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 Monday, April 27, 2015
Updated 4/27/15 @ 6:00 pm

Local relief agency assisting Nepal:
(Danville, Va.) -- With more than 4,000 people confirmed dead and power and phone service expected to be out for days, relief agencies throughout the world are mobilizing to help survivors of that 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal Saturday.
     Flights are beginning to arrive carrying medical teams, search-and-rescue equipment and tarps for shelter.
      God’s Pit Crew in Danville is also mobilizing. Crew Chief Randy Johnson says truckloads of “Blessing Buckets” will leave Danville for Tennessee later this week, for shipment to Nepal.
    Johnson says while it may take a while for the relief supplies to reach their destination, he has no doubt that they’ll still be needed.
      He says the shipment of 2,000 buckets will deplete their warehouse and is asking for donations to buy more and to help with shipping costs.

Pittsylvania Co. woman dies in crash:
(Danville, Va.) – A Pittsylvania County woman died in a single-vehicle crash in Danville early Saturday. Danville Police, the Fire Department and the Danville Life Saving Crew responded to a crash at the intersection of Piney Forest Road and Nor Dan Drive just after three a.m. Officers say 40-year old Stacie Marie Adkins of Pittsylvania County was driving a 2006 Pontiac northbound on Piney Forest Road.  Her car hit a traffic light pole at the intersection. Adkins was unresponsive and CPR was administered. She was taken to Danville Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

One wounded, one jailed in Martinsville shooting:
(Martinsville, Va.) – A Martinsville man is in jail after a weekend shooting.  Police say it happened shortly after Midnight yesterday at a house on Stuart Street.  They say someone posted an open party invitation on Facebook.  At least fifty people were there.  A 911 caller said someone had been shot.  Police arrived and found people scattered and cars driving away quickly.   There were told someone had taken 19-year old Jontae Powell to the hospital after he was shot in the leg.  A large crowd gathered at the hospital but no further incidents were reported.  Meantime, 21-year old Denzel Moyer is charged with malicious wounding and three weapons counts


Council urges School Board to explore new home:
(Danville, Va.) – Two prime properties in Danville’s River District are being used by the school system…but economic developers want to market them to retailers.
      The School Board has been mulling a plan to move out of the former bank building and on to the former Langston Campus.  They’re also using the former Glen-More Clothing building for storage.  Vice-Mayor Gary Miller says there are MUCH better uses for that building.
     School officials had been planning to move some of their administrative offices to the former Glen-More building.

Bush beats Clinton in hypothetical 2016 vote in Virginia:
(Newport News, Va.) –
Virginia voters would choose Florida Gov. Jeb Bush over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if the 2016 presidential election were held now, according to a poll released today by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University. Clinton beats a lineup of other potential Republican candidates in head-to-head contests, but has lost ground to them since a Wason Center poll in February.
     In a hypothetical match-up, voters chose Bush (48%) over Clinton (46%). Other Republican contenders lose to her by low single-digits. 
     Virginia Republicans’ preference is far from settled, with Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio atop a wide open field.
     Clinton far outstrips her potential rivals for the Democrats’ nomination. Among Virginia Democrats and independents who lean toward Democrats, 80% prefer Clinton in a hypothetical primary. Next are former Virginia Senator Jim Webb (6%) and Vice President Joe Biden (5%).

 


Three people were taken by ambulance following a two-car wreck on Ridge St. Thursday afternoon.


