Deputies are looking for a bank robber in Patrick County.
It happened at 11:16 yesterday morning at the Meadows of Dan branch of BB&T.
A white male entered the bank wearing a ski mask and a hooded sweatshirt and demanded money.
It's not known whether he had a weapon, but the man had his hand in his shirt the entire time.
He made off with an undisclosed amount of money and then took off on foot.
K-9 units were called out, but couldn't pick up the suspect's trail.
This is the first bank robbery in Patrick County in four years.
Some residents, as well as some buildings, were shaken up in a small town in central Virginia yesterday.
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A 3-point-9 magnitude earthquake struck near the town of Columbia on the James River.
The quake struck around 12:30 and was followed by three aftershocks.
There have been no reports of damage, but folks in Columbia certainly got a jolt.
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Experts say earthquakes are not that unusual in that part of the state.
The Central Virginia Seismic Zone has a history of earthquake activity.
One of the victims in Sunday's fire in Roanoke has died.
A spokesman for Carilion Hospitals confirmed that 49-year old Jo Ann Huffman died.
And now, there are indications the other person rescued from the burning King Street house had been stabbed in the back.
According to a search warrant affidavit filed in Circuit Court yesterday, Robin Anderson's wife, Jill, told police her husband had a 3-quarter inch stab wound on his lower back.
When they asked him if he'd been stabbed in relation to the fire, Robin Anderson was only able to nod affirmatively.
Police searched the house at 2703 King Street and seized several sharp objects.
Once again, the D-M-V is changing its hours, but this time they are being expanded.
Beginning this week, customer service centers will open earlier on Thursdays. In Roanoke it's now 8 a-m.
Operating hours on Thursdays had been changed to 10 a-m because of budget cuts but officials say people prefer to go to DMV first thing in the morning.
Just last week, the Roanoke D-M-V had long lines of people who thought the office was open at 8. The office decided to open at 9 am to accommodate the crowd.
You can go to DMV's website to check the operating hours at your local service center.
There were several homicide indictments handed up in Roanoke .
Clinton Andrew Brathwaite was charged with capital murder in the death of Angela Arrington and three of her four children.
It happened last month at her Madison Avenue home.
The children were eight, 10 and 13.
Brathwaite had already been charged in the murders, but yesterday Grand Jury action added four counts of capital murder, one ATTEMPTED capital murder charge and five firearms charges.
A couple of old homicide cases have resulted in charges, too.
Twenty-one year old Brandon Green was indicted in the 2001 death of David Lee Tickle of Draper.
Twenty-nine year old Michael Eugene Johnson was indicted yesterday for voluntary manslaughter in the death last June of 41-year old Christopher Swanson McCoy.
Police say McCoy had identified Johnson as the gunman before he died the day after the shooting.
The Lynchburg Regional Airport is now incorporating the use jets to try to attract more travelers.
Delta A-S-A has upgraded its local fleet and is now flying regional jets into the central Virginia area.
The improved service means more seats and flights in and out of Lynchburg, which is trying to recapture its market lost to other nearby airports.
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A half million dollar federal grant is helping to subsidize the jet service by guaranteeing the airline will not lose any money.
The grant is good for one year.
Meanwhile, thousands of airport security screeners around the country will soon lose their jobs, including nearly two dozen in our region.
The federal government will make 3-thousand cuts by May 31st with more planned by September 30th.
At Roanoke Regional Airport, 13-screeners will lose their jobs, bringing the total number at the facility to 35.
The Lynchburg Airport will go from 28 to 18 -screeners, a loss of ten jobs.
The Transportation Security Administration says the layoffs will save about 280-million dollars.
Last night, the six Republican candidates who are looking to take Bo Trumbo's seat in the senate, took part in a debate at the Montgomery County Government Center.
The public heard from the candidate's on a number of issues including the state's budget shortfall, taxes, education, and what to do with Interstate 81.
The six candidates include former State Senator Brandon Bell, current Roanoke County Supervisor Butch Church, Salem GOP activist Brenda Johnson, Montgomery County businessman Jim Jones, Roanoke County Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Joe (OH- bin-chain) Obenshain and Botetourt GOP activist Dale Wilkinson.
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Voter turnout will be important because party leaders have decided there won't be a runoff in the six way race.
That means the candidate who gets the most votes will be the nominee for the 22nd district
The voting takes place Saturday from two until six at five locations around the district.
We should mention there is currently no Democrat candidate in this race.
Two city groups are joining together.
Officials hope the change will help Roanoke live up to its reputation as a festival city.
Festival in the Park, and the city's Special Events Committee are merging to become EventZone, and the new organization will bring many different events under one umbrella.
Yesterday, city council approved a contract with EventZone to market downtown as an entertainment venue.
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Roanoke City School Board appointments were also on the agenda yesterday.
Chairman Gloria Manns was re-appointed, while Kathy Stockburger and David Trinkle were also selected to serve thre