Headlines for Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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At the end of the month, tens of thousands of people will be packed into Martinsville Speedway, much like tens of thousands of concertgoers were packed into the concert venue in Las Vegas on Sunday night. But when it comes to being prepared for something like someone opening fire on the crowd, Henry County Sheriff Layne Perry says Speedway President Clay Campbell paid to have local law enforcement officers receive world-class training involving large events. Sheriff Perry says the Las Vegas event was unique, tactically speaking because the perpetrator committed the crime from outside the perimeter of the event itself. Martinsville Police Chief Eddie Cassiday described the Martinsville Speedway as “not a soft target.” (Source: Martinsville Bulletin)

24-year-old Brandon Antwon Hairston of Martinsville plead guilty to over 20 child pornography charges Monday in Martinsville Circuit Court. Hairston admitted to police that he had produced videos of himself and 13-year-old committing sex acts. Hairston was 20 at the time. Police recovered the videos at Hairston’s home on Asking Street. Judge Carter Greer ordered a pre-sentence report and set sentencing for January 18. (Source: Martinsville Bulletin)

A Norfolk-Southern spokeswoman confirms that a Danville bridge was struck Sunday by one of its trains, causing a portion of the span to collapse onto the tracks below. One of the train’s rail cars apparently slammed into the wooden bridge on Water Street early Sunday afternoon, leaving a gaping hole in the center of the span. Norfolk-Southern has not set a timetable for repairs and the bridge remains closed to traffic until further notice. (Source: WBTM)