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Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts record 1000 COVID-19 related deaths

Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts record 1000 COVID-19 related deaths

Two years after the pandemic shut down the country, the area health districts have logged a grizzly milestone. WFIR’s Camden Lazenby has more. The post Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts record 1000 COVID-19 related deaths first appeared on News/Talk 960-AM & FM-107.3 WFIR. ... Continue Reading
RCAHD offers hepatitis A vaccines to taqueria diners

RCAHD offers hepatitis A vaccines to taqueria diners

A virus that creates liver inflammation has already infected 50 more people this year than it normally does in an entire year in this area. WFIR’s Camden Lazenby has more. The post RCAHD offers hepatitis A vaccines to taqueria diners first appeared on News/Talk 960-AM & FM-107.3 WFIR. ... Continue Reading
Bedford County Sheriff’s Office looking for stolen truck, trailer.

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office looking for stolen truck, trailer.

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is looking for help in locating a stolen 2005 Ford F-150, VA plate 1513XJ, along with a black 18 foot Proline/Nexhaul Trailer, VA plate 55171TM (similar to pic). It was taken from the 200 block of Bowles Street in the Stewartsville area early this morning. The truck should have a sticker… ... Continue Reading
Delta Dental Pro-Am for Kids benefits Boys & Girls Clubs

Delta Dental Pro-Am for Kids benefits Boys & Girls Clubs

Federal feeding programs only provide two meals a day, but during its summer camp sessions Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia serves 3 to 4 meals to all day campers at multiple sites. CEO Michelle Davis says inflated food prices these days has only made things worse. Those summer campers often come from disadvantaged… ... Continue Reading
Roanoke City “leading the way” in gun lock safety messaging

Roanoke City “leading the way” in gun lock safety messaging

After an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at a Texas Elementary School, one parent says Roanoke City is leading the way in efforts to get people to lock up their guns. WFIR’s Ian Price has more. 5-25 Lock Up Guns WRAP The post Roanoke City “leading the way” in gun lock safety… ... Continue Reading
More travelers will take to the road for Memorial Day weekend

More travelers will take to the road for Memorial Day weekend

Despite record high gas prices near 90 percent of all Memorial Day weekend travelers will be taking to the road over the next few days. An update from WFIR’s Gene Marrano: 5-25 Memorial Travel Wrap#2-WEB The post More travelers will take to the road for Memorial Day weekend first appeared on News/Talk 960-AM & FM-107.3… ... Continue Reading
Gunman kills 19 children, 2 adults in Texas school rampage

Gunman kills 19 children, 2 adults in Texas school rampage

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — An 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two adults as he went from classroom to classroom at a Texas elementary school, officials said, adding to a gruesome, yearslong series of mass killings at churches, schools, and stores. The attacker was killed by a Border Patrol agent who rushed into the school without… ... Continue Reading

Texas school shooting kills 18 children, 3 adults

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — The death toll from the shooting at a Texas elementary school has risen to 18 children and three adults, a state senator said. Sen. Roland Gutierrez said he was briefed by state police on the latest fatalities at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, a heavily Latino community about 85 miles (135… ... Continue Reading
Possible exposure to Hepatitis A at Tuco’s

Possible exposure to Hepatitis A at Tuco’s

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(ROANOKE, Va.) – On Monday, May 23, the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts (RCHAD) received a new report of an employee of a local food establishment who has been infected with hepatitis A. The local health department dispatched the environmental health team to Tuco’s Taqueria Garaje, 416 Salem Ave. in Roanoke to conduct a comprehensive inspection and to interview key personnel. The restaurant’s management team is fully cooperating with the investigation. Based on the inspection and interviews, it was determined that there is no significant risk of exposure to the public since it was determined the individual did not directly handle food.

Out of an abundance of caution and given the high level of sensitivity to the current hepatitis A outbreak in our community, the Roanoke City Health Department is offering hepatitis A vaccine to anyone who ate at Tuco’s Taqueria Garaje between May 3-15, 2022. Hepatitis A vaccines will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last at the Roanoke Health Department, located on the 2nd Floor at 1502 Williamson Rd:

  • Thursday, May 26, 3-6p.m.
  • Friday, May 27, 8:30-11:30a.m.
  • Friday, May 27, 1-4p.m.

“While we are saddened to announce another case connected to a current hepatitis A outbreak in our area, we believe this potential exposure is low risk for the public. Still, the hepatitis A vaccine is recommended for all, and may be available through your provider or pharmacist. Individuals who are uninsured or underinsured are encouraged to reach out to RCAHD local health departments for vaccine opportunities,” said RCAHD Health Director Dr. Cynthia Morrow.