 

Averett tops fundraising goal; groundbreaking set for sports stadium:
(Danville, Va.) -- Averett University will break ground on the $3.5 million Frank R. Campbell Sports Stadium later this year.
    Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks made the announcement Thursday as the school celebrated the success of its First Comprehensive Capital Campaign. She said it is appropriate that the stadium be named in honor of Campbell, who spearheaded the university for seventeen years. Campbell launched the North Campus on which the stadium will be located and was also responsible for starting the Averett Cougars football program.
     The school will break ground on the new stadium November 2, after the fall football and soccer seasons have ended.
     Franks also announced the success of the university’s $25 million capital campaign, which was launched five years ago. As of March 31, the campaign had raised $28.2 million dollars. The campaign will continue through June 30.

ebay to expand operations in Martinsville area;
(Henry County, Va.) -- eBay will expand its operations in the Martinsville-Henry County area, making it the region’s second largest employer.
      eBay Solutions is adding 191 full-time jobs with an annual payroll of more than $4 million and investing $5.8 million in capital improvements.
      The new facility will receive merchandise, fill orders and ship them. It will service clients including Bath & Body works, Stein Mart and The Company Store.
      The new facility is expected to be up and running by mid-July.
      The company will move into a 400,000-square foot facility on Joseph Martin Highway in Ridgeway, where it already has other operations. Work has already begun to upgrade the building and add new equipment.
     Following the expansion, eBay’s combined presence in the region will span 1.3 million square feet, with almost 500 full-time employees. eBay also has operations in the Bowles Industrial Park near Patrick Henry Community College.

Danville Police looking for robber:
(Danville, Va.) --
Danville Police are looking into a robbery last night at the CVS on South Boston Road. 
     The call came in at around quarter to nine. An employee said a white male, standing 5’11” and weighing 225 pounds, walked in.  He was wearing khaki pants and a blue and white flannel shirt. He demanded unspecified merchandise.
     The robber did not produce a weapon. He took an undisclosed amount of merchandise and left the store on foot. No one was hurt. Anyone with information can call Danville Crimestoppers at 793-0000.

Danville woman indicted in fatal Pittsylvania Co. crash:
(Chatham, Va.) --
A Danville woman will stand trial for her role in a two-vehicle crash last October that claimed the life of a Blairs man. It happened on Route 41 near the Hughes Home.
     Troopers say a 2014 Nissan Sentra, operated by 25-year old Nikki Johnston of Chatham, was northbound on Route 41 in the left lane. Her car rear-ended a 1999 Chevy Blazer driven by 55-year old Mark Edward McNichols. The Blazer flipped and McNichols was pronounced dead at the scene. Johnston suffered minor injuries in the crash. 
     She was indicted this week for involuntary manslaughter and felony child endangerment, since her child was in the car with her at the time.


Danville man to face Grand Jury on "sexting" counts:
(Danville, Va.) --
A Danville man charged with solicitation of a minor by using an electronic device will now go before a Circuit Court grand jury.
     Charges against 21-year-old Christopher Isler were forwarded following his preliminary hearing this week.  He was arrested in February.
     Danville Police say someone called them saying Isler had been sending improper texts to a minor. Police say he used a messaging app that does not store text data.
     Isler was also served with a protective order to not contact the alleged victim. He's being held without bond in the city jail.


Council holds off on water rebate proposal:
(Danville, Va.) --
Danville City Council is holding off on calls for a rebate for water customers---at least for now.
Councilman Lee Vogler made the suggestion last night at a work session.  He says the water has been, at times, undrinkable since February. But with the odor and taste issues stillpresent, most on Council agreed now is not the time to talk about a rebate.
     The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality says raw water samples collected from the Dan River and tributaries earlier this month were inconclusive in determining the source of the odd taste and odor.  But Bryce Simmons with the Danville Office of Drinking Water says it’s algae blooms dying off upstream in the Smith River.  He says it’s releasing a compound into the river that is causing the problem.
      The city’s water plant operators continue to add carbon to the treatment process. At the recommendation of the Office of Drinking Water, the city began feeding a higher dosage of carbon earlier this month. Simmons says those are "best practices," but it's likely the problem will simply have to run it's course.
     Also this month, the city flushed out water storage tanks across the city as recommended by the Office of Drinking Water to remove in them any water with a bad taste and smell.  The city also has arranged for the assistance of an outside consulting firm with expertise in taste and odor treatment control. The firm will evaluate current operations and make recommendations.


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