Archives for June 2016

Tuesday AM News

Two people were shot in Roanoke city on Monday afternoon.
The shooting reportedly happened in the 2400 block of Orange Avenue, according to Scott Leamon with the Roanoke City Police Department.
Both shooting victims were taken to the hospital.
Police have not released either the names of the victims or the shooter.

Some good news after the storm; Two men who were presumed dead when their camper was swept away in rushing waters during the West Virginia floods have been found alive, officials said Monday. The discovery lowers the death toll to 23, according to West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Jimmy Gianato. The number of dead includes 20 bodies found and three people who are missing and presumed dead, the AP reports. Details of where the two men were found alive were not immediately released.

Sherman Lea was sworn in as Roanoke’s new mayor, with John Garland and Michelle Dykstra as city council members.

Southern Virginia AM News

Roanoke police are investigating a shooting at Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill at the Valley View Mall.
Authorities said it happened just before 1:30 a.m. Saturday.
Officers responded to a call about shots fired in the restaurant parking lot. Everyone involved in the incident had fled by the time police got there. Investigators collected shell casings at the scene. No injuries have been reported and there was no property damage at the business. Police said the incident appears to be related to a fight.
If you have any information about the shooting, call the Roanoke police.

People of all ages came out to see the classic cars, trucks and motorcycles during the Star City Motor Madness Car and Truck Show this weekend.
Those showing off their rides say they get a thrill when people stop by to admire their cars, especially the young car enthusiasts.
Money raised from the annual event benefits the Virginia Museum of Transportation and other non-profits in the community.

Transgender bathroom issues decided in VA court

Surely, Blackstone school officials, activists, religious and policical leaders as well as the school kids it directly impacts will have a say, but a federal district court has ordered a Virginia school board to allow a transgender teen to use the boys bathroom at his school.
U.S. District Court Judge Robert G. Doumar ruled Thursday that the Gloucester County School Board must allow Gavin Grimm to use the bathroom that matches his gender identity while the case is being litigated in court.
The order comes after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in April that the school board discriminated against Grimm by forbidding him from using the boys restroom. The school board is planning to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the appeals court decision.
Grimm said in a statement Thursday that he’s elated to be able to attend his senior year of high school with his “full rights restored.”

Report: Crime down in the county, up in Farmville

Farmville is the lone community in Prince Edward County where drug arrests are up this year. Prince Edward County and Buckingham County have seen a decrease in drug charges overall since 2014, reports the FarmvileHerald, with only the Farmville Police Department seeing an increase from 31 in 2014 to 40 in 2015. The highest number of total crime calls occurred in Farmville with 552 incidents in 2015. This is 77 more incidents than occured in 2014.

Man sentenced in Lunenburg County for big pot growing operation

14 months in prison for a man police say was growing pot and lots of it in Lunenburg County. Police say 69 year old Sidney Pernell had one of the largest and most sophisticated marijuana growing operations they have seen in some time. The difference in his case, says Pernell, is that he was growing those 200-plus pot plants for his personal use. He suffers from congestive heart failure and afibrillation, and the court says he would have gotten a longer term if not for his health issues. Pernll was also convicted back in the 80’s for smuggling hundreds of pounds of pot into the US from South America. He got six years for that conviction.

Young Victoria girl dies from injuries

A 16-month old Victoria gir who was seriosly hurt late last week has died form her injuries. Police say Aja Cofield was unresponsive when EMS arrived at her home at 513 Lunenburg Avenue. Her stepfather had made the call that the girl had fallen down starites in the home. Since, 27 year old Mario Davis has been served with the felony warrant on a class 2 felony of aggravated malicious bodily injury which carries a sentence of 20 years to life in prison. Additional charges are liikely be obtained in the near future, say authorities.

Crewe Mayor-elect, council members to be sworn in Monday

Crewe Mayor-elect Greg Eanes and the recently elected Crewe Town Council for the 2016-2018 term will be sworn into office on Monday, June 14 at 4:30 p.m. beside the war memorial at the Crewe Town Hall. Nottoway County General District Court Judge Mayo Gravatt will conduct the ceremony and may provide a few remarks for the occasion. While the Mayor and new council be sworn in, they will not take office or assume responsibilities until July 1, the beginning of the new fiscal year. The public is invited to attend.

New Prince Edward superintendent to meet with public

The new head of public schools in Prince Edward will meet the community next week. Dr. Barbara Johnson got the job last month and will have a meet and greet at Longwood University on Wednesday. It will be held in the Rowe Gallery of Lancaster Hall on High Street from 8-9:30 a.m. Members of the search committee involved in the hiring process will be on hand as well.

Blackstone woman ID’ed as crash victim

A Blackstone woman is the victim of collission head on in Mecklenburg County. Police say 51 year old Tommi Jo Naugle of Maple Lane was in her vehicle late Sunday night driving on Route 1 near Route 58. An oncoming SUV crossed the center line and collided with Naugle’s car. The other driver was 75 year old Edwin Toombs of South Hill. The car left the road on impact and struck and embankment. Police say Naugle was wearing a seatbelt. Toombs was uninjured in the accdent.

Man killed in crash fleeing police

State Police say a vehicle chase involving a Virginia State Police trooper resulted in a 48-year-old New Canton man being killed after crashing his truck.Tthe Farmville Herald reports it happened Monday night on Slate Hill Road, state route 610, in Buckingham. Police say alcohol was a factor in the crash that killed Robert W. Smith, who died at the scene. Police estimate he was driving at about 85 miles per hour when he lost control of his vehicle, left the side of Route 610 and overturned.