Monday, December 9, 2013
Updated 12/09/13 at 11:35 am
Caswell County man shot; uncle charged:
(Ruffin, N.C.) -- A Caswell County man is on the critical list after he was shot last night…and his uncle is in jail.
Caswell County Sheriff’s Lt-Frank Rose says the call came in shortly before eight-thirty PM from Route 158 near Ruffin. Deputies found 24-year old Roger Dale Coltrane suffering from a gunshot wound to the arm and upper chest.
He was taken to Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro---last listed in critical but stable condition.
Investigators have charged 44-year old Roger Lee Coltrane with attempted first degree murder. He was taken into custody without incident and he is being held in the Caswell County Detention facility under a half-(m) million-dollar secured bond. His first court appearance is set for Wednesday.
Widespread power outages in region:
(Danville, Va.) --The lights are off for lots of folks this morning. Utilities that serve a three-county area report nearly 15-thousand customers in Southside Virginia are without power. That's down from more than 20-thousand earlier today.
Officials with Mecklenburg Electric Co-op, Dominion Virginia Power and Appalachian Power say crews are trying to restore power. Danville Power and Light is reporting no significant outages.
Danville Police reported no problems with road conditions this morning---other than minor icing on bridges and overpasses. No major accidents were reported locally.
Minor damage, no injuries in early-morning fire:
(Danville, Va.) -- A North Main Street convenience store caught fire this morning, but they’re expected to open later today.
Captain Dean Fowler says the call came in at around quarter after three from the Speedway Food. Engines from the Third Avenue and Airport Drive stations responded, along with an additional engine and ladder truck from the Bridge Street station.
There was fire coming from the front porch and roof. Fowler says they made a quick attack and were able to contain it to a small area.
Fowler says a quartz light on the front of the structure had malfunctioned and dropped down. The heat from the light in turn set the wood sheeting on fire and spread from there.
Damage was held to a minimum and the business should still be operational. Crews spent an hour and 15 minutes at the scene. No one was hurt.
Hurt says time is running out on budget agreement:
(Washington, D.C.) -- Fifth District Congressman Robert Hurt says he’s encouraged that members of Congressional budget committees, talked over the Thanksgiving recess---but he says they’re no closer to coming up with a budget plan by the self-imposed Friday deadline.
Any deal is expected to be a narrow one. It would likely address how much of sequestration to replace with other cuts and, setting the top-line spending levels for the government. Hurt calls that short-sighted. He says any meaningful budget should call for major reforms to entitlement spending.
Meantime, another conference committee is meeting on the farm bill -- a $1 trillion five-year measure to deal with agriculture subsidies and welfare and nutrition programs. Congress has already spent two years working on the bill, which expired in 2011, and has been operating through short-term deals. Lawmakers have until Jan. 1 to renew the law.
Man wanted for Danville homicide arrested in Roanoke:
(Danville, Va.) -- The search for Harry James Gladmon has ended.
Members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service arrested Gladmon in Roanoke Thursday night. He has since been returned to Danville, where Gladmon is being held in the city jail under no bond.
Gladmon is charged with first-degree murder and stab, cut or wound in the commission of murder.
Investigators had been searching for Gladmon in the death of Gilmore M. Cowan. The 56-year-old Cowan was stabbed repeatedly during the early morning hours of September 30 as he got off his job at the Pure Station on the South Boston Road. He was getting into a friend’s car when two men wearing Halloween masks grabbed him. One stabbed Cowan repeatedly before the pair fled on foot. Police were called to the emergency room after learning that one of the assailants was cut during the attack.
Va. Tech names new president:
(Blacksburg, Va.) (AP) - Timothy Sands has been named the 16th president of Virginia Tech, succeeding President Charles W. Steger.
Tech's Board of Visitors approved the hiring of the Purdue University provost Friday.
In June, Steger announced he was stepping down after 14 years at the helm of the Blacksburg university. He agreed to stay until his successor was named.
Steger was thrust into the national spotlight on April 16, 2007, when a student-gunman killed 32 students on the Tech campus in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Gunman Seung-Hui Cho killed himself after the rampage.
During his tenure, Tech increased its enrollment, saw its research portfolio grow by more than 300 percent, and established a school of biomedical engineering and created a school of medicine.
Carlisle to lease former I.W. Taylor School:
(Danville, Va.) -- Carlisle School has found a new home for its Danville campus.
The Danville School Board voted Thursday night to enter into a lease agreement with the private school to lease the former I.W. Taylor Elementary School on Piney Forest Road, which has been vacant since the school closed last June.
Danville School Superintendent Dr. Ed Newsome says the board has been in negotiations with Carlisle for the past several months and both sides have agreed to a three year lease, starting in the spring and extending through June 2016.
