Radford police seeking public’s help with two animal cases

From Radford City Police

Police are asking the public’s help with two recent animal cases being investigation by officers at the Radford City Police Department and Animal Control.

KittenThis morning, public works employees discovered a trash bag containing three kittens believed to be approximately three to four months old. Two of the kittens were deceased in the bag and one was alive. The bag was placed in trash cans in the 1600 block of West Main Street. The deceased kittens are believed to have possibly been White cardrowned. The surviving kitten was taken to a local veterinary service for treatment. I have attached a photo of the surviving cat which has a unique mark on his back. One of the deceased kittens was an orange male and the other a black male.

Investigators are also looking for information about a white car that has abandoned cats and kittens on several occasions in Riverview Park in the west end of Radford. A possible photo of the vehicle is attached.

Citizens are reminded that domesticated animals can be forfeited at most animal control facilities. Contact any animal control officer or animal service groups for additional details.

If anyone has information related to either of these cases please call the Radford Police Tip Line at (540) 731-5040 or email policeinfo@radfordva.gov

Obituary for Judy Frazier Taylor

Judy Frazier Taylor, 67, of Dublin, VA. died Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at the Roanoke Memorial Hospital. She was born on June 1, 1949 and was the daughter of the late Randall Frazier and Sadie Sue Mullins Frazier.

Surviving are: Husband, Darrell F. Taylor. Three children, Wesley Taylor, Adam Taylor, and Felicia Taylor. Sister, Rose Coffey. Brother, Randy Frazier. 8 grandchildren.

Mrs. Taylor will be cremated and no services will be held.

Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

By The Associated Press

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


Rescue crews using bulldozers and their bare hands race to dig out survivors from the strong quake that hit central Italy and killed scores.


She’ll enter the highly anticipated fall debates with Trump facing the same kind of heightened expectations that often saddle an incumbent president.


The U.S. may get drawn into cooperating with Russian forces in the civil war even though it believes Moscow’s intervention has only undermined the U.S. goal of defeating the Islamic State group.


Multiple twisters tear the roofs off apartment buildings, send air conditioners falling onto parked cars and cut power to thousands of people.


Colombia’s government and the country’s biggest rebel group announce a deal to end a half-century of hostilities.


America has a debt problem, and the big borrower this time may surprise you: Corporate America.


After scanning the vast reaches of the cosmos for Earth-like planets where life might exist, scientists have found one right next door, celestially speaking.


The bitter letter from the notorious Depression-era gangsters was sent to a former member of their gang they felt had betrayed them.


Paisley Park, the private estate and production complex of the late rock superstar, will open for public tours starting next month.


The six-month suspension follows the goalie’s disparaging comments about Sweden following the Americans’ early departure from the Rio Olympics.

Today in History

By The Associated Press

Today is Thursday, Aug. 25, the 238th day of 2016. There are 128 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Aug. 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed an act establishing the National Park Service within the Department of the Interior.

On this date:

In 1718, hundreds of French colonists arrived in Louisiana, with some settling in present-day New Orleans.

In 1825, Uruguay declared independence from Brazil.

In 1921, the United States signed a peace treaty with Germany.

In 1944, during World War II, Paris was liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation. Romania declared war on former ally Germany.

In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a measure providing pensions for former U.S. presidents and their widows.

In 1960, opening ceremonies were held for the Summer Olympics in Rome.

In 1975, the Bruce Springsteen album “Born to Run” was released by Columbia Records.

In 1981, the U.S. spacecraft Voyager 2 came within 63,000 miles of Saturn’s cloud cover, sending back pictures of and data about the ringed planet.

In 1989, Voyager 2 made its closest approach to Neptune, its final planetary target.

In 1998, retired Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell died in Richmond, Virginia, at age 90.

In 2001, Mette-Marit Tjessem Hoiby (meh-tay mar-it shes-em hoy-bee), a single mother and former waitress, married Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon (hoh-uh-kahn) in Oslo. Rhythm-and-blues singer Aaliyah (ah-LEE’-yah) was killed with eight others in a plane crash in the Bahamas; she was 22.

In 2009, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy died at age 77 in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, after a battle with a brain tumor.

Ten years ago: A college student’s checked luggage on a Continental Airlines flight that had arrived in Houston from Buenos Aires, Argentina, was found to contain a stick of dynamite, one of six security incidents that day that caused U.S. flights to be diverted, evacuated or searched. Joseph Stefano, who wrote the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” died in Thousand Oaks, California, at age 84.

