Archives for February 2016

Nottoway County farm under investigation

Officials say a Nottoway County farm is being investigated after authorities found evidence of animal cruelty. Nottoway County Commonwealth’s Attorney Theresa J. “Terry” Royall said in a new release that the Nottoway County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant Thursday and Friday at the farm of Robin Vince.

State of emergency declared in wake of deadly storm

Appatamatox County is declaring a state of emergency after a storm passed through, damaging scores of buildings, injuring several people and killing one man. Appomattox County Administrator Susan Adams said by phone Thursday morning that about 100 structures were damaged. She says about 20 of those were severely damaged, including some that were flattened. She says those numbers may go up as damage is assessed around the county. Adams says the governor has been informed of the extent of the damage and may visit the area Thursday.

Mecklenburg Fire Chiefs seeking more financial resources

The Mecklenburg County Fire Chiefs Association is asking for a 175 thousand dollar increase for the eight county fire departments. The group points to declining enrollments. They’re looking at strategies for recruiting and retaining more volunteer firefighters down the road, including possibly providing tax incentives and benefits. Also, reports the South Hill Enterprise, the fire chiefs asked for $25,000 be added to the county allotments for the rural departments in Palmer Springs, Buckhorn and Lake Gaston, and an additional $20,000 be added to the county allotments for the other five departments, which are partially supported by municipalities.

Kenbridge man cuffed in officer assault

A Kenbridge man is behind bars after police say he assaulted a Farmville Police officer in a Walmart parking lot early Sunday. 23 year old Preston Logan Jr. was taken into custody after the incident in which police say he struck an officer in the face and ripped his uniform. Logal is charged with felony assault and battery of a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, destruction of property and drunk in public.

Lunenburg board OK’s conditional permit for teen residential home

Lunenburg Board of Supervisors have okayed conditional use permits for development of a residential group home and a bed and breakfast. The board approved Timothy Dow and New Generation Youth Services’ plan to operate a youth residential group home at 143 Unity Road in Kenbridge. Previously the roperty had an active conditional use permit to operate an adult residential facility. The home would serve teens between 13 and 17 years old, no more than eight at a time. Any outside activities will be supervised by staff.

Body found may be that of abducted Amelia woman

The Amelia Bulletin Monitor reports a body found on private property near Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historic State Park last Thursday in Nottoway County near the Amelia, Prince Edward and Nottoway county lines is likely that of a missing Amelia woman. The Sheriff told that to family members. It was found at about 11am on the 18th and now an autopsy is being done to see if it is, in fact, 68-year-old Olene Brooks, who was abducted from her Amelia home on January 21st. Police say the body is that of a female and had been in that spot for a while about 40 feet from the road, plus evidence found at the scene had some common traits with evdience found at an Amelia home where authorities say Dana William held members of the Brooks family prisoner, murdered of Woodell “Woody” Brooks and abducted his wife.

22 students injured in school bus accident in Dinwiddie County

A number of students were taken to the hospital Thursday afternoon after the bus they were on was involved in an accident with another bus in Dinwiddie County. Police say it happened when the two buses collided along the 58-hundred block of Boydton Plank Roadd. Authorities say in total, 22 students were hurt. Those who were injured were taken to John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell and Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg for treatment. There were no serious injuries. The investigation into what caused the accident is ongoing. Traffic in the area of the crash was back to normal just before 5pm.

Mother indicted in daughter’s death by blunt force trauma

A Mecklenburg County woman is under arrest after police determined that her 3 year old child died of blunt force trauma. Authorities got a call back on February 3rd about a woman driving to VCU Community Memorial Hospital with an unresponsive child who later died. An autopsy was subsequently done on the child. On Tuesday, a grand jury handed up an indictment of murder in the first against Jessica Baker. She was taken into custody in Dickenson County where she has relatives. She’s been transported back to Mecklenburg County to answer the charges against her.

Suspect sought in pair of Farmville restaurant breakins

They have him on surveillance video, now police in Farmville are trying to determine who the man is seen ripping off two restaurants recently. The breakins were reported on the 15 hundred and 9 hundred blocks of South Main Street. The man entered the businesses shortly after 4am Sunday. He is seen wearing a light colored, hooded jacket, a ski mask and gloves. He takes money from both businesses and takes off on the video. No word on who the suspect is. Anyone who may know should contact Farmville police.

Former teacher dies in house fire

A former Nottoway county teacher was killed in a fire recently at a home just outside Crewe. Investigators say the body of 89 year old Ruth Pelgram was found in th residence at 3332 Indian Oak Roadd after the early morning fire on Sunday in which temperatures had plunged overnight. They say space heaters, a wood stove and an oil circulator were all being used to heat the place. No foul play is suspected. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.