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Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020
Henry County investigators were called to a fast food restaurant Monday morning after a body was found near a dumpster. A man’s body was discovered just after 7 a.m. behind the Kentucky Fried Chicken at 3500 Virginia Avenue in Collinsville. According to authorities, they responded to the scene and found a dead man wearing a black baseball cap, black t-shirt, blue coat, and blue jeans in the parking lot behind the restaurant. While the cause of death is undetermined, the sheriff’s office says the evidence at the scene could indicate a possible drug overdose. The body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the Western District of Virginia to determine the man’s identity, as well as the cause and manner of death.
A Henry County man is in jail, charged with shooting his brother in the back during an argument. Just before 3 a.m. Monday, someone from SOVAH Health Martinsville called 911 to tell authorities that a man being treated in their emergency room had been shot. Deputies with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded and talked with the victim, 41-year-old William Bradley Clark. Police determined that the victim was arguing with his 53-year-old brother, Tracy Dean Clark, who pulled a gun and shot him in the back. The younger Clark was treated initially in Martinsville and then flown to a Roanoke hospital. When deputies arrived at Clark’s home in Axton, he refused to surrender. Negotiators made several attempts to contact Clark and after about three hours, he was seen inside the home and taken into custody without incident. He is charged with malicious wounding and using a firearm during the commission of a felony. Clark is being held in the Henry County Jail without bond.
Virginia State Police Trooper W.W. McGraw is investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash in Pittsylvania County. The crash occurred Sunday at 1 a.m. on Berry Hill Road near Duncan Drive. A 2004 Volvo XC70 was traveling north through a curve in the 1200 block of Berry Hill Road when it ran off the right side of the highway and struck an embankment. The vehicle overturned and the driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle. The driver, Martin W. Rust, 48, of Danville, Va., was flown from the scene to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He died later Sunday morning at the hospital. The crash remains under investigation.
As the prospect of casino gambling generates headlines in Virginia, the state is moving forward with another form of wagering. The Virginia Lottery is now reviewing 25 applications for 12 mobile sports betting permits, and the first licenses could be issued by January or February.
Local hospitals are preparing for possible influxes of patients related to COVID-19. According to the Virginia Department of Health, Danville reported 29 new coronavirus cases as of November 23rd, the second-highest single-day total since March. The Southside’s two largest hospitals say they are prepared for any spike in patients. The presidents of Sovah Health Danville and Martinsville say there are plenty of beds and equipment available for all patients needing medical care. The two stress the importance of wearing a mask and maintaining a safe social distance from others.
Crews responded to a house fire in the Snug Harbor area of Moneta on Monday night. The occupants of the house on Spinnaker Way were able to get out safely, according to Bedford County authorities at the scene. As of 11:30 p.m. The fire was still burning, but crews had it under control. At this time, it’s not clear what caused the fire. The investigation is ongoing.
A pedestrian and motorcycle driver were severely injured in a Saturday evening crash in the Blairs community of Pittsylvania County, authorities report. It was shortly after 8:30 p.m. when volunteers responded to the collision at the intersection of U.S. 29 and Malmaison Road to find a pedestrian who was hit by a motorcycle. Both individuals suffered life-threatening injuries and were airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. One helicopter landed at the Blairs Fire and Rescue helipad and another at Chatham Middle School to fly the victims to Roanoke.
Canadian high pressure will drift across the region today providing fair weather and seasonably cool temperatures today. Low pressure developing in the Southern Plains will move toward the area tonight and Wednesday bringing increasing clouds today and widespread rain to the area beginning early Wednesday. This system will linger across the southeast states Thursday and Friday as another stronger weather system moves into the area this weekend. Mostly sunny today with a high of 52. Mostly cloudy tonight with a low of 35. 30% chance of showers Wednesday, cloudy with a high of 56.