Five years ago: Fifty-two people were killed in a fire at a casino in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey that was allegedly targeted by a drug cartel. The New York Yankees became the first team in major league history to hit three grand slams in a game, with Robinson Cano, Russell Martin and Curtis Granderson connecting in a 22-9 romp over the Oakland Athletics.

One year ago: French authorities formally opened a terrorism investigation into a foiled attack four days earlier; a prosecutor said minutes before he slung an assault rifle across his chest and walked through a high-speed train, suspect Ayoub El-Khazzani of Morocco watched a jihadi video on his cellphone.

Today’s Birthdays: Game show host Monty Hall is 95. Actor Sean Connery is 86. Actor Page Johnson is 86. TV personality Regis Philbin is 85. Actor Tom Skerritt is 83. Jazz musician Wayne Shorter is 83. Movie director Hugh Hudson is 80. Author Frederick Forsyth is 78. Movie director John Badham is 77. Filmmaker Marshall Brickman is 77. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is 74. Rhythm-and-blues singer Walter Williams (The O’Jays) is 73. Actor Anthony Heald is 72. Rock singer-actor Gene Simmons is 67. Actor John Savage is 67. Country singer-musician Henry Paul (Outlaws; Blackhawk) is 67. Rock singer Rob Halford is 65. Rock musician Geoff Downes (Asia) is 64. Rock singer Elvis Costello is 62. Movie director Tim Burton is 58. Actor Christian LeBlanc is 58. Actress Ashley Crow is 56. Actress Ally Walker is 55. Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus is 55. Actress Joanne Whalley is 55. Rock musician Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard) is 54. Actor Blair Underwood is 52. Actor Robert Maschio is 50. Rap DJ Terminator X (Public Enemy) is 50. Alternative country singer Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) is 49. Actor David Alan Basche (BAYSH) is 48. Television chef Rachael Ray is 48. Actor Cameron Mathison is 47. Country singer Jo Dee Messina is 46. Model Claudia Schiffer is 46. Country singer Brice Long is 45. Actor Eric Millegan is 42. Actor Alexander Skarsgard is 40. Actor Jonathan Togo is 39. Actor Kel Mitchell is 38. Actress Rachel Bilson is 35. Actress Blake Lively is 29. Actor Josh Flitter is 22.

Thought for Today: “History is the sum total of the things that could have been avoided.” — Konrad Adenauer, German statesman (1876-1967).

German diplomat’s son petitioning Va. governor for pardon

DILLWYN, Va. (AP) — A German diplomat’s son convicted of murder is petitioning Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe for an “absolute pardon” and parole based largely on blood analysis.

Jens Soering is serving two life terms for the 1985 slayings of his ex-girlfriend’s parents. Soering’s petition this week says a blood analysis concludes that Soering, who has Type O blood, was not the source of at least some of the Type O blood found at the scene, The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/2bMPfMB) reported. Investigators said his claim was not new.

“This is no longer about believing me,” Soering, 50, told the newspaper from Buckingham Correctional Center in Virginia. “Unless you’re a climate-change denier and creationist and you don’t believe in DNA, then you have to believe I’m innocent. The only other option is I did it with somebody else, whom I’ve been protecting for 31 years.”

Soering initially confessed to killing the couple but recanted and has insisted he is innocent. He said his then-girlfriend, Elizabeth Haysom, killed her parents and told him afterward. Haysom testified against Soering and is serving a 90-year sentence.

In the absence of hair or fingerprints, prosecutors relied heavily on the presence of the Type O blood to link Soering to the crime.

Maj. Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, who led the investigation, said Soering’s latest claim is nothing new.

“These results have been publicly known for several years,” Gardner wrote in an email to the paper. “Based upon the totality of evidence that was presented in Jens’ trial in June 1990, I remain confident that he perpetrated these heinous crimes.”

The blood tests are decades old: a 1985 blood typing test and a 2009 DNA test.

Soering’s attorney Steven D. Rosenfield said what is new is a belated comparison of the two tests. No one compared the 1985 blood type report with the DNA report until July, when Rosenfield began preparing to file a petition with McAuliffe on other grounds, including unrelated revelations in a forthcoming German documentary, “The Promise,” about Soering’s case.

The film suggests that Haysom, an admitted drug user, committed the murders with help from a now-deceased man who had supplied her with heroin. Soering’s defense had also raised that scenario in his trial.

An analysis by an expert Soering hired said that put side by side, the test results indicate that a male other than Soering was the source of the Type O blood.

