What's News Today: July 7, 2016
(WSLS 10) - The man found guilty of groping a woman on the Roanoke River Greenway goes on trial today on separate charges. Alexander Billow is charged with obscene exposure in public, exposing genitals to a child and grand larceny for an incident occurring in May of last year. In April, he was found guilty of abduction with the intent to defile. Sentencing in that case is next week.
The City of Salem Parks and Recreation Department holds Movies at Longwood tonight. "The Minions" will play starting at sunset. The first 50 families to arrive will receive a free bag of popcorn.
Natural Bridge Hotel teams up with the American Red Cross today for a blood drive. The drive takes place from noon to 4 p.m. In the Jefferson Ballroom. Donors will be given a voucher for a free sandwich from Archway Deli.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring will be in federal court today fighting a lawsuit by a delegate to the Republican National Convention who wants to avoid voting for Donald Trump at the party convention. Herring filed a brief in court opposing delegate Carroll Correll Jr.s bid to unbind Virginia's delegates from having to vote according to the results of the March 1st primary. Correll argues that being forced to vote for Trump violated his constitutional rights. Herring contends that Correll knew the rules when he applied to be a delegate.
Roanoke's Democratic Party opens its campaign office today. The office on Day Avenue will be the organizing hub for all of the party's efforts this election season. The opening celebration gets underway starting at 7 p.m.
If you're a Danville Utilities customer, the utility asks that you conserve energy this afternoon. A peak alert was issued by its power supplier because of an expected demand for electricity because of the rising heat and humidity. Transmission charges for Danville and other utilities is set, in part, by peak usage during periods of high demand. You're asked to unplug small appliances and chargers, raise your thermostat a couple of degrees and close curtains to keep the sun out.
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