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Police seek leads in Rockingham Co. business break-ins, vandalism

WENTWORTH, N.C. — Police are searching for leads on two break-ins at a business in Eden.

On March 31, a suspect or suspects broke into Ararat Rock Products Company, located at 11651 N.C. 770, and stole a diamond-plated toolbox and a five-ton Army truck. The truck was abandoned and recovered a short time after the incident was reported.

On April 3, the business was again broken into. Airlines were cut to several of the business’ trucks, a light was busted and a GPS unit was stolen.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 336-349-9683.


Gas prices climbing in NC, some go to Va. to fill up

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Gas prices in North Carolina are up 15 cents when compared to last month, according to AAA Carolinas.

The state average price is currently at $3.53 per gallon. The price increase is up due to increase in travel and refinery maintenance, according to AAA.

Just over the border in Virginia residents are now enjoying North Carolina prices from last month.

“I will drive to Virginia to get this cheap gas,” said Mount Airy resident Wendy Hickman. “I do it all the time and the savings add up.”

At Reed McCraws’ Virginia 500 gas station in Cana, vehicles with North Carolina tags were lined up Wednesday for gas at $3.35.

“I don’t even look anymore I’m in such of a habit of coming up,” said Dean Brown of Mount Airy. “I know it’s going to be cheaper.”

Gasoline is cheaper in Virginia due to a lower gas tax.

Fourth person charged in October 2013 Stoneville home invasion

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — A fourth person has been charged in connection with a October 2013 home invasion in Stoneville.

Jalonzo Latrya Beal, 19, of Martinsville, Va., is the fourth person to be charged in connection with the home invasion. He is charged with first degree burglary.

Police responded to a home on Anglin Mill Road in Stoneville on Oct. 25 after a 911 call was made by the homeowners.

The Sheltons were awakened by their dog and heard the intruders in their home. One of the homeowners armed himself with a shotgun and confronted the intruders. He said one of the men suspects had a hammer.

The homeowner fired one shot, striking both suspects and inflicting what was described as “serious injuries” by the sheriff’s office.

All suspects fled the scene, but two were arrested shortly after.

Man charged with robbing two Eden businesses

EDEN, N.C. – A man accused of robbing two Eden businesses was arrested Saturday in Topeka, Kansas.

Reginald Demale Privette, 29, has been charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

The suspect is accused of robbing the J-Mart at 1320 East Stadium Drive on March 23 and the J-Mart at 904 Virginia St. on March 29.

Police said Privette is awaiting an extradition hearing in Kansas.

Dream comes true for Rockingham Co. filmmaker with disability

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — Take one look around Jordan Nance’s bedroom at his home in Reidsville and you’ll see glimpses of a story that’s been years in the making.

Nance recently finished production on his first documentary about his friend, Ralph Epperson. Epperson founded WPAQ Radio in Mount Airy in 1948.

“He has accomplished something, I think it would be challenging no matter what. I’m sure any filmmaker would say that,” Joy Nance said. “But in Jordan’s case so much more so.”

Nance has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and uses a computer to help him talk.

“Ralph’s stories and recordings helped me experience the music from the early days of the stations. I want people to have the same feelings for WPAQ,” Nance said though his computer.

It started as a summer project in 2006, but quickly turned into so much more. Epperson died one month after being interviewed, making the project even more important to Nance.

Duke Energy to start coal ash removal from Dan River

DANVILLE, Va. — Duke Energy will be using Abreu-Grogan Park in Danville to set up some heavy-duty machinery to clean up coal ash along the Dan River this week.

“It will be a major operation,” said Jeff Brooks, spokesperson for Duke Energy.

Large tanks, pressers and heavy duty vacuums will soon be moved into the park to suck up about 2,500 tons of coal ash that dumped into the Dan River after a Duke Energy pipe burst Feb. 2.

“Our goal is to return that park in as good or better condition than we found it,” Brooks said.

That cleanup process may take a while. The coal ash along the park covers an area of about 26,000 square feet and is one foot thick.

“By far, this is the largest deposit that we’ve found,” Brooks said.

Officials will use a vacuum dredge to suck up the ash along the bottom of the river.

The ash will then go through a belt filter press to dry out.

One dead in Rockingham Co. house fire

MADISON, N.C. — A late night house fire in Madison killed one man and injured his wife and son. Fire officials say 76-year-old Ken Crowder died in the fire Sunday night.

Family members tell FOX8 Crowder had a stroke a few years ago and relied on a wheelchair to get around. Crowder’s wife, Barbara, and his son, Kenny, tried to get him out of the burning home but weren’t able to do so.

“With the fire going so fast they just couldn’t get him and with him not being able to help a lot I guess it was just all they could do is get out themselves,” explains Sandra Shreve, Ken’s sister.

Shreve says the family is still in shock.

“This is just so hard to comprehend. It just hasn’t hit home yet. It hasn’t soaked in. It’s just hard to believe,” explains Shreve.

Family members say Ken Crowder is going to be missed and he was a man who loved his farm, his garden and his family.