Archives for November 2015

Authorities rescue person from James River

A man had to be rescued from the James River this morning in Dinwiddie County after police got a call that someone had jumped from the Benjamin Harrison Bridge along Jordan Point Road. It was just after 8am when the call came in. Police say they got to the scene, saw the man in the water and rescued him. That person was He was taken to VCU Health in Richmond with undisclosed injuries. His name and medical condition aren’t being released until family and next of kin can be notified, according to the Dinwiddie Monitor.

Farmville rallies behind France with light show

In a show of solidarity, the LOVE sign on North Main Street in the Town of Farmville has a new look. At night, they’re casting the blue, white and red of the French flag on the sign to show support for Paris in the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks a week and ahalf ago. The lights just went on but town officials say the plan to do so has been in the works since not long after the atacks. Council member Jamie Davis had the idea orignially, reports the Farmville Herald.

Dinwiddie County fire engine, sheriffs car damaged in accident

A tractor trailer struck a Dinwiddie county fire engine overnight saturday and knocked the cab completely off the chassis. The Dinwiddie Monitor reports the Virginia Department of Transportation says the crash closed all the northbound lanes of Interstate 85 near mile marker 43 near Route 40 in McKenney just after 2:30 a.m. Police say a Dinwiddie Sheriff’s Office vehicle was also damaged and a firefighter and deputy were taken to the hospital for minor injuries while the driver of the tractor trailer was taken to VCU Health for treatment. No word on forthcoming charges in the accident

Authorities warn of two attempted luring incidents

The Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office is telling people to be on alert after an attempted luring of a child….the second one to be reported recently. Police say late Wednesday afternoon a child was approached by a driver in an older model car on the 99 hundred block of Colemans Lake Road who tried to convince the child to get into the car with him. The child got away and police were called. Back on November 10th, a 15 year old was approached by a man, also in an older model car, near her home on the 16 thousand block of Flat Foot Road. The man told the girl he would take her to her mother and tried to pull her into his car. She got away and ran to her home. Authorities aren’t sure if the cases are related.

Woman dies in Amelia fire

A Tuesday fire has killed an Amelia woman. Investigators say they received word of a two story, wood home up in flames along Rt 636 at about 9:30am. When they arrived they found the residence engulfed in flames and were told by people on the scene that someone was trapped inside. Fire crews couldn’t get the worman out and her body was found after the fire was put out. They think the fire got its start in a first floor bedrom but continue looking for a cause. Authorities haven’t released the name of the victim.

Student admits to threatening note at Central High School

Authorities in Lunenburg County say a student has admitted leaving a note in a restroom at Central High School that talked about possible violence at the school today, November 19th. Police say the note was handwritten and included a drawing of stick fingers with guns and the words, “Never forget November 19th.” A student of interest was questioned and confessed, telling authorities it was a hoax and he did not plan to hurt anyone.

VCBR to unveil major expansion plan at public hearing

A major employer in Nottoway County is preparing to expand, and, in the process, add jobs. The Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation located near Burkeville has a public hearing scheduled for Thursday at the Burkeville Fire Station to unveil a plan that would allow the facility to treat an additional 182 residents, plus 76 more people if additional construction money comes through. If the General Assembly approves the project, construction could get underway in Spring of 2017 with a projected completion date of 2019. VCBR officials say the project could mean an additional 149 jobs.

Commemoration march planned in Lunenburg County

A civil rights march that happened in lunenburg county in 1966 will be commemorated next year. It was August of that year when close to 300 people marched from Victoria’s First Baptist Church four miles to the courthouse, concluding at nearby Tussekiah Baptist Church. The commemoration will happen on August 16th next year and orgranizers say they’re already soliciting support from law makers and law enforcement and would also like to get schools involved so children have a better underswtanding of the social climate of the 1960’s.

Farmville Town Attorney stepping down

The Farmville Herald reports Andrea Erard, the Town of Farmville’s attorney, has resigned . The town manager says Erard was based out of Richmond and the commute became an issue for handling day to day tasks associated with her job. An advertisement for a new town attorney is already out there, the job duites of which are…. being a legal adviser to the manyor, council, departmetns managers, plus boards, commissions and agencies within the town. Erard had been the first female town attorney in Farmville.

Speeder starts in South Hill, ends in Dinwiddie County

A chase that began in South Hill ended in a fiery crash in Dinwiddie County Monday. The driver faces a slew of charges including attempted capital murder on a police officer. The driver, identified as 26 year old Angelica Guzman, was reported by her boyfriend to be driving around on a suspended license. When police tried to pull her over the pursuit began and eventually it exceeded more than a hundred miles an hour before spike strips were put down. She also had to be physically pulled out of her car because she wouldn’t get out. Guzman told police she didn’t want to go back to jail.