State Police identify suspect in trooper-involved pursuit and shooting

State-PoliceFrom Virginia State Police: At 2:53 p.m., Monday (May 25), Virginia State Police initiated a traffic stop on a speeding 2003 Nissan Altima traveling 95 mph in a posted 70 mph zone heading south on I-81 near the 165 mile marker in Botetourt County. The Nissan refused to stop and a pursuit was initiated.  The suspect continued south on I-81 and just before the I-81 and I-581 merge in Roanoke County, the Nissan ran off the right side of the highway and crashed. The driver, Justin Howard St. Clair, 25 of Fincastle, Va., exited the Nissan with a firearm. St. Clair refused to comply with the troopers’ demands to drop the weapon and was subsequently shot.  State police immediately rendered aid to St. Clair, who was transported by ambulance to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound. He remains at the hospital and is currently listed in stable condition. The incident remains under investigation by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field Office. State police in-car cameras did capture the incident and all recordings have been entered into evidence for the criminal investigation.  These evidentiary recordings will not be released as they are part of the ongoing criminal investigative file and, therefore, exempt from release. In accordance with Virginia State Police policy, Sr. Trooper D.P. Purcell was placed on administrative leave.

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Kaine meets with Asian-American business owners

kaine-AsianU.S. Senator Tim Kaine was in Roanoke this morning, meeting with a group of Asian-American business owners … Kaine noted that the population among those of Asian decent is now growing in this part of the state after being concentrated in Northern Virginia … as a Senator he’s met with business associations before but never in Roanoke he said today. The local Asian-American Business Owners Association in Roanoke has about 300 members; mostly of Indian descent; many operate small businesses or are entreprenuers. WFIR’s Gene Marrano was there to speak with Sen. Kaine:

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Roanoke County votes on budget today

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Roanoke County administrator Tom Gates

The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors will vote on a 388-million dollar budget for the next fiscal year at its meeting this afternoon – the first with new County Administrator Tom Gates at the helm … more from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Click below to hear more from Tom Gates (speaking with WFIR’s Gene Marrano) on the budget process – and his first five months on the job:

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Crews rescue 7 people following accidents on James River

wfir-linkBEDFORD, Va. (AP) _ Authorities say no one was seriously injured in a series of accidents on the James River near Balcony Falls. The Bedford County Department of Fire and Rescue says crews rescued seven people on Monday. The department tells media outlets that a woman suffered non-life threatening injuries after she slipped and fell on rocks in the Jumping Rock area. An emergency crew rescued her by boat and took her to a hospital. Several rescue boats then went back and picked up the woman’s three friends. Crews also rescued two people who were thrown out of a canoe and a man who was thrown out of a float.

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