May 2016

May 26, 2016


ROANOKE POLICE RECEIVE 2016 EDWARD BYRNE MEMORIAL JUSTICE ASSISTANCE GRANT

Roanoke, Va.
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant award of $60,486 will be used by the Roanoke Police Department and Roanoke CitSheriffs Officas parof the “improving safety of officers and citizens” project.  The RoanokePolice Departmenwill use the grant award to provide supplementary bicycle patrols thatarget specific locations or crime patterns as part of a community policinefforto reduccrime.  The Roanoke CitSheriff’s Office will use the award tocontinue its securitenhancement plaby installing additional securitcameras and technology support equipment in the Roanoke CitJail.  Personnel who will directly benefit from this improvement will include all Sheriffs office employees, daylight administrative staff, support staffand prisoners who are incarcerated.

The Ro
anoke PolicDepartment will utiliz$36,291 of grant funding to address three projecidentifiers: 1) CommunityPolicin– Using bicycles instead of vehicles allows officers to better address specific problems in the communitand havegreater interaction with citizens. 2) CareeCriminals – A keadvantage of bicycle patrol is that officers have a greaterchance of preventincrime by identifyincareecriminals who are responsible for the majority of criminal offenses. 3) Gangs– Officers on bicycle patrol are normallassigned to areas of the city that suffefrom increasecriminal streeganactivity. By increasing police presence in the neighborhoods, criminal streegangare less likely to intimidate residents and more likely to be disrupted when thegather.

The Ro
anoke CitSheriffs Office will utiliz$24,195 of grant funding to address two projecidentifiers: 4) Equipment General and 5OfficeSafety – The Roanoke CitSheriffs Office will use the grant funding to purchase additional buildingcameras as part of a larger surveillance upgrade project to improve officer safetanaccountability in the Roanoke CitJail.
May 13, 2016


ROANOKE POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING INCIDENT IN 4400 BLOCK OF HOLMES STREET NE

Roanoke, Va.
-  On May 13, 2016 at 12:40 p.m. Roanoke Police responded to a report of a shooting in the 4400 block of Holmes Street NE. Responding officers found an unresponsive female in the living room area of the residence. They also found a male who was lying in the rear of the residence. Officers rendered aid immediately to both individuals and paramedics arrived on scene. The female, identified as Melissa Lynn Cook, age 43, of Roanoke was pronounced dead at the scene. The male, identified as Bobby Ray Cundiff, age 40, of Roanoke was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he also later died. Both suffered gunshot wounds.

Evidence at this point indicates that the incident was domestic in nature. Initial evidence also indicates that both individuals shot each other. A handgun was found near Cook's body and a handgun was also recovered that was near Cundiff when officers arrived on scene. Officers continue to analyze evidence found at the scene and detectives continue to interview individuals familiar with both individuals. No one else was inside the residence at the time of the incident and, at this point, there is no evidence to indicate anyone else was involved. The investigation is on-going.
May 5, 2016


UPDATE:  Shakhia has been located and she is safe.

ROANOKE POLICE NEEDS COMMUNITY’S HELP TO FIND MISSING GIR
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Roanoke, Va.
-  On May 5, 2016 at 1:17 a.m. Roanoke Police received a missing persons report on Shakhia Launiece Pannell, age 12, of Roanoke.  Family members told officers that Shakhia ran away from her residence in the 1300 block of Memphis Street SE.  She was last seen by family members at 10 p.m. on May 4th. Officers have been searching potential addresses and locations in an attempt to locate her.  Anyone having information on Shakhia’s immediate whereabouts should call 911. If you have any information that might help find her, please call our tip-line at 540-344-8500.

A picture of Shakhia is below.  The family describes her as being 5’8” and weighing 200 lbs.  The family says she was wearing a red hoodie and black pants, and has a scar on her right wrist.  She was also wearing a silver Pandora bracelet and a pink “fitbit.”
May 3, 2016

ROANOKE POLICE MAKE ARREST IN CAMPBELL AVENUE MURDER

Roanoke, Va.-  At 2:30 p.m. on May 3, 2016, officers conducted a traffic stop in the 2200 block of Centre Avenue NW and took Adrian Tremaine Simmons, age 25, of Roanoke into custody on a warrant charging him with the murder of Kendall Lamont Wallace, age 35, of Roanoke.

The murder occurred on April 30, 2016 in the 100 block of Campbell Avenue SE.

He was taken into custody without incident.

The U.S. Marshals Task Force assisted in the apprehension of Simmons.

Simmons was taken to Roanoke City Jail and is being held without bond.

The investigation is on-going.