“The only way the commonwealth can now argue for Jens’ guilt is to assert that he committed the crime with an unknown accomplice, who was injured and left Type O blood at the scene,” he said. “The accomplice cannot be Ms. Haysom, who has Type B blood. Until now, there has been no suggestion by the commonwealth that there was a third murderer involved. The commonwealth’s position has always been that Jens acted alone, committed this crime and left his Type O blood at the crime scene.”


Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

Rural King coming to Kroger Fairlawn Plaza



Rural King – which bills itself as “America’s Farm and Home Store – is coming to Fairlawn.

According to Bill Cunningham, whose family owns the Kroger – Fairlawn Plaza, an agreement was reached with the company last week after some eight months of negotiations.

Rural King will move into the former Kmart building, which Cunningham noted has been empty for over 10 years following Kmart’s closing.

Work on the 88,540-square foot building will begin in September, and Cunningham said the company is expecting to open in the spring of 2017.

Cunningham said Wednesday the company plans to hire between 70 and 80 people at the Fairlawn store.

Rural King opened its first store in Mattoon, Illinois, in 1960 and has since grown to over 85 stores in ten states including Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida.

The Fairlawn store, according to Cunningham, will be the company’s second to be located in Virginia.

According to the company’s website (www.ruralking.com) the heart of Rural King is the corporate office, distribution center and flagship store in Mattoon.

Cunningham noted visitors to Rural King stores are treated to a free bag of popcorn and cup of coffee.

 According to their website, “Our 85+ locations have an outstanding product mix with items such as livestock feed, farm equipment, agricultural parts, lawn mowers, workwear, fashion clothing, housewares and toys. You never know what you will find at your local Rural King and that’s why every trip is an adventure. Our friendly staff is dedicated to serving your needs and can help you find whatever you’re looking for.”

Rural King is America’s largest family owned farm and home store.

Today in History

By The Associated Press

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 24, the 237th day of 2016. There are 129 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Aug. 24, A.D. 79, long-dormant Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in volcanic ash; an estimated 20,000 people died.

On this date:

In 1572, the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre of French Protestants at the hands of Catholics began in Paris.

In 1814, during the War of 1812, British forces invaded Washington, D.C., setting fire to the Capitol (which was still under construction) and the White House, as well as other public buildings.

In 1821, the Treaty of Cordoba (kohr-DOH’-buh) was signed, granting independence to Mexico from Spanish rule.

In 1912, Congress passed a measure creating the Alaska Territory. Congress approved legislation establishing Parcel Post delivery by the U.S. Post Office Department, slated to begin on January 1, 1913.

In 1932, Amelia Earhart embarked on a 19-hour flight from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey, making her the first woman to fly solo, non-stop, from coast to coast.

In 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty came into force.

In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Communist Control Act, outlawing the Communist Party in the United States.

In 1968, France became the world’s fifth thermonuclear power as it exploded a hydrogen bomb in the South Pacific.

In 1970, an explosives-laden van left by anti-war extremists blew up outside the University of Wisconsin’s Sterling Hall in Madison, killing 33-year-old researcher Robert Fassnacht.

In 1981, Mark David Chapman was sentenced in New York to 20 years to life in prison for murdering John Lennon. (Chapman remains imprisoned.)

In 1989, Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti (juh-MAH’-tee) banned Pete Rose from the game for betting on his own team, the Cincinnati Reds.

In 1992, Hurricane Andrew smashed into Florida, causing $30 billion in damage; 43 U.S. deaths were blamed on the storm.

Ten years ago: The International Astronomical Union declared that Pluto was no longer a full-fledged planet, demoting it to the status of a “dwarf planet”; Patricia Tombaugh, the widow of Pluto discoverer Clyde Tombaugh, called the decision “disappointing” and “confusing.”

Five years ago: A defiant Moammar Gadhafi vowed from hiding to fight on “until victory or martyrdom” and called on residents of the Libyan capital and loyal tribesmen across his North African nation to free Tripoli from the “devils and traitors” who had overrun it. Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple Inc.; he was succeeded by Tim Cook. Mike Flanagan, a Cy Young winner and part of the Baltimore Orioles’ 1983 World Series championship team, was found dead outside his home in Monkton, Maryland; he was 59.

One year ago: U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, their longtime friend Anthony Sadler and British businessman Chris Norman were presented with the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH’ oh-LAWND’), who credited them with tackling a heavily armed attacker and preventing carnage on a high-speed train headed to Paris. Driver Justin Wilson, 37, died one day after he was struck in the head by a piece of debris during the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway.

