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2018-8-2

Southside Virginia Community College wants you!!  There is still time to register for classes and  apply for Financial Aid for the upcoming semester starting August 20.  Come by to see us...  Go to SVCC's Christanna Campus in Alberta or the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville or a location  in Emporia, Blackstone, Chase City, South Boston,  or South HIll for individual help or visit SVCC online at Southside.edu.  Now is the time, SVCC is the place!!!!!

***UPDATED*** Virginia State Police Canine Looses Life in Shootout Following Pursuit on I-95

 

Update from Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Va., has positively identified the individual who was shot and killed in Sussex County on Wednesday (Aug. 1) as Tramaine Marquese Poole, 41, of New Haven, Conn. The Virginia State Police investigation into the shooting remains ongoing at this time. The Virginia State Police is most appreciative of the assistance and support provided by the New Haven, Conn. Police Department during the course of the investigation. 

In relation to VSP K-9 Vader... State police is currently working on arrangements for a memorial service to honor Vader. Please stay tuned.

"Our canine program is essential in so much of what we do as a Department to achieve our public safety mission," said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. "We are all deeply saddened by the loss of Vader and are forever grateful for his sacrifice and selfless service to the state police and the Commonwealth. For our canine handlers, their dogs are more than just a partner on the job. They are their protectors, their constant companion and confidant on the road. Vader was family."  

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At approximately 8:18 a.m. on Aug. 1, 2018, a Virginia State Police trooper was traveling north on Interstate 95 in Sussex County when he identified a vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Connecticut. The trooper activated his lights and siren to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle. The vehicle's driver refused to stop for the trooper and sped away.

A pursuit was initiated north on I-95 during which time an individual in the suspect vehicle began shooting at the trooper's vehicle. Sporadic shooting by the pursuit suspect continued as the stolen vehicle headed north on I-95 and then took Exit 24 for Owens/Route 645 in Sussex County.  As the stolen vehicle approached the intersection of Loco School and Bell roads, Virginia State Police positioned themselves to stop the stolen vehicle.  The pursuit suspect continued firing at the state police vehicles. One of the suspect's bullets pierced a K9 trooper's back passenger window and struck a state police canine riding in the back seat compartment. 

Once the stolen vehicle was stopped, state troopers engaged with the suspect and shots were fired. The male suspect died at the scene and will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Va. for examination and autopsy. Virginia State Police are still working to confirm the shooting suspect's identity.

An adult female passenger in the suspect vehicle was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries. She has been treated and released.

No troopers were injured in the course of the incident.

The state police narcotics detection canine, Vader, did not survive his injuries. Vader was a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois and had graduated from Virginia State Police Narcotics Detection Training in December 2017.  

In accordance with state police policy regarding officer-involved shootings, three troopers have been placed on administrative leave. 

The investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Multiple reports have identified the deceased suspect Tramaine Marquese Poole, 41.

New Haven Police Chief Anthony Campbell told the New Haven Register that Poole was wanted for the murder of 28-year-old Tyekqua Nesbitt who was shot to death in front of her two children in New Haven, Connecticut on May 31. Poole was also wanted in New Haven for the first-degree shooting assault of his wife on May 7.

 

The identy of the suspect has not been comfirmed by the Virginia State Police..

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CRITICALLY MISSING ADULT ALERt John Alee Wimbush

The Virginia State Police has issued a Critically Missing Adult Alert on behalf of the Martinsville Police Department on Aug. 1, 2018 at 4:35 p.m. The Martinsville Police Department is looking for John Alee Wimbush, an 88-year-old, black male, height 5’ 06”, weight 176 lbs, with brown eyes, and black/gray hair.

He was last seen wearing, a blue shirt, jacket and blue jeans. He also uses a cane to walk. He is believed to have been abducted and in danger. He was last seen on Aug. 1, 2018 at 10:28 a.m. on Forest Street in Martinsville, Virginia.

He is believed to be with Valerie Vianna Swinson (AKA Valerie Vianna Condell), a 59-year-old, black female, height 5’ 08”, weight 167 lbs, with brown eyes, and black/blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a black and white striped tank top.

They are believed to be traveling in a 2017 Nissan Pathfinder with an unknown registration. Their possible direction of travel is I-81 north to I-95 north to Fort Washington, Maryland.

Please contact the Martinsville Police Department at 1-276-403-5328 if you have seen Mr. Wimbush or have information about his whereabouts. Complete information on this alert can be found at http://www.vasenioralert.com/

Southside Physicians Network Commits to Improving Eye Care in Emporia New Ophthalmology Office Coming Soon

Emporia, VA – Starting Wednesday August 8, Emporia residents will now be able get quality eye care from Southside Physicians Network (SPN). Dr. Rishi Parikh is now accepting patients at the Southside Physicians Network office in the Walmart Shopping Center at 301 Market Dr. Suite I in Emporia.

Rishi Parikh, MD is board certified on ophthalmology and has performed more than 5000 surgeries. A native of Ohio, Dr. Parikh is no stranger to Virginia. He did his residency at Virginia Commonwealth University Health system and has been in Richmond, VA working alongside Dr. Akshay Dave at Dominion Eye Associates.

Dr. Parikh provides a comprehensive list of eye care services, from advanced diagnostics and treatment of a wide range of vision problems, to the latest techniques in vision-correction surgery. Dr. Parikh utilizes advanced diagnostic and therapeutic equipment to preserve or improve eyesight.

Available at this new SPN office will be a full range of ophthalmologic services from routine eye exams to complex surgical procedures for vision problems such as:

  • Cataracts
  • Corneal disease
  • Diabetic eye disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Laser vision correction
  • Premium lens implants.

Call to make your appointment today – 434-336-1030.

About Rishi Parikh, MD

Fellowship: Corneal Associates of New Jersey, Fairfield, NJ

Residencies: Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, VA and The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

Medical Degree: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH

Undergraduate Degree: University of Cincinnati College of Engineering, Cincinnati, OH

Professional Memberships: American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

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