The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
|BREAKING NEWS: Possible human remains found off Philpott Road
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer|
What appear to be human remains were found in the Henry section of Franklin County Thursday afternoon.
The remains have been sent to the medical examiner's office in Roanoke for identification, according to Lt. Phillip Young with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.
The remains were found off Philpott Road, the same area where a burned vehicle was found on Oct. 6 with the remains of Vicky Habour Purdy inside, Young said.
Purdy's death has been ruled a homicide, but the cause of her death has not been released.
Investigators have been searching for Ricky Eugene Dodson, 51, of Bassett in connection with the case since early October. Dodson was reportedly seen with Purdy a couple of days before she disappeared.
Dodson is not considered a suspect in the case, Young said.
|Pigg River Dam removal nearly complete
|The structure was built in the 1920s for the town’s water treatment plant|
Crews contracted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service have demolished the low-head dam on the Pigg River, eliminating a dangerous hydraulic that presented a hazard to boaters and anglers.
The lead contractor, Shenandoah Streamworks, started work Monday, creating an access ramp to get heavy equipment to the dam. That access point will remain, giving the public better, safer access to the Pigg River after the dam removal work is complete, according to Assistant Town Manager Matt Hankins.
That access point, which will have a covered surface, creates an additional removal area for canoes and kayaks, Hankins said. It will also be used by equipment to make repairs to the veterans' park stream bank on Old Furnace Creek, separate work that is expected to begin in mid-to-late 2014.
|Two Chatham men plead guilty in Doyle Enterprises case
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer|
Two Chatham men face up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday in Franklin County Circuit Court to possession of burglary tools and trespassing for breaking into Doyle Enterprises in August.
Curtis Wayne Martin, 36, and Gary Dean Moss, 57, entered the pleas through an agreement that reduced their felony breaking and entering charges to misdemeanor trespassing charges.
While conducting surveillance at the former sewing factory shortly after 1 a.m. on Aug. 26, Sgt. Kelvin Pruett with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office observed a pickup truck enter the parking lot and pull to the back of the building, according to Investigator Eric Ingram.
Pruett then heard a garage door open and close at the back of the building, and he observed a suspect walking around back with a flashlight near the water tank, Ingram said.
|No one injured in three residential fires |
|Damage to structures estimated at $425,000|
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer|
No injuries were reported from three structure fires over the Thanksgiving holiday.
The first one occurred on Nov. 26 when a fire started in the basement of a remodeled log cabin on Fork Mountain Road, according to Franklin County Fire Marshal Bennie Russell.
Although the cause of the fire has not been determined, the fire originated near a wood stove, Russell said. The flames burned through the floor of the living room and up the wall around the chimney.
A neighbor reported the fire about 4:30 p.m.
Firefighters from Fork Mountain, Henry, Rocky Mount and Fieldale-Collinsville had the blaze under control within 30 minutes, but due to the large logs inside the home, they remained on the scene for three and a half hours, Russell said.
|RMPD conducts annual Christmas food drive |
|Donate nonperishable food items through Dec. 16|
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer|
The Rocky Mount Police Department is conducting its 24th annual food drive from now through Dec. 16.
The public is encouraged to drop off canned and non-perishable food items or monetary donations at the police department at 1250 North Main Street.
All canned items must have a label on the can.
Arrangements can be made for the pickup of large donations by calling the RMPD at 540-483-9275.
The food will be distributed on Dec. 20 to families in the community whom the police department knows to have fallen on hard times.
"With the monetary donations, anything we are lacking in canned food, we can go out and buy," said Regina Stanley, administrative assistant for the RMPD.