Crime and Public Safety

Two Franklin County men are charged with a series of break-ins and burglaries in the Glade Hill and Union Hall areas. The sheriff’s office says 54-year-old James Smith and 26-year-old Alan Crook were arrested after search warrants led to recovery of dozens of items including chain saws, weedeaters and tools. Officials say Smith also faces drug and firearms charges.

From the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office:

Incident: Break Ins/Larcenies

Incident Reported: 10/26/2018-11/6/2018

Location of Incident: Numerous locations in the Glade Hill and Union Hall communities of Franklin County to include: Old Franklin Turnpike, Dillards Hill Rd., Pinegrove Rd., and Farmview Rd.

Suspect #1 Name: James Todd Smith of Glade Hill, VA

Suspect #1 Age: 54


Possession of Stolen Property

Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

Possess Firearm as a Convicted Felon

Possession of a Firearm While in Possession of Drugs

Suspect #2 Name: Alan Michael Crook of Glade Hill, VA

Suspect #2 Age: 26


Possession of Stolen Property

 Additional remarks:  On 11/8/18, members of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Investigations and Special Investigations Divisions executed multiple search warrants in Franklin County in relation to a series of break ins and larcenies in the Glade Hill and Union Hall communities of Franklin County. The search warrants resulted in the recovery of 37 items that were reported stolen to include; chainsaws, weed eaters, tools, etc.  Smith and Crook have both been charged and are currently being held in the Western Virginia Regional Jail without bond. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be pending. Anyone with additional information or inquiries about property can contact Captain Paul Caldwell at 540-352-5174.

From the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office:On 9/15/18 and 9/17/18, the Franklin County Sherriff’s Office began an investigation in to two break ins at the same residence on Lakemount Dr. in the Moneta community of Franklin County. This residence was unoccupied and had been damaged from a recent fire. Investigators soon developed Zachariah Markham and Brittany Nichols as suspects. Both Nichols and Markham were charged with Breaking and Entering and Grand Larceny. Markham was also charged with Destruction of Property. Nichols and Markham are both currently being held in the Western Virginia regional Jail without bond.

On 10/30/18, deputies responded to the same residence on Lakemount Dr. in reference to a suspicious person in the area. Deputies located the subject and were quickly able to determine that the subject did not belong in that area. Deputies and Investigators were able to locate three additional subjects as well as recover stolen items related to the break in. Christopher Palmero, Amanda Maggio, Joseph Stewart and Brett Halsey were all charged with Burglary and Grand Larceny. The investigation also led to search warrants in Roanoke and Vinton as well as the additional arrest of Keith Arrington for Burglary and Grand Larceny. The owners of the estate have been advised to make arrangements to more properly secure the residence. This investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be pending. Halsey is being held in the Western Virginia Regional Jail without bond. Both Maggio and Palmero are being held in the WVRJ on a 5,000.00 bond. Stewart bonded out on a 10,000.00 bond and Arrington bonded out on a 1,500.00 bond.

From Roanoke City Police: On November 8, 2018 just before 7:00 a.m., Roanoke Police responded to a report of a shooting in the 3400 block of Bennett Dr. NW. On arrival, officers located an adult male with a gunshot wound inside the residence. The male was transported by Roanoke Fire-EMS to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he is being treated for his injury.

Other parties on scene are being interviewed by Roanoke Police at this time. This is an ongoing investigation. Roanoke Police do not believe there is any immediate danger to the community in regard to this incident. If you have any information in reference to this incident, you’re asked to call us at (540)334-8500 and share what you know. You can also text us at 274637; please begin the text with “RoanokePD” to ensure it’s properly sent. Both calls and texts can remain anonymous.

Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown says state police are investigating a member of his staff following accusations regarding behavior with a juvenile. Brown says Corporal Daniel Clark was promptly suspended once the complaint was received last month. Clark remains listed on the Liberty High School staff page as the school’s resource officer.

From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: On Thursday October 11, 2018, this office received a complaint containing accusations against Cpl. Daniel Clark and his behavior with a juvenile. Within an hour of receiving the complaint Cpl. Daniel Clark was placed on administrative leave with pay and the Virginia State Police was contacted with our request to investigate these accusations. The Virginia State Police is currently conducting an investigation. No other information will be released until the investigation is completed by the VSP.

