Local News updated by 7:30 a.m. and periodically throughout the day
Monday, Aug. 3, 2020
A flash flood watch is in effect from 2 p.m. this afternoon through Tuesday evening for north central North Carolina, northwest North Carolina, central Virginia, south central Virginia and west central Virginia. Scattered thunderstorms could also become severe and produce damaging winds. Significant amounts of rainfall are expected to begin across the forecast area today into Tuesday as a result of an approaching cold front, deep tropical moisture, and the outer circulation of Tropical Storm Isaias moving northward along the Florida and Georgia shoreline to eastern Virginia by Tuesday. Small creeks and streams could rise quickly today and flash flooding can be expected in areas of quick heavy rainfall. From 2 to 4 inches of rainfall is expected in the included counties with locally higher amounts possible. The forecast calls for an 80% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms today and tomorrow and 90% overnight. Look for a high of 82 today and 84 tomorrow. Tonight’s overnight low will be 67.
Virginia State Police is investigating a fatal crash in Henry County. Police say the crash happened on Saturday, Aug. 1 at 3:30 p.m. on A.L. Philpott Highway near Rocky Knoll Road. According to police, a 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling east on Philpott Highway when the vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway and hit a ditch. The vehicle overturned several times. The driver of the Jeep was identified as George Pierre Greer, 58, of Martinsville. Police say Greer was wearing his seatbelt and died at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.
A person was found dead slumped over in the parking lot of a Martinsville laundromat Saturday, according to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. A call came in reporting an individual was found bent over behind The Scrub Board Laundry (2038 Rives Rd.) shortly before 5:30 p.m. in a 1999 Honda Odyssey van. Officials followed by processing the vehicle and performing a cursory search of the immediate area. The body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the Western District of Virginia for an autopsy.
A man died wakeboarding Saturday on Smith Mountain Lake near the Highland Lake Subdivision in the Union Hall area of Franklin County, according to Franklin County Public Safety. A call came in at around 5:40 p.m. reporting the incident. According to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the victim has been identified as Max Bouldin, 23 of Mississippi, who was visiting with friends. VDGIF says the victim was reported as unconscious, but breathing at first. Officials are awaiting an autopsy for details surrounding the cause of death.
This week is the last week of the shortened season in the Coastal Plain League due to COVID-19. Martinsville will play at home today against the HiToms, then they will hit the road for a game against Peninsula on Thursday and the HiToms on Friday. The team will wrap up the season with a home game Saturday against the HiToms. All games are at 7 p.m. The Mustangs are 6-8 in league play, 3 games behind Wilson. They are 18-10-1 overall.
Yesterday there were 25 new cases in Pittsylvania County, 16 in Danville, 9 in Henry County, 4 in Patrick County, 4 in Franklin County and 1 in Martinsville.