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  • UPDATE: Roanoke County stabbing suspect was hearing voices before attack

    08/23/2016 5:52:28 PM PDT · by topfile · 21 replies
    WDBJ7 ^ | Tue 7:09 PM, Aug 23, 2016 | Web Staff
    The warrant says Wasil Farooqui told police he left his home on Pelham Drive Saturday "to clear his head" and took a butcher knife from the kitchen. He drove about a mile to The Pines apartments and parked. Farooqui said he began hearing voices telling him he was stupid and to attack people. Snip A source told CBS News that Farooqui has been on the FBI’s radar for several months and is believed to be self-radicalized. The source also told CBS News that Farooqui tried to go to Syria earlier this year, but only got as far as Europe. That...
  • POLICE: Roanoke County stabbing suspect yelled "Allah Akbar" during attack (Virginia)

    08/22/2016 7:31:20 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 46 replies
    wdbj7.com ^ | August 22, 2016
    The FBI is now involved in a stabbing investigation in Roanoke County. Wasil Farooqui is charged in the incident that seriously hurt a man and woman at the The Pines Apartments on Saturday. Witnesses told police that during the attack Farooqui was yelling "Allah Akbar."
  • Roanoke (VA) area receives 21 Syrian refugees since May, part of nationwide surge

    08/04/2016 8:12:27 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 18 replies
    Roanoke Times ^ | August 3, 2016 | Alicia Petska
    After a sluggish start, the United States has ramped up its number of Syrian refugee admissions, putting it within reach of meeting President Barack Obama’s goal of taking in 10,000 Syrians by the end of the federal fiscal year. The surge has included resettling 21 Syrian refugees in the Roanoke region over the past three months, a significant uptick from last year’s total of just two admissions. Roanoke has long been a hub for arriving refugees, with more than 800 accepted in the past five years, according to U.S. State Department data. The acceleration of Syrian refugee admissions nationwide...
  • Full: Donald Trump & Mike Pence Town Hall in Roanoke, VA (7-25-16)

    07/25/2016 9:27:55 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 5 replies
    youtube.com ^ | Jul 25, 2016
    Full replay of the Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence Town hall event in Roanoke, VA at the Hotel Roanoke & Convention Center.
  • WATCH: DONALD TRUMP & MIKE PENCE TOWN HALL IN ROANOKE, VA LIVE STREAM

    07/25/2016 11:31:59 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 10 replies
    Monday, July 25, 2016: Live streaming coverage of the Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence Town hall event in Roanoke, VA at the Hotel Roanoke & Convention Center. Live coverage begins at 3:00 PM ET.
  • LIVE:7/25/2016 Trump & Pence Roanoke, VA @ 3pm ET & Trump Winston-Salem @ 8pm ET.

    07/24/2016 6:52:11 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 1,305 replies
    Monday, July 25, 2016: Live streaming coverage of the Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence Town hall event in Roanoke, VA at the Hotel Roanoke & Convention Center. Live coverage begins at 3:00 PM ET. Roanoke, VA Watch the LIVE stream of the event below beginning at 3:00 PM ET Hotel Roanoke Convention Center Monday, July 25, 2016: Live streaming coverage of the Donald J. Trump for President rally in Winston-Salem, NC at the Winston Salem Fairground Annex. Live coverage begins at 8:00 PM ET. Winston-Salem, NC Watch the LIVE stream of the event below beginning at 4:30 PM ET...
  • 'Gun violence'? No! Goon violence: 'Bad people do bad things'

    10/09/2015 9:21:26 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 9 replies
    WND ^ | September 3, 2015 | Ilana Mercer
    For a short while, the thing called “gun violence” was uppermost in the minds of the blabbering class. Two lovely young people, Alison Parker (news reporter) and Adam Ward (photojournalist), of Roanoke, Virginia, were gunned-down on live TV, in a scene reminiscent of the film “15 Minutes,” in which an anchor’s drive for ratings and a murderer’s quest for his 15 Minutes of Fame result in … gun, fist and other gratuitous, on-air violence. A week on, CNN’s Poppy Harlow was using the language of George Orwell’s Oceania to describe the entity, “gun violence,” that “took” the life of poor...
  • What Common-Sense Gun Control Looks Like

