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Driver of Pick-Up Truck Charged After Hitting School Bus

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

buscrashFRANKLIN CO. - State police have charged the driver of a Ford pick-up truck after it hit a school bus Tuesday morning.

The crash happened at 7:37 a.m. on Bethlehem Road, police say. 

Stephen Yopp, 50, of Boones Mill was driving the truck, which hit the bus as it was slowing and coming to a stop, according to State Police Sergeant Richard Garletts. Yopp was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured.

None of the 19 students on the bus were injured. 

The driver of the bus, Jonathan Hubbard, 22, of Rocky Mount, was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured.

 

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Boones Mill Man Arrested Following Rocky Mount Shooting

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

turnerROANOKE - Virginia State Police have identified the man they say rammed police cars while a Rocky Mount police officer and a Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy were trying to pull him over near McDonalds on Tanyard Road Saturday Night. 

Gary Turner, 37, of Boones Mill was arrested Monday after being released from the hospital and taken to the Roanoke City Jail. He has been charged with one felony count of attempting to elude police and two misdemeanor counts of destruction of property.

State police say local law enforcement spotted Turner and the older style Ford pickup truck he was driving from a "be on the lookout" or "BOLO" that had just been broadcast over the police radio. Around 11:20 p.m. a deputy and a Rocky Mount officer tried to stop Turner. 

Turner refused to stop and rammed the police cars, police say, which were trying to block the truck. That's when a Rocky Mount officer fired at the truck. 

Turner was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A female passenger was not injured.

State Police are still investigating the incident. More charges are pending. 

Stay with Cable 12 for further updates on this story.

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Lack of Rainfall Becoming More of a Problem in September

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

gfs mslp pcpn frzn eus 11After a very wet and soggy summer for many areas, things are now drying up fast as we head toward the official start of Fall. Chances are you've probably noticed the fact that we need a decent rain. 

Yards are turning brown and what was once muddy is now dusty. The outlook for significant moisture doesn't look good, either - at least for another week or so.

In Roanoke, the last day with rain was on September 1 when the airport picked up .33". Roanoke is now 1.15" below normal for the month, and each day without rain another .13" is added to the deficit.

For the year, Roanoke is still above normal, however, by 4.49". 

East of Roanoke, in Lynchburg, the situation is worse. Lynchburg has gone 23 days without significant rainfall (more than a trace). For the month of September, Lynchburg is now 1.44" below normal. 

As of last Thursday, eastern Halifax and Charlotte Counties into eastern Virginia were listed as "abnormally dry" on the U.S. drought monitor. Look for that to expand by the next update on Thursday of this week.

NOAA's 6-10 day outlook from last week has Virginia in a 40-50% probability of higher than normal precipitation, however I don't see our rain chances really increasing until MAYBE September 20.

Why? 

We're in a pattern than favors only weak cold fronts dropping in from the north every 3-4 days with very little rain ahead of them. Most of the jet stream energy is riding well to our north because of a broad upper level ridge that's keeping our temperatures at or above normal this month.  That same ridge has blocked any moisture from the south from getting into the region. 

Another cold (weak cool) front will move through the area Thursday with a few showers or storms possible, mainly in the New River Valley. But significant rainfall that would help most of the area is not likely. The image I've posted from tropicaltidbits.com shows just a few light showers on the GFS model as of this writing. Behind the front, more dry air will likely keep us parched into the weekend.

There are signs that the weather pattern may shift east enough for more moisture and rain with the next big weather maker around September 20-21.

But until then, the dry areas will likely only become drier for at least another week.

- Meteorologist Jamey Singleton