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Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office warns residents of scam

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office is warning people of a scam they said is taking place in both Rockingham and Henry counties.

Deputies said one scammer will approach a home and pretend to be a Federal Emergency Management Agency agent to lure the homeowner outside.

While this is happening, deputies said another person will enter the home and steal items.

Deputies did not say how many times this has allegedly happened or any details on the suspects.

Authorities said if this happens to anyone, they should call 911 or the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office at (336) 634-3065.

Authorities release identities of fishermen missing on Belews Lake

STOKESDALE, N.C. — Authorities have released the identities of two men who went missing on a fishing trip Thursday morning at Belews Lake.

Jacob Allen Line, 27, and 44-year-old James Pascual Bohenstiel were reported missing Thursday, according to officials with Stokes County Emergency Services.

Rescuers from multiple agencies have been doing scuba, sonar radar and ground searches in hopes of finding the men.

A truck, boat trailer and boat were found and officials have determined that they belong to the missing fishermen. Personal items, including clothing, were also found in the vicinity of the boat.

Rescuers are focusing their search on an area where the boat and personal items were found, according to Stokes County Emergency Services Director Greg Collins.

The area is known as a “hot hole” and is near the Duke Power Steam Station where hot water comes out of the station and into the lake.

‘Wanted’ suspect sought after woman shot in Rockingham Co.

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — Authorities are looking for a man in connection with a shooting that occurred on Saturday in Ruffin.

Deputies say an 18-year-old Reidsville woman is recovering at the hospital after she was shot at the Mead Lake Apartments in Ruffin.

A warrant for arrest has been issued for Brent Deangelo Hairston of Eden. He is being charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill.

Hairston is known to frequent the Ruffin area of Rockingham County and should be considered armed and dangerous, deputies say.

Hairston is described as a 22-year-old black male, 5’8”, 200 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

He has “smile now die later” tattooed on his left arm, “Lord forgive me” on his left shoulder, “only God can judge me” on his right arm.

Discharge from Belews Creek power plant affects water quality

STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — On a small tributary of the Dan River, several miles upstream of the Rockingham County power plant owned by Duke Energy that contaminated the river with coal ash in February, sits another power plant, one of Duke’s largest.

It’s called the Belews Creek Steam Station, in southern Stokes County.

From this power plant, a coal-waste substance known as bromide, discharged legally into the tributary, has been causing trouble for the downstream town of Madison and the city of Eden, as well as buyers of Madison’s and Eden’s drinking water, such as Rockingham County and Henry County, Va., according to public-record emails between officials with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Rockingham Co. deputies searching for shooting suspect

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man in connection to a shooting that left another man injured.

Brent Deangelo Hairston has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill.

Deputies said they were called to Annie Penn Hospital in Reidsville shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday in reference to a gunshot wound.

An 18-year-old man from Reidsville had been hospitalized with a non-life-threatening injury from a shooting at Mead Lake Apartments in Ruffin, according to deputies.

Deputies have not released a motive in the shooting. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with any information can call the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office at (336) 634-3232 or Crimestoppers at (336) 349-9683.

Suspect sought for break-in at distillery near Madison

WENTWORTH, N.C. — Police are searching for a man in connection with a break-in to a business outside of Madison early Friday morning.

According to police, an unknown suspect made entry to the fenced area behind Piedmont Distillers, located at 3960 U.S. 220, and then pried a back door open to enter the facility.

The suspect activated an alarm during the incident.

At the time of the incident, the suspect was wearing blue shorts, a gray sweatshirt and black and white shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 336-349-9683.

FOX8 Investigates: Dan River coal ash spill cleanup

EDEN, N.C. — More than two months after the coal ash spill into the Dan River in Eden, state and Duke Energy officials continue to emphasize the time and money cleanup efforts will take.

In a March letter, Duke Energy pledged to move coal ash from and close the Dan River sites within thirty months.

The company has not released detailed long-term plans for its other sites yet.

“There’s still 14 disasters waiting to happen,” said Frank Holleman, senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center. “You do not have to have a doctorate to figure out this is a bad idea.”

Holleman pointed out two energy companies in South Carolina, Santee-Cooper and SCE&G. Both are working on coal ash excavations.

Santee-Cooper Spokesperson Mollie Gore says their company is proud of its proactive approach to moving dry and wet coal ash and making it marketable to cement and concrete companies.