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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Updated 11/26/14 @ 4:15 pm

 
Deputies continue search for missing woman:

(Henry Co., Va.) -- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a missing person report.  Kristy Haynes Dillard has been missing since November 22, 2014.  Kristy Haynes Dillard is described as a 37 year old white female.  She was last seen operating a gray 2006 Nissan Altima bearing Va. tag LUVJNJ.  A teletype has been sent to surrounding jurisdictions in reference to attempting to locate her and check on her well being.  Ms. Dillard has ties to the Roanoke area and they have been notified.
          Anyone who has information regarding this is urged to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 276-638-8751 or Crime Stoppers at 63CRIME (276-632-7463).

Pittsylvania searches for man charged with malicious wounding:
(Pittsylvania Co., VA) -- The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office needs help finding a man wanted on malicious wounding charges.
          On Sunday morning at around 2:00, officers received a report of a shooting at 155 Adams Lane in Hurt.
          Travis Broggin of Brookneal is wanted by the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's office in connection with this incident.
          Broggin is described as a black male, age 27,  5' 8” tall, and weighing 230 pounds. According to police, he has the letter “B” tattooed on his hand.
          Anyone that may have information about this incident or knows the location of Travis Broggin is asked to call Investigator Molly Motley or Deputy Byron Abbott at the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's office at 434-432-7931 or the Pittsylvania County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-791-0044.


Danville woman assaulted; robbed:
(Danville, Va.) -- Danville police say a woman was knocked down in a strong-arm robbery last night at the Loan Max on Riverside Drive.
          A 52 year old female employee was leaving the business at around seven o-clock when two men approached her from the rear of the building --- they knocked her to the ground and took an undisclosed amount of money from her before running away. She was not seriously injured.
          One of the robbers wore a dark hooded sweatshirt with a red bandanna on his face. The police investigation is ongoing.

Martinsville leaders eye Medical School:
(Martinsville, Va.) -- Martinsville wants $3.5 million from the state tobacco commission to help the Integrative Centers for Science and Medicine establish a medical school in their city.
          Martinsville City Council voted 4-1 yesterday to apply for the Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund grant. ICSM plans to locate the College of Henricopolis School of Medicine in a former supermarket building on Fayette Street uptown.
          Councilman Danny Turner cast the dissenting vote. He tells the Martinsville Bulletin he is concerned that the city would have to pay back the grant if ICSM fails.
          Martinsville Mayor Kim Adkins says if the school ultimately is not launched ICSM would have to repay the grant to the city and, in turn, the city would pay back the tobacco commission.
          ICSM President Dr. Noel Boaz said the medical school’s planned opening has been pushed back from the fall of next year to the fall of 2016 because of a lack of funds to renovate the building.


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 crimetips@danvilleva.gov. Information given will remain confidential.
  
Blairs man killed in Pitt. Co. crash:
(Chatham, Va.) -- State Police say a Blairs man died Sunday 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.


Salvation Army preps for Thanksgiving:
The Danville Salvation Army is making last minute preparations for their biggest meal of the year. Kitchen supervisor David Terrell says volunteers are preparing to feed at least 325 people on Thanksgiving Day.  Terrell says they’ll serve about 140 pounds of turkey, along with green beans, yams, bread and dessert. The meal will be served from eleven until one Thursday. The Salvation Army headquarters are on Henry Street, off North Main.  The Woodall Automotive Group donated money for the food this year.


Big football game sparks charitable wager:
(Danville, Va.) -- State Police say a Blairs man died Sunday 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.

Autopsy report confirms woman's murder:
(Patrick Springs, Va.) -- A Patrick County woman whose remains were found last weekend died of asphyxia by strangulation.
          That’s according to a preliminary autopsy on the body of 34-year old Shelly Gravely.  She was last heard from Nov. 14. Her body was found on George Taylor Road in Henry County early Saturday, near the concrete base of Crooked Creek Bridge. Patrick Sheriff Dan Smith says the bridge is about a quarter of a mile from the state line.
          Gravely’s boyfriend, 35-year old Anthony Joyce of Patrick Springs was arrested in connection with the case Friday just before midnight in Greensboro. Warrants for abduction and robbery were obtained. Joyce continues to be held on $1 million bond.  Other charges are pending.
          Search warrants in the case have been sealed on a judge’s order.

Smoke causes concern at DRMC:
(Danville, Va.) -- No one was hurt and authorities say no one was ever in any real danger Sunday 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.


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.


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