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Saturday, November 29, 2014
Updated 11/29/14 @ 12:05 am

Another case of animal abandonment:
(Keeling, Va.) --
The Danville Area Humane Society is looking for the person who left a young, injured Chihuahua puppy in a sealed box and leaving the box at a dumpster site.
          On Thanksgiving Day, a man who was dumping some trash at the Mount Tabor dumpster site in Pittsylvania County heard a noise, and upon investigation, found the puppy in the box.  He kept the puppy overnight and brought him to the humane society animal shelter in Danville early today.
          Humane Society Executive Director Paulette Dean says the puppy appears to be sick and injured and is now being treated at Animal Medical Center.
          Dean says Animal Abandonment is a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by 12 months in jail, a fine of up to $2,500, either or both.  Anyone with information can call 799-0843---callers may remain anonymous.  A reward is being offered through private donations.

Pitt. Co. Supervisor schedules pipeline hearing:
(Gretna, Va.) -- Folks in the northern part of Pittsylvania County have a chance tomorrow night to learn more about the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline.
          Board of Supervisors member Jerry Hagerman will host a community information meeting from six-to-eight pm at the Gretna Volunteer Fire Department.  He’s invited Joseph Waldo---an attorney who specializes in private property rights, to answer questions from landowners.
          The 300-mile long pipeline would start in Wetzel County, West Virginia, and end at the Williams Transco compressor station in Chatham. Its a joint venture between NextEra Energy and EQT Corporation.  They have pre-filed for the project’s approval with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
          MVP has sought permission from about 120 landowners in Pittsylvania County to perform environmental and cultural resource surveys on their properties. A spokesman tells the Register and Bee they have reached mutual easement agreements with landowners in about 98 percent of cases.
          Rights-of-way for the 36- to 42-inch pipeline would be 125 feet during construction and about 75 feet once the line is operational. The pipeline will be buried about three to four feet below the surface.

Charges filed in child's death:
(Danville, Va.) --
Danville Police have filed charges in a toddler’s death last week…and more charges could be on the way.
          28-year old Michael James Gill is in the Danville City Jail under a $50,000 bond. He’s charged with felony abuse and neglect in the death of 20-month old Aleigha Grace Sadler.  An autopsy showed her death was a homicide from blunt force trauma.
          Gill lived with Sadler’s mother, Jessica on West Woodlawn Drive. When emergency responders arrived last Thursday, they found Aleigha unresponsive on the floor. Doctors soon discovered multiple bruises, a brain bleed and a mark on her cheek.
          She was taken to Danville Regional Medical Center before being flown to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment. Sadler died Sunday afternoon.
          A search warrant shows investigators spent most of Tuesday afternoon at the home, looking weapons that could cause blunt force trauma.  Police took pictures of the house, they also seized a metal pipe, a baseball bat and two sections of wall panels.

Store clerk robbed at knifepoint:
(Danville, Va.) -- Danville Police are investigating an armed robbery.  Lt-John Henderson says the call came in just before Midnight Wednesday from the Citgo on North Main Street. The 23 year old clerk said as she was closing the store, a man walked in and pulled a knife. He demanded all of the money and lottery tickets. He took an undisclosed amount of cash then ordered the clerk to get down on the floor. The robber left the store, crossing North Main. He’s a young black male with a light complexion---about 5’ 6”, 120lbs.  He was wearing dark colored clothing, including a hooded coat.  The clerk was not hurt.

Study estimates cost of Coal Ash Spill:
(Winston-Salem, N.C.) -- A Wake Forest professor estimates monetary damage from the Coal Ash spill into the Dan River at 300 (m) million dollars.  And he says it could go even higher.
          Research Biologist Dennis Lemly says the figure is based on measures taken six months after the February spill from Duke Energy’s former power plant in Eden.
          Lemly says the spill mostly harmed mussels and other aquatic life that survive in river bottoms. That stretch of river near Eden is home to a rare fish and mussel that have been declared endangered species, and another mussel that is being considered for protection.
          There are also concerns about longer-term harm to fish and species at the bottom of the food chain, which could work its way up the food chain.
          Earlier this week, the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources reported promising new test results showing that aquatic insects "appear to be thriving" downstream of the Eden plant.


The latest Riverwalk expansion plans

Council to vote on Riverwalk extensions:
(Danville, Va.) -- Danville City Council next week will weigh in on the latest portion of the Riverwalk Trail.
          The Federal Highway Administration has awarded Danville $200,000 in funding for the Riverwalk-Sandy River trail project.  The Riverwalk Master Plan includes an extension of the Riverwalk along the north side of the Dan River to the Robertson Bridge. 
          The recently completed Phase II brought the trail to the former Danville Plaza.  This will extend the trail across the Sandy River on a 115-foot bridge, continuing via a 300-foot boardwalk to Commerce Street. 
          Planners call this a critical portion of the Riverwalk, linking the trail to the Trade Street area and leaving only one section left to connect it with the Robertson Bridge.
          Meantime, city leaders are ready to accept bids to run a multi-use trail across the Martin Luther King Memorial Bridge. 
          Plans call for the Riverwalk Trail to extend from the Main Street Plaza across the river; linking with the Riverwalk Trail on the north side.  They’ll need a pedestrian crosswalk signal at Patton and Bridge Streets.
          Last year, the City got an $800,000 matching revenue sharing grant to build the Main Street Plaza.  There’s about $400,000 left over that can be used for this extension.
          Danville's Riverwalk continues to be the community's most used outdoor recreation asset, attracting as many as 300,000 trail users annually.

Chamber of Commerce urges local Christmas shopping:
(Danville, Va.) -- Local business leaders are reminding area shoppers, “it’s all here." The annual promotional campaign from the Danville-Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce is trying to entice locals to do more of their Christmas shopping close to home. Chamber Executive Director Laurie Moran says when you shop locally, we all benefit. And Moran says with new specialty stores opening up and the continued development of the River District, there are fewer and fewer items that can NOT be found locally.  Moran says their recent Southside Show-Biz Trade show allowed the Chamber to highlight some of those shops.  Moran says you also save money on gas---not to mention time, when you shop locally.

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.

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