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Investigators Find $90,000 in Meth in Bassett Man's Home

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

JoshuaToddArringtonBASSETT - The Henry County Sheriff's Office says they found drugs, firearms, body armor and thousands of rounds of ammunition at the home of a Bassett man in the 700 block of Melrose Drive Friday after an undercover drug investigation.

Investigators say they found around $90,000 worth of meth, heroin, 14 illegally possessed firearms, over 1,000 rounds of ammunition, ballistic body armor, $8,900 in cash, and "multiple vehicles used to distribute narcotics" Friday after executing a search warrant. 

Joshua Todd Arrington, 29 has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, felony possession a controlled substance while also possessing a firearm and felony possession a firearm after being convicted of a violent felony. 

Arrington is being held inthe Henry County Jail without bond. 

The Henry County Department of Public Safety, Martinsville Police Department, FBI and DEA helped in the execution of the search warrant. 

Anyone with information on drug trafficing can contact the Henry County Sheriff's Department Crimestoppers at (276) 63-CRIME (276-632-7463). The Crimestopper Program offers rewards up to $2,500. 

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CASA Volunteer's 4-Month Kayaking Journey Has Already Raised $22,000

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

kayakingsml3SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE - What began in April as four-month, 500+mile kayaking journey to increase awareness and financial support for the Southern VA Child Advocacy Center (CASA), is recognizing a significant milestone; the completion of 300 miles!

Notably ahead of schedule, Sue Gallagher, 68, a Smith Mountain Lake resident and CASA volunteer for the agency, is channeling her efforts and engaging local residents of the lake to champion children’s safety as a vision for the region. Her campaign on April 7 and has shared unique and often unseen highlights of Smith Mountain Lake on the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kayakingSMLforKidsSake/.

From sea planes to waterfalls, Gallegher's journey has captured not only the natural beauty, but the adventure Smith Mountain Lake has to offer.

Mrs. Gallagher, reflects on the incredible generosity of others from dock workers who have offered her donations during their lunch break, to residents who have opened their homes for restroom and leg stretching breaks, to those who help with transporting her to and from beginning and end points. She recognizes the assistance of her family and friends who continue to stand with her through as the journey unfolds.

To date, the campaign has provided hundreds of individuals the opportunity to learn more about prevention and treatment strategies for child abuse and neglect, as well as raising over $22,000 to support the services at the child advocacy center. From the individual donations received to the event
sponsors to the businesses that have engaged in supportive activities, like paddle boarding competitions and selling $5 pinwheels to make event wreaths, CASA is thankful. 


“The need for our services is real and unfortunately continuing to exceed our capacity,” said Joyce Moran, Executive Officer at the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center. We currently have 9 children who need advocates and we will have to triage their cases until other advocates become available for assignment or we can train more CASA volunteers."


For more information on the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center, visit www.southernvacac.org. Training for Court Appointed Special Advocates begins late this summer. To make a donation in support of Kayaking SML for Kid’s Sake go to the agency’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/svcac4kids/ or mail checks, made payable to Southern Virginia CAC, to Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center, to 300 South Main Street, Rocky Mount, VA 24151.

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Three Franklin Co. Deputies Graduate from Cardinal Academy in Salem

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

sheriff groupSALEM - Three deputies graduated from the Cardinal Academy in Salem Wednesday (May 30). Each officer endured weeks of training on legal concepts, practical scenarios, traffic stops, physical and defensive tactics, and investigative techniques along with hundreds of mandatory standards set by the State of Virginia. 

"I am so proud of each one of these officers for their outstanding accomplishments in completing their basic training," Sheriff Bill Overton said. "The residents of Franklin County will be professionally served by these deputies."

Pictured from left to right are: Deputy Howard Ziegler; road patrol, Sheriff Bill Overton, Deputy Amy Galliher; corrections, and Deputy Wes Parker; corrections.

"As proud as their families surely are of them today, I am equally honored to be their sheriff. We will watch them become the role models for our department and the community we live in."