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Wirtz Man Charged After Investigators Find Cocaine and Meth In Home

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

PatrickLynnBowmanWIRTZ - The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says a search warrant led them to a drug arrest in Wirtz Wednesday night. 

The search warrant was executed in the 100 block of Blackbird Lane for illegal distribution of narcotics, according to Captain Philip Young in a news release. 

Investigators found 29 grams of cocaine, 10 grams of meth, and $1,944 in cash in the home, Young said.

Patrick Bowman, 50, was charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute a schedule I or schedule II substance and is being held in the Franklin County jail without bond.

Jessica Clark was also inside the home and was charged with two counts of possession of a schedule I or schedule II substance.

The investigation is ongoing and more charges could be pending, Young said. 

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4-6" of Rain Thursday Floods Windy Gap Area

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

MOUNT PLEASANT - Slow-moving thunderstorms developed along a stalled front Thursday evening and dumped several inches of rain on already saturated ground, causing flooding in and around Windy Gap Mountain Thursday night. Part of Route 116 was under water near the Parkway with several spots seeing water flowing over the road. More rain is on the way through Friday night with more flooding possible. 

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Gretna Woman Killed in Crash on 220 Tuesday

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

crashbackgroundFRANKLIN COUNTY - State police have identified the woman killed in an accident on 220 Tuesday afternoon just south of Route 693 in Franklin County.

Janice Haley, 28, was driving a 2001 Saturn south on 220 when the car ran off the left side of the roadway, crossed the median and hit a 2005 F-150 pickup truck traveling northbound. Haley was wearing her seatbelt. 

The accident happened around 3:25 p.m., state police say. Both northbound lanes of 220 were closed for about an hour and a half Tuesday afternoon.

The driver of the truck, Keith McConnell, 47, of Glade Hill was transported for injuries. He was not wearing his seatbelt, state police say.

The crash is still under investigation.