Truck Driver Charged in Boones Mill Crash on 220

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

yourwelcomeBOONES MILL - State police have charged a Christiansburg man with failure to drive on the right side of the roadway following a crash that backed up traffic for miles near Boones Mill Tuesday.

According to state police, Anthony Wright, 39, of Salem was traveling north on 220 when the 2007 Freightliner tractor trailer he was operating ran off the left side of the road and overturned. The crash happened around 5 a.m. at Naff Road and 220.

Wright was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured in the crash.

The left lane of 220 was closed as crews worked to clear the wreckage, backing up traffic during the morning commute. Many people said via social media that it took over an hour to get through the traffic.


Investigators Make an Arrest After Body Found in Boones Mill

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

18195086 1207512179358079 7231464764468748021 nBOONES MILL - The Franklin County Sheriff's Department has made an arrest after a woman's body was discovered by Shentel workers on May 3 in a wooded area off of Murray Knob. The body was indentified as Brittany Freeny who was reported missing in Roanoke by her family the day before. 

Investigators say Lamarre Camper, 49, of Roanoke is suspected of setting fire to the vehicle that he and Freeny were last seen in. Camper has been charged  Camper was located in Raleigh, NC. More charges are pending as the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with additional tips or information is asked to call Captain Caldwell at the FCSO at 540-352-5174.



Smith Mountain Lake Neighborhood Hit By Damaging Winds Overnight

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

18339278 10210048860277246 412637491 oMONETA - People living off of Route 655 in Bedford County near Smith Mountain Lake are cleaning up this morning while still trying to figure out exactly what blew through their area.

"It was intense," Desiree Vermillion said in a Facebook message right after the storm blew through. "My whole body was shaking."

A line of severe thunderstorms developed around 2:30 this morning, embedded within the already heavy rain that was falling. The NWS in Blacksburg issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Northern Henry County, Eastern Franklin County, NW Pittsylvania County, Bedford County, and SW Campbell County at 2:45 a.m. 

Vermillion was asleep as the storm approached and barely had enough time to get into safe shelter. 

"My boyfriend woke me up and said to get our son to the bathtub, but we couldn't go that way because the window blew through," she said.

Numerous trees were uprooted and snapped, many of the trees were very large. There is damage to her roof, and her windows were blown out. Power poles are down as well.

18337248 10210048862557303 776982646 nVermillion says she heard a loud noise as the storm blew through and thinks the storm may have been a tornado.

"The wind blew through at two different directions," Vermillion explained. "After the line of trees going up the road, there is no damage. None at all. Untouched."


The ingredients were in place for rotation in the severe storms that moved through. There was broad rotation on radar at the time of the storm. The setup included a warm front advancing north through the area with very fast mid level winds blowing out of the south on top of SE winds at the surface. The NWS will have to confirm whether or not the damage is from a tornado or straight-line winds. Both can cause major damage. 

While the sun may come out Friday, the same storm system will still be spinning to our west, so additional bands of rain and storms are possible into Saturday, though not as widespread as the 1-3" of rain overnight.