Frost Likely in Many Areas Tonight

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News maFRANKLIN COUNTY - A cold weather pattern will continue to chip away at any early warmth so far this Spring. Temperatures overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning will be cold enough for frost. Early planters beware.

After highs in the middle 70s Monday, another strong cold front brought chilly air to the region Tuesday. Temperatures Tuesday afternoon were only in the 40s, some 30 degrees colder than just 24 hours ago. 

Huge temperature swings are not out of the normal for this area in early April. In years past, there has even been light snow and snow showers into the month. 

The set-up for Tuesday night's cold temperatures iwlll be clear skies, very dry air, and calm winds, allowing temperatures to drop fast over sunset. Lows in many areas will only be in the middle 20s. 

Any tender vegitation will need to be brought inside overnight and anything growing outside will need to be covered up.

The National Weather Service has a Freeze Warning in effect for Franklin County overnight

Wednesday will be warmer, with rain Wednesday night. 

However, more cold is on the way late Thursday night into Friday and Saturday. The jet stream will be dropping well to the south Friday into Saturday, with snow flurries in the mountains. 

Sunday starts a warming trend, with highs back into the 60s and 70s next week. 


State Trooper Shot, Killed in Line of Duty in Richmond

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

Update: 11 a.m. Friday - 

From the VSP:

RICHMOND, VA -  The male subject who shot Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer Thursday (March 31) has been identified as James Brown III, 34, of Aurora, Ill.

Trooper Dermyer is the 62nd Virginia State Police Trooper to be killed in the line of duty during the Department's 84-year history. In honor of Trooper Dermyer, his patrol car is currently on display in front of the Virginia State Police Administrative Headquarters in North Chesterfield County. (Photo attached)


Funeral arrangements are still pending at this time.



e698d6c6-d826-4f5e-ba14-ee69ab9f14aeFrom the VSP: RICHMOND, Va. – A Virginia State Police trooper has died as a result of his injuries after being shot Thursday afternoon (March 31) at the Greyhound Bus station in the 2900 block of North Boulevard in the City of Richmond.

At approximately 2:40 p.m. Thursday, Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a male subject just inside the front doors of the bus station. During the course of talking with the male subject, the male pulled out a handgun and shot the trooper multiple times. As the male subject continued firing his weapon, two state troopers, who were nearby, returned fire. The male suspect then moved into the terminal’s restaurant.

The shooter continued to be combative as police took him into custody and EMS crews tried to render aid to him. He was transported to VCU Medical Center, where he died later Thursday afternoon. His remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy and examination. State police have confirmed the male subject’s identification, but are still in the process of notifying his next of kin. His name will not be released until next of kin is formally notified. The suspect’s handgun was recovered at the scene.

During the course of the gunfire, two adult females inside the bus terminal were also shot. Both were transported to VCU Medical Center and are being treated for of non-life threatening injuries. No other law enforcement personnel or civilians were injured in the shooting.

Trooper Dermyer was among approximately a dozen state police troopers participating in a specialized training on criminal interdiction practices. They had completed the classroom instruction and were conducting field practicals at the time the shooting occurred. Trooper Dermyer’s encounter with the male subject was part of the training. Trooper Dermyer was in uniform at the time of the shooting. Trooper Dermyer, 37, was transported to VCU Medical Center, where he died later Thursday afternoon. Trooper Dermyer, a Jackson, Mich. native, graduated from the Virginia State Police Academy November 2014. His original patrol assignment was to the Chesapeake Division’s Area 46 Office, which encompasses the cities of Newport News and Hampton. He had just recently transferred to the state police Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Interdiction Unit. Prior to joining the state police, Trooper Dermyer served with the City of Newport News Police Department and the Jackson, Mich., Police Department. Trooper Dermyer also served our nation for four years with the U.S. Marine Corps. He is survived by his wife and two young children.

The City of Richmond Police Department immediately responded to the scene to assist State Police with securing the scene, interviewing witnesses and evidence collection. Additional law enforcement resources from the FBI, ATF, US Department of Homeland Security, US Marshals Service, and Henrico County Police responded to the scene to assist, as well.

The investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Two Arrested on Meth Charges

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

mwthDOE RUN - The Franklin County Sheriff's Department says they found an active meth cook in a home in the 1600 block of Tripple Creek Road in Rocky Mount, March 25.

Items from the meth lab were removed and tested with help from the Virginia State Police.

On March 30, acting on a search warrant, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office located meth and marijuana at a home on Doe Run Road in Rocky Mount and Kenz Tatto Shop.

Joseph Amos and Amanda Amos were both charged with possesion of meth.