Henry Co. Sheriff's Office Arrests Man for Starting Fires in Martinsville Wal-Mart

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

wrightOn April 1, 2017 the Henry County Department of Public Safety and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office identified the individual who started multiple fires inside Wal-Mart located at 976 Commonwealth Blvd., Martinsville VA on March 31, 2017.


With the assistance of the public the individual was identified as Joshua Wayne Wright, 25, of 30 Valley High Dr., Hardy, VA. Wright entered the Wal-Mart and intentional started fires in 4 different locations causing the store to be evacuated. There were no injuries as a result of the fires.


Joshua Wayne Wright was arrested and charged with 4 counts of Maliciously Burn a Store House and 1 count of 3rd or Subsequent Offence Shoplifting. All charges are felonies. Wright is currently being held in the Henry County Jail without bond.  


Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Henry County Department of Public Safety at 276-638-8751 or Crimestoppers at 63-CRIME (632-7463).  The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $2500.00 for information related to crime.  The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.


Sheriff's Dept. Seeing an Increase of Break-Ins, Theft in Snow Creek... Special Meeting Scheduled April 4

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

breakingandenteringgraphic-genericSNOW CREEK - Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton will be holding a special meeting on April 4 at the Snow Creek Elementary School to discuss an increase in theft and break ins in the area.

"In the past week or so, we are seeing an increase in break-ins and larcenies in the Snow Creek area," Overton said. "I want to speak directly with those residents in this section of our county."

The meeting will start at 7 p.m.



Sports Physicals Offered to Middle, High School Students in May

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

physician-finder-banner-photoROCKY MOUNT - Franklin County High School Athletics will be working with Carilion Orthopedics to provide sports physicals for area high school and middle school students this year on May 20 at 11:00 AM at the ION complex located at 2331 Franklin Road in Roanoke.

“This is a change for us but one that we are hopeful will be able to provide more comprehensive information to accompany sports physicals”, states Head Athletic Trainer Angela White of the change. 

This change is coming after Franklin County High School participated pediatric cardiac study Carilion conducted last year as part of the sports physicals hosted at the high school. Franklin County will be providing transportation to and from Roanoke for students who are getting a physical at ION. Permission slips and pages one, two and four of the VHSL physical must be completed before students will be allowed to board the bus which will depart from Central Gym promptly at 10:00 AM on May 20.

The deadline to reserve a spot for provided transportation is May 12. Provided transportation is not mandatory, if athletes choose to utilize their own transportation they are asked to arrive at ION no later than 10:45 AM on May 20. The cost for physicals is $15.00 with proceeds going to the Franklin County Sports Medicine program as part an ongoing fundraiser.

Per VHSL regulations, current sports physicals are valid through June 30 and physicals for the 2017-2018 academic year must be dated after May 1, 2017. Students must have a current VHSL physical on file to participate in tryouts, out of season conditioning or open gyms.

Please contact the Franklin County Athletic Department at 540-483-5332 or via email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or to reserve a spot for transportation.