Carlisle operates schools in Martinsville, Danville and Chatham, but a decline in enrollment has led to the closure of the Pittsylvania County campus. The Danville campus was too small and the Taylor location will allow the private school to expand its offerings.
Newsome describes the agreement as a "win-win" for all concerned. He says "it will not have a significant impact on the numbers of students that we have (and) we don't feel like there is competition with the public schools."
Newsome says the agreement covers a three year period and is renewable on a yearly basis.
Human remains found in Franklin County:
(Franklin County, Va.) -- The Franklin County Sheriff's Department says possible human remains were found Thursday in the Henry area of Franklin County.
A news release from Lt. Phillip Young said the remains will be sent to the medical examiner's office in Roanoke. Until a positive identification is made, police will not release any further information on what Young described as “an active investigation.”
The charred remains of 53-year-old Vicky Harbour Purdy were discovered October 6 inside a burned vehicle in the 2000 block of Philpott Road in Henry. Her death was later ruled a homicide, but the cause of death was not revealed.
Investigators have been searching for 53-year-old Ricky Dodson of Bassett. Dodson was reported missing on Oct. 7 by his mother. She said her son had dated Purdy on and off for years.
Kiwanis announces 2013 Citizen of the Year:
(Danville, Va.) -- Danville Kiwanis Club awarded Charles H. “Charlie” Majors the 81st Annual Citizenship Award. Majors is a Georgia native and a graduate of Auburn University. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Majors came to Danville to join the firm of Clement & Wheatley before joining American National Bank where he served as Chief Executive Officer for 20 years. Majors is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the bank.
Majors was a member of the Danville School Board for nine years, then served as Chairman of the School Board for five years. Majors has served on a number of boards in the Community, including Averett University Board of Trustees, the Danville Regional Foundation Board of Directors, and the Virginia Economic Development Foundation.
Charlie Majors and his wife Carol are also active members of Mount Vernon United Methodist Church.
Bristol passes Danville for highest metro jobless rate:
(Richmond, Va.) -- For the first time in years, the Danville area jobless rate is not the highest among Virginia's metropolitan regions. Thursday's report from the Virginia Employment Commission shows the October jobless rate in Danville and Pittsylvania County at 7.2%. It was 7.1% in September and 7.7% a year ago.
A sharp spike in Bristol's jobless rate -- from 6.8% in September to 8.1% in October -- pushed that city ahead of Danville in the monthly survey.
The state's highest single jobless rate is still in Martinsville, at 12.5%. But that city's rate was down more than two-and-a-half percent from a year ago.
The Danville City rate was 8.6%; Pittsylvania County's rate remained steady at 6.3%; Halifax County's rate of 8.9% was unchanged from a month ago and a year ago. Henry County's 7.9% jobless rate is down more than a full percentage point from last year.
Body identified as missing Lynchburg teenager:
(Lynchburg, Va.) (AP) -- Lynchburg police say a body found in a heavily wooded area has been identified as that of a missing teenager.
Police say the medical examiner's office in Roanoke positively identified the body as 18-year-old Jamisha Gilbert of Lynchburg. Police say there's no further information to release.
A team searching for Gilbert found the body Wednesday morning.
She was reported missing Sunday by her mother. Friends last saw her between midnight and 1 a.m. Friday.
Police found her car crashed into a guardrail in the city late Friday morning.
Groups provide health care sign-up assistance:
(Danville, Va.) -- Two groups were in Danville Thursday, offering a pair of forums designed to help Southside residents enroll in the new Affordable Care Act.
Amber Poron works for Enroll Virginia in Lynchburg, a nonpartisan group that assists Virginians applying for coverage under the new health insurance marketplace.
She spoke Thursday on the campus of American National University, formerly known as National Business College. About 60 attended the campus forum. Many lack insurance and wanted to know how to sign-up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. While the website had a difficult rollout, Poron said she has found that many of the problems have been corrected and she has helped dozens select plans and enroll over the past two weeks.
Campus Director Carlene Wilson says "knowledge is imperative," since many of her students are training for careers in the health care field as surgical techs and medical assistants.
Poron says local resources are also available. PATHS Medical Center on Main Street has two certified applicant counselors.
Jobless rate holds steady in October:
(Richmond, Va.) (AP) -- Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained steady in October at 5.6 percent.
While the October rate was unchanged from September's unemployment, the Virginia Employment Commission says the two months blunted a four-month climb in the jobless rate. From April's 5.2 percent rate, unemployment increased to 5.8 percent in August.
VEC said Thursday that the October rate was affected by the partial government shutdown.
In October, employment gains were made in private education and health services and in the leisure and hospitality sector, among others. Job losses were in the professional, scientific and technical services sector.
The department says while nonfarm employment is trending upward, it has yet to surpass the pre-recession peak in April 2008.
Virginia's unemployment rate compares favorably with the U.S. rate, which was 7.3 percent in October.