Fall 2016 the Warmest on Record in Roanoke, Blacksburg

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

large-preview-ed8ebc96e3e76ceb94124ad2733eae36If you've been thinking that the seasons appear to be lagging, here's proof you are right.

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg says the meteorological fall season, defined as September 1 through November 30 was the warmest ever recorded in both Roanoke and Blacksburg.

In Roanoke, the average temperature for the period was 62.4 degrees, breaking the 97-year old record of 61.5 degrees set in 1919. Records in Roanoke date back to 1912. 

In Blacksburg, the average fall temperature was 57.8 degrees, breaking the old record of 56.4 degrees set in 2007. Records in Blacksburg date back to 1952.

The record-setting warmth was part of a jet stream pattern that favored a large, broad rigde over the Southeast and helped to create the extreme drought that has led to dozens of wildfires across the region. 

After such a warm fall, it appears we will be jumping ahead to winter in about a week. True Arctic air will be moving in December 9, with highs only around freezing and lows well into the teens. The cold air surges look to continue in several waves into Christmas. 


Roanoke Man Arrested for Home Invasion, Robbery in Rocky Mount

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

homeinvasionROCKY MOUNT - A Roanoke man has been arrested and charged with robbery following a home invasion in Rocky Mount November 29, according to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators say they responded to a call of a home invasion at 4:43 p.m. Nov. 29 at 25 Ronnies Lane in Rocky Mount. The victims told investigators a man had entered the home armed with a handgun, then forced an elderly man into a bathroom. The suspect took a safe with money and jewelry and fled, investigators say.

The sheriff's department executed a seach warrant along with the Roanoke City Police for a home on Ferdinand Avenue and arrested Dustin Lewis Moseley, 23. 

The investigation into the robbery continues. 


UPDATE: Man Found Dead After Fire Died of Smoke Inhalation

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

fire-line-with-engineUPDATE: The victim has been identified through the Virginia Medical Examiner's Office as Charles Edward Hodges IV, 34 years of age. The cause of death was determined to be smoke inhalation.


WIRTZ - The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a body was found and recovered after a structure fire Monday.

Firefighters responded to calls of a single story fire in the 300 Block of Crafts Ford Court in Wirtz around 8:30 a.m. Investigators say the initial information they were given was they someone may have been inside the home at the time of the fire.

Crews found the building fully involved with heavy flames and smoke. 

The fire was put out by 9:30 a.m and the body was recovered at 12:25 p.m., investigators say. The victim's identity is being withheld until medicial examiners can determine a cause of death and confirm the identity. 

Fire departments from Scruggs, Burnt Chimney, Glade Hill, Smith Mountain Lake Marine and F.C. Public Safety responded to the fire along with the Sheriff's Department. 

F.C. Public Safety is leading the investigation into the cause and orgin of the fire while the Sheriff's Department investigates the death of the victim.