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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.

Danville man arrested for shooting into occupied vehicle in Reidsville

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — A man accused of shooting into an occupied vehicle in Reidsville has been arrested in Newport News, Va., according to police.

Anthony Edward Traynham, 22, of Daville, Va., was charged with discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle and injury to personal property.

According to police, Traynham shot into a vehicle occupied by five people on March 22. No injuries were reported.

Reidsville woman’s house ‘next to impossible to sell’ because of house next door

REIDSVILLE, N.C. — Your home is the largest investment you’ll probably ever make and you work hard to keep it looking its best.

But what happens when your neighbor doesn’t do the same?

It has become a major problem for a woman in Reidsville and she is trying to fight back.

Mary Lee lives on Irvin Street in historic downtown Reidsville. Her neighbor’s home has boarded up windows, the porch is falling apart and debris in the yard.

Lee said she has been living with it for more than a decade and she’s tired of it.

“It’s preventing me from selling my home and moving on with my life,” Lee said.

Lee said the owner also raises bees in his back yard.

“The city says we have no ordinance against him having the bees. Hundreds of bees, hundreds of bees that we have to deal with,” Lee said.

And this is also a problem for the Penn House mansion across the street.

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.