Melissa Powell, The Roanoke Times

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The Roanoke Times

Seattle, WA, United States

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Past articles by Melissa:

Judge acquits man in Giles County attempted-murder trial

PEARISBURG — A man accused of attempting to murder Glen Lyn Fire Department Chief Randy Jones after a drunken altercation was found not guilty on Wednesday. → Read More

Christiansburg woman gets probation on charge related to lying about having cancer

A Christiansburg woman has been placed on 12 months of probation for spending money collected for her after she lied about having cancer. → Read More

Missing 76-year-old hiker rescued

A 76-year-old woman got lost hiking Tuesday afternoon in Montgomery County, but crews located and rescued her early Wednesday. → Read More

Pulaski man convicted of child abuse

PULASKI - A man was convicted this morning of malicious wounding and felony child abuse for injuring his girlfriend's 7-month-old son. → Read More

Woman pleads guilty to being on meth when car struck man near Elliston

CHRISTIANSBURG — The driver who struck Jeremy Miller as he walked on U.S. 460 near Elliston in March pleaded guilty this morning to driving under the influence of methamphetamine. → Read More

Man sentenced for stabbing brother and killing dog in Blacksburg

CHRISTIANSBURG - A man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to stabbing his brother in the leg and attacking and killing his brother's dog during an incident in Blacksburg. → Read More

Man dead after gunfire involving police in Christiansburg

CHRISTIANSBURG – A man has died after an interaction with at least one police officer on Heather Drive. → Read More

Former Blacksburg bank employee pleads guilty to fraud

CHRISTIANSBURG — A former teller at a National Bank of Blacksburg branch pleaded guilty last week to falsifying bank entries to conceal her theft of more than $67,000. → Read More

2 men arrested in Montgomery County fraud investigation

Two Wythe County men have been charged with credit card theft and credit card fraud, just days after police released surveillance photos and asked for the public’s assistance in the investigation. → Read More

Accused White House intruder also facing charges in Wythe County

The man accused of scaling a security fence and getting into the White House on Friday is also facing unrelated charges out of Wythe County. → Read More

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office seeks help identifying two men

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance in identifying two individuals in relation to a credit card fraud investigation. → Read More

Day after murder charge dropped, Dickerson proclaims innocence

RADFORD — The morning after his release from jail, Leslie Dickerson said one of the hardest parts of his eight-month incarceration was that he was locked up for a crime that never happened. → Read More

Murder charge against Texas man dropped in Pulaski County

PULASKI - After being incarcerated for about eight months awaiting trial, Leslie Dickerson will soon be a free man. → Read More

Judge restricts use of color photography in Holmes case

The judge presiding over Michael Holmes’ preliminary hearing Thursday allowed The Roanoke Times to take pictures of the proceeding — as long as the photograph was published in black and white. → Read More

New Blacksburg restaurant vandalized

Just months after its opening earlier this summer, Blacksburg restaurant Social House was broken into in the early morning hours today and vandalized. → Read More

Man killed in Pulaski County wreck

An Abingdon man was killed Thursday after he was ejected from the vehicle he was driving in Pulaski County. → Read More

Police still seeking clues in 2009 slayings of 2 Va. Tech students

ROANOKE -- Five years ago today the bodies of two Virginia Tech students were found in the parking lot of the Caldwell Fields campground in Montgomery County. → Read More

Five-year mark passes with no new public details in slayings of Tech students

Five years ago today the bodies of two Virginia Tech students were found in the parking lot of the Caldwell Fields campground in Montgomery County. → Read More

Radford man charged with possessing child porn

A Radford man was arrested Monday and charged with five counts of knowingly possessing child pornography. → Read More

Ex-Christiansburg police officer charged with embezzlement

A former Christiansburg police officer has been indicted in Montgomery County on charges that he embezzled about $34,000 from the Virginia Bloodhound Search and Rescue Association, according to state police. → Read More