Headlines for Thursday, October 5, 2017

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A training program in Henry County is making it easier for people to get back to work or change careers. The Community Healthcare Training Academy opened in July. Most of the training courses are for entry-level healthcare positions, with classes taking anywhere from just one week to two months. Once students complete the courses, they’re ready for work. They’re trained for the hundreds of entry-level positions at hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies throughout the region. The majority of the students are reported to be between the ages of 18 to 35 who are looking for a stable way to support their families. The are allowed to pay whatever down payment they can to start the classes and pay the rest after the courses end and they get a job. Since opening in July, more than 30 students have taken part in the various courses and programs offered through the academy. (Source: WSLS)

Two teens have been charged in the shooting death of Louis Isaiah Glenn. Yesterday, charges for conspiracy to commit murder and willfully discharge a firearm in a public place resulting in bodily injury, were brought against 18-year-old Stevie Jermaine Johnson Jr. Johnson is currently being held in the Danville City Jail under no bond. A 14-year-old male was also charged with possession of a handgun while under the age of 18, attempted malicious wounding, and criminal street gang participation. His name is being withheld due to his age. He is currently being held at W.W. Moore Jr. Detention Home. The investigation is active and ongoing. (Source: WBTM)

Someone is trying to instill fear about mountain lions on the loose in Virginia, though the Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries says it’s fake news. On Monday, the state agency posted on its Facebook page what it says is a phony flier being distributed around Virginia that mentions mountain lion sightings. The post links to an article on the agency website, “The Myth of Mountain Lions in Virginia.” The article says more and more photos are appearing on the internet claiming to be of mountain lions in Virginia, but were actually taken out west. Mountain lions existed across Virginia at the time of European settlement, but presumably were rooted out from the state by the 1880s, according to the article. According to Handley and Patton’s “Wild Mammals of Virginia” published in 1947, the last Virginia mountain lion was killed in Washington County in 1882. (Source: VA Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries)

Michael Ray Hutson will have to wait a while longer to learn if he will be tried for capital murder in the death of a Reidsville man. For a third time, prosecutors have asked for a continuance, noting that the state medical examiner has yet to provide a full autopsy report in the case. A Dec. 4 hearing date has now been scheduled. Hutson, 39, was charged in April with first-degree murder in the death of Terry Wayne Hagwood. Hutson was also charged in August with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon. Reidsville police responded to a medical call in the 500 block of Thomas Street on the afternoon of April 4. Hagwood was found dead inside his home. He had been shot three times. Hutson was named as a suspect and was arrested in Ruffin on April 13. If convicted of capital murder, he could receive the death penalty. (Source: WBTM)

Virginia State Police say the driver of a car was injured after crashing into a home in Blairs Tuesday. The homeowner returned around 3 p.m. and found a car had crashed into the side of his house. The car was totaled and the driver was taken to the hospital after complaining of back pain. No one else was in the car and State Police say they don’t know why the driver lost control and crashed. (Source: WBTM)

The City of Martinsville Water Resources Department will be installing a water valve for the Indian Trail water line replacement project on Sunday, October 8th . Indian Trail will be closed from Spruce Street to Windsor Lane except for local traffic. Spruce Street from Parkview Avenue to Sprucedale Drive will be closed from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Water service for Indian Trail from Spruce Street to Windsor Lane will also be interrupted during this time. If you have questions regarding this project, please contact the Water Resources Department at 403-5157. (Source: City of Martinsville)

In observance of Columbus Day, the City Municipal Building and administrative offices
along with Constitutional offices will be closed Monday, October 9, 2017. Employees in essential operational positions (Police, Fire, EMS, water/sewer plant operations) will continue on their normal schedule. There will be no bulk, brush, or garbage pick-up on Monday, October 9th. (Source: City of Martinsville)