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Monday, September 22, 2014
Updated 9/22/14 @ 4:28 pm


Search for “person of interest” intensifies:
(Albermarle County, Va.) -- Investigators have served a second search warrant at Jesse Matthew’s apartment in Albemarle County. Matthew, 32, is believed to be the last person who saw 18-year-old Hannah Graham during the early morning hours of September 13. Matthew is a person of interest in the case and police say Graham was last seen with Matthew at a Charlottesville restaurant and bar just before her disappearance.
      On Sunday, investigators announced they have a warrant out for Matthew on two charges of reckless driving.
      Today, the Charlottesville Police Department released a wanted poster for Matthew. Police believe Matthew may be in his sister's 1997 light blue Nissan Sentra with Virginia license plates: VAC4575. Graham is a University of Virginia student.
      Authorities searched Matthew’s apartment and vehicle Friday. To this point, no trace of Graham has been found, despite a search by 2.000 volunteers over the weekend.

Rabid skunk found in Chatham:
(Chatham, Va.) -- Another rabid skunk has been found in Pittsylvania County, this time along   Minor Road in Chatham.
      The Health Department says the animal tested positive for the deadly disease and is warning residents in the area to keep an eye on their dogs, cats and horses, since it is possible that the rabid contact may have come into contact with the domesticated animals.
      Rabies is preventable in animals through vaccinations, but fatal to both animals and humans once contracted.

Police look for Dutch Inn shooter:
(Collinsville, Va.) -- The Henry County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a shooting that happened in the parking lot of the Dutch Inn in Collinsville early Sunday morning.
     Police received a call that someone had been shot outside the motel just after 1 a.m. They responded, but the victim was nowhere to be found.
      48-year-old Howard Leroy Hunt was taken to Memorial Hospital of Martinsville by private vehicle and was admitted following surgery for a gunshot wound to his left arm and back.
      The incident started with an argument between Hunt and an unknown male in the Flying Dutchman Lounge and resulted in multiple shots fired in the parking lot. At least one round struck Hunt.
       Anyone having information on the shooting is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at (276) 638-8751.

NTSB begins probe into fatal plane crash:
(Halifax County, Va.) --
The NTSB has begun an investigation into Friday's fatal plane crash at Virginia International Raceway and officials hope to complete a preliminary report by the end of the month. The National Transportation Safety Board says much of the plane was destroyed in the resulting fire.
     The pilot of the vintage plane was Racing Team Owner and Pro SuperBike racer Jon Couch. He and his 72-year old mother, Frances, died when the plane crashed and burst into flames Friday at 5:15pm in the infield at VIR’s Patriot Course.
     The remains were taken to the Office of the Chief of Medical Examiner in Richmond for an examination and autopsy.
     The plane was seen flying low over NC 62 in Milton just before the crash and spectators at VIR say the plane was sputtering and before it went down near the Patriot course, the smaller track at VIR. A fireball could be seen after the plane crashed. The pilot was still in the cockpit but the passenger was apparently thrown from the aircraft.
     Couch was flying a World War II, T28-C single-engine plane. No one on the ground was hurt.         


Danville Police respond to shots fired into home:
(Danville, Va.) --
Shots were fired into a home in the 300 block of Searcy St. Friday. Police were called to the home about 7 p.m. after a man with dreadlocks knocked on the door. When no one answered, he shot out the glass on the storm door. The occupant wasn't injured and called 911. The suspects -- described only as black males -- fled in a gray car with North Carolina plates. No one was injured. Police and the Crime Scene Unit responded. (Leonard Harville: photo)
     Meantime, Danville Police are investigating a second drive-by shooting. It happened Monday morning at around midnight in the 400 block of Bradley Road.  Police say someone fired shots into the side door of a house and also hit a car parked. No one was hurt. Police do not have a description of the shooter, nor their vehicle.

Va. speaker blocks approval of Dem appointments:
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell says he's blocking the appointments of three recently resigned Democratic state lawmakers who took new jobs in state government.
     Howell's office announced Monday that the speaker won't allow the House of Delegates to confirm the appointments by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe until he's given guidance by federal prosecutors on whether they are legal.
     In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Howell said he was motivated to seek guidance because of the federal probe into former Democratic Sen. Phil Puckett. A possible job offer to Puckett by the GOP-controlled Virginia tobacco commission at the time of his resignation is the subject of an FBI investigation.
     The appointees are former Delegates Algie Howell and Bob Brink and Sen. Henry Marsh.

DRMC opens cardio cath lab:
(Danville, Va.) --
After an open house Sunday, Danville Regional Medical Center welcomed the first patients to their newly-renovated cardiac catheterization lab Monday. The old labs were built in 1995. The renovations took about a year to complete and cost $1.5 million. The lab completion is just in time for the introduction of the facility's second heart surgeon on October first.

Greensboro police file charges in murder of Danville man:
(Greensboro, N.C.) -- A Greensboro man has been charged with the murder of a Danville resident earlier this month.
      21-year-old Montray Deboris Price of Greensboro, was arrested and charged in the death of 32-year-old Kevin Christopher Millner of Danville.
      Millner was found dead in his car during the early morning hours of September 2. The discovery was made by a passerby at the Holiday Inn Express on Big Tree Way in Greensboro.
      The state medical examiner determined that Millner died of a gunshot wound.
      Greensboro police say the homicide is still under investigation, as they don’t believe Price acted alone in the shooting.
      Price was jailed Wednesday and is being held without bond.

No agreement on local judgeship:
(Richmond, Va.) -- We will have to wait a little longer for a local judgeship to be filled. Danville Delegate Danny Marshall says Southside legislators could not agree on a finalist from four candidates in the running to replace Lee Stillwell as judge of Danville General District Court. 
     Marshall says one of the five area lawmakers thought they needed a cooling-off period before deciding.  Marshall expects the appointment to be reconsidered when the General Assembly reconvenes next month to name a new State Supreme Court judge.
     Sandra Chinn-Gilstrap appeared to be the pick earlier this year, but the nomination got caught up in partisan politics. Now, lawmakers are considering four candidates: Chinn-Gilstrap; Rocky Mount Attorney A.J. Dudley; former Martinsville prosecutor Joan Ziglar; and local attorney Bob Adams.
     The Danville Bar Association recently passed a second resolution, urging lawmakers approve Gilstrap.

McDonnells appeal verdict:
(Richmond, Va.) (AP) -- Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are asking a judge to toss out their convictions on public corruption charges.
     Defense lawyers filed motions Thursday asking U.S. District Judge James Spencer to acquit them, or at least order a new trial. Spencer presided over the nearly six-week trial that ended Sept. 4 when the jury convicted Bob McDonnell on 11 counts and his wife on eight.
     The McDonnells were convicted of accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's dietary supplements. They claim in the new motions that prosecutors failed to prove they performed any "official acts" for Williams. The government has not yet responded.
     Sentencing is set for Jan. 6.

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