Investigators Arrest Man for Meth, Oxycodone After Traffic Stop on Route 40 West

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

14199424 1068307353218131 4975341101683974336 nFRANKLIN CO. - The Franklin Co. Sheriff's Department says they discovered suspected solids from a one pot meth lab after a traffic stop on Route 40 Wednesday.

Investigators say they were informed that David Franklin Waid was driving illegally on Route 40 West of Rocky Mount Wednesday. When they spotted the vehicle, it made a quick right into the Goverment Center parking lot.

After searching the vehicle, investigators found  what they say are suspected solids from a one pot meth lab. Oxycodone and methamphetamine along with an unkown amount of poppy seeds were also found.

Rocky Mount police and the Virginia State Police helped in the search, arrest, and the recovery of hazardous chemicals.


Henry Woman Killed, Two Injured in Head-On Crash on Route 619

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

fatal-accident1FRANKLIN COUNTY - State police are investigating a head-on crash that killed a Henry woman Thursday night.


Leslie Neice, 49, died after the 1992 Buick Roadmaster she was driving crossed the center line of Route 619 and hit a 2015 Ford Edge head-on. The driver of the Ford and a child riding in the Buick were taken to the hospital, state police say.


Neice was not wearing her seatbelt. 


The accident happened at 7:46 p.m., just west of Clark Road. The state police reconstruction team was called to help with the crash investigation.




F.R.E.S.H. Coalition Teams Up with YMCA to Offer Drug/Alchohol-Free Dance for Middle School Students

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danceROCKY MOUNT – On Friday 8/19/16 the Fresh Coalition, Chill and YMCA partnered to offer a free event to middle school students. The event held at the YMCA featured a drug and alcohol free theme and was designed to give kids a safe and fun alternative to substance abuse. It featured a DJ, swimming, free snacks, a photographer, and information about substance abuse prevention. Around 125 students attended the event. 

The YMCA was set up to offer a “dance floor” with local basketball coach and Fresh Coalition member Tony Wright showcasing some dance moves and providing the music. There was a basketball area setup and inflatables for kids to race on. There was also an additional space setup for a local photographer to take group photos of students with their friends and class mates.

“It’s important to provide fun and active alternatives for county youth. This event is a great way to provide a social experience that focuses on fun,” says Regina Clark, a member of Fresh.

Fresh and the YMCA are both working towards decreasing the estimated 40% of Franklin County Youth who have experimented with drugs and alcohol. As a part of this broader mission the Fresh coalition offers family fun nights, after prom events and informational sessions to the community. The Y offers everything from swim lessons to all 2nd graders, to wellness programs, to mentoring and leadership programs for youth.

This was the third collaboration between Fresh and the Y which has included middle school dances and an after prom event. The ongoing partnership aims to give youth alternatives to negative behavior while helping to build stronger families and a stronger community.