    10/09/2015 7:30:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 9, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    What Common-Sense Gun Control Looks Like Last Thursday, as Americans were still coming to grips with the tragic rampage in Oregon, President Obama addressed the American people. An hour before the president spoke, news outlets were confirming that the shooter in Oregon had targeted his victims based on their religion. Multiple eyewitnesses and relatives of the victims all said the shooter asked the victims to state their religion. Those who said "Christian" were shot in the head. Others were shot in the legs or other parts of their body. The president -- in 1,299 words -- never once discussed religious...
  • Anti-Gun Gov McAuliffe exploits Alison Parker's Dad for political gain

    10/07/2015 12:46:45 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 9 replies
    From: info@terrymcauliffe.com After my family experienced an act of horrific violence, I quickly learned that the personal is political and that the political matters. When my daughter Alison was brutally struck down by a deranged gunman on live television, I made it my life’s work to implement effective and reasonable safeguards to prevent this from happening again. Gun violence is far too common, and I plan to do whatever it takes to stop more tragedies like this from occurring. I know that in order to actually make a difference and get commonsense gun control legislation passed, we need to get...
  • ABC still hiding TV shooter's manifesto: 'Killer Vester Flanagan was a big Obama supporter'

    09/09/2015 9:38:00 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 15 replies
    WND ^ | September 8, 2015 | Bob Unruh
    Vester Flanagan, a.k.a Bryce Williams When nine black people were murdered in June at a church in South Carolina, suspect Dylann Roof’s “manifesto” was widely publicized and analyzed immediately. Along with his racist rants, photos emerged of him with a Confederate flag, prompting scores of demands to remove the banner from public places, and even reruns of the Old South-themed TV series “Dukes of Hazzard” were canceled. Also, statues and other monuments to Southern Civil War-era leaders were targeted. So what’s been the impact of the 23-page manifesto delivered to ABC News by Vester Flanagan, a black man who...
  • Andy Parker drops out of Henry County supervisors race to focus on gun control

    09/05/2015 5:25:01 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 26 replies
    HENRY CO., Va. -- Andy Parker has withdrawn his candidacy for a seat on the Henry County Board of Supervisors to focus on gun control. Andy Parker is the father of Alison Parker. WDBJ7's Adam Ward and Alison Parker were shot and killed Aug. 26. Parker said he will go to Washington D.C. next week to talk to lawmakers about gun control. Parker says one of his meetings is with Mark Kelly. Kelly is the former astronaut and husband of Arizona politician Gabby Giffords, who was shot in 2011.
  • Tragedy in Roanoke

    09/01/2015 10:18:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    The horrible murder of two local journalists in Roanoke, Virginia, has affected me more than I thought it would. Journalists are taught early on to compartmentalize. As a local TV reporter, I saw bodies from plane crashes and victims of mass murder. I covered natural disasters and witnessed the aftermath of cruelty to children and other inhumanities. The murders of 24-year-old Alison Parker and her 27-year-old cameraman, Adam Ward, by a deranged and disgruntled man whose shoulder chip was as big as a boulder took me back to my early days in the business. At Alison's age, I was working...
  • Scarborough: 'I Blame Cable News' for Cops Being Less Safe

    08/31/2015 6:05:09 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    You wish he had named names . . . On today's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough flatly stated "I do blame it on cable news" for "people wearing uniforms being a lot less safe today than they were before Ferguson." So just which cable networks did Joe have in mind? Until last week [when he was relegated to the Sunday morning desert], Scarborough's own MSNBC was the Al Sharpton network. So surely Scarborough was pointing the finger at least partially at MSNBC. But as he continued, Scarborough also identified other unnamed cable networks that he accused of "glorifying" Vester Flanagan and...
  • Gun Myths and the Roanoke Shootings

