Archived News Releases

December 4, 2015


Roanoke, Va.Roanoke Chief of Police Chris Perkins announced his retirement today after more than 23 years as a member of the Roanoke Police Department. He will retire on March 1, 2016.

Chief Perkins joined the department on October 12, 1992.  He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1999, lieutenant in 2004, captain in 2006, and deputy chief in 2008.  He became chief on October 13, 2010.

“Chief Perkins was one of my first hires when I arrived in Roanoke and I couldn't be more proud of the work he's done,” said Roanoke City Manager Chris Morrill. “His contributions, which are many, will have a lasting impact on not only the Police Department, but our entire city for generations to come."

During his tenure as chief, the Police Department began working together with other city departments and neighborhood volunteers to conduct regular community walks.  He initiated the Drug Market Intervention in the Hurt Park and Melrose neighborhoods, which has reduced crime and quality of life concerns in those communities.

It was also during Chief Perkins’ tenure that the innovative Growth Through Opportunity [GTO] Cadet program began.  The program helps adults with unique challenges hone their job skills so they can seek employment.  All four of the first class of GTO cadets now has jobs.  The second class of GTO cadets started in November.

Chief Perkins oversaw the creation of ISTAR [Intelligence, Statistics, Technology, Accountability, and Research], ensuring greater efficiency and accountability in the department.  Chief Perkins worked together with command staff and officers in 2013 to reorganize the entire department, creating the Community Response Bureau, which allowed the department to focus on specific concerns within neighborhoods.

Chief Perkins worked with Roanoke Commonwealth’s Attorney Donald Caldwell to create a Public Safety Summit, which meets monthly and is an opportunity for the different agencies and organizations to work hand-in-hand to better the entire region.

In that spirit of regional cooperation, Chief Perkins collaborated with Roanoke County Chief of Police Howard Hall to create a joint academy to enhance training between both departments in 2014.  Chief Perkins and Chief Hall also established the Regional Drug Unit to better address drug trafficking in the Roanoke Valley.

“I want to thank the City Manager for the opportunity to serve as Chief of Police in this Six-Time All-American City, the citizens of the City of Roanoke for their partnership and support, and most importantly, the amazing men and women I’ve had the privilege of working with here at the Roanoke Police Department,” Chief Perkins said.  “This is home.  The staff here at RPD is my family. I am proud to retire in March after wearing the Roanoke Police Department badge for over 23 remarkable years.”

October 27, 2015


Roanoke, Va.-On October 1, 2015 at 12:59 p.m., Roanoke Fire EMS responded to a call from a citizen reporting an intoxicated person leaning over the railing at a business in the 300 block of Elm Avenue S.E. The male was found to have injuries to his face and his side. Roanoke Fire EMS transported the male to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment. The male, later identified as Thomas Patrick Corriveau, age 62 of Roanoke, used a false name with Roanoke Fire EMS when being treated and transported to the hospital. Corriveau was found to be extremely intoxicated.

On October 8, 2015 a family member of Thomas Patrick Corriveau contacted the Roanoke Police Department. The family member advised that Corriveau had called them on September 30, 2015 and said that he was beaten up and robbed of cash and other property in Roanoke. Corriveau told the family member that he was going to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. Corriveau was the male transported on October 1, 2015 by Roanoke Fire EMS. According to the family member, after being transported to the hospital, Corriveau's condition had worsened and he was unresponsive. After being contacted by the family on October 8, 2015, police department detectives attempted to speak with Corriveau the next day, but were unable to as he was still not responsive. On October 21, 2015 Roanoke police detectives went to the hospital to speak with Corriveau. He was coherent and advised detectives that multiple males beat him up and robbed him. He said that he knew the individuals, but refused to name them. Corriveau only advised that he wanted to leave the hospital and did not want to press charges.

Corriveau, who is transient, died on October 26 from complications from the alleged assault on September 30, 2015. An autopsy was performed at the medical examiner's office on October 27, 2016. His death has been ruled a homicide by the medical examiner's office. Roanoke Police are asking that anyone who may recognize Corriveau and has information related to Corriveau's actions on or around September 30, 2015, or can provide information on the suspects in this incident or associates of Corriveau, are asked to call (540) 344-8500. Callers can remain anonymous.  

