Author: Press

Jun - 09

Estate auction canceled amid heirs’ dispute

Auctioneer Carl McNeil was angry Saturday morning as he set a lunch box-sized public address system on a folding table and turned the “on” switch. The man with the white straw gambler’s hat told the 40-some people gathered under and…

Feb - 11

Charges dropped against radford officers

Months of negotiations became reality Tuesday as a special prosecutor dropped malfeasance charges brought against two Radford patrol officers and the city’s former police chief. Officer Chris Caldwell and 1st Sgt. Pete Rutzinski were exonerated and returned to active duty,…

Aug - 19

Jury sees malpractice in doctor’s actions

Roanoke obstetrician-gynecologist Randall Falls was negligent in his care of a patient who nearly died after surgery to remove an ovary, a jury decided late last week. The jury, after deliberating for four hours, returned Friday night with a $1.3…

May - 06

Officers denied immunity 

Two Roanoke police officers can’t hide behind their badges if they violated the constitutional rights of a Roanoke lawyer by jailing him after he repeatedly told them to leave his property, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed. A…

Dec - 12

In pursuit of the truth

FIVE YEARS AGO this week marked the end of John McCloskey’s life. The morning of Dec. 18, 1994, the manic-depressive 18-year-old awoke inside Western State Hospital in Staunton, writhing in stomach pain and vomiting his own feces – the victim…

Dec - 21

Going too soft on drug dealers 

AS REPORTED in your Dec. 15 news article (“Marijuana trial is unlikely”), a deal has been cut with seven of 10 defendants in a pending federal trial. The other three might be allowed to enter bargained pleas as well. Their…

Feb - 10

Roanokers experience earthquake

Roanoke lawyer Jonathan Rogers had planned to take his family to St. Croix in the Virgin Islands for a vacation, but canceled the trip after Hurricane Hugo demolished the island. To make up for the missed vacation, he decided to…