According to the National Weather Service, strong to severe thunderstorms are possible today. The main threat will be damaging wind. Periods of heavy rain are likely today and early night, increasing the threat of flooding. The chance of precipitation today is at 80 percent. A cold front moves south into the region today and tonight giving us highs only in the 70’s for the weekend into Monday.
Two people were killed in a head-on collision in Patrick County Thursday. Virginia State Police confirm the crash happened around 7:20 p.m. on Goose Point Road. Two cars were involved in the crash and each car only had one occupant. Both occupants were killed. The cause of the crash has not been determined and the names have not been released.
A judge found sufficient evidence Thursday to send to Henry County Circuit Court five charges against a Martinsville man arrested after an undercover investigation of drug distribution. General District Court Judge Jimmy McGarry certified to the grand jury felony drug charges against James Bradley Young, 31, of 2421 Spencer Preston Road in Martinsville.
The National Weather Service in Blacksburg is surveying the damage caused by high winds in the Westover Hills neighborhood Thursday evening. Meteorologist Andrew Loconto says a preliminary analysis of radar and photographs from the scene indicates the damage was caused by straight line winds and not a tornado.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced Thursday that he and a bipartisan coalition of 51 attorneys general have reached an agreement with major phone companies to fight illegal robocalls. The companies have agreed to adopt eight principles to fight illegal robocalls across the country to help protect people from illegal robocalls and make it easier for attorneys general to investigate and prosecute robocalls. The coalition of companies includes AT&T, Bandwidth, CenturyLink, Charter, Comcast, Consolidated, Frontier, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon and Windstream.
The federal government has penalized the Virginia Department of Social Services more than $3.8 million over food assistance payment errors. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the average rate of payment error nationwide for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was 6.5% in 2018. A report given Tuesday to a General Assembly subcommittee says Virginia’s payment error rate last year was 9.6%. Department of Social Services Commissioner Duke Storen says the agency struggles with high turnover and employment vacancies, contributing to the number of errors.