Roanoke Police name, seek Tuesday shooting suspect

James Calloway

James Calloway

From Roanoke City Police:  Roanoke Police have obtained two warrants on James Malcolm Calloway, age 27, of Roanoke for the shooting incident in the 700 block of Hanover Avenue NW yesterday afternoon.  Calloway is charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm to commit the offense.  Anyone with information on Calloway’s location can call the Roanoke Valley Crime Line at 540-344-8500.  Tips are anonymous and a reward could be provided for the right information.

The shooting occurred near Lucy Addison Middle School and led school officials to implement “Shelter in Place” procedures that limit who can enter and leave the school building.

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Botetourt County announces a “Pink Effect”

Susan G KomenVirginia Tech football has its Orange and Maroon Effect games … now Botetourt County announces a “Pink Effect” in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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Botetourt Co. manufacturer to expand, add 75 jobs

Dynax LogoFrom Governor McAuliffe’s office:  TOKYO, JAPAN – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Dynax America Corporation, a subsidiary of Dynax Corporation of Hokkaido, Japan, will invest $32.625 million to expand its automotive components manufacturing operation in Botetourt County. The Governor made the announcement following a meeting yesterday with Dynax Corporation officials in Tokyo during his Asia Marketing Mission. Virginia successfully competed against Shanghai, China for the project, which will create 75 new jobs.

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Things to know about Virginia’s voter ID law

election-2014(AP) — Virginia voters in next month’s midterm elections will have to bring a photo ID to vote. Here are things voters need to know about the new requirement:

Several different types of photo ID are acceptable, including a driver’s license or other ID issued by the state Department of Motor Vehicles; a U.S. passport; an employer-issued ID; a student ID from a college or university in the state; a photo ID card issued by the federal, state or local government; and a state-issued voter photo ID card.

People who don’t have one of those forms of ID can get a free voter photo ID card from their nearest Voter Registration Office. A list of those offices can be found by clicking HERE.

Voters who arrive at their polling place without proper identification can still cast a provisional ballot. Such voters will have until noon on the Friday after the election to deliver a copy of their photo ID to the voter registration office, which they can submit by fax, email, in-person, mail or commercial delivery service. People casting provisional ballots can also apply for a Virginia voter photo ID card by noon of that Friday.

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“Where are you Bobby Browning?” is shooting on location in Vinton

Bobby Browning - at firehouse

Bobby Browning film shoots on location in Vinton

The producers of the small-budget independent film “Where are you Bobby Browning?” have started shooting on location in Vinton and at Roanoke College … meanwhile the writer and producer of “Kicked by Grace” – filmed locally last month – has good things to say about the area.  WFIR’s Gene Marrano has the story:

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Click below to hear more from “Kicked by Grace” writer-producer Rick Garside on filmmaking in the Roanoke area:

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VA agreement with other states highlights growing role on distance learning in higher education

Education-News1The growing role of on-line learning in higher education is reflected in a new agreement between Virginia and close to a dozen other states, one designed to help both students taking distance learning courses and the Virginia colleges that offer them. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Free seminar on the Ebola Virus at VWCC

Undated file image from the  Centers for Disease Control  (CDC) shows Ebola virus

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(CDC) shows Ebola virus

Virginia Western and The Virginia Department of Health will host a free public seminar on the Ebola virus. Some of the speakers that will attend the seminar are from Carilion Clinic and the Near Southwest Preparedness Council. Speakers will talk about the biology of the virus, the details of transmission, treatments and more. The seminar is at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28, in the Whitman Theater, Virginia Western Community College.

 

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Search resumes for missing Nelson County teen

Alexis Murphy

Alexis Murphy

The search for missing Nelson County teen Alexis Murphy will resume next month. Nelson County Sheriff David Brooks says they were searching an area in Orange County as recently as August but delayed the search until the fall because of thick vegetation. The 17-year-old was last seen August 3, 2013 at a Liberty gas station in Lovingston. A jury convicted Randy Taylor of murder in the commission of an abduction and abduction with intent to defile in Murphy’s disappearance. He’s currently serving a sentence of two life terms.

 

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Virginia Department of Health sets up Ebola hotline

Undated file image from the  Centers for Disease Control  (CDC) shows Ebola virus

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(CDC) shows Ebola virus

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Department of Health is helping answer questions from the public and provide the most up-to-date information regarding Ebola to Virginians. The agency says it has set up a hotline that’s available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The hotline can be reached at 877-275-8343. Officials say Virginia’s 211 Call Center will be handling these calls using frequently asked questions developed by the department. State Health Commissioner Dr. Marissa Levine says Virginians are understandably concerned about their risk of catching Ebola and the agency is responding through multiple channels. Updates and answers to frequently asked questions are also being shared daily via the agency’s website, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

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UPDATE: Va. crime panel backs stronger police ID policy

State-NewsUpdate: Wed., 10/22/14 4:55 a.m.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia State Crime Commission is recommending stronger measures to ensure the accuracy of police eyewitness identifications. The commission agreed Tuesday to back legislation requiring law enforcement agencies to adopt a model policy recommended by the state Department of Criminal Justice Services in 2011. The bill will be considered by the 2015 General Assembly. Only 6 percent of the agencies responding to a University of Virginia law professor’s study last year had adopted the model policy. A new study by the Crime Commission staff found that 46 percent of the agencies now have a policy nearly identical to the “best practices” model. Police lineups are under scrutiny because 13 of the 16 people wrongly convicted in Virginia and later exonerated by DNA evidence originally were misidentified by eyewitnesses.

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