Roanoke Police need help identifying assault suspect

16-100885-suspectFrom Roanoke Police: Roanoke, Va.– Roanoke Police need your help identifying a man who touched two teenage girls in a non-sexual manner and began speaking with them on September 24, 2016 at Valley View Mall. The first incident was reported to police at 8:28 p.m. Officers collected video evidence of the suspect. Officers later learned of another incident that happened to a separate teenage girl a short time before officers were called to the mall. Officers spoke with the second girl who provided a similar account of what had occurred with her. She provided a description of the suspect. This incident also occurred at the mall. The suspect is described as a bald white male, large build, wearing a black polo shirt, blue jeans and white shoes. Officers have provided the attached photo to mall security and loss prevention personnel. Anyone who might recognize the suspect is encouraged to call the RPD tip line at 540-344-8500. Anonymous text messages can be sent to the number 274637 [Crimes]. Please start the text message with the keyword “RoanokePD:” to ensure that it’s properly sent.

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Floyd golf writer comments on Arnold Palmer’s passing

neil-sagebeilFloyd-based golf blogger and author Neil Sagabeil (pictured) once interviewed Arnold Palmer for a book he wrote about the 1955 U.S. Open. Sagabeil says Palmer – who died at age 87 over the weekend – may have had the greatest impact on the game over the past 60 years. Sagabeil  also says the duels between Palmer and Jack Nicklaus in the 1960’s pushed Nicklaus to become perhaps the top golf pro of all time.

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CNU poll gives Clinton edge over Trump in Va

WFIR Election 2016The latest Christopher Newport University survey has good news in Virginia for Hillary Clinton – but negative numbers as well for both major party presidential candidates. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Help Salem shape the future of Thompson Memorial Drive

SalemMuch like it did with downtown, the City of Salem is holding a public visioning process to discuss the future of Thompson Memorial Drive. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has the details.

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what’s at stake in tonight’s debate

dr-bob-dentonSpeaking with Joey Self and Gene Marrano on the Roanoke Valley’s Morning News today WFIR political analyst Dr. Bob Denton (Virginia Tech communications department) weighed in on what’s at stake when Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump meet to debate tonight. WFIR will carry that debate live at 9-pm. Here is that interview:

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Man suspected of robbing Westlake bank arrested in Georgia

09-26-miller-mugshotFrom the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office: The suspect who allegedly robbed the American National Bank at Westlake Towne Center on Aug. 23 has been arrested in Glynn County, Ga., where he is charged with attempted robbery and attempted carjacking at knifepoint.

Zachary Ray Miller, 27, of Newark, Del., was arrested with two other white males near Savannah, Ga., on Aug. 26, according to Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton.

Investigator Tim Taylor traveled to Georgia last week to gather evidence, including fingerprints and DNA, to compare with evidence collected at the bank after the Westlake robbery and on an orange collared shirt found discarded in a dumpster behind Kroger, Overton said. Investigators have determined that the suspect had been shopping at the Westlake Kroger just before the robbery, where he was captured on video, Overton added.

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