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 Sunday, May 3, 2015
Updated 5/3/15 @ 12:08 am


Danville unveils new River District logo:
(Danville, Va.)  -- Despite the rain, Danville celebrated five years of progress in the River District Friday night, unveiling a new logo and slogan that will be used to market the historic area.
      Economic development officials say the new design – and a marketing video featuring a host of local residents – will provide an easily recognizable “brand” for a district that is now home to businesses, high-end lofts, restaurants and Averett’s  state-of-the art nursing program.
     New signage will also be installed to direct visitors to parking areas, the Riverwalk Trail and other scenic attractions in the River District.
     The new logo was hoisted atop the water tower on the Davis Warehouse and remained covered until Friday night’s unveiling. Assistant Economic Development Director Corrie Teague says the logo incorporates both the old and the new, including the tobacco warehouses and high-speed internet infrastructure that make the district unique. (photo: Richard T. Davis)

Police search for escapee:
(Danville, Va.) – Danville Police are looking for a Southern Virginia Mental Health Patient who escaped after he was brought in for treatment to Danville Regional Medical Center.
     Tyler Lee Ingram is a white male, 5’10”, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was brought into the DRMC Emergency Room for treatment and left the facility running on foot about 1:45 Saturday morning. Ingram was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and gray jogging pants. He may have a white wrap on his right wrist and right elbow.  
     Ingram is a Pittsylvania County resident and had been arrested on an outstanding probation violation and was awaiting trial at the time of his

Utility Commission adopts recommendations:
(Danville, Va.) --
Local developers are ready to unveil special signage that will give the River District a unique feel. The City hired North Star Destination Strategies to help determine how the area is promoted to current and potential residents, visitors, and businesses.  It’ll including a new positioning statement, logo, signs and more.  They’re going to keep it a secret until their big “rebranding” event beginning at six-thirty at the Crossing at the Dan.  There’s no admission.  The party includes live entertainment, children’s activities and more.  The unveiling starts at nine, with fireworks to follow.


PATHS showcases "new" facility:
(Danville, Va.) -- PATHS showcased its newly renovated home to the public Thursday afternoon.
     CEO Kay Crane says the $2.8 million project has been two years in the making and will allow Piedmont Access to Health Services to expand its offerings across the board, including Pediatrics, the PATH's Pharmacy and dental services.

     9,000 feet have been added to the building, with an emphasis on improving women’s and children’s services.
     A large conference room for staff training and meetings was also added, and the waiting room has been expanded.
     The project was one of only 25 in the country to be selected for a $2.4 million federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. $450 thousand in local money was also used in the construction phase.

Second person charged in Cowan homicide:
(Danville, Va.) -- A second man has been and charged in the murder of Gilmore Cowan.
      Brandon Ellis Milam, 28, of Danville was arrested on indictments issued by a Danville Grand Jury in connection with the Sept. 30, 2013 homicide of Cowan, which happened as he was getting off of his job at the Pure Station in the 1000 block of South Boston Road. Cowan was entering a friend’s car when he was approached by two men wearing Halloween masks. He was stabbed repeatedly and died from his injuries.
      Harry James Gladmon was indicted in November of 2013 in connection with the homicide. Gladmon entered a guilty pleas this month in Danville Circuit Court to capital murder, attempted robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and stab cut or wound in the commission of a felony. Gladmon continues to be held in the Danville City Jail without bond.
     Milam is charged with first-degree murder, attempted robbery, and conspiracy to commit robbery
     Milam is currently being held in the Pittsylvania County Jail under no bond.

Another Danville city employee charged with grand larceny:
(Danville, Va.) -- A City of Danville Utilities employee was indicted Monday for grand larceny. 44-year-old Sean Kenneth Carlsen of Chatham was arrested Tuesday and served with two counts of grand larceny.
     The charges stem from improper overtime submissions that occurred while Carlsen was employed with the City of Danville Utilities Department. One count of grand larceny occurred between June 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. The second count of grand larceny occurred between July 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. These charges are part of an ongoing investigation into the City of Danville Utilities Department.
      Police are releasing no additional information on these charges at this time.
      Carlsen was placed under a $5,000 unsecured bond and subsequently released.
He is on administrative leave from his current position as an Electric Meter Supervisor.
Sex offender arrested in Franklin County:
(Franklin County, Va.) -- A Franklin County man who is wanted sex offender has been taken into custody by officers from the Virginia State Police Sex Offender Investigative Unit.
      When Nathan W. Millirons failed to turn himself into authorities for a probation violation in February, state police initiated an investigation to locate him. The search led troopers to a home in the 6900 block of Booker T. Washington Highway in Wirtz, Va., where Millirons was taken into custody without incident.
       Millirons is currently being held at Franklin County Jail without bond. He is now charged with failing to register his new address, living in proximity of a daycare center, and living near an elementary school.

Local jobless rates improve:
(Danville, Va.) –
The Danville area jobless rate is down a sharply from a year ago.  A report today from the Virginia Employment Commission shows the March jobless rate in Danville was 7-point-7-percent.  That’s down more than a-half-percent from a year ago.  The state's highest single jobless rate is no longer Martinsville.  They were at 9-point-8-percent---down almost two percent from last year.  Buchanan County is now the state’s highest at 11-point-2.  Pittsylvania County's rate is the area’s lowest at 6-point-1 percent.  Halifax County's rate of seven-point-one was down sharply from a year ago. Henry County's seven-point-four-percent rate is down nearly a full percentage point from last year.

Duke to build landfill near retired Eden plant:
(Charlotte, N.C.) --
Duke Energy will build a coal ash landfill on property it already owns at the Dan River Steam Station---not on land near a low-income Eden neighborhood.
     Duke officials announced this morning they wants to build "on site" landfills at both the retired plant near Eden and on at another former steam station in Wilmington.
     Rumors were rampant in Eden that Duke would build the new landfill next to a neighborhood in the Draper section.
     Duke officials hope to open the Eden-area landfill during the first half of 2017.  They say this will not alter a previously announced plan to ship 1.2 million tons of the ash now stored at the Dan River site to a privately owned landfill in Amelia County, Va.
     They expect to begin shipping ash out of Eden aboard rail cars later this year.

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