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Downed tree causes major structural damage

Downed tree causes major structural damage

Roanoke Fire-EMS was dispatched to the 2500 block of Creston Ave SW at 9:14 a.m. for a report of a tree falling on a house. Crews arrived to find major structural and property damage. Fire-EMS personnel performed hazard and structural stability assessments before turning the property over to the property owner. Two residents have been… ... Continue Reading
Boy Bands Through the Ages at MMT this weekend

Boy Bands Through the Ages at MMT this weekend

Mill Mountain Theatre is hosting a concert called Boy Bands Through the Ages, highlighting some of the biggest hits by boy bands over the past 6 decades.. WFIR’s Alex Powell has more: 05-24 MMT Boy Band Concert Wrap-WEB More information here on Boy Bands Through the Ages The post Boy Bands Through the Ages at… ... Continue Reading
Local R&B artist releases song about mental health, “Okay”

Local R&B artist releases song about mental health, “Okay”

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Its no secret that many have struggled with those issues over the past two years. Now a Roanoke musician has collaborated on a new song about mental health and learning to cope. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more on “okay,” In Depth: 5-24 In Depth Okay Song The post Local… ... Continue Reading
Guns and Hoses Charity Softball Game this Friday

Guns and Hoses Charity Softball Game this Friday

Picture taken from the Salem Red Sox’ Facebook page.

Area police and fire departments will be in a league of their own later this week at Salem Memorial Ballpark. WFIR’s Camden Lazenby has more.

 

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Tech, private company offers “boot camp” on product management

Tech, private company offers “boot camp” on product management

Learning can be a lifelong pursuit and for the third year Virginia Tech is teaming up with a private company focused on technical skill training to offer a unique “boot camp” that commences in July. The story from WFIR’s Gene Marrano: 5-24 Boot Camp Wrap#2 Find out more about boot camp here The post Tech,… ... Continue Reading
Tech, private company offers “boot camp” on project management

Tech, private company offers “boot camp” on project management

Learning can be a lifelong pursuit and for the third year Virginia Tech is teaming up with a private company focused on technical skill training to offer a unique “boot camp” that commences in July. The story from WFIR’s Gene Marrano: 5-24 Boot Camp Wrap#2 Find out more about boot camp here The post Tech,… ... Continue Reading
Virginia State Police arrest and charge driver in Interstate 81 crash.

Virginia State Police arrest and charge driver in Interstate 81 crash.

UPDATE: Steven P. Lender, 50, of Pennsauken, NJ was arrested for Driving Under the Influence and Misdemeanor Hit and Run, for his role in the early morning CMV crash on Interstate 81 at Interstate 581, which left the bridge and several vehicles on I-581 damaged.  There were no injuries reported in the crash, and the… ... Continue Reading
Tractor trailer crash closes northbound lanes on I-81 in Roanoke County

Tractor trailer crash closes northbound lanes on I-81 in Roanoke County

UPDATE from Virginia State Police: At 5:20 a.m. this morning a northbound tractor-trailer struck the bridge on Interstate 81 as it crossed the Interstate 581 bridge.  The truck is reported to have been hanging off the bridge.  After striking debris from the crash, several vehicles have been disabled on I-581.

The driver of the tractor-trailer fled the scene, but was located a short distance away, and is being questioned by troopers.

Previous: A tractor trailer crash this morning has closed all I-81 north bound lanes in Roanoke County. The accident happened around mile marker 143. No word on possible injuries.

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Authorities investigating after bomb threat and robbery at Daleville Kroger

Authorities investigating after bomb threat and robbery at Daleville Kroger

FINCASTLE, VA – On May 23, 2022, at 7:22 P.M. The Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Center received a 911 call from an employee at the Daleville Kroger reporting a robbery. The clerk reported a man approached one of their cashiers carrying a bag reportedly containing an explosive device and demanded that the clerk… ... Continue Reading
Stars and Stripes Forever concert returns to National D-Day Memorial this weekend

Stars and Stripes Forever concert returns to National D-Day Memorial this weekend

Graphic taken from the National D-Day Memorial Facebook page.

A patriotic concert is coming back this weekend after being sidelined by the pandemic the past two years. WFIR’s Camden Lazenby has more.

Tickets for the Stars and Stripes Forever concert can be purchased on the National D-Day Memorial website.

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Sign-up for new reverse 9-1-1 system — Star City Alerts

Sign-up for new reverse 9-1-1 system — Star City Alerts

You’ll have to take action to be enrolled in the replacement for the now-defunct reverse 9-1-1 alert system. You can get alerts for Roanoke City and County, as WFIR’s Ian Price reports. 5-23 Star City Alerts WRAP CLICK HERE to sign up for Star City Alerts The post Sign-up for new reverse 9-1-1 system —… ... Continue Reading