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Monday, June 26, 2017
Updated 6/26/17  11:30 am

Danville Police seek robbery suspect:
(Danville, Va.) – Danville Police are looking for the man who robbed the Valero Convenience Store on Arnett Boulevard late Sunday night.
      Police responded about 11:15 after receiving a report of a robbery at the location. The clerk told officers a man entered the store, pointed a handgun at her and demanded money. She gave him cash from the register and the robber ran from the store, headed north on Arnett Blvd. 
    Police believe the gunman is 31-year-old Mickey Lee Motley of Danville. He’s being sought for robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
      Motley is currently at large and should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call Crime Stoppers or the Danville Police Department.

Missing Gretna teenager found:
(Pittsylvania County, Va.) – A missing Gretna teenager has been found and has been returned to her family, unharmed. Investigator Devin Taylor with the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Department says 17-year-old Tuesdee Sky Miller was located late Sunday afternoon and was returned to her parents. 
      Miller had been missing for almost a week and was last seen
at her home in Gretna on Monday, June 19.
    The sheriff’s department news release did not say where Miller was found or provide any additional details.  

High-speed pursuit ends in foot chase and arrest:
(South Boston, Va.) -- A 38-year-old Farmville man was arrested at the end of a high-speed chase through South Boston, but not before crashing into three police cruisers and injuring himself.
      According to the Gazette-Virginian, it started Friday night when a police officer observed Stephen Lovelock’s Chevy Tahoe traveling on Berry Hill Road swerving into the opposite lane of travel. A high-speed chase followed, during which the driver threw a baggie containing a powdered substance out a window.
     Additional officers joined the pursuit, which ended on Halifax Road, where the driver turned into the Valero Spirit Station and struck a Halifax County Sheriff’s vehicle, head-on, and also hit another police cruiser. Police say Lovelock jumped from the still moving SUV, which careened into another sheriff’s vehicle. He fled on foot and tossed another baggie before he was finally subdued by police.
     Lovelock complained of injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. Additional drugs were found in the Tahoe and he faces multiple felony charges.
     In Prince Edward County, Lovelock has been convicted of attempted grand larceny, distribution of cocaine, assault and battery and parole violations.

Radford man jailed on drug charges after traffic stop:
(Pulaski County, Va.) – A state trooper who smelled pot after a traffic stop found  five pounds of marijuana, six concealed firearms, thousands of dollars in cash, and illegal prescription drugs.
      William Munsey IV, 32, was pulled over in Pulaski County Saturday when troopers noticed he didn't have an inspection sticker on his car.
     The investigation resulted in a search warrant for Munsey’s home, where police seized more marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Munsey was arrested without incident.
      Munsey is being held at the New River Regional Jail without bond.

Don Robertson & Austin Bunn judged best in state by VAB


WBTM & WAKG big winners at VAB Conference:
(Virginia Beach, Va.) – WBTM and WAKG won one Superior and five Meritorious Awards at the 80th annual Virginia Association of Broadcasters Convention in Virginia Beach Friday night.
     Sportscasters Austin Bunn and Don Robertson received the First Place Sports Award for their coverage of George Washington High School Football. They accepted the trophy on behalf of Piedmont Broadcasting Corporation at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
     WAKG’s Barry Richmond won the Meritorious, or 2nd place award, for his weekly series, "NASCAR Noise."
      The stations also received Meritorious Awards in the Best Public Service and Best Commercial categories.
       Meritorious awards were also presented to News Director Jack Garrett in the Outstanding News Series and Best Feature Reporting categories.

Mountain Valley review finds limited environmental impacts:
(Roanoke, Va.) (AP) -- An environmental assessment of the proposed Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline finds the project would have "significant" impacts on forests in Virginia and West Virginia but "limited" other adverse effects. 
      The analysis was published Friday by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees interstate natural gas pipelines. Its release marks a milestone in the approval process for the approximately 300-mile pipeline.
      FERC commissioners, who are presidential appointees, will consider the analysis in making a final decision. The commissioners don't currently have a quorum, though two of President Donald Trump's nominees are pending before the Senate.
      The Mountain Valley Pipeline and similar Atlantic Coast Pipeline have drawn opposition from environmental groups and many landowners along the routes. But many political and business leaders say the projects are necessary for economic development.
     The 303-mile pipeline would start in West Virginia and cross six Virginia counties from Giles to Pittsylvania.

