It was standing room only at the Chamber’s Candidate’s forum Tuesday night at the Old Henry County Courthouse in Uptown Martinsville. Incumbent Lane Perry, John Cassell and Jerry Farmer participated. Perry’s opponents said there are not enough drug arrests in Henry County, Perry said his clearance rate of the arrests his department makes is higher than the state average. Cassell and Farmer want more school resource officers. Election day is November 5th.

A Martinsville District Court judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by a student against three officials of Martinsville High School she said had failed to protect her from being beaten. According to the Martinsville Bulletin, Judge Carter Greer dismissed the case of negligence against Martinsville Schools Superintendent Zebedee Talley Jr., Martinsville High School Principal Ajamu “Aji” Dixon and School Resource Officer Shane McPeek, following a 2 1/2-hour session.

Henry County Supervisors want to have a voice and perhaps a choice if the city of Martinsville goes through reversion. According to the Martinsville Bulletin, Supervisors unanimously adopted their new legislative agenda on Tuesday, and they included an item that would endorse requiring a public vote to accept a city that went through the process of surrendering its charter and becoming a town within a county government.

DRP Performance, which manufactures automotive specialty racing products, is relocating from Franklin County to the former Memorial Hospital Clinic in Bassett Forks, according to a release from the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation. DRP ultimately will invest approximately $1.1 million in real and personal property to renovate and expand the facility, which will be home to its 13 current employees.

Plea deals resulted in the dismissal of murder charges against four defendants on gang-related charges. Kevin Lamont Trent Jr., Shabba Larun Chandler, Kanas Lamont’e Trent and Phillip Daekwon Miles all pleaded guilty to lesser charges in Roanoke federal court Tuesday. The four faced mandatory life terms under many of the original indictments but will now receive 13-to-15 year sentences under agreements reached with federal prosecutors. The four admitted to being members of the Rollin 60’s Crips, a street gang that operated out of Danville. They faced charges related to crimes committed in 2016 and 2017, including the Aug. 20, 2016 murder of Armonti Womack in Danville. Two more defendants are expected to enter pleas Wednesday and Judge Michael Urbanski indicated the remaining cases might be moved to Danville. Sentencing will come at a later date. The agreements were not expected at the trial’s outset but followed the prosecution’s failure to provide certain grand jury testimony to defense attorneys, as required. The cases had been set for a seven-week trial.