    08/30/2015 7:49:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    Bernie Sanders' record skews way to the left on one issue after another: health care, taxes, campaign finance, international trade, abortion and the Iraq war. Gun control? Not so much. "Bernie Sanders, Gun Nut" was the headline in the liberal online publication Slate. After the Sandy Hook massacre, other progressives called for tough new restrictions on firearms, but Sanders disagreed. "If you passed the strongest gun control legislation tomorrow, I don't think it will have a profound effect on the tragedies we have seen," he said. The obvious explanation for this anomaly is that he comes from Vermont, a state...
  • After SC Shooting, There Were Flag Bans. Now an Awkward Question About VA is Burning Up the Internet

    08/29/2015 11:08:26 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 43 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 8/29/15 | VICTORIA TAFT
    After self-described “racist” killer Dylann Roof executed the black members of a church Bible study, people found photos of the killer holding the Confederate battle flag. There were also photos of him burning and stomping on the American flag — per the request of a social media activist. Suddenly, the ‘Southern Cross‘ was removed from the public square all over — state houses, companies, flag poles and college campuses. The murders prompted the call for the digging up the body of Nathan Bedford Forrest, the founder of the Ku Klux Klan. The Virginia murderer had in his possession the ‘gay...
  • Victimhood: Some Thoughts on the Roanoke Murders (revised)

    08/28/2015 2:11:00 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 3 replies
    Self ^ | August 28, 2015 | Robert J. Seyko
    On August 26, 2015, a deranged black male who claimed he had been the victim of racism in the media industry, shot and killed two young, very talented and promising journalists in Roanoke, VA, at point blank range. Incidently, they were white. By legal definition, it was a hate crime. An act of violence motivated by racism or homophobia is a hate crime. But victimhood in this country evokes two completely polarized responses--by the political and media establishment, the criminal justice system, and the respective communities. I haven't heard the term "hate crime" mentioned once in all the many hours...
  • Victimhood: A Few Thoughts on the Roanoke Tragedy

    08/28/2015 11:09:33 AM PDT · by huckfillary · 8 replies
    Self ^ | August 28, 2015 | Robert J. Seyko
    On August 26, 2015, a deranged black male who claimed he had been the victim of racism in the media industry, shot and killed two young, very talented and promising journalists in Roanoke, VA, at point blank range. Incidently, they were white. By legal definition, it was a hate crime. An act of violence motivated by racism or homophobia is a hate crime. But victimhood in this country evokes two completely polarized responses--by the political and media establishment, the criminal justice system, and the respective communities. I haven't heard the term "hate crime" mentioned once in all the many hours...
  • Clarke: ‘Shame on the Left’ For ‘Exploiting’ WDBJ Shooting ‘To Pursue a Political Agenda’

    08/28/2015 8:54:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/27/2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke (D) declared, “shame on the left” for “exploiting misery and tragedy for a — to pursue a political agenda” on Thursday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel. Clarke said, “Well, shame on the left, shame on the Democrats for once again exploiting misery and tragedy for a — to pursue a political agenda. Shame on the president of the United States to invoke terrorism into this horrific incident that happened in Virginia.”
  • Father Of Slain Reporter Pledges That Gun Control Will Be ‘Alison’s Legaicy'

    08/27/2015 2:40:13 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 74 replies
    The Politistick ^ | 8/27/15 | GREG CAMPBELL
    America is still reeling from the on-air execution of Alison Parker and Adam Ward. While doing their jobs, both were slain by a devout racist and former colleague of their. The thoughts and prayers of everyone at PolitiStick go out to the families of these victims. It’s a senseless crime and it’s natural to try and make sense of such heinousness. The shooter, a homosexual black man, authored a 23-page manifesto clearly explaining his racial motivations for killing the two straight white people. And though America became engulfed in a rage of race-obsessed hysteria after the Dylann roof shooting, few...
  • Vester Flanagan Threatened Colleagues, Played the Race Card for Years

