A Martinsville apartment building was destroyed by fire Saturday night, but all of the residents were able to get out safely. Firefighters were called to the Piedmont Community Services apartment complex on East Church Street about 8 p.m. The first units found heavy smoke and flames in the building. They were able to bring the fire under control but the building was a total loss. All of the occupants were out of the building when firefighters arrived; however, several were treated for minor injuries. The fire’s cause remains under investigation. The complex served as home for residents seeking housing as a result of substance abuse problems, disabilities or mental health issues.
A 15-year-old South Boston girl is recovering after she was shot over the weekend. South Boston Police and Halifax County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in the 1800 block of Spring Avenue and found the teenager suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. She was taken to Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital, where she was treated and released. Police say they were called to “a residence that had been shot into” just after 11:00 Saturday night. No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting. Police are offering a reward for information related to the incident.
Appalachian Power customers should be expecting a refund soon. The State Commission made the ruling back in April that kicks in on July 1st. No word on how much or how little the refund might be but whatever it is, you should see it by the end of the month.
The National Weather Service says heat index values will be from 100 to 105 degrees each afternoon on Monday and Tuesday and 95 to 100 each afternoon Wednesday through Friday. The forecast calls for a sunny and hot week with real temperatures of 94 Monday, 93 Tuesday, 91 Wednesday, and around 90 on Thursday and Friday. This weekend there will be a chance of showers and thunderstorms and cooler temperatures with highs 83 to 86.
Virginia State Police are investigating a crash in Nelson County that occured Saturday at about 4 p.m., and killed a Fancy Gap man. The single-vehicle crash occurred on the Blue Ridge Parkway, about 5.4 miles south of Route 814. A 2005 Toyota 4Runner that was traveling along the Blue Ridge Parkway when it first ran off the right side of the highway. The vehicle swerved back to the left, crossed over the highway, ran off the left side of the road and struck several trees.The driver, Douglas O. Reid, 65, of Fancy Gap, died at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to a Virginia State Police spokeswoman. Trooper T.M. Skehan is the investigating officer.
With the Fourth of July around the corner, it is important to keep safety in mind while using fireworks. Lieutenant Haynes with the Martinsville Fire Department reminds everyone to think before you light that firework and make sure that everyone around the area is safe and is in a safe place in case it falls over. Remember, sparklers burn at 1200 degrees and can cause severe burns, and the ones working the fireworks should remain sober. Alcohol only increases the chance of someone getting hurt.