for Xfinity customers, including ESPN 3D. Viewers must have 3D-capable televisions and 3D glasses, which are sold at many retail and electronics stores. Most new televisions sold in the past two years are equipped with both 3D and high-definition capabilities. Comcast will offer one other 3D channel, Xfinity
Roger Cheek is calling it quits after 18 years representing District 3 on the Bedford County Board of Supervisors. He's the longest-serving supervisor currently on the board. Cheek, 67, is a Bedford County native who was first elected to the board of supervisors in 1995, unseating Earl Hobbs, who had been appointed the previous year to fill an unexpired term. Cheek said that he is proud of his work on
Roanoke County police said no one was hurt in a single-vehicle crash Thursday night on Bent Mountain Road. Officer Jason McNamara said a woman drove her vehicle over an embankment about 10:15 p.m. The crash occurred at a sharp turn in the 8200 block of Bent Mountain Road. The road was closed for nearly three hours as a tow truck removed the vehicle. The driver was cited for failure to
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