    08/27/2015 8:06:25 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 75 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 8/26/2015 | Katie Zavadski, Kate Briquelet
    The cold-blooded Roanoke killer kept getting fired, kept threatening co-workers, and kept claiming he was the real victim. Vester Lee Flanagan claimed in a suicide note Wednesday that June’s massacre of black parishioners at a South Carolina church was “the tipping point” that sent him on the path to murdering two journalists on live television Wednesday. But in court papers and interviews with The Daily Beast, former colleagues describe Flanagan as a problematic employee, who was repeatedly reprimanded for his harsh treatment of coworkers, and complained racism was behind harsh evaluations of his work. “He just had a history of...
  • Dinesh D'Souza: Where's Obama on killed whites? 'Black gay guy goes nuts ... DOUBLE hate crime?'

    08/27/2015 7:56:30 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 26 replies
    WND ^ | August 27, 2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    Dinesh D’Souza, conservative author, movie-maker, columnist and pundit, took to Twitter to do some trolling on left-leaning pages and post some counter-views on the widely reported shooting deaths of two white television crew members by a black man – even suggesting President Obama better stand on the side of blind justice, not race-based politics. In reference to Vester Flanagan, the black former television journalist whose on-air name was Bryce Williams, D’Souza tweeted: “When a black gay guy goes nuts and kills white people, is it safe to call it a DOUBLE hate crime?” Flanagan, prior to killing himself, was believed...
  • ALISON AND ADAM AND THE MONSTER

    08/27/2015 7:28:19 AM PDT · by shortstop · 90 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 08/27/15 | Bob Lonsberry
    He waited for the cameraman to turn back. He wanted the audience to see her die, and the cameraman had panned to the right, to show the resort, so he lowered the gun and waited for him to turn back. Then he opened fire. Some fat loser named Vester who wanted to kill some white people and settle some scores and make a name for himself. He was “Bryce” on TV. And he was Bryce on Twitter as he posted the video of himself gunning down three innocent people, unloading his Glock into them and America's consciousness. Camera in the...
  • Virginia TV journalists killed by suspect with 'powder keg' of anger

    08/26/2015 2:07:50 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8-26-2015 | GARY ROBERTSON
    Flanagan sent ABC News a 23-page fax about two hours after the shooting, saying his attack was triggered by the June 17 mass shooting at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, the network said. Nine people were killed, and a white man has been charged in that rampage. The network cited Flanagan as saying he had suffered racial discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying at work. He had been attacked by black men and white women, and for being a gay black man, he said.
  • Virginia Gov. McAuliffe Calls for Gun Control in Wake of Shooting

    08/26/2015 2:09:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 26, 2015 | 12:31 PM EDT | Mark Judge
    Hours after the shooting deaths of two Roanoke reporters on live television, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe called for more gun control. […] “It goes back to what I’ve talked about for a long time,” McAuliffe said. “There are too many guns in the hands of people who should not have guns.” …
  • UPDATE: VA Shooter identified as former employee of WDBJ (black - says racism made him do it)

    08/26/2015 9:07:31 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 116 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 26, 2015 | Ali Stewart
    <p>According to a former WDBJ employee, Vester L. Flanagan — the man authorities say they’re seeking in connection with Wednesday’s fatal shooting of two journliasts — worked at WDBJ as a reporter about a year using the on-air name Bryce Williams.</p>
  • News crew gunned down on live TV

    08/26/2015 7:58:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 26, 2015 | Neetzan Zimmerman
    A news crew for a CBS affiliate in Virginia was gunned down during a live report near the Bedford County-Franklin County line in Moneta early Wednesday morning, law enforcement officials said. Police and emergency services were on the scene, which remains active. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is also involved in the investigation. WDBJ7 reporter Allison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were killed by an unidentified assailant who approached the pair as they were filming an interview at the Bridgewater Plaza and fired in their direction as many as eight times. Footage of the shooting aired...
  • Deadly shooting during live TV news report in Va.

