Texas BBQ chain owed employees nearly $900,000
A North Texas barbecue restaurant withheld roughly $867,000 in tips and overtime pay from more than 900 employees, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. (Thongkoch Chutpattarachai/Getty Images/iStockphoto)ROANOKE, Texas — A North Texas barbecue restaurant withheld roughly $867,000 in tips and overtime pay from more than 900 employees, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. According to WFAA, a total of $867,572 was withheld from 910 employees, but Hard Eight squared the discrepancies in full by August 2021. “By doing so, the employer denied tipped workers some of their tips and managers proper overtime wages,” Valdez said. The Department of Labor confirmed that Hard Eight BBQ is in 100% compliance after paying the back wages and tips to their employees, WFAA reported.wftv.com
Suspect in custody after high school student fatally shot near Virginia Tech
(Blacksburg Police Department )BLACKSBURG, Va. — A Virginia man is accused of fatally shooting a high school student and wounding four others inside a hookah lounge near the Virginia Tech campus, authorities said. Flint is accused of fatally shooting Isiah O. Robinson, 18, of Roanoke, WDBJ-TV reported. According to the Blacksburg Police Department, the shooting took place at about 11:53 p.m. EST at the Melody Hookah Lounge, the Times reported. Robinson was a linebacker and running back at Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke, the Times reported. >> 1 killed, 4 injured after shooting at hookah lounge near Virginia Tech“We would like to thank the community for their assistance,” the Blacksburg Police Department said in a statement.wftv.com
Snow, ice blast through South with powerful winter storm
Tens of thousands of customers were without power in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. Christopher Knox, a North Carolina Highway Patrol spokesperson, said that by midafternoon, the agency had responded to 300 car crashes and nearly 800 calls for service. The driver and passenger, both 41-year-old South Carolina residents, were pronounced dead at the scene of the single-vehicle crash. Especially hard hit was North Carolina, with 90,000 outages. The remaining outages were in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.wftv.com
The 24 Best Mountain Towns in the U.S., Ranked
From Lake Placid to Cordova and some select places in between, here’s our (highly subjective) list of the nation’s best mountain towns. Before telling us where we went wrong, please take a moment to acknowledge the courage and gall it takes to attempt such an impossible feat.outsideonline.com
Virginia Business Owner Charged with $1.5 Million Employment Tax Fraud
A federal grand jury in Roanoke, Virginia, returned an indictment on Thursday charging a Virginia man with employment tax fraud. As executive vice president, Moore allegedly directed the company’s day-to-day management and was responsible for paying employment taxes to the IRS that Nexus withheld from its employees’ wages. Moore is charged with 10 counts of willfully failing to pay employment taxes. His initial court appearance is scheduled for a later date before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel Hoppe of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S.justice.gov
Former Ambulance Service Owner Charged with Tax Fraud
A Virginia man was arraigned today on an indictment charging tax fraud that was returned by a federal grand jury in Roanoke, Virginia, on Aug. 20, 2020. According to the indictment, from approximately 1987 through at least 2010 James C. Jones Jr., of Christiansburg, owned Lifeline Ambulance Service Inc. (Lifeline). The indictment also charges that Jones submitted false individual tax returns each year from 2013 to 2018. In addition to tax fraud, the indictment further alleges that Jones submitted false applications to the Social Security Administration that omitted his domestic and foreign rental income. Jones is charged with tax evasion, filing false individual tax returns, corruptly endeavoring to obstruct the IRS, obstruction of justice and making a false statement regarding Social Security benefits.justice.gov
1 death, 26 hospitalizations linked to hepatitis A outbreak at Famous Anthony’s in Virginia
Hepatitis A virus One person has died after contracting a hepatitis A infection linked to a Roanoke, Virginai-based restaurant chain outbreak that has sickened more than three dozen people. An employee who worked at Famous Anthony’s locations on Grandin Road, Crystal Spring Avenue and Williamson Road was diagnosed with the virus and believed to be the source of the clusters, the newspaper reported. In a statement issued Friday, the management of Famous Anthony’s stated that the chain has cooperated fully with health officials since learning of the virus exposure linked to its restaurants, WDBJ7 reported. “As Famous Anthony’s continues its investigation, it wishes to express that it is mindful of the impact this unforeseen event has and continues to have on individuals and families in this community. Additionally, Famous Anthony’s offers its heartfelt concern and sympathy for all those affected,” the company added.wftv.com
TSA finds record-setting number of firearms at airport checkpoints this year
At least, that’s what was reflected in the Transportation Security Administration’s latest data, which showed a record-setting number of firearms detected across U.S. airport security checkpoints this year, according to a TSA press release Wednesday.
Take it to the grave: Roanoke man wants to be buried in Wrigley’s Gum casket - and it looks like he’ll get his wish
That’s the case for one Roanoke man who’s known to share Wrigley’s Gum with everyone he meets. John has been in Roanoke for a few months to be by Suttie’s side as his health declines. Suttie asked Sammy Oakey at Oakey’s Funeral Home to have his casket painted like the iconic gum box. And before he knew it, hundreds of packs of gum were on their way to Roanoke, and he had good news to share. Suttie’s family said his health is improving, and that’s a good thing, because they need someone to give away all the gum.
US prison populations down 8% amid coronavirus outbreak
Former Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women inmate Stephanie Parris sits in Market Square on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Roanoke, Va. Parris was finishing a two-year prison sentence for a probation violation when she heard shed be going home three weeks early because of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Dream job alert: Get paid $1,300, win prizes to watch 13 Stephen King movies by Halloween
One courageous scary movie buff could get a dream job opportunity -- and make $1,300. USDish.com is looking for one scary movie fan to watch 13 Stephen King movies by Halloween. In return, you'll get $1,300 and a "Stephen King survival kit" that includes a flashlight, blanket, movie-watching snacks, an Amazon gift card and a Fitbit to "track to just how badly those jump scares get you." They want to know how you like to celebrate Halloween and any other information that makes you the perfect candidate. Here are the 13 movies you'll have to watch:"Carrie" (original or 2013 remake)"Children of the Corn""Christine""Creepshow""Cujo""Dreamcatcher""It" (original or 2017 remake)"The Mist""Pet Sematary" (original or 2019 remake)"Salem's Lot""The Shining""Thinner"Copyright 2019 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.
Texas Roadhouse to donate 100% of profits to hurricane relief efforts on Sept. 27
ROANOKE, Va. – Texas Roadhouse announced that more than 500 of its locations nationwide will be donating all of their profits to The American Red Cross next week. On Sept. 27, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., 100 percent of profits will go to help those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Texas Roadhouse has locations in Roanoke, Christiansburg and Lynchburg. Click here to find the nearest location to you.
Virginia news crew mourned as new shooting details emerge
Tributes continue to pour in for reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward of CBS affiliate WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia. Both were killed in the Wednesday morning ambush on live television. CBS News is also learning more about the gunman's actions following the deadly shooting, as well as his rocky employment history. Jeff Pegues reports from Moneta, Virginia.cbsnews.com
Gunman kills two Virginia journalists during live TV interview
A gunman opened fire during a live report on CBS affiliate WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia. Reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward were killed. The shooting happened at a shopping center in Moneta. Police are still hunting for the shooter. Elaine Quijano reports.cbsnews.com