Today’s Birthdays: Composer-musician Mason Williams is 78. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marshall Thompson (The Chi-Lites) is 74. Rock musician Ken Hensley is 71. Actress Anne Archer is 69. Actor Joe Regalbuto is 67. Actor Kevin Dunn is 61. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is 61. Actor-writer Stephen Fry is 59. Actor Steve Guttenberg is 58. Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. is 56. Actor Jared Harris is 55. Talk show host Craig Kilborn is 54. CBS News correspondent Major Garrett is 54. Rock singer John Bush is 53. Actress Marlee Matlin is 51. Basketball Hall of Famer Reggie Miller is 51. Broadcast journalist David Gregory is 46. Country singer Kristyn Osborn (SHeDaisy) is 46. Movie director Ava DuVernay is 44. Actor-comedian Dave Chappelle is 43. Actor James D’Arcy is 43. Actor Carmine Giovinazzo is 43. Actor Alex O’Loughlin is 40. Actress Beth Riesgraf is 38. Actor Chad Michael Murray is 35. Christian rock musician Jeffrey Gilbert (Kutless) is 33. Singer Mika is 33. Actor Blake Berris is 32. Actor Rupert Grint (“Harry Potter” films) is 28.

Thought for Today: “Show me a man who cannot bother to do little things and I’ll show you a man who cannot be trusted to do big things.” — Lawrence D. Bell, American aircraft manufacturer (1894-1956).

Explosion at Radford plant under investigation

RADFORD, Va. (AP) — An explosion at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant over the weekend is under investigation.

Lt. Col. Alicia Masson said in a news release that no one was injured following the explosion Sunday afternoon.

The fire that followed the blast was extinguished by the plant’s fire department and the Fairlawn Volunteer Fire Department.

Local news outlets report that the incident was associated with production work at the plant. The investigation is ongoing.

FBI investigates attack; suspect shouted ‘Allahu akbar’

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A man shouting “Allahu akbar” repeatedly stabbed and seriously injured a man and woman in Virginia after hearing voices telling him to attack someone, authorities said.

Wasil Farooqui attacked the pair with a knife as they entered an apartment building Saturday evening in Roanoke County, county police said in a statement. According to witnesses, police said, Farooqui was yelling “Allahu akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great.”

The male victim was able to fight off Farooqui, who fled the scene, police said. Farooqui later arrived at the hospital to seek care for his own injuries and was arrested, they said.

Farooqui, 20, of Roanoke County, is charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding and was being held without bond at the Western Virginia Regional Jail. Online court records did not list an attorney.

Farooqui told a detective that he had left his house to clear his head and brought with him a butcher knife from the kitchen, according to a search warrant obtained by WSET-TV. Farooqui said he was hearing voices “telling him that he was stupid” and to attack someone, the detective said. Farooqui said he then saw the man and woman leaving a pool at the building and stabbed them many times, according to the document.

Farooqui said he doesn’t know the people he attacked or why he attacked them, the search warrant said.

Federal officials are investigating alongside police.

“While I cannot discuss the details of the investigation at this time, I do want to reassure the community that we are working to determine the nature of the incident,” Adam Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Richmond Division, said in a statement.

Police say they believe the attack was random and that Farooqui had no connection to the victims. They have not released the victims’ names.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

By The Associated Press

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:


More than half the people from outside government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state had one thing in common: their organizations all gave money to the Clintons’ charities, the AP finds.


The billionaire businessman suggests he’s open to “softening” laws dealing with immigrants in the U.S. illegally.


It’s a trip aimed in part at stemming campaign-season criticism that the president has been slow to respond to the disaster.


South Korea’s military says North Korea has fired a missile from a submarine off its east coast into the sea.


Jarablus in northern Syria is the last border point that directly connects the extremists with Turkey and the outside world.


Sky-high price hikes for the company’s EpiPens are making it the latest target for patients and politicians infuriated by soaring drug costs.


The storms blew down acres of forests where the migrating butterflies spend the winter in central Mexico, killing more than 7 percent of the butterflies, experts say.


One of the last two Howard Johnson restaurants will close in a couple of weeks, taking with it its fried clam strips and 28 ice cream flavors.


The versatile character actor achieved his greatest success late in life as grumpy District Attorney Adam Schiff on TV’s long-running “Law & Order.”


The quarterback says he’s ready to play after cutting his right thumb with scissors in a “silly accident” last week.