    08/26/2015 6:04:49 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 1,222 replies
    CBS ^ | 26 Aug 15 | Unknown
    A gunman killed a reporter and videographer for a CBS affiliate in Virginia in a shooting that was broadcast live Wednesday morning. Alison Parker and Adam Ward, a reporter and cameraman for CBS Roanoke affiliate WDBJ-TV, died in the shooting, Parker's mother confirmed to CBS News. WDBJ-TV reports that deputies from Franklin County and Bedford County were on the scene. The shooting happened at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, Virginia.
  • The Roanoke Colonists: Lost, and Found?

    08/10/2015 10:44:17 AM PDT · by OddLane · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 10, 2015 | Theo Emery
    MERRY HILL, N.C. — Under a blistering sun, Nicholas M. Luccketti swatted at mosquitoes as he watched his archaeology team at work in a shallow pit on a hillside above the shimmering waters of Albemarle Sound. On a table in the shade, a pile of plastic bags filled with artifacts was growing. Fragments of earthenware and pottery. A mashed metal rivet. A piece of a hand-wrought nail. They call the spot Site X. Down a dusty road winding through soybean fields, the clearing lies between two cypress swamps teeming with venomous snakes. It is a suitably mysterious name for a...
  • Civil rights leaders demand Goodlatte move on Voting Rights Act reform (eliminate Voter ID)

    07/01/2015 10:13:11 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 6 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | June 25, 2015 | Alicia Petska
    A coalition of civil rights and other activists demanded Thursday that U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte take action to revive a provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in a downtown Roanoke rally of more than 300 people. “I’m here to tell you something, Congressman Goodlatte. Fix the Voting Rights Act!” said Priscilla Ouchida of the Japanese American Citizens League, one of more than two dozen groups represented. Organizers hope the rally — which included state activists and national figures — will ramp up public pressure on the Roanoke County Republican, who chairs the committee where efforts to update the voter...
  • Gillespie wins Republican U.S. Senate nomination (Virginia)

    06/08/2014 7:04:33 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 47 replies
    Roanoke.com ^ | June 7, 2014 | Markus Schmidt
    ERICA YOON | The Roanoke Times Delegates cheer candidate Ed Gillespie during his introduction at the state Republican convention Saturday in Roanoke. Less than 90 minutes after voting began at the convention, Gillespie’s nearest rival, Shak Hill, conceded the nomination to Gillespie. The low attendance — 4,200 delegates had registered but about 2,700 came to Roanoke — may have expedited the balloting. Ed Gillespie, a fixture in national Republican politics, easily won his party’s nomination Saturday to take on Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., setting up a marquee fight with control of the Senate at stake. At 2:50 p.m., less than...
  • Anybody else at Virginia Republican Convention in Roanoke, VA now

    06/07/2014 8:18:49 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    Republican Party of Virginia ^ | June 7, 2014 | Vanity
    Anybody else here at RPV convention? Who are you supporting in U.S. Senate race? Showing a video of the greatest President of the 20th Century at the moment. We all know who that is.
  • More than 60 protest in front of Roanoke Sheriff's Office

    05/26/2014 7:21:24 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 23 replies
    WSLS ^ | May 26, 2014 | Katie Love
    More than 60 people gathered in front of the Roanoke Sheriff's Office holding up signs that said 'Pray for the Release of Enrique.' Most of the members say they are a part of St. Joseph's Church in Martinsville. They say one of their church members, Enrique Manriquez, was arrested while watering plants at the church. The Pastor says he was an arrested for being an illegal immigrant after living in the U.S. for 20 years. A statement released by the church said, "But the officers were simply enforcing the laws. The problem is that the laws have grow obsolete. They...
  • EXCLUSIVE emails: J.J. Redick badgered girlfriend after abortion, used racial slurs

