A Martinsville man has been charged with maliciously stabbing his neighbor after perhaps robbing his apartment. Tyrone Angelo Cox, 49, of 940 Myrtle Road, Martinsville, is in custody after Martinsville Police officers responded to a call to his address on Friday. Officers found a man later identified as a neighbor, Anthony Crawford, 43, bleeding from the chest. Crawford was transported to Sovah Martinsville and then to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released. Investigators arrested Cox at the scene based on information from witnesses and then searched his apartment, where they found property belonging to Crawford. Cox has been charged with felony malicious wounding, and investigators are pursuing additional charges of burglary and grand larceny. He is being held without bail. The investigation is
ongoing.

Kathy Vernon, the Director of Human Resources for the City of Martinsville has passed away at the age of 61. According to McKee-Stone Funeral Home, the funeral will be on Friday and the interment will be private. Visitation will be Thursday.

Officials in Virginia say the state has met its deadline to mail taxpayers a special refund check. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the Virginia Department of the Treasury mailed the last of nearly 2.7 million refund checks Friday. Eligible taxpayers will receive $110 if they filed individually and $220 if they filed jointly. A change in federal tax law led to a windfall in state taxes, leading state lawmakers to approve the refunds. The deadline for the checks to be mailed was Tuesday.

A kitten is looking for a new home after hitching a ride from North Carolina. The Martinsville Police Department said a couple got home from a trip in Cherokee, North Carolina to find a visitor. The kitten, now named Cherokee, hitched a ride with them all the way to Martinsville. He is now available for adoption at the SPCA of Martinsville & Henry County. If you’re interested, contact the shelter at 276-638-7297.

It was just a couple of weeks ago we were complaining about the heat. Now forecasters are calling for the first snowflakes of the season in the mountains of West Virginia tonight as a cold front moves through the region. According to the National Weather Service, rain will precede the cold front today and stronger winds and colder air will come in behind it. There is an 80 percent chance of rain today with a high of 66. Wind gusts of 23 to 24 mph tonight and tomorrow with a low of 44 tonight and a high of 60 tomorrow.

Axton Elementary School and Career Academy in Henry County and Blue Ridge Elementary in Patrick County were among 38 localities who divided 62 grants from the Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom program for this school year. The grants, announced Tuesday, will provide 25,000 students with agriculture experiences related to gardening, animal agriculture, health and nutrition and leadership development, a release announcing the awards said.