Roanoke police seek bank robber; suspect may have bandaged neck

Roanoke-PoliceFrom Roanoke Police: On July 28, 2014 at 9:21 a.m. Roanoke Police were dispatched to the 600 block of 9th Avenue SE, the Carter Bank & Trust, to investigate a bank robbery. Several employees told officers the suspect walked into the bank, displayed what appeared to be a firearm, and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money the suspect left the store on foot. The suspect was described as a white male, thin build, possibly around 5’7″. The suspect was last seen wearing a blue long sleeved shirt and blue jeans.  Several witnesses also told officers they observed some type of bandage on the suspect’s neck, possibly covering a recent wound or surgical procedure.   Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Roanoke Valley Crime Line 540-344-8500. All tips are anonymous and a reward of up to $1,000 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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US court: Va. gay marriage ban unconstitutional

WFIR-LOGO-1RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban.  A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled Monday that state constitutional and statutory provisions barring gay marriage and denying recognition of such unions performed in other states violate the U.S. Constitution. The Virginia gay marriage case is one of several that could go to the U.S. Supreme Court.  In February, U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen ruled that Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban violates equal protection and due process guarantees. Lawyers for two circuit court clerks whose duties include issuing marriage licenses appealed.  The lawsuit was filed by two Norfolk men who were denied a marriage license and two Chesterfield County women whose marriage in California is not recognized by Virginia.

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Roanokers can weigh in on proposed EPA limits

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State Senator John Edwards (left) at news conference on proposed EPA limits

State Senator John Edwards and officials from several health organizations urged Roanoke area residents this morning to weigh in the EPA website about limits being proposed for existing power plants. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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McDonnell, wife go on trial in Richmond

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell

Former Virginia
Gov. Bob McDonnell

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Jury selection is on the agenda for opening day in the corruption trial of a former Virginia governor and his wife in Richmond.  Bob and Maureen McDonnell are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from the CEO of a dietary supplements company in exchange for helping promote his products. Their trial in federal court begins at 10 a.m. Monday and is expected to last at least five weeks. McDonnell was a rising national star in the Republican party and was considered a possible Mitt Romney running mate in 2012 before the federal investigation ruined his political future. He has apologized for what he described as bad judgment and repaid about $120,000 in gifts and loans, but has denied breaking any laws.

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