    03/25/2014 11:22:08 AM PDT · by Morgana · 30 replies
    JILL STANEK ^ | Jill Stanek
    In July 2013 MediaTakeOut.com broke the story that basketball star J.J. Redick had initiated an “abortion contract” with then girlfriend Vanessa Lopez to abort their baby. The contract stated the couple would attempt to ”maintain a social and/or dating relationship” for one year after the abortion, and if Redick reneged he would pay Lopez $25,000. Redick and Lopez signed the abortion contract the morning of her abortion, September 13, 2007. Lopez was never to see Redick again, but she never attempted to collect the $25,000. Paparazzi discovered the abortion contract in court documents. Neither Redick nor Lopez had anything to...
  • WWII fighter pilot who flew THROUGH the Eiffel Tower to take down a German plane dies in Virginia

    01/04/2014 9:03:39 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 55 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 20:45 EST, 3 January 2014
    A World War II fighter pilot who gained fame for dramatically flying beneath the Eiffel Tower's arches to take down a German aircraft has died aged 92. William Overstreet Jr. died on Sunday at a hospital in Roanoke, Virginia, according to his obituary, but there was no indication of the cause of his death. Overstreet's famously flew his P-51C 'Berlin Express' beneath the Eiffel Tower in Nazi-occupied Paris in 1944, which has been credited with lifting the spirits of French Resistance troops on the ground. For his valiant service, the French ambassador to the United States presented Overstreet with France's...
  • Have We Found the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island?

    12/10/2013 4:32:10 PM PST · by Theoria · 60 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 06 Dec 2013 | Tanya Basu
    Remote-sensing techniques have unearthed clues to the fate of settlers who mysteriously disappeared. It's a mystery that has intrigued Americans for centuries: What happened to the lost colonists of North Carolina's Roanoke Island? (See "America's Lost Colony.") The settlers, who arrived in 1587, disappeared in 1590, leaving behind only two clues: the words "Croatoan" carved into a fort's gatepost and "Cro" etched into a tree.Theories about the disappearance have ranged from an annihilating disease to a violent rampage by local Native American tribes. Previous digs have turned up some information and artifacts from the original colonists but very little about...
  • Roanoke Times latest to endorse no one for governor (Virginia)

    11/01/2013 11:31:46 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 23 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | November 1, 2013 | ANDREW CAIN
    The Roanoke Times on Thursday endorsed no one for governor, joining the Richmond Times-Dispatch and The News & Advance of Lynchburg in finding none of the nominated candidates worthy of support. (snip) In an editorial titled “A Year to Regret and Regroup” the Roanoke paper said it could not back Republican Ken Cuccinelli, Democrat Terry McAuliffe or Libertarian Robert Sarvis. The paper’s editorial board wrote that “those who cannot in good conscience vote for the official candidates should consider writing in Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling.”
  • Bill Clinton to campaign with McAuliffe Wednesday in Roanoke

    10/24/2013 1:06:35 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 12 replies
    Former President Bill Clinton will stop in Roanoke next week to campaign with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. Clinton and McAuliffe will appear at Charter Hall in the Roanoke City Market Building at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release from McAuliffe’s campaign. The Roanoke stop has been added to a multi-day, statewide McAuliffe campaign swing with the former president. Their itinerary includes a Monday campaign stop at Virginia Tech. Tickets for the Roanoke event are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Democratic Party’s office at 813 Franklin Road.
  • McAuliffe links shutdown to GOP 'ideological battle'

    10/04/2013 2:36:07 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    roanoke.com ^ | October 04, 2013 | Zach Crizer
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe slammed the government shutdown during a campaign stop in downtown Roanoke today, and touted diversified economic development as a way to soften the blow of any future gridlock. McAuliffe, who received a tour of Sumdat Farm Market on Market Street, was in town to talk about his plan to build Virginia’s agriculture and forestry industries. After looking through the store’s selection of local jams, beers and wines, he stepped outside to see the squash and vegetable selections and quickly moved to attack the federal government shutdown. In comments to reporters, he linked the shutdown, which...
  • Counterterrorism exercise in Roanoke (VA) halted after traffic tie-ups, confusion

