Archives for August 2017

Girls Found Safe

Two West Virginia girls who became the subjects of an Amber Alert have been found safe, and a man wanted in connection with their disappearance has been arrested. News outlets report that 45-year-old Carl Ray Fortney was apprehended Wednesday near Petersburg following the alleged abduction of his daughter, 6-year-old Cheylynn Fortney, and stepdaughter, 14-year-old Cherity Hannon.

Watch for Fake Donations

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is warning residents to know who they’re donating money to when it comes to helping victims of Hurricane Harvey. Herring says scammers have been known to set up fake charities with names similar to legitimate causes. Herring says scammers will contact their victims over the phone and through email to latch onto their money the quickest way possible. Anyone who has a question about a charity that has contacted them can call his office or the Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs.

Deadly Crash

The driver of an SUV is facing charges after a crash in Chesterfield County. The accident happened yesterday on Midlothian Turnpike when the SUV was turning to enter the Pocono Crossing Shopping Center and crossed into the path of an oncoming vehicle. The SUV flipped upside down on top of the other car. The driver of the SUV was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Farmville Woman Dies

A Farmville woman is dead after a crash in Nottoway County. State police say the accident happened around 9 a.m. Wednesday on U.S. 460 eastbound when the driver of a pickup truck lost control and struck a tree. Troopers say the driver, 44-year old Betsy G. Evans, was not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene. A 15-year-old girl, who was wearing a seat belt, was flown to VCU Medical Center for treatment of serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

Crash in Chesterfield

A Chesterfield man is dead from injuries suffered in a crash. The accident happened around 10:45 p.m. Monday at Matoaca and River roads. Police say 75-year-old Harold L. Thomas failed to stop at a stop sign at River Road and struck an embankment. Thomas died at Southside Regional Medical Center.

Police looking for Man

Henrico County police are looking for the man who sexually assaulted a woman. Authorities say the woman was walking home from work around 3 a.m. August 24th in the 58-hundred block of Nine Mile Road when the suspect approached her with a gun and sexually assaulted her. The suspect is black, in his 20s and five-foot-five.

Horse Trainer Working with Tx Animal Rescue

A Henrico County horse trainer is working with Texas animal rescue agencies to save animals impacted by flooding there. Patrick McKann is packing a livestock trailer with horse and livestock supplies, cat and dog food, carrying cages and medical supplies. McKann, another horse trainer and a veterinary assistant will make the trip once the trailer is full. Donations are being collected at Champion Saddlery in Doswell, where the trailer is located.

Blood Donors Needed

Blood donors across Virginia and throughout the entire U.S. are being asked to give blood as soon as possible over the next several days to help ensure patient blood needs can continue to be met despite the effects of Hurricane Harvey.
In the wake of the storm, many blood drives have been cancelled and donor centers closed in the affected areas. With more sustained rain forecasted, these cancellations and closures are likely to rise. Virginia Blood Services urges both existing and first-time donors of all blood types to visit www.vablood.org or call (800) 989-4438 to schedule an appointment.

Feeding Deer in Virginia

Effective September 1st, it will illegal to feed deer statewide in Virginia. The annual prohibition runs through the first Saturday in January in most of the state, but longer in some areas. All feed must be removed from any deer feeding site prior to September 1st. Any area where deer feed has been distributed is considered a “baited” area and cannot be hunted over for 10 days following the complete removal of the food. If you see anyone illegally feeding deer during this time period, please call DGIF’s Wildlife Crim Line at 1-800-237-5712.

17 Year Old Arrested

A 17-year-old is facing charges in connection with a homicide in Petersburg. Police say 39-year-old Albert R. Freeman was shot and killed Friday in the 200 block of Spring Street. The teenager was arrested Monday. His name has not been released because he is a juvenile.