October 27, 2015


Roanoke, Va.- On October 26, 2015 at 9:14 p.m. Roanoke Police responded to the 2800 block of Spring Road S.W. in reference to a gunshot wound. Upon their arrival, officers located Robert Neal Chambers, age 62 of Roanoke, with a gunshot wound to the head lying in the yard of a residence. Roanoke Fire EMS transported Chambers to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2:43 a.m. this morning. Officers also located Mark Alfred Paulson, age 55 of Roanoke, lying in the same yard with a gunshot wound to the head. A handgun was located next to Paulson. Roanoke Fire EMS pronounced Paulson dead at the scene. Officers, detectives, and evidence technicians conducted interviews with witnesses, and collected physical evidence. At this point in the investigation, it appears the shooting occurred as a result of an ongoing neighbor dispute between Paulson and Chambers. Prior to the shooting taking place, Chambers heard a noise outside of his residence and went outside to investigate. He discovered his personal vehicles covered with leaf dust and debris. Tracks though the Chambers' yard indicated that someone had driven into the yard, spun out, and leaves and dust were cast onto Chambers' vehicles. Chambers was outside in his own yard and was approached by Paulson. Chambers inquired if Paulson was responsible for the debris on his vehicles. A truck in Paulson' s driveway had dirt and debris consistent with having driven through Chambers' yard. An argument ensued between the two and Paulson produced a handgun, shooting Chambers' prior to taking his own life. Both Chambers and Paulson will have autopsies performed at the medical examiner's office. Detectives are still investigating this offense and Evidence technicians will be submitting physical evidence to the state lab for examination.
October 16, 2015


Roanoke, Va.On October 14, 2015 at 12:10 p.m., Roanoke Police were in the 3500 block of Franklin Road SW investigating a citizen complaint of alleged drug use.  Officers came into contact with Courtney G. Rosen, age 36, of Roanoke as a result of that information.  Rosen was cooperative with officers during the investigation.  Officers issued Rosen a summons for possession of marijuana. 

October 13, 2015


Roanoke, Va.-  On October 12, 2015 at 3:32 a.m. Roanoke Police responded to an alarm at nTelos in the 2000 block of Colonial Avenue SW.  Officers found the front door to the business shattered.  Preliminary evidence indicates the suspects used an object to break the glass in front entrance and entered the store.  Once inside, the suspects went to a storage area and stole a large quantity of merchandise.  The suspects had left the scene by the time officers arrived.  The store's video security system was functioning during the burglary and pictures of the suspects are below.  Anyone with information can leave an anonymous tip by calling 540-344-8500.  You can also text an anonymous tip to CRIMES (274637).  Please begin your text message with the keyword RoanokePD: to ensure that it's properly sent.

October 9, 2015


Roanoke, Va- On October 8, 2015 at 11:40 p.m. Roanoke Police were dispatched the Shell station in the 2900 block of Hershberger Road NW to investigate a report of a robbery.

When officers arrived, the suspect, described as a black male, 5’6”, around 160 lbs, and in his mid-20s, had already left the scene.  Officers immediately set up a perimeter but did not locate the suspect.  The victim, a Shell station employee, said the suspect pointed a handgun at him and demanded money.  After taking money from the cash register and another item, the suspect ran out of the convenience store.  No one was hurt and no shots were fired.

A picture of the suspect is below.

Anyone with information is encouraged to leave an anonymous tip at 540-344-8500.  Anonymous tips can also be sent via text message to CRIMES (274637).  Please start the text message with the keyword RoanokePD: to ensure that it’s properly sent.

Business owners, managers, and employees should be vigilant since commercial robberies traditionally start to increase around this time of year.  Officers are trained in robbery prevention and would be happy to help with tips.

Some of those tips include:

  • Make sure your business has proper indoor and outdoor lighting.

  • Ensure that your business’s security camera system is properly functioning, and that its date and time stamps are correct.

  • For convenience stores, make sure your cash check-out area is visible from the outside.  That will help officers see it when they are out on patrol.

  • Don’t have a large amount of cash on hand at the store, and put up signs letting the public know.

  • Be familiar with any silent alarm system that may be installed at your place of work.

  • Call 911 if you see or hear anything suspicious.

You can arrange a visit by an officer to discuss robbery prevention by calling 540-853-6884 or emailing:

October 7, 2015


Roanoke, Va- On October 7, 2015 at 7:38 a.m. Ronald Lamont White, age 42, of Roanoke was in the lobby of the police department at 348 Campbell Avenue SW when he admitted to officers that he was involved in a homicide on Signal Hill Avenue NW.

White led detectives to a residence in the 3500 block of Signal Hill where the body of an adult male victim was discovered inside the residence. The male's death was the result of a homicide. The victim’s identity will be released after proper notifications have been made.  The victim’s body will be taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

White has been taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital by officers for treatment. He had originally walked into the police department with a minor wound to his hand. Detectives have obtained a warrant on White for second degree murder, which will be served by the accompanying officers after White’s release from the hospital. He will be taken to the Roanoke City Jail.

Detectives are still conducting interviews and gathering information on both the victim and the suspect. Evidence technicians are continuing to collect and analyze potential physical evidence at the Signal Hill residence, and at White’s residence in the 3600 block of Norway Avenue NW.

The investigation is on-going.