    07/08/2013 9:39:04 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 3 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | June 26, 2013 | Jordan Fifer
    Many people on social media websites said they thought the exercise was an actual incident. A counterterrorism exercise Wednesday sparked concern among drivers and caused traffic delays in Roanoke before officials called off the practice. The training, conducted near Fishburn Park on Brambleton Avenue in southwest Roanoke, was a test by federal authorities of new techniques to detect radiation learned by state agents and officials, according to Sgt. W.P. Marks, a supervisor with the Virginia State Police Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Interdiction Unit. State police spokesman Sgt. Rob Carpentieri said the training was conducted in conjunction with the federal Department of...
  • ITT Exelis (Roanoke, VA) layoffs will be 'a difficult time' (Night Vision Manufacturer)

    03/26/2013 10:49:36 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 3 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | Duncan Adams
    A spokesman for the Roanoke County company said the 70 job losses have nothing to do with sequestration. About 70 hourly employees at the ITT Exelis night vision facility in Roanoke County learned Friday that their jobs will end as of April 7. Tim White, a company spokesman, said ITT Exelis is responding to the realities of the defense industry market. He said the job losses have nothing to do with sequestration — the automatic, across-the-board federal spending cuts that took effect this month. “It’s a difficult time,” White said. He said ITT Exelis night vision increased employment in recent years...
  • Local group holds protest on 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade

    01/25/2013 7:47:13 AM PST · by Gopher Broke
    David Kaplan WDBJ7 Reporter 5:43 p.m. EST, January 22, 2013 ROANOKE CO., Va.— The cold temperatures weren't enough to stop around 20 people from gathering outside the Planned Parenthood on Peters Creek Road in Roanoke County early Tuesday afternoon. There was a combination of group and silent prayer. We asked a protester specifically what the group was praying for. Susan Edwards told us they were praying that the people who work in Planned Parenthood and the mothers that walk inside have a change in heart. Some people were even on their knees directing their prayers in the direction of the...
  • Gun sales are on full auto at Roanoke gun show

    01/06/2013 5:22:02 AM PST · by Perseverando · 29 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | January 6, 2013 | Liana Bayne
    Although antique firearms attracted some attention, many people bought modern weapons. When folks visited Jerry Cochran's tables at Saturday's gun show in the Roanoke Civic Center, they were mainly purchasing high-capacity magazines and guns such as the AR-15. Cochran, who runs two Trader Jerry's gun shops in Cedar Bluff and in Salem, said he believed fear was driving many of his customers at Saturday's show, hosted by Blacksburg-based promotion company Showmasters. "It's a fear of the government prohibiting what they want," he said, "which is their right to own guns." Saturday's show filled the civic center with a large variety...
  • Details: Mitt Romney in Roanoke, VA Thurs Nov. 1 at 9:30 AM

    10/30/2012 8:21:02 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 2 replies
    From email
    Come meet our next President Governor Mitt Romney Thursday, November 1, 2012 Doors Open 7:30 AM | Event Begins 9:30 AM. Integrity Windows and Doors 4050 Integrity Drive in Roanoke, VA 24012. To RSVP and Get Your Ticket Visit: www.mittromney.com/VA Or Pick Up Your Free Ticket in Person at Blacksburg Victory Office: 215 Draper Road, NW, Blacksburg, VA, 24060 Lynchburg Victory Office: 3700 Candlers Mountain Road, Lynchburg, VA 24501 Roanoke Victory Office: 2706 Ogden Road, SW, Roanoke, VA, 24018 For Questions, Contact TeamVA@mittromney.com or (757) 279-8253 All attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items...
  • Roanoke (VA) police investigate home invasion that left 1 man dead

    10/03/2012 11:06:44 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 10 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | October 03, 2012 | Chase Purdy
    Roanoke police are investigating after a home invasion in the northwest part of the city turned deadly late Tuesday night, authorities said. Officers responded at 11:15 p.m. to the Westwood Village Apartments in the 800 block of Westwood Boulevard to find a man shot dead in a lower-level hallway, police said. Police spokeswoman Aisha Johnson said detectives determined that a man in an apartment answered a knock at the door when two men tried to force their way through. Police said the man later told detectives he started to fight with the intruders, one of whom wore a ski mask...
  • Woman steals wedding rings from Virginia veterans

