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UPDATE: Man charged in hit-and-run that damaged World War I era cannon in Salem

By Web Staff, WDBJ7, news@wdbj7.com
Jean Jadhon, jjadhon@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jan 13 2014 03:01:52 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 14 2014 07:10:02 PM EST

Police arrested Richard Godley. They say he was trying to make a left turn when he hit the cannon at the intersection of College Avenue and Roanoke Boulevard.

SALEM, Va -

A Roanoke man is facing charges related to a hit-and-run incident that left a World War I era cannon in Salem badly damaged.

Salem police charged Richard Godley, 45, Tuesday with one misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of an accident and one misdemeanor count of reckless driving related to the incident.

The charges stem from investigation into a crash that happened late Sunday night or in the early hours Monday morning at the intersection of College Avenue and Roanoke Boulevard.

According to a news release, Godley was apparently driving south on College Avenue in a 2001 Dodge Durango SUV when he tried to turn left onto Roanoke Boulevard and crashed into the cannon.

A plaque near the cannon notes that  the German 77 Mm cannon was placed in Salem by the American Legion in 1926 to commemorate World War I.

The damaged cannon was taken away from the site, according to Salem City Spokesperson Mike Stevens.

The lawn at the intersection of Roanoke Boulevard and College Avenue now looks unusually empty.   All that's left behind is the cement slab where the cannon sat.   

Initial repair estimates indicate that it will cost several thousand dollars to return it back to its display condition.

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Someone ran into a World War One era Cannon in Salem with their vehicle and then took off.   Salem Police are now looking for the person who did it.

The crash happened late Sunday night or in the early hours Monday morning.

The suspect who was driving the vehicle was headed south on College Avenue and attempted to make a left hand turn onto Roanoke Boulevard when the vehicle struck the cannon, according to Salem Police.

Debris left at the scene indicates that the vehicle in question is a 1997 or 1998 Dodge Dakota or Dodge Durango pickup truck. The color of the truck is unknown, but it should have substantial damage to the passenger side front end, according to police.

The cannon dates back to World War One.  A plaque near the cannon notes that  the German 77 Mm cannon was placed in Salem by the American Legion in 1926 to commemorate World War One.

The lawn at the intersection of Roanoke Boulevard and College Avenue looks unusually empty.   All that's left behind is the cement slab where the cannon sat.    The damaged cannon was taken away from the site, according to Salem City Spokesperson Mike Stevens.  No word on whether it can be repaired.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Salem Police Department at 375-3084.

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