Jamila Gadson found, man charged with her disappearance
Pittsylvania County Deputies said Saturday, Nov. 19 Jamila Gadson was found and returned to her home in Gretna, Investigators said, in connection with Gadson’s disappearance, 28-year-old Andrew Roy Beverly, from Pulaski, was charged and arrested for contributing to delinquency of a minor.
28-year-old man arrested in connection with February murder in Pittsylvania County
On Friday, authorities said they arrested Daniel Neal, 28 years old, and are charging him with murder, entering a house with intent to commit murder, rape, robbery, or arson, and the use or display of a firearm in committing a felony.
Family-owned Gretna pharmacy increases COVID-19 vaccination effort
GRETNA, Va. – A family-owned pharmacy in Pittsylvania County continues to push Virginia’s COVID-19 vaccination effort forward. Gretna Drug has vaccinated about 3,000 people since it started offering doses in January, according to owner and pharmacist Chapman Brown. Although most of its vaccine recipients live in and around Gretna, some pre-registered with the pharmacy from long distances. Ad“This is a blessing...I have been blessed,” said Linda Crayton, who drove 40 minutes from Martinsville to receive her vaccine at Gretna Drug. “Hopefully we can eradicate this virus.”If you want to pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine through Gretna Drug, call the pharmacy at 434-656-1251.
Mecklenburg Electric still reconnecting customers in Southside Virginia
GRETNA, Va. – The storm clouds are long gone from Southside Virginia, but crews are still cleaning up the damage the freezing rain left behind. Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative estimates up to two-thirds of its customers in Halifax and Pittsylvania County were without power at some point after this past weekend’s ice storm. “I’ve been here for more than 30 years, but we’ve seen more damage from this storm than most of us here can remember,” said Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative’s David Lipscomb. AdLipscomb said the ice made it especially challenging to repair power lines, and he’s grateful Thursday’s ice storm did not cause more complications. “Thursday’s storm had the potential to make us have to start all over again.”Lipscomb believes Mecklenburg Electric will have all of its customers reconnected by the end of the weekend.
Locally-owned pharmacy provides COVID-19 vaccine in Pittsylvania County
GRETNA, Va. – A small-town drug store is taking on a big role in the fight against the coronavirusGretna Drug, a family-owned pharmacy in its namesake town, has administered more than 1,000 COVID-19 vaccinations in the last 30 days. Owner and pharmacist Chapman Brown said he made plans to distribute the vaccine as soon as he could. “We’re all on board about doing that.”Gretna Drug (WSLS 10)The business has gone all-in on administering the shots. He said their status as an independent drug store has helped patients feel more comfortable with the vaccine. Ad“We have a more intimate relationship with our patients and I think they have a lot of trust in us,” Brown said.
19-year-old dies, 3 hospitalized after car crashes into horse-drawn carriage in Pittsylvania County
PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. – Charges are pending after a deadly crash involving a carriage and a car on Sunday night in Pittsylvania County. Police responded to East Gretna Road shortly before 7:30 p.m. after a 2016 Kia Sol rear-ended a horse-drawn carriage near Hermosa Road, according to Virginia State Police. One of the two passengers in the carriage, Joseph Swarey, 19, of Gretna, died at the scene. The driver, 21-year-old Moses Swarey, and other passenger, 18-year-old Susie Swarey, were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The driver of the Kia, Ronald King, 68, of Gretna, was also taken to a hospital for treatement.
Investigation underway after driver crashes into house in Pittsylvania County
PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. – Virginia State Police is investigating after it said a driver ran off the road in Pittsyvlania and hit a mailbox and front porch of a home. It happened in Tuesday at around 2:30 p.m. on Rockford School Road in Gretna. State police said a 2005 Cadillac STS was dead south on Rockford School Road when it ran off the left side of the road, hit a mailbox and then hit the front porch of the home. The driver, Robert Withers, III, 69, of Gretna was taken to Centra Lynchburg General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Charges are pending and the crash remains under investigation.
Crews respond to crash involving fuel tanker leak in Pittsylvania County
GRETNA, Va. – Several local agencies sent crews to help with a crash in Gretna on Thursday morning involving a fuel spill from a tanker tractor-trailer. Crews said they arrived to find a fuel tanker tractor-trailer crashed on its side with a fuel leak and partially blocking the road. Several other crews were dispatched to help with the fuel leak, including the Regional Hazardous Materials Team from the Danville Fire Department. Members of our regional Hazardous Materials team are on scene in Pittsylvania County for an overturned tanker. Fuel is being transferred to a separate fuel tanker on site.
Victims identified in Pittsylvania County murder-suicide
GRETNA, Va. – The Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man and woman found dead inside a car after what’s believed to be an act of domestic violence on Wednesday. The Sheriff’s Office did not clarify if the two were related. They were found at about 11:40 a.m. off of U.S. Highway 40 West, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Corey Webb at the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office at 434-432-7800 or 434-432-7931. Original StoryTwo people are dead after a shooting in Pittsylvania County on Wednesday, according to the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office.
Appomattox County defeats Gretna in a Dogwood District Rematch
APPOMATTOX COUNTY, Va. – Appomattox County defended home field Friday night, beating Dogwood District rival Gretna 35-14 to advance to the state semifinal. Appomattox County was state champion in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The Raiders will host the winner of the Central-Wise/Graham game on Saturday.
Man found dead in burned Pittsylvania County home identified by family member
GRETNA, Va. - A man found dead in his burned-out Pittsylvania County home is being remembered for his kindness as the cause of the fire remains under investigation. Clays mobile home on Blue Ridge Drive in Gretna is now just a charred shell. According to radio communication between first responders at the scene Wednesday night, Clay was found inside the home near the front door. The Gretna Fire Department was first on scene and advised that there was a single-wide mobile home fully involved. They made a quick exterior attack and then quickly moved interior, said Pittsylvania County Deputy Public Safety Coordinator Mike Lee.
Local woman receives prestigious award for heroic act that saved neighbor's life
GRETNA, Va. - A Gretna woman is being honored for her heroic act that saved the life of a neighbor. Perniece White came across a pickup truck on fire, called 911 and then realized her neighbor was trapped inside. "I don't know how she was able to do it, by herself she was able to remove the patient from the vehicle," said Chad Logan, Gretna fire chief. Risking her life for another with no fire training earned her a prestigious Carnegie Hero Medal. "It means a lot to me just to know that my peers thought this much of me," said White.
Gretna woman to be awarded for saving neighbor from burning pickup truck
GRETNA, Va. - A local woman who saved a man from a burning car will be presented the Carnegie Medal Thursday night. Perneice White is a member of the Gretna Rescue Squad. She saw a pickup truck on fire going home from work last march. She did not have burning vehicle experience, but jumped into action and pulled the man out of the car. The Carnegie Medal is awarded to people who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree saving or attempting to save the lives of others.
16th annual Justin Harris Memorial Fire and Rescue Benefit
GRETNA, Va. - Saturday, family, friends and the community came together to remember Justin Harris 17 years after his death. His family created the Justin Harris Memorial Fire and Rescue Benefit after he died in a traffic accident in 2002. His two horses in the trailer behind him also died. All proceeds from the 16th annual event go to the Gretna Fire and Rescue Department. This is one of the biggest fundraisers for the department all year.