Two Franklin County Men Charged Following Fatal Shooting of Teenager

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

AllynRiddleFRANKLIN COUNTY - Two Franklin County men are facing second degree murder charges after a shooting that left a Rocky Mount teenager dead August 18.

Investigators say they responded to a 9-1-1 call in the 400 block of Beechdale Road in Rocky Mount. They found Allyn Riddle, 18, of Rocky Mount dead after being shot.

Two suspects have been arrested following evidence that included information from a condifential source.

Aaron Seth Dean, 20, of Callaway and John Isaiah Hodges, 19, of Rocky Mount have both been charged with second degree murder.

Anyone with information on the homicide is enouraged to call the Franklin County Sheriff's Office at 540-352-5174. 



Warren Street Festival Honors African American Culture, History

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

CorettaWrnStrDuring the weekend of August 18-19, the Office of the Sheriff participated in the 18th Annual Warren Street Festival, Rocky Mount. This event celebrates the African American heritage in Rocky Mount and Franklin County. Deputy Coretta Hale was on hand to greet the public. The Warren Street Festival is always a place to enjoy culture, food, music and fellowship.


YMCA Seeks Community Support for Swim Program

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

SecondGradeSwinROCKY MOUNT – The Y’s second grade swim program is about to enter its fourth year of providing water safety and swim lessons to all public school second
graders, free of charge. The program is provided as a means of ensuring that all county youth are able to stay safe around local lakes, rivers and pools, and to avoid drowning in a water emergency.

“As someone who almost drowned as a kid I understand how important it is for students to learn basic water safety,” says Kameron Kitts, Aquatics Director at the YMCA.

This year the Y plans to teach up to 600 second graders in the SAW, or safety around water program. The Y hires additional aquatics instructors and lifeguards, in addition to its normal aquatics staff, to provide high quality instruction in a safe environment. To offset these additional expenses, the Y has been running a special campaign to raise funds.

“It’s a big program and requires community support to make it happen. We’ve had some great sponsors and support already this year but have a little farther to go to fully fund the program,” says Kitts.
Nationally, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death, and one of every five fatal drownings is a child 14yrs or younger. Up to 70% of second graders in Franklin County aren’t able to pass the introductory swim test, which means that they wouldn’t be able to save themselves in a water emergency. By the end of the two week program, 88% of the students are able to float for 30 seconds or more or swim a 5 foot distance, which is
statistically proven to save lives.

Donations to the program can be made through the Franklin County YMCA’s website or mailed to P.O. Box 720, Rocky Mount VA 24151. All donations to the Y and this program are tax deductible.

“We’re looking forward to another year with the county’s second graders and hope the community will help support this vital program,” says Kitts.