ROANOKE (WSLS 10) – A Halifax County man will be sentenced this week after pleading guilty to capital murder. James Terry is accused of breaking into the home of 84-year old Charlotte Rice in South Boston in April 2011, sexually assaulting her and beating her to death. A judge will now have to decide if Terry should get life in prison without parole or the death penalty.
A Roanoke man connected to a shooting is expected to be back in court today. Roanoke Police say 21-year old Shakeem Hunt is charged with malicious wounding and the use of a firearm in commission of a felony. The charges stem from a shooting on Oakland Boulevard in August. The victim was taken to the hospital.
Dozens of Virginians kick off what they say is a first-of-its-kind, three-day picket outside of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Richmond offices to underline a clear and simple call to action. Their message is “Yes, you can protect us from fracked-gas pipelines, toxic coal ash, and rising sea levels.” Virginians directly affected by the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline will be there. They want to the Governor to use his executive power to three things:
Reject permits for fracked-gas pipelines using state authority under the Clean Water Act. Require Dominion and other utilities to permanently protect Virginia waterways from toxic coal ash. Commit to serious clean energy and adaptation solutions to keep coastal communities above water. A family from Giles County will be there. Don Jones and his 86-year-old father George Jones, part of a 10th-generation Virginia family whose property would be bisected by the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
During the first week of October, Chatmoss Country Club and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County host the second annual Pink for the Week fundraiser to benefit the Ladies First Community Breast Health Initiative. The four day event will feature a kickoff party, tennis tournament, walk, luncheon and golf tournament. Last year, they raised more than $11,000 and hope to raise more this year. The money will be used to increase access to screening mammograms and other diagnostic tests for uninsured women and increase education.
The schedule of Pink for the Week events includes:
· Sunday, October 2nd at 1pm: Kickoff Party at Hamlet Vineyards Hamlet Vineyards will donate 10% of sales to the cause Janice Cain Stationery & Gift’s Mobile Boutique will donate 10% of sales to the cause
· Tuesday, October 4th at 5:30pm: Doubles Tennis Tournament $65 per team includes drinks, hors d’oeuvres and tennis
· Wednesday, October 5th at 8:30am: Walk on the Dick and Willie Trail Participation in the walk is free, but donations are appreciated Parking at Fisher Street entrance
· Wednesday, October 5th at 12:00 noon: Luncheon with Speakers and Door Prizes $25 per person
· Thursday, October 6th: Golf Tournament Lunch begins at 12:00 noon; Golf kicks off at 1:00pm
October is also Domestic Violence Awareness month. Pulaski Police will be dyeing their hair purple and invite you to as well. They hope by grabbing the attention of victims and witnesses they can educate them on the many options they have to remove themselves and children from dangerous situations. The Women’s Resource Center is accepting donations to help survivors too.
Restaurant Week returns to Williamson Road this week. They say there are new restaurants open since the last event proving they are the melting pot of Roanoke!
This week in Lynchburg from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. There will be daily, milling & paving operations on Coffee Rd. (from Boonsboro Rd. to Stillhouse Run). Traffic will be restricted to one lane with assistance from flagging personnel. Motorists can expect minor delays & should use caution while traveling through the work zone.