Ferrum Man Arrested After Deputies Find Crystal Meth During Traffic Stop

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

crystalmethFERRUM - A traffic stop last Thursday, December 27 led to the arrest of a man investigators with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department say had crystal meth in the car he was driving. 

Bobby Perdue, 32, of Ferrum was arrested for possession of a schedule I or II substance after being stopped in the 1000 block of Brown Hill Road in Ferrum. After searching the vehicle, investigators found a plastic Ziploc bag with a crystalline substance in it. The sustance later tested positive for methamphetamine, according to Captain Phillip Young. 

Perdue has been released on $5000 bond. 


Driver of Tractor Trailer Charged in Crash that Killed Martinsville Man

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

PATRICK COUNTY - Virginia State Police say one man was killed in a two-vehicle crash last Saturday morning, December 29.

A 2007 Frieghtliner tractor trailer was traveling south on Route 8 when it crossed the center line and struck a 2002 Chevy Silverado traveling north, state police say.

Charles Sellers, 65, of Martinsville died at the scene.

The driver of the tractor trailer, Joseph Deleo, Jr., 46, of Bassett was not injured. Deleo has been charged with reckless driving. Both men were wearing their seatbelts, police say.

The crash happened at 8:49 a.m. almost a half mile north of Route 618 in Patrick County and remains under investigation. 


School Board Road to Remain Closed Through Feb. 8

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

schoolbrdroadROCKY MOUNT - The town of Rocky Mount says they will need until February 8 to fix a damaged and eroded culvert pipe on School Board Road. The road closure just past Sheetz to the Franklin Co. School's Transportation Department will remain in effect until then.

The closure will affect school buses, Franklin Heights Baptist Church members, and Franklin Heights residents. 

The upper end of School Board Road by Rocky Mount Elementary will still be used as a detour.

The closure comes following a year of record rainfall in the region. In 2018, Roanoke picked up a total of 62. 46" of rain, the most rain ever recorded in the area. In neighboring Martinsville, 72.95" of rain fell in 2018, a record for the area as well. Rainfall in Rocky Mount and Franklin County in 2018 ranged from 60-70". 

A dry weather pattern will start on Saturday and last through next Friday.