What's News Today: June 20, 2017

Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today


The trial begins today for the man who investigators say was lured by two teens to a Rockbridge County home.  Elijah Bobbitt faces two felony solicitation counts and violation of probation.  In December, Bobbitt was talking online to the two teens boys, who were posing as a girl when they agreed to meet.  Bobbitt is a convicted sex offender who was not supposed to be talking to anyone online.  The two boys faced a judge after beating Bobbitt.

A public hearing takes place tonight in Lynchburg about replacing a bridge on U.S. 29.  VDOT is looking to replace the bridge south of the Lynchburg Regional Airport.  The new bridge will be east of the existing bridge, will have 12 foot travel lanes and 4 foot bike lanes.  Today's public meeting takes place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Ramey Memorial Auditorium.

One of the three men, charged in the death of Raymond Wood is in court today for a pre-trial motions hearing.  Josue Coreas-Ventura is charged with capital murder, robbery and pecuniary benefit in a criminal act in association with a street gang.  He was appointed a new attorney after his charges were upgraded to capital murder.  Coreas-Ventura along with Lisandro Vasquez and Victor Rodas are charged in the case and all are alleged to be members of the MS-13 gang.

Fifty-four planes, including one flown by Liberty University students, will take off today in the 41st annual Air Race Classic.  The Liberty Belles is an all-female group of aviation students.  The race was started in 1929 by twenty solo pilots, including Amelia Earheart. The Air Race Classic is a four day race that covers eight different airstrips before finally settling in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

If you have any travel plans to the northeast, you could save big by taking Amtrak.  The rail carrier's three day sale begins today for travel on the Northeast Regional.  You can find fares for as low as $9.  You have to book your trip by Thursday and travel between July 17th and August 31st.

Roanoke County will test its alert system this morning at 9 a.m.  The county tests the RoCo Alert emergency system each year to make sure procedures, processes and staff training are up to date.  The system works like a reverse 911, allowing the county to call each number in the 911 center database.

A Roanoke teen, facing an attempted murder charge, is in court today for a bond hearing.  Police say the teen put her newborn baby inside of a plastic container.  Officers were called to the 200 block of Harrison Avenue in January where they found the juvenile mother.  After she initially denied details about the newborn, an officer heard the baby crying.  The mother is charged with attempted murder, aggravated malicious wounding and felony child neglect.

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