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Monday, September 15, 2014
Updated 9/15/14 @ 4:15 pm

Drive-by leaves one person wounded on Claiborne Street:
(Danville, Va.) -- One person was hit and shots were fired into a home and a car on Claiborne Street Sunday night.
      Danville police responded to the 600 block of Claiborne Street just before 10 p.m. in reference to multiple shots being fired in the area. Officers found that a home had been shot into and a vehicle that was parked in the 700 block of Claiborne Street had also been hit by gunfire. One subject was treated and released at Danville Regional Medical Center for what were described as non-life threatening injuries.
      Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to call Danville Crime Stoppers at (434) 793-0000. You may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00.

Governor, lawmakers announce Va. budget cuts:
(Richmond, Va.) (AP) -- Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and state lawmakers are announcing cuts to state agencies, universities, and local governments to help fill a projected budget gap and preserve Virginia's AAA bond rating.
     The governor and Republican lawmakers said at a Capitol news conference Monday that they have agreed to cuts of $192 million to state agencies, $90 million for higher education, and $60 million for aide to local governments over the next two years.  
     The budget plan won't affect K-12 spending and will not include any increase in fees or taxes.
      McAuliffe praised GOP lawmakers for their willingness to work with him to address a projected $882 million shortfall over the biennium, saying the bipartisan approach was needed "to send a signal to Wall Street" and preserve the state's sterling bond rating.

Cause determined in house fire:
(Danville, Va.) -- Firefighters made quick work of a fire at a home at 1255 West Paxton Avenue Saturday morning.
     Smoke was visible from the second story of the large, frame house when the first units arrived at 7:23 a.m. A small fire was found on the second floor.
Several units responded, along with rescue personnel, the Haz-Mat team, a ladder truck and 17 personnel. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze in 10 minutes and the ladder truck wasn’t needed.     
      No injuries were reported; the house is vacant and is being remodeled. Firefighters spent  the morning venting smoke and conducting clean-up operations.      
     Minor smoke, fire and water damage was noted to the home. 
     The Danville fire marshal determined that the fire was started by some improperly discarded smoking materials
. (Leonard Harville, photographer)

Trailer totaled in overnight fire:
(Danville, Va.) -- A mobile home was leveled in a fire yesterday evening in Danville.  The Fire Department was sent to 180 Liberty Bell Court Lot 20 at around seven p-m. Engine Six arrived and found a single wide mobile home engulfed in fire. The heavy volume of fire prevented firefighters from going in. They controlled the fire from the exterior. That took about 20 minutes. Firefighters remained on scene for some two hours dousing pockets of hidden fire. Water had to be shuttled in by fire engines because the nearest hydrant was far away. The mobile home was vacant---no one was hurt. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


The new home for the New College Institute

New College Institute moves into new home:
(Martinsville, Va.) -- The New College Institute in Martinsville isn’t “new” anymore---but they do have a new home!  This weekend featured grand opening festivities for the three-story, 52,000-square-foot building on Baldwin Block.  It houses NCI’s administrative offices and programs that have been established, or are evolving, in advanced manufacturing, entrepreneurship and health care technology.  The 18-and-a-half (m) million-dollar project took nearly a year-and-a-half to complete.

Danville leaders target three projects for state aid:
(Danville, Va.) -- Danville leaders are asking for the State’s help in adding a third lane to South Boston Road, running from the Airport to the Danville Expressway.
          That’s one of three projects expected to be included in the city’s application for Revenue Sharing funds from the Virginia Department of Transportation.
          City officials say that extra lane is needed to help traffic more safely slow down and exit on to the Expressway.
          The city’s application will also include a request for money to do sidewalk widening and streetscape improvements on Craghead Street, from Main to the Community Market. 
          They’ll also ask the state put in a permanent Emergency Traffic signal at the corner of Craghead and Colquhoun to help with fire engines leaving the new Public Safety Center.  Right now, they have a temporary signal.