Drug and weapons arrests continue in Danville:
(Danville, Va.) – All but three of the 22 people named in drug and firearms indictments in Danville have been arrested by local police.
    Teams went out early Thursday morning and began rounding up suspects. The arrests continued throughout the day. The drug charges include illegal possession or distribution of marijuana, cocaine, and heroin. The firearms-related charges involve false statements on paperwork associated with the purchase of guns as well as straw purchases.
      One of those arrested received a federal charge and was transported to Roanoke by special agents with the ATF. 
      Investigators are still seeking 3 individuals: Eric Wimbush, 39, on one count of distribution of a controlled substance; Troy Lee Thompson III on 2 counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute; and 30-year-old Dennis Monta Logan, who is charged with a probation violation.
     Anyone with information on these individuals’ whereabouts is asked to contact Danville Crime Stoppers at (434) 799-6508.
Reward offered in coin heist:
(Danville, Va.) -- A $1,500 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the theft of more than $12,000 in coins taken from Associated Services Corporation on Wednesday, June 14. The burglary was discovered the following morning and happened sometime the previous night.
     Someone forced their way into the business on River Park Drive and stole thousands of dollars in quarters, many still packed in plastic and paper coin wrappers.       
     Anyone with information is asked to call Danville Crimestoppers at (434) 793-0000.
     You do not have to give your name to collect the reward.
Danville Humane Society offers $500 reward:
(Danville, Va.) -- The Danville Area Humane Society is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest after a litter of abandoned kittens was found in Brosville.
     Society Director Paulette Dean says the five kittens are just a week old and were left at Sam Haley and Joe Carter Roads in Pittsylvania County.
      A “good Samaritan” brought the kittens to the animal shelter and they are currently nursing with a mother cat that came in with just one kitten.
      Dean says the kittens are weak but otherwise fine.
      The reward is being offered through the Earl Merricks Stop Abuse Fund that was established by Deb and Harold Merricks in memory of their adopted dog, Earl. Anyone with information should call Danville Area Humane Society at (434) 799-0843.You do not have to give your name to qualify for the reward.

13 injured in two-car collision in Rockingham County:
(Rockingham County, N.C.) – The North Carolina Highway Patrol says 13 people were injured in a two-vehicle wreck in Rockingham County Wednesday night.
     The accident happened on NC 770 near Stoneville. One car was carrying three children and four adults. Two of the children suffered critical injuries and one was airlifted to the hospital. The other five were transported to the hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries and released.
     Six people in the second car were treated at the scene.
     The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Danville man charged with Burlington rape:
(Burlington, N.C.) -- A Danville, Virginia, man was arrested by local police Wednesday night on rape charges in Burlington, N.C.
      35-year-old Monsijour Jaamal Merritt was jailed on charges of first-degree forcible rape, first-degree kidnapping, assault by strangulation and assault in the presence of a minor.
     Earlier in the day, Burlington police officers responded to the 500 block of Parkside Drive in reference to a physical and sexual assault of a female. The victim was interviewed by officers and treated and released from Alamance Regional Medical Center.
     North Carolina authorities say Merritt turned himself over to Danville Police. Merritt is currently being held under no bond in Danville. 
Amber Alert cancelled; 4-year-old Smyth County girl safe:
(Smyth County, Va.) -- Virginia State Police have cancelled an Amber Alert for a missing 4-year-old girl from Smyth County after she was found safe in the Rockingham County/Harrisonburg area early Thursday morning. They have also arrested her alleged abductor, 26-year-old Joel Long. He was taken into custody without incident. The girl was unharmed and is being returned to her family.
      The Smyth County Sheriff's Office said Kimberly Jane Long was taken from a home on View Drive in Smyth County about 9:30 Wednesday night and that the toddler was in "extreme danger." Police said the two were traveling in a 1998 maroon Toyota Tacoma with VA license plate VWA 4004.
17 year sentence in Fieldale murder:
(Henry County, Va.) -- Jonathan Rivera-Olvera pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree murder in the 2014 shooting death of Alfonso Navarro-Pena.
     According to the Martinsville Bulletin, The 27-year-old was sentenced to 17 years for murder and firearms convictions in Henry County Circuit Court. Charges related to the 2014 shooting death of Alfonso’s brother, Noel Navarro-Pena were dropped.
      Noel’s body was found lying near a pickup in a parking lot near the main gate to the Smith River Sports Complex on June 27, 2014. The body of 40-year-old Alfonso was discovered in the cab of a truck on Daniel Road the same day.
      A jury in December convicted co-defendant James Travis Moore of first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of murder in the shooting death of Noel. The panel found Moore not guilty in Alfonso’s murder. Moore was sentenced in March to 23 years in prison.

Halifax Co. storeowner disappears:
(Halifax County, Va.) -- Halifax County investigators admit they are stumped by the disappearance of a woman who has been missing since Saturday.
       Emma Compton Layne was last seen at the Cody Store, which she owns, and friends say her disappearance is out of character.
      A family member says she last spoke with Layne on Saturday about plans for the following day, but Layne never showed up at the destination.
      The Halifax County Sheriff's Office hasn’t been able to find a trace of her. A K9 unit was at the home Tuesday and investigators are asking anyone with information to call the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department.

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