What's News Today: April 19, 2016
(WSLS 10) - A Franklin County woman and her husband, who face charges in the death of Jerry Hodges, return to court for a motions hearing. Jessica Hodges Turner and Benjamin Turner are charged with abuse of an elder leading to death, concealing a body and possession of meth-making materials. Jessica Turner also faces multiple counts of fraud. Hodges was found in the couple's basement in early 2015. Investigators say he had been dead for about three months and neglect was a likely factor.
The Christiansburg Recreation Center holds a free Caregivers' Workshop tonight on caring for family with dementia. The workshop will talk about the aspects of wandering and dementia. It's intended to give peace of mind to those looking for a more secure, yet affordable way to care for an aging loved one.
Members of the Vinton Historical Society will get an update on the Roland Cook School project today. The old school was sold to a developer last year and will be turned into apartments.
Earth Week celebrations continue today on the Virginia Tech campus. Today, Virginia Tech First Lady Laura Sands will assist with a tree planting on campus. Ten Patriot Elm trees will get new homes on the east side of West Campus Drive. Other events are planned throughout the week.
Candidates for Roanoke City Council and mayor will participate in a candidate forum tonight. Candidates will give opening and closing statements and will answer questions from the audience. The Neighbors in South Roanoke neighborhood association hosts the forum tonight starting at 7 p.m. at South Roanoke United Methodist Church.
A road closure in Roanoke could affect your plans this evening. Crews will close Colonial Avenue between Overland Road and Persinger Road from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. This will allow crews to continue work on the gas main renewal project. Detours will be set up.
Candidates for Salem City Council will participate in a candidate forum tonight. Four people are running for three available seats. The Salem Kiwanis Club hosts the forum starting at 12:15 p.m. at the Salem Civic Center.
Students at Rockbridge County High School will get a lesson in the danger of driving under the influence. The sheriff's office will set up a simulation of two cars which collided in an alcohol related crash. Crews will simulate a rescue of passengers who have sustained various injuries. Juniors and seniors are being targeted since 25 thousand people are killed each year by teen drivers.
The Franklin County Board of Supervisors holds a public hearing tonight on next years budget. Expenses will increase by two percent in what the county administrator calls a maintenance budget. Property and real estate taxes are expected to remain unchanged.
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