According to the National Weather Service, strong to severe thunderstorms are possible today, especially during the afternoon and evening. The primary threat is damaging wind. Locally heavy rain is also likely in any of the strong, slow moving storms. This may result in flooding and there is a marginal risk for severe thunderstorms on Friday with the main threat being damaging wind. Thursday through Friday locally heavy rain is possible, which may result in flooding. Otherwise, today will be another hot, sunny day today with a high of 90, 91 tomorrow, 80’s on Friday, and highs down in the 70’s this weekend.

James Hooper III

James Hooper III has been sentenced to almost 50 years in prison for a road rage shooting in Pittsylvania County that left a 27-year-old man dead. A judge sentenced Hooper to 48 years in prison for the January murder of Jacob Robertson. That’s the same term recommended in June by a Pittsylvania County jury. Hooper, 46, fatally shot Robertson in the chest and then shot him again after both cars pulled into the Circle K gas station next to Bojangles’ restaurant in Blairs. Hooper was angry because he said Robertson had cut him off as they drove along the highway. Both men were from Lynchburg. An off-duty Pittsylvania County sheriff’s deputy was close to the gas station when Robertson was shot. The deputy detained Hooper until back-up units arrived to assist. Hooper was charged with first-degree murder, using a firearm in the commission of a murder and possession of a firearm by a violent felon. He was found guilty at the conclusion of a three-day trial in Chatham.

According to a release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, on Monday, August 19, 2019 at about 7:18 pm the 911 Center received a call concerning an unresponsive person at the Quality Inn / Dutch Inn swimming pool in Collinsville. Citizens at the scene, Deputies, Public Safety officials, and the Fieldale-Collinsville Rescue responders attended to a 24-year-old man from Brooklyn, New York. He was transported to the Martinsville Hospital and then airlifted to the Carilion Hospital in Roanoke where he is currently being treated.

A man driving a motorcycle in Gretna was killed when he ran the bike into the rear of a tractor-trailer. According to Virginia State Police, the crash happened Tuesday on Route 40, two-tenths of a mile south of Route 876. 57-year-old Keith Randolph Craighead of Penhook, Va. was traveling west along Route 40 when he crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer that had stopped for construction. State Police say the zone was clearly marked and had flaggers for the lane closure. Craighead was wearing his helmet at the time of the crash. He was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he died. The tractor-trailer driver wasn’t injured.

Gov. Ralph Northam and Virginia lawmakers soon will begin work on a new two-year state budget with $1.6 billion banked in reserve, a revenue surplus swollen by federal tax law changes, and more than $431 million earmarked for return to state taxpayers. Northam offered plenty of good news to the General Assembly money committees Tuesday morning, with assurances that Virginia is better prepared to endure a potential slowing of the state economy while securing promises of record capital investments by businesses that want to move or expand their operations here.

2018 saw a drastic increase in alcohol-related traffic deaths in Virginia and public officials want to make sure 2019 doesn’t bring another increase to this grim statistic. Virginia’s 18th annual Checkpoint Strikeforce DUI law enforcement and public education campaign is now underway. The campaign has an increased checkpoint presence from Aug. 16 through Labor Day weekend and resumes during heavy-drinking holidays such as Halloween, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. In 2018, 278 people died in alcohol-related crashes, the highest in five years, is up from 248 in 2017. In 2018 there were 4 alcohol-related traffic deaths in Henry County, 7 in Pittsylvania County, and 1 in Franklin County.

As was expected, police said Tuesday morning that investigators determined an explosion at a KFC in Eden was accidental and caused by a gas leak. At 12:37 a.m. July 11, Rockingham County 911 operators received multiple calls of an explosion at the restaurant at 125 North Van Buren Road in Eden. First responders found the building completely destroyed with a large debris field. The restaurant had been closed for two hours before the explosion.