The National Weather Service expects that most of Virginia will escape Dorian’s wrath, but those living in the eastern part of the state need to remain vigilant until the storm finally turns north. Meteorologists have narrowed the storm’s path to about a hundred mile radius; however, they are waiting for Dorian to take that final turn to the north. Southwest Virginia could experience some gusty winds and other effects later in the week. Meanwhile, Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency in advance of Hurricane Dorian, urging Virginians to make preparations now for the approaching storm.
Two people were killed in a motorcycle crash in Franklin County. Volunteers from the Boone’s Mill Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire on Bethlehem Road near Saul Lane about 10:30 Sunday night. When rescue personnel arrived, they found that the motorcycle had run off the right side of the road, hit a ditch and caught fire. Two people were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names have not been released.
Police are investigating an accident involving a motorcycle and SUV on Route 29 on Saturday, August 31. According to police, a motorcycle and an SUV collided in the 9100 block of Route 29 in Pittsylvania County. The driver of the motorcycle was taken to a nearby hospital for care.
Rite Aid is recalling folding patio chairs sold in the United States at stores, and online as well on RiteAid.com due to a fall risk. The move comes in response to instances where the chair frame can bend causing the user to fall and cause injury. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, the recall affects two types of metal chairs with padded seats that were sold from February 2019 through June 2019 in tan and gray.
Brutus and Barnaby pig ear dog treats are being removed from shelves after they have been found to potentially pose a salmonella risk to dogs and people handling the product. The packages affected are labeled as “Pig Ears 100% Natural Treats for Dogs,” and are available in 4 different sizes: 8, 12, 25 and 100 count. This product was sold throughout “all states via Amazon.com, Chewy.com, Brutusandbarnaby.com.”
Statistics show drug-related deaths continue to rise in central Virginia. By the end of the year, regional EMS personnel across 31 localities are on pace to use more than 10,000 doses of naloxone in the past five years — greater than the number of people who have died from overdose in the state in the last decade. The Virginia Department of Health has spent more than $1.9 million dispensing the drug since late 2016, almost three times what it spends on all other harm reduction services combined.