Over 600 Appalachian Power customers are without power overnight while workers repair damage caused by a vehicle striking a utility pole in Collinsville at 12:09 AM this morning. According to the company’s website, power should be restored by 6:30 AM this morning. Our transmitter facility in Koehler is included in the outage.
A man died following a two-vehicle crash Friday night in Franklin County. According to Virginia State Police, the crash occurred around on Route 969 at the intersection with Route 611, when a 2009 Honda Accord driving west went over the center line and hit a 2019 Chevrolet Impala. James Wesley Matthews, 60, of Penhook, was driving the Honda and died at the scene. He was not wearing his seatbelt. No other information has been released.
Tropical Storm Nestor became Post-Tropical Cyclone Nestor on Saturday and made landfall on St. Vincent Island, Florida according to the National Hurricane Center. The system’s sustained winds dropped to 40 mph as it picked up speed, heading northeast at 23 mph. The outer bands of Nestor, which still has tropical-storm-force winds out 240 miles from the storm’s center, were wreaking havoc throughout the state late Friday and throughout Saturday. Nestor is expected to make its way through Georgia and the Carolinas today and be out over the Atlantic by tonight. Rains from the storm reached Martinsville and Henry County overnight and is expected to continue until noon and taper off from noon until 2 PM. The rain could be heavy at times. Patchy fog before 10am. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.
After federal prosecutors failed to provide an unknown number of court documents to defense attorneys, the judge is considering whether to delay the trial or even dismiss the charges. Earlier this week, defense attorneys in a federal racketeering and murder trial in Roanoke, centered on alleged gang activity in Danville, learned that prosecutors had not supplied two state grand jury transcripts with testimony from witnesses in the current case. As a result Danville Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Newman has stepped down as a special counsel.