Here’s what you do if a police imposter tries to pull you over
ROANOKE, Va. – In less than two weeks’ time, local police have investigated three different cases of people impersonating officers. On Saturday, Roanoke County Police arrested Deanthony Lewis who is accused of trying to attack people and arrest them in plastic handcuffs. Ad“This is troubling and I can tell you this is not just a local issue, this is a national issue,” he said. If a person is not in uniform and tries to stop you in an unmarked car, Burke said do not pull over, but if you are in doubt, he said pull over in a well-lit crowded area or to a nearby police or fire department. AdBurke also points out how dangerous it is for the imposter to pull random people over.
Mental health standoff in Roanoke County ends with suicide
ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – UPDATE - Dec. 28, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.What started as a mental health well-being check and escalated into a police standoff has ended in suicide, according to Roanoke County Police. After an hours long standoff, a Roanoke County Police spokesperson said Roanoke County SWAT entered the home after 2 a.m. and found the individual deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. UPDATE - Dec. 27, 2020 at 6:42 p.m.Police said the standoff in Roanoke County is a mental health situation. ORIGINAL STORYPolice are responding to a standoff situation in Roanoke County near Glenvar. Dogwood Avenue down Route 11 is filled with first responders as Roanoke County authorities are trying to sort out the situation.
Roanoke County Police share tips on how to prevent porch pirates this holiday season
ROANOKE COUNTY, Va, – With online shopping expected to be at an all-time high because of the coronavirus pandemic, police officers are gearing up for potentially record-breaking cases of porch pirates. With these kinds of thefts expected to rise this holiday season, there are some easy tips to follow to lower the risk. “What that will do is, instead of delivering the package, they will deliver a piece of paper that says, hey, your package is sitting on our shelf at our warehouse.,” Roanoke County Police Officer Thurman Butts said. It may sound easy to remember, but throughout the year the county has seen a rising number of car break-ins, resulting in dozens of reports of stolen firearms. “We’ve had over 100 firearms stolen within the past 365 days from the surrounding jurisdictions, all unlocked vehicles firearms were stolen,” Butts said.
Suspect in Roanoke County homicide arrested 3 hours away in victim’s car with two children
ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – The Roanoke County Police Department is investigating a murder that happened Monday night. The man was identified as Julian Brown, 31, of Roanoke County. According to authorities, Roanoke County Police were then contacted by Chesterfield County Police, saying the vehicle also didn’t stop for them. They were eventually able to stop the vehicle, locate the suspect and found the children unharmed. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Roanoke County Police at 540-562-3265.
Police issue warning after items stolen from inside Roanoke County cars
ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – Roanoke County police are investigating multiple thefts from vehicles near the Bedford County line. The thefts happened in the Stoneacres area of the county, which is not far from William Byrd High School. LARCENY FROM AUTO NEIGHBORHOOD ALERT - Roanoke County Police wants to make residents aware of thefts from vehicles in... Posted by Roanoke County, VA Police Department on Monday, September 21, 2020Police advised people to keep their vehicles locked, valuables out of the vehicle or hidden and never leave a gun in an unlocked vehicle.
Roanoke County police investigate a deadly motorcycle crash at the intersection of Williamson Road and Commander Drive
ROANOKE CO., Va. – BREAKING UPDATE:Roanoke County Police is investigating a fatal crash that occurred at the intersection of Williamson Road and Commander Drive. Police say it happened around 7:45 p.m. when a motorcycle was traveling Southbound on Williamson Road. Williamson Road is now back open. Roanoke County Police is investigating a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Williamson Road and Commander Drive. Williamson Road will be closed from Florist Road to Abney Road for an extended period of time.
Police request DNA to confirm woman carrying dead baby at Tanglewood Mall is mother
ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – UPDATE 7/21, 4 P.M.A warrant from the Commonwealth of Virginia reveals that investigators want to collect DNA from a woman who was found carrying a dead baby at Tanglewood Mall on Sunday to determine if she is the child’s mother. Authorities requested Lacy’s DNA in order to determine if the dead baby was her child. Roanoke County officials said Tuesday that the baby’s body was partially decomposed, making identification difficult. Detectives are now waiting for the medical examiner’s results, according to Roanoke County officials. SUNDAYAccording to Roanoke County Police, charges are pending for a woman after authorities say she punched an officer at Tanglewood Mall.
Activists, family call for action in Kionte Spencer case
ROANOKE, Va. – The family of a Roanoke County teenager shot and killed by police in 2016 is calling on the state to act. Dozens gathered at Washington Park in Roanoke Monday afternoon to demand more answers about the death of Kionte Spencer. “Justice for Kionte” wants the county to release all body and dash cam video from that night. Dozens gathered in Washington Park Monday to support those calling on the state for more action in Kionte Spencer's case. “I deserve transparency, that is a very simple demand considering my brother was murdered by the Roanoke County Police.
Speeding increasing in Virginia during stay-at-home order
ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – Roanoke County police are urging people to slow down. “We do see an increased number in speed complaints in neighborhoods, just more people being at home," said Sgt. Northam’s stay-at-home order went into effect in March but the number of fatal and non-fatal speed-related crashes increased compared to 2019. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, there has been a “severe spike” in speeding nationwide as a result of so many people staying at home. The DMV campaign is also an opportunity to remind people about something that can be just as important as their speed.
3 Roanoke County children at center of Amber Alert found safely; mother, father in custody
ROANOKE, Va. – LATESTThe search for three missing Roanoke County kids ended on Wednesday when Cameron, Emma and Colin Allison were all found safe. “The children have been turned over to South Carolina authorities who will coordinate with the Roanoke County Department of Social Services to get them safely returned,” Roanoke County Police Chief Howard Hall said. The search for Roanoke County three kids at the center of an Amber Alert continues. When the parents were called, they would not cooperate, according to Roanoke County Police Chief Howard Hall. Possible abductor (Roanoke County Police)May be in company of children (Roanoke County Police)For further information contact the Roanoke County Police Department at 540-777-8798, 540-777-8799 or the Virginia State Police at #77.
Roanoke County police and fire rescue experienced phone issues
freeimages.comROANOKE, Va. - The Roanoke County Police and Fire and Rescue departments experienced phone problems on Tuesday evening. During the outage, anyone with an emergency was advised to call 911 as usual. All 911 calls were forwarded to Roanoke City. The nonemergency lines were not working, and citizens were asked to call 540-283-6597 instead. Copyright 2019 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.
Cat recovering after being shot with an arrow in Roanoke County
ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. - Police are investigating after someone shot a cat with an arrow in Roanoke County Thursday. An officer took the cat to Angels of Assisi for treatment where it is now recovering from surgery. In a Facebook post, Angels says that the cat is not out of the woods yet, but hopes that, "with positive thoughts and around the clock care, he will pull through." Ashley Roberts found the cat as she was getting ready to leave the Roanoke County trailer park in which she lives. She said she's seen the cat around before and she believes someone shot him on purpose.