More jobs are coming to Henry County in the next coming weeks. A United Kingdom-based company is investing $5 million and plans to hire over 30 employees within the next few years. The company is called Advanced Revert LLC and it will be at the former D.H. Griffin property. Andrew Skinner, the vice president of the company, says Henry County was the best place for the business geographically. Henry County community leaders were proud the company wanted to invest in the area. The business plans to open in the coming weeks.
Henry County has announced the opening of a new facility. The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Training will allow companies in the area to train their employees. Various companies will be able to house their equipment inside the center for training purposes as they build their facility. Community leaders say it’s a way to keep all business in Henry County. The center is already being used even though the grand opening was on Wednesday. Press Glass has taken advantage of the new facility for about a month. Community leaders say other companies are interested in using the facility.
The Danville Police Department is warning the public about a potentially deadly batch of heroin laced with illegally sourced fentanyl or a similar substance. Several individuals required medical treatment within the last week after they took what they believed to be heroin. The individuals were from Danville and the surrounding area. Danville Police are not aware of any deaths attributed to this series of overdoses. The Danville Police Department was notified of these overdoses by family and friends of the patients who overdosed. Police immediately began an investigation and have arrested one man suspected of trafficking the batch of drugs contributing to the overdoses. He is identified as 28-year-old Damion Q. Reed. Reed is charged with intent to distribute a controlled substance and intent to distribute marijuana. Despite the arrest, police say the investigation is ongoing and the risk for anyone coming into contact with this batch of illegal drugs still exists.
Two more defendants have accepted plea deals in a street gang case involving eight Danville residents. Deshaun Trent and Tenikqua Fuller are the latest to enter pleas in the case. Kevin Trent, Kanas Trent, Phillip Miles, Shabba Chandler did so a day earlier. Sheniqua Coleman and Marcus Davis (pictured above) are the only two not to enter into plea agreements with federal prosecutors. Teniqua Fuller and Sheniqua Chandler were not named as gang members but the two women were charged with concealing information involving the 2016 murder of Christopher Motley in Danville. Prosecutors say the five men were all members of the Rollin’ 60’s Crips and were recruited to join the gang by Marcus Davis, who did not accept a plea agreement.
After a few days of soaking rain, the threat of wildfires seems to have faded for some of our hometowns. However, Virginia’s Department of Forestry said that does not mean people should let their guard down. Franklin and Pittsylvania counties have lifted their bands. Henry County Administrator, Tim Hall, mentioned at this week’s Board of Supervisors meeting that Henry County is considering lifting the ban, but for now it’s still in place. Foresters are encouraging people to continue using common sense. That means don’t light a fire on windy days and make sure you have the proper tools and water to put out the flames. The fall fire season in Virginia is set to last until Nov. 30.