Hurt supports Employee Health Act:
(Washington, D.C.) -- Fifth District Congressman Robert Hurt is supporting a measure that he says will help the President keep his promises.
          Hurt and the rest of the House last week passed the Employee Healthcare Protection Act.  It would allow insurers to continue offering group plans for the next five years, even if they do NOT meet the minimum standards outlined under Obamacare.
          Hurt says a study shows a quarter-(m) million Virginians will likely lose their current Health Care plans under the Affordable Care Act.
          The measure cleared the House last week by a wide margin, but faces an uncertain future in the Senate.

Sen. Ruff named to Governor's Council:
(Richmond, Va.) -- The Governor’s Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success will hold their first meeting next month in Richmond, and a local lawmaker will be there. 
          Mecklenburg County State Senator Frank Ruff is a charter member of the panel created by an Executive Order last month from Governor Terry McAuliffe.
          Their goal is to ensure that basic health, education, and childcare needs are being met for Virginians ages eight and under.
          The Council will rely on support from a variety of stakeholders who are committed to ensuring that all Virginians start off with the best possible chance to thrive, do well in school, and become contributing adults.

Teen murdered near his home:
(Danville, Va.) -- Danville detectives are hoping someone living in the Woodside Village Apartments spotted the person who shot and killed a Danville teenager Thursday night.
     19-year-old Paul Andrew Harper, Junior (pictured, left) died of gunshot wounds shortly after arrival at Danville Regional Medical Center.
      Police received multiple reports of gunshots fired on Woodside Drive just before 11:30 Thursday night. They arrived to find a man lying in the street near the housing complex.
     Friends and family identified the victim as Harper, who lived nearby.
     At this point, no arrest has been made in the homicide and no motive has been given.
     Danville Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 793-0000. You do not have to give your name and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. (crime scene photo: Leonard Harville)

Arrests made in string of residential entries:
(Ruffin, N.C.) -- Rockingham County authorities believe they have solved a four county crime spree with a pair of arrests.
     Just before noon last Thursday, sheriff’s deputies stopped a Kia Forte that neighbors had spotted and reported as suspicious on Guerrant Spring Road in Ruffin.
     They pulled the car over at the intersection of U.S. 29 Business and N.C. Highway 14 and found two men inside, along with property stolen from homes in Rockingham, Guilford, Forsythe and Davidson Counties.
      The items were taken during a series of break-ins at homes in the Ruffin and Reidsville area.
       Robert Cornelius Rice and Adrian Lamarr Sides -- both 25 and from Winston-Salem -- were arrested on numerous felony charges. Both were placed in the Rockingham County Jail, pending their initial court appearances next Wednesday.  


New fire station dedicated; the fallen remembered:
(Danville, Va.) -- Danville’s new fire station was dedicated Thursday as firefighters and friends gathered to remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
      The Danville Fire Department Headquarters will also house the city’s emergency communications center and represents a $9 million investment that was seven years in the making.
     Mayor Sherman Saunders said the state-of-the art facility replaces the Bridge Street Station -- which was constructed almost ninety years ago -- and includes almost a million dollars in technology upgrades.
      Fire Chief David Eagle said the new station was first envisioned by former chiefs B.G. Lewis and David Lampley and represents the collective efforts of hundreds of individuals.
     The 32,000 square foot facility was built by Blair Construction Co. of Gretna and includes cobblestones, wood and brick from the original Danville Lumber Company site.
     Firefighters hope to move into the new facility at the end of the month.
     The dedication was preceded by a ceremony of remembrance marking the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
     Fire Captain Kevin Hayes unveiled a twisted steel girder from the Twin Towers which was given to local firefighters who helped in the aftermath of 9/11.
Hayes said the steel girder represents sacrifice, and "in the case of 343 of our brothers on that day, firefighters sacrificed their lives in the performance of their duties."

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