UPDATE: A Lynchburg grand jury has indicted a former Lord Botetourt High School student on charges that include murder for the death of her 22-month-old daughter. Other counts forwarded against 20-year-old Fantasia Lane include child abuse and endangerment. She was arrested in August after her toddler daughter Amarah was brought to Lynchburg General Hospital in August with series injuries. She died later at UVA Medical Center. A trial date is set for March.

AUGUST 2018: A former Lord Botetourt High School student faces charges in Lynchburg after police there say her 22-month-old child was abused and later died from her injuries.  20-year-old Fantasia Lane was already charged with felony child abuse, and police say after the toddler died yesterday, more charges are now pending.

From Lynchburg Police: On August 11, 2018, officers responded to the Lynchburg General l Hospital for an injured child who had been brought there by her mother. Based on initial findings, members of the Criminal Investigations Division responded and began to look into the events that preceded the child’s arrival at the hospital. Due to the extent of her injuries, the 22-month-old child was then transported to UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville, VA for further treatment. Based on the preliminary investigation and the extent of the child’s injuries, Detective Tucker sought charges on the child’s mother for Felony Child Abuse. Fantasia Ashante Lane, a 20-year-old resident of Lynchburg, was arrested and transported to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail where she was held without bond. On August 16, 2018, the 22-month-old child succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead. Additional charges are now pending in this case.  This is an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with further information related to this case is asked to contact Detective Tucker at (434) 455-6116. You may remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900, by visiting the Crime Stoppers website at, or by using the P3 app on your mobile device.

Jared Anderson (LPD photo)

From Lynchburg Police: For the past 6 months the Lynchburg Police Department has worked jointly with the Fargo Police Department (North Dakota), US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Fargo, ND-Resident Agency and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigations in relation to the online and hands-on sexual exploitation of a 14 year old female. Jared Miller Anderson, 40 year old resident of Lynchburg was arrested and charged the following: – Taking Indecent Liberties with a child under the age of 15, Use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children. The arrest warrants for Anderson and subsequent search warrants related to this investigation were executed within the City of Lynchburg today by the Lynchburg Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division and Forensics Units with the assistance of Special Agents from HSI-Roanoke Resident Agency, US Secret Service-Roanoke Resident Agency, as well as Investigators and a K9 from the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, of which the Lynchburg Police Department is an Affiliate Agency. Anderson was arrested without incident in the 2500 Block of Langhorne Rd and is currently being held without bond at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail. Should anyone have any additional information related to this investigation please contact Detective K.T. Poindexter of the Lynchburg Police Department at 434-455-6167.

(UPDATE)  The victims have now been identified as Jacob Sallah, 42 of Roanoke and Travis Turnage, 37 of Franklin County

Roanoke Police say two men were shot to death late last night at a home in northwest Roanoke. Officers say in happened on Hanover Avenue, just off Orange near Addison Middle school. Police arrested 30-year-old Dominic Townes of Roanoke this morning and changed him with two counts of second degree murder. The victims’ names have not yet been released.

From Roanoke City Police: On October 30, 2018 at around 10:30 p.m., Roanoke Police responded to a report of two subjects shot in the 600 block of Hanover Ave NW. Upon arrival, officers located two adult males inside the residence deceased from gunshot wounds. The identities of the victims are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. At around 8 a.m., officers located the suspect Dominic S. Townes, 30 of Roanoke, in the 1000 block of Hunt Ave NW. Townes was arrested and taken into custody without incident. He is charged with two counts of Second Degree Murder. This investigation is ongoing.


From Virginia State Police: ROCKBRIDGE CO., Va. – Virginia State Police Senior Trooper R.E. Tackett is investigating a juvenile pedestrian that was struck while in the roadway.  The crash occurred Saturday (Oct 27) at 2:25 p.m. in the 3000 block of Midland Trail (Route 60) in Rockbridge County.

The pedestrian was attempting a pet, when the juvenile entered the roadway and was struck by a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu traveling east on West Midland Trail.

The female juvenile was identified as JennaRae Goodbar, 12, of Lexington, Va.  Ms. Goodbar was chasing the family dog when she entered the roadway and was struck by the vehicle.  Ms. Goodbar died at the scene.

The Virginia State Police Crash Reconstruction Team was called to assist with the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.