    09/28/2012 9:27:35 AM PDT · by Altariel · 14 replies
    NBC 12 ^ | September 26, 2012 | Marcos Chappell
    RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A nurses' assistant at a Virginia nursing home will go to prison for selling wedding rings that were stripped from the fingers of veterans under her care. 24-year-old Ashley Michelle Sweeney of Franklin County was sentenced to five years by a Roanoke court. Sweeney said she pawned four wedding bands taken from Virginia veterans in order to support her drug addiction. She was ordered never to work as a nurse or nurses' assistant again.
  • UVA Declines Obama Campaign Request

    08/24/2012 5:48:58 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 39 replies
    NBC29.com ^ | 24 Aug 2012
    A University of Virginia spokeswoman says President Barack Obama will not be at the university when he comes to Charlottesville on Wednesday. In a statement released Friday, it was confirmed that the university declined the president's request to speak at UVA. UVA says the Obama campaign requested the use of one of two outdoor venues - the Amphitheater or the Harrison-Small Library plaza. The university declined the request for a number of reasons including class cancellations, which UVA estimates could be more than 186 classes on the second day of school. The other main reason is they would have to...
  • Ryan, at Roanoke County...says GOP can spur 12 million jobs, 'reignite that American dream'

    08/22/2012 8:33:18 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 19 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | August 22, 2012 | Staff
    Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan rallied an enthusiastic crowd of supporters this morning at Northwest True Value Hardware in Roanoke County. Ryan cast the election as a choice between an “entrepreneurial society” – as represented by Ryan and presidential candidate Mitt Romney – or a “welfare state” as represented by incumbent President Barack Obama. Ryan – flanked by Chris McMurray of Radford’s Crumb and Get It Cookie Company – repeatedly hammered the Obama administration’s approach to business, which they say was crystalized in his “If you've got a business - you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen” remark...
  • Paul Ryan to appear at Roanoke hardware store (8-22-12)

    08/20/2012 9:59:16 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 13 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | August 20, 2012 | Mason Adams
    Paul Ryan will be at Northwest Hardware on Wednesday morning, according to an email sent out by Virginia state Sen. Ralph Smith, R-Roanoke County. Doors open at Northwest Hardware, at 3647 Brambleton Ave., at 7 a.m. Ryan is scheduled to appear at 8:30 a.m., according to the e-mail. ____________________________ Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will visit the Roanoke Valley on Wednesday, according to an official with Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. There are no details yet on when and where Ryan, a congressman from Wisconsin, will visit. The news comes on the heels of a swing by Vice President Joe...
  • Electing a Criminal Like Romney Could Help You Make Money

    08/17/2012 5:34:34 PM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    BernardGoldberg.com ^ | 8-17-12 | Arthur Louis
    Vice President Biden recently warned an audience in Virginia, many of them blacks,that if GOP candidate George Romney captures the White House,“he’s gonna put y’all back in chains.” I guess “y’all” is how they say it way down south in Scranton, PA, where Biden was born. This set me to thinking about the possible money-making opportunities that could arise from a Romney presidency. In my journalistic days, I wrote financial-advice columns for two publications, focusing on stock-market investing, so I am inclined to think that way. The Democratic party’s assault on Romney, in which he has been called a felon,...
  • Update: Secret Service denies thanking baker for rejecting Biden visit

    08/17/2012 2:07:17 PM PDT · by Justaham · 39 replies
    Did Secret Service officials associated with Vice President Joe Biden thank a baker for refusing to host the vice president at his shop on Wednesday, as local media reported? The U.S. Secret Service says it didn’t happen. “[O]ur personnel were not involved in making that statement,” U.S. Secret Service spokesman Max Milien told National Review Online’s Daniel Foster. “Milien said there were agents in the bakery, along with (similarly dressed) local law enforcement, but that USSS was there merely to thank the shop owners for their trouble and apologize for any inconvenience the advance team may have caused them,” National...