What's News Today: October 18, 2017

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


A Roanoke man, arrested in connection with a deadly hit and run, is in court today.  Wedstanley Balisage is charged with DUI, felony hit and run and involuntary manslaughter.  Police say 73-year-old Bobby Handy was killed in May when Balisage hit his car, forcing it into a parked car.  The parked car then hit a house.

The trial for a Roanoke school teacher, charged with two counts of indecent liberties, is expected to take place this afternoon.  According to Roanoke City Schools, Jeremy Pohlman was placed on administrative leave from his teaching position at Stonewall Jackson Middle School.  

A Lexington woman, charged with first degree murder, will be in court today for a pre-trail motions hearing.  48-year-old Tina Matheny is charged with first-degree murder in Augusta County.  According to the Sheriff's Office, Matheny stabber 36-year-old Peggy Woods in the neck outside of a Craigsville grocery store in March.

Railside Avenue will close today behind Warehouse Road.  A Norfolk Southern contractor will repair pavement.  The closure is in place today and tomorrow from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Operators of the Gathright Dam will conduct a pulse release of water today from Lake Moomaw.  Water levels will rise on the Jackson River between three and four-and-a-half feet between 6 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  The releases are done to scour excess algae and improve the health of the river.

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