• Virginia military family gets holiday home makeover

    A military family in Alexandria is getting a big surprise ahead of
    Christmas. Before their father deploys, Operation Homefront is giving them
    home makeover.

  • Woman pleads guilty in Smith Mountain Lake fraud

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A former Roanoke woman has pleaded guilty in a Smith Mountain Lake mortgage fraud scheme. Susanne Helbig, who now lives in Georgia, was charged in a 15-count indictment in May. She pleaded guilty to one count of mortgage fraud conspiracy and one count of tax fraud Thursday in U.S. District Court…

  • Carilion Clinic names new chief medical officer

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Carilion Clinic has named Dr. Patrice M. Weiss as chief medical officer following a national search. Weiss currently heads Carilion’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She also is a professor at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. The Roanoke-based health care system announced Weiss’ appointment on Monday. She will begin her…

  • Roanoke drops crime question from applications

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Applicants for city jobs in Roanoke will no longer be required to divulge their criminal history. City officials say Roanoke is joining 10 other Virginia localities in dropping the question from job applications. Proponents of the “Ban the Box” movement say the question discriminates against ex-offenders trying to get their lives…

  • Police ID suspect shot at Va. retirement community

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Roanoke County police have identified a suspect shot by an officer at a retirement community. Police say in a news release that 59-year-old Dennis Michael Wright of Roanoke is charged with attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer, attempted malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer and several weapons counts.…

  • Postal Service plan would shift operations out of Roanoke

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A mail processing facility that employs about 400 people in Roanoke would shift its operations to Greensboro, North Carolina, under a plan announced by the U.S. Postal Service. The Roanoke Times reports ( ) that the facility is one of 82 targeted in a consolidation plan that the Post Service says…

  • Roanoke dentist faces sentencing for obstruction

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Roanoke County dentist is set to find out whether he will go to prison for trying to obstruct an investigation of patient refunds. Robert Stanley Kidder will be sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Roanoke. Prosecutors are recommending a sentence of at least one year. Kidder is asking for…

  • Fire at Roanoke complex accidental, 47 displaced

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Roanoke authorities say a fire at an apartment complex and assisted living facility has been ruled accidental. Roanoke Fire-EMS Chief David Hoback tells media outlets that four people suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene of Wednesday’s fire at Stratford Village. A firefighter and a paramedic also gave oxygen…

  • Veterans networking site focuses on jobs

    After spending time serving their country, many
    veterans face difficulty finding a job and
    adjusting to normal life back at home. A new
    social networking site aims to help connect
    veterans with peers and employers.