Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Updated 11/25/14 @ 6:45 am
Child’s death ruled homicide:
(Danville, Va.) -- The Danville Police Department is investigating a child's death as a homicide.
Shortly after 9:00 pm last Thursday evening, Danville Fire and EMS personnel responded to a home in the 100 block of West Woodlawn Dr. for a report of an unresponsive 20-month old child.
The child was transported to Danville Regional Medical Center and subsequently flown to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment. The Danville Police Department's Investigative Division and Child Protective Services were both notified and responded.
The child died Sunday afternoon, and the body was transported Monday to the Medical Examiner's Office in Roanoke for an autopsy. The cause of death has been listed as homicide by blunt force trauma.
The toddler was Aleigha Grace Sadler, age 20 months. The Danville Police Department is working closely with Danville Child Protective Services in this case. The investigation is continuing.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Danville Police Department at (434) 799-6508, Danville Crimestoppers at (434) 793-0000, or via our crime tips line on your computer at email@example.com. Information given will remain confidential.
Blairs man killed in Pitt. Co. crash:
(Chatham, Va.) -- State Police say a Blairs man died yesterday evening in a two-vehicle accident. Sergeant Bob Carpentieri says it happened shortly before 11:00 pm on Route 29 near the Chatham business exit. Troopers say 52-year old Jeffrey Lynn Fuller was driving a 1999 Chevrolet northbound. The SUV ran off the left side of the road, hit a guard rail, then went off the right side of the road. It hit another guard rail. Fuller was ejected. He was then hit by a Hyundai while he was lying in the roadway. Fuller was not wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash --- he was pronounced dead at the scene. It is unknown if alcohol was a factor in the crash. There’s no word yet on the Hyundai’s driver. The crash remains under investigation.
Gretna man charged with killing girlfriend:
(Gretna, Va.) -- A Gretna man is charged with killing his girlfriend with his car over the weekend. Police say 65-year old Robert Gilbert was drinking Friday evening. He apparently got into an argument with his girlfriend, 49-year Daisy Bennett. Police say Gilbert got in his car, and drove into Bennett’s apartment on Creasy Street in Gretna. Police believe she was directly hit by the car---she was pronounced dead at the scene. Gilbert is charged with second degree manslaughter, DUI, and reckless driving. Gilbert will be arraigned today.
Remains found; suspect charged:
(Patrick Springs, Va.) -- The remains of a missing Patrick County woman were found Saturday morning in Henry County---and a suspect is in custody. 34-year old Shelly Gravely was reported missing last week. Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith. Her remains were found near George Taylor Road in the southern part of Henry County. 35-year old Anthony Joyce of Patrick Springs was taken into custody in Greensboro and placed in the Guilford County Jail. Smith says a murder charge against Joyce is pending. Investigators interviewed Joyce on Friday in Greensboro and then obtained warrants for his arrest. About 400 miles of road sides spanning four counties were checked in the search for Gravely.
Smoke causes concern at DRMC:
(Danville, Va.) -- No one was hurt and authorities say no one was ever in any real danger yesterday when smoke was carried to several parts of Danville Regional Medical Center. It happened at around ten am when a vacuum pump malfunctioned in an equipment room. Fire Captain B-W Scarce says the ventilation system carried the smoke to several areas---it took more than two hours to vent the smoke. 18 members of the Danville Fire Department responded.
Open House in Gretna on gas pipeline proposal:
(Gretna, Va.) -- Locals will have a chance tonight to hear more about a proposed gas pipeline. An estimated 120 Pittsylvania County landowners will be impacted by the 300-mile long Mountain Valley Pipeline. It would be buried three feet underground, but the two companies that want to build the pipeline need 125-foot wide easements during construction. The EQT Corporation and NextEra Energy will hold an Open House this evening at the Hampton Inn in Gretna to answer questions about the three (b) billion dollar pipeline. It would link with the TransCo Station in Pittsylvania County.
Former rescue squad treasurer admits to taking money:
(Henry County, Va.) -- Susan Smith has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $4,000 from the Ridgeway District Volunteer Rescue Squad.
Smith was treasurer of the local volunteer squad when the crimes occured.
She entered guilty pleas Friday to three felony counts of grand larceny. Earlier this week, a Henry County grand jury indicted the 44-year-old on three counts of embezzlement.
The prosecutor in the case said Smith stole thousands of dollars from the rescue squad between 2012 and this year, and that she used the money to pay her electric and cable bills. According to the Commonwealth’s Attorney, the money has since been returned to the rescue squad.
Smith’s sentencing was set for February 11.
Duke briefs Council on Eden cleanup:
(Danville, Va.) -- Danville leaders last week learned more about Duke Energy’s plans to clean up their coal ash pits in Eden. Company Spokesman Davis Montgomery told City Council this week Duke Energy says its plan to clean-up four coal ash pounds in North Carolina includes the remaining residue at the Dan River Steam Station in Eden, or about 2.6 million tons of waste. The shuttered plant was the site of that massive spill in February that coated 70 miles of the Dan River in a gray sludge. Montgomery says the work will begin in a matter of months. He estimates that process will take about a year-and-a-half, but there’s no estimate on the cost of the removal.
Hurt touts bills targeting EPA:
(Washington, D.C.) -- The House this week passed three measures to reform the environmental Protection Agency---and a local lawmaker supported all three. Fifth District Congressman Robert Hurt says the Science Advisory Board Reform Act, the Secret Science Reform Act, and the Promoting New Manufacturing Act all target EPA regulations that impact job creation. Hurt notes all three measures got strong bi-partisan support in the House. All three now head to the Senate.
Couple arrested on impersonation charges:
(Rockingham, Co., NC) -- Two people were arrested in Reidsville following a Saturday incident of impersonating an officer and kidnapping.
According to reports, 59-year-old Jonathan Leon Wood of Reidsville, was approached at a convenience store The individuals who approached him and promised to get him out of a pending charge involving Food Stamp Fraud. The individual posed as a Deputy Sheriff said Wood only had to pay him $1,000 to make the charge go away. Wood said he was forced at gunpoint to drive to a specific location to get the $1,000.
Later, Detective Lori Pegram arrested 34-year-old Crystal Dawn Callahan and Marcus Cardwell, both of Eden. Cardwell is charged with 2nd Degree Kidnapping, feloniously obtaining property by fall pretense, and impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer. Callahan is charged with Aiding and Abetting 2nd Degree Kidnapping. Both are being Held in the Rockingham County Jail under a secured bond. They are scheduled to appear in Court on December 4th.