Headlines for Friday, October 6, 2017

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Mickey Snow has been released on bond, again. The 77-year-old Eden businessman had been free since his arrest in 2015 but was taken into custody again last week after traveling to Florida. Snow is accused of paying an Eden woman money for sexual acts with her mentally disabled teenage daughters. Snow told the court he was seeing a specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Florida last week. (Source: WBTM)

Virginia’s fall colors ought to arrive on schedule despite recent temperature swings, though this long dry spell might dim a few shades from the otherwise-brilliant landscape. It finally felt like fall over the past several days, which encouraged golden hues to start creeping into the predominantly green landscape of western Virginia. The Virginia Department of Forestry expects the colors to peak at their typical times, which starts in the highest elevations and gets lower with time. Oct. 10 to Oct. 20 for areas north and west of Roanoke, including the New River Valley and Allegheny Highlands. Oct. 15 to Oct. 25 for the middle tier of the state, from the Blue Ridge to the western Piedmont, including Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park and Peaks of Otter. Oct. 20 to Oct. 31 for metro Richmond and eastern Virginia. Already, they report a 50 percent color change on display in some spots above 3,000 feet. (Source: Roanoke Times)

State police are responding to a crash in Pittsylvania County involving a school bus. The three-vehicle wreck happened around 7:45 a.m. Friday on Ridgecrest Dr. at Route 41. There were children on the bus, but none of them were hurt, according to state police. A person in one of the vehicles was hurt, but the extent of their injuries is not clear. (Source: WSET)

20-year-old Mackenzie Leigh Baker of Martinsville has been charged with animal cruelty of a companion dog causing death and two counts of animal cruelty. Baker was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond, according to court records. She is scheduled to appear in Martinsville General District Court on Oct. 13. (Source: Martinsville Bulletin)

According to the National Weather Service, the warm and dry weather will linger today as high pressure remains over the area. The pattern will change this weekend as a period of unsettled weather develops between a frontal system crossing the northern U.S. and a tropical system emanating from the Gulf of Mexico. Rain is in our forecast beginning Saturday night and continuing through Wednesday. (Source: National Weather Service)

The Danville Police Department says the man wanted for auto theft in connection with a homicide last week has been found dead. D’Quinton Averon Saunders was found early Thursday morning in DeKalb County, Ga. Police say he died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Police Department is no longer searching for any other suspect in the death of Tiffany Denise Coleman. (Source: GoDanville)

The Piedmont Arts Board of Directors announced that it has appointed Heidi Pinkston, Director of Exhibitions, interim Executive Director. Kathy Rogers, who has served as executive director since 2010, announced recently that she will be accepting a position in Charlotte on October 30. Pinkston, who has been with Piedmont Arts for more than a decade, has worked in all areas of the museum, including education, programming, and exhibitions. (Source: Piedmont Arts)