State Trooper Shot, Killed in Line of Duty in Richmond

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

Update: 11 a.m. Friday - 

From the VSP:

RICHMOND, VA -  The male subject who shot Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer Thursday (March 31) has been identified as James Brown III, 34, of Aurora, Ill.

Trooper Dermyer is the 62nd Virginia State Police Trooper to be killed in the line of duty during the Department's 84-year history. In honor of Trooper Dermyer, his patrol car is currently on display in front of the Virginia State Police Administrative Headquarters in North Chesterfield County. (Photo attached)


Funeral arrangements are still pending at this time.



e698d6c6-d826-4f5e-ba14-ee69ab9f14aeFrom the VSP: RICHMOND, Va. – A Virginia State Police trooper has died as a result of his injuries after being shot Thursday afternoon (March 31) at the Greyhound Bus station in the 2900 block of North Boulevard in the City of Richmond.

At approximately 2:40 p.m. Thursday, Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a male subject just inside the front doors of the bus station. During the course of talking with the male subject, the male pulled out a handgun and shot the trooper multiple times. As the male subject continued firing his weapon, two state troopers, who were nearby, returned fire. The male suspect then moved into the terminal’s restaurant.

The shooter continued to be combative as police took him into custody and EMS crews tried to render aid to him. He was transported to VCU Medical Center, where he died later Thursday afternoon. His remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy and examination. State police have confirmed the male subject’s identification, but are still in the process of notifying his next of kin. His name will not be released until next of kin is formally notified. The suspect’s handgun was recovered at the scene.

During the course of the gunfire, two adult females inside the bus terminal were also shot. Both were transported to VCU Medical Center and are being treated for of non-life threatening injuries. No other law enforcement personnel or civilians were injured in the shooting.

Trooper Dermyer was among approximately a dozen state police troopers participating in a specialized training on criminal interdiction practices. They had completed the classroom instruction and were conducting field practicals at the time the shooting occurred. Trooper Dermyer’s encounter with the male subject was part of the training. Trooper Dermyer was in uniform at the time of the shooting. Trooper Dermyer, 37, was transported to VCU Medical Center, where he died later Thursday afternoon. Trooper Dermyer, a Jackson, Mich. native, graduated from the Virginia State Police Academy November 2014. His original patrol assignment was to the Chesapeake Division’s Area 46 Office, which encompasses the cities of Newport News and Hampton. He had just recently transferred to the state police Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Interdiction Unit. Prior to joining the state police, Trooper Dermyer served with the City of Newport News Police Department and the Jackson, Mich., Police Department. Trooper Dermyer also served our nation for four years with the U.S. Marine Corps. He is survived by his wife and two young children.

The City of Richmond Police Department immediately responded to the scene to assist State Police with securing the scene, interviewing witnesses and evidence collection. Additional law enforcement resources from the FBI, ATF, US Department of Homeland Security, US Marshals Service, and Henrico County Police responded to the scene to assist, as well.

The investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Two Arrested on Meth Charges

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

mwthDOE RUN - The Franklin County Sheriff's Department says they found an active meth cook in a home in the 1600 block of Tripple Creek Road in Rocky Mount, March 25.

Items from the meth lab were removed and tested with help from the Virginia State Police.

On March 30, acting on a search warrant, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office located meth and marijuana at a home on Doe Run Road in Rocky Mount and Kenz Tatto Shop.

Joseph Amos and Amanda Amos were both charged with possesion of meth.



SML Wine Festival Moves to the Water

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

c1f5e884-eabe-46a0-86c2-dc051be66518Organizers of the Annual Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival in September say this year's festival will be held at Crazy Horse Marina. 

Although the size of the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival is substantial today (12,000-13,000 attendees), it traces back to humble beginnings in 1989 at The Manor at Taylor’s Store. It

expanded from one-day to two when it moved to Bernard’s Landing in 1991. It moved to LakeWatch Plantation in 2008.


Now in its 28th year, the Wine Festival moves to its fourth home at Crazy Horse Marina for 2016. Today, the event has a significant positive economic impact on local businesses by attracting

visitors to the Lake during the off-peak season.





824f8414-efe3-4655-9cae-8d99bcc40424Wine Festival Sites

 The Manor at Taylor’s Store (1989-1990)

 Bernard’s Landing (1991-2007)

 LakeWatch Plantation (2008-2015)

 Crazy Horse Marina (2016)

 Bring the Wine Festival back to the Lake for the 50th Anniversary of SML.

 Crazy Horse Marina offers a fabulous, lake-side setting with all the amenities and an easy-

    to-access location.

 Strong interest by Wine Festival fans in holding it at a waterside venue.

 Sat./Sun., Sept. 24-25, 2016

 Crazy Horse Marina, 400 Crazy Horse Dr., Moneta

 29 wineries, 80 crafters, 20 food vendors, live music

 Chalets available for private parties, VIP tickets, General Admission tickets available.

 Advance Tickets go on sale in June at

Parking Prerequisite Specifications:

- Must be a Non-Profit Organization to apply

- Must have 25 volunteers and 5 back-up people

- Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age


- Application must be completed and submitted by 5:00 pm, Friday, May 31, 2016.

For an application, e-mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  .