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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Updated 10/21/14 @ 5:35 pm

Traffic accident causes backlog on Rt. 41:
(Danville, Va.) -- Police directed traffic around an accident on Route 41, near Reuben’s Too Restaurant following a single-car accident Tuesday morning.
     Witnesses say an SUV crashed and came to rest on its top in the southbound lane of traffic. The driver was transported to the emergency room by Mount Hermon Rescue. The extent of injuries is not known.
      The southbound lane remained blocked for some time as police directed traffic around the accident scene.
     The wreck happened in the 2300 hundred block of Franklin Turnpike, shortly after 11 a.m. (Photos: Leonard Harville)

Va. jobless rate unchanged in September:
(Richmond, Va.) (AP) — The Virginia Employment Commission says the state's jobless rate was unchanged at 5.5 percent in September. The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in September also was the same rate as a year ago.
     Officials say Virginia's jobless rate has increased slightly for the past five months.
     Jobs decreases were seen in industries including private education and health services, professional and business services, construction, total government and miscellaneous services.
     Increases were seen in finance, as well as trade and transportation. Employment in leisure and hospitality, manufacturing and mining were unchanged.
     The Labor Department says unemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, rose in 8 states and were unchanged in 11. That's the smallest number of states to see an increase since April.
     The national unemployment rate was 5.9 percent.

Danville man drowns while fishing:
(Pittsylvania County, Va.) -- Pittsylvania County investigators say a Danville man drowned over the weekend in a canoe accident.
     39-year-old Larry Wayne Millner of Danville died Saturday evening when his canoe tipped over. Millner was pond fishing with a friend near Deer View Road in Pittsylvania County.
    The friend made it to shore but Millner drowned.

Danville Regional implements Ebola Preparedness Program:
(Danville, Va.) -- There have been no Ebola cases on the Southside, but Danville Regional Medical Center is implementing a plan to train staff and screen patients who may show symptoms of the disease.
     DRMC Infection Prevention Specialist Linda Sokos says a group of health care professionals began meeting in August to develop a plan of action and the hospital will start intensive training with “front line staff” this week.
       Groups of doctors, nurses and representatives from most departments in the hospital are meeting weekly to make sure plans are in place to “detect, protect and respond,” should anyone in our area be exposed to the virus.
      Should a patient have a fever or exhibit symptoms of Ebola, they will be asked if they have traveled outside the country in the past 21 days, particularly in areas were the disease is prevalent. If the answer is “yes,” hospital staff will immediately place the patient in isolation and contact the Virginia Department of Health about testing for Ebola.  
     She says DRMC is working closely with the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure proper preventive procedures are in place.


House explodes in Reidsville:
(Reidsville, N.C.) – No one was hurt Monday night when a home exploded in Reidsville.  It happened a little after 8:30
at a vacant house on Route 158 East. 
      Rockingham County Fire Marshal Robert Cardwell says it appears copper thieves cut a liquid propane gas line, sparking the blast.  It sent debris flying 200 feet away, damaging a truck that was passing nearby. 
rews spent about an hour bringing the fire under control. 
      So far, no one’s been charged in connection with the blast. (Photo: Leonard Harville)
Pitt Co. School leaders approve teacher evaluation changes:
(Chatham, Va.) – The Pittsylvania County School Board has adopted some minor changes to their teacher evaluation process.
          Superintendent James McDaniel says they wanted to make the process as fair as possible throughout the district and lessen what some teachers called “subjectivity” in the old process.
          But since many of the changes made two years ago were state-mandated, McDaniel says their options were limited.  But they adopted 13 recommendations---most dealing with clarity and better communication.
          School Board Chairman Calvin Doss chaired a study committee that made the recommendations.

Suspect in Va. abduction charged in DC area rape:
(Fairfax, Va.) -- (AP) — A man charged with the abduction of a University of Virginia student has been indicted in suburban Washington, D.C., with a 2005 rape, abduction and attempted capital murder.
     The indictment against Jesse L. Matthew Jr. was handed up Monday by a Circuit Court grand jury in Fairfax County.
     Matthew is being held in Charlottesville, Virginia, on a charged related to the Sept. 13 abduction of Hannah Graham, an 18-year-old from northern Virginia. 
      Law enforcement officials who have been searching for Graham found human remains over the weekend. The state medical examiner has not made a positive identification.

Danville man beaten, robbed:
(Danville, Va.) -- Danville Police are investigating a robbery that happened outside a local convenience market.
     Officers were called to the Joy Food Store on Riverside Drive to respond to an assault around 11:40 Sunday night.
Police say a man was leaving the store when someone attacked him from behind.
     The robbers made off with his cash. Police do not have a description of the robber, or robbers.
     The victim was taken to Danville Regional Medical Center.
     His injuries were not life-threatening.
(Photo: Leonard Harville)

North Carolina man killed in Henry Co. accident:
(Henry County, Va.) – Virginia State Police have identified the driver who was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Henry County about 3:30 Saturday afternoon.
   The trooper who investigated said Roy Kendrick, 81, ran off the right side of the road, overcorrected, and then ran off the left side of the road. The vehicle traveled down an embankment and crashed into a tree.
    Investigators say alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the wreck. 
    The crash remains under investigation.

Remains may be those of missing UVA student:
(Charlottesville, Va.) -- Human remains believed to be those of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham have been found, authorities announced Saturday evening.
     The 18-year old Graham of the Alexandria-area of Fairfax County, vanished in the early hours of Saturday Sept. 13. She was last seen by witnesses on the Downtown Mall with a man identified by police as Jesse L. Matthew Jr. of Charlottesville.
     Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo said authorities must still make a conclusive determination that the remains are Graham’s. But he said authorities have notified the teen’s family.
     Matthew was arrested in Texas last month in Graham’s disappearance and charged with abduction with intent to defile, indicating that police believe Matthew planned to sexually assault Graham. He is being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail without bond.
     Matthew has not spoken to investigators since Sept. 20, when he walked into the Charlottesville Police Department and asked to speak to a lawyer. Matthew’s attorney, James L. Camblos III, has declined to comment about details of his client’s case.


Pedestrian struck on Wooding Avenue:
(Danville, Va.) – Charges have been filed in a Friday afternoon accident that sent a pedestrian to the hospital. 
     Danville Police say two vehicles were racing in the 400 block of Wooding Avenue when the cars collided and left the roadway, striking a 20-year-old woman who was walking nearby. The pedestrian was taken to the hospital, where she was released following treatment.
     One of the drivers fled the scene but was apprehended a short time later. Police have since charged Jontay Edmund Coles of Danville with reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, and felony hit and run.
     The other driver, Eugene E. Glaze, was treated at Danville Regional Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. Charges against Glaze are pending.
     The wreck happened around 4:40 Friday afternoon. (Photos: Leonard Harville)

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