Bear Hits and Overturns Car on 220 in Boones Mill

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

bear1BOONES MILL - The Boones Mill Volunteer Fire/EMS squad says all three people riding in a car that overturned after being hit by a black bear walked away from the crash Sunday night, according to their Facebook page.

The black bear ran onto 220 into the side of the vehicle, the post says. The vehicle overturned.

All three people in the vehicle were wearing their seatbelts.

The bear died of its injuries.

The latest incident with a black bear adds to several bear sightings throughout the Roanoke Valley and Franklin County this year, including one at Franklin County High School earlier in the Summer.

"Always buckle up," the Facebook post said.




Local Law Enforcement Hosting 'National Night Out' Tuesday

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

NationalNightOutFRANKLIN COUNTY - The Franklin County Sheriff's Office along with the Rocky Mount Police Department will be hosting National Night Out events Tuesday, August 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Department will be in Westlake in the parking lot behind Wendy's off of 122.

The Rocky Mount Police Department will be set up at the Franklin County Family YMCA in Rocky Mount.

There will be family and kid-friendly activities including face painting, free hot dogs, bounce houses, and music.

Officers and deputies will be giving K-9 demonstrations. 

The sheriff's department will be showing their crime van, their emergency reposponse team van, boat patrol and motorcycle patrol.

There will be give-aways as well.



Bassett Woman Killed in Crash on Route 220

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

220crashFORK MOUNTAIN - State police are investigating a crash that killed a Bassett woman Tuesday afternoon. 

A 1987 Jeep Wrangler was traveling west on Fork Mountain Road when it failed to stop and pulled into the path of an oncoming Volvo tractor trailer. The Jeep was hit by the tractor trailer and overturned, state police say.

The driver of the Jeep, Angela Martin, 68, of Bassett died at the scene. Martin was improperly restrained at the time of the crash, only wearing the lap belt but not the shoulder belt. A 7-year-old in the Jeep was not injured.

The driver of the tractor trailer, Ralph Elio, 65, of North Babylon, NY was not injured.

No charges are expected. The crash remains under investigation.