UPDATE: Five Felony Warrants Issued for the Arrest of Pharmacy Robbery Suspect

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

58e2ee38-a436-47d8-9d39-717d5f543ec5ROCKY MOUNT - Police from Rocky Mount along with Franklin County Investigators and State Police are still looking for the suspect in an armed robbery at the Family Pharmacy in the Schewels Plaza Tuesday evening.

Police are still searching for Joshua Wayne Cundiff, 26, of Boones Mill. Cundiff is described at a white male, 5'9", 180 pounds, with brown eyes and hair. If you see him, call 9-1-1.

Police say Cundiff came into the the pharmacy around 5:20 p.m. with a gun and demanded prescription drugs. 

A State Police helicopter was brought in after the suspect's vehicle was found just off of Six Mile Post Rd. The Franklin County Department of Public Safety sent out a phone alert to people living in the area. Police searched for a few hours before suspending the search for the night. Warrants have been issued for Cundiff.

"On 2/9/16 at approximately 5:20 PM a white male subject entered Family Pharmacy in the Schewels Plaza on Franklin Street in Rocky Mount and produced a handgun. He then demanded the pharmacist turn over narcotics. Subject fled with an undetermined amount of pharmaceutical drugs.

Suspect vehicle was located in the 3800th block of Old Forge Road near Six Mile Post Road. The suspect then fled on foot.

A search of a wooded area was conducted by the Rocky Mount Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the VA State Police. A VA State Police helicopter was utilized to search the area. The suspect was not located and is believed to have departed the area.

Through investigation the suspect has been identified as Joshua Wayne Cundiff, 26 years old, of Boones Mill.
A warrant has been issued for Cundiff’s arrest for the armed robbery of Family Pharmacy.
The Rocky Mount Police Department requests anyone with information regarding his whereabouts call 911."


UPDATE: Pregnancy Ended in a Stillbirth, Medical Examiners Tell Police, Dellis Charged for Unlawful Concealment of Human Remains

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dellisUPDATE: The mother of an infant discovered dead in a dumpster Tuesday evening off of 220 has been charged with the unlawful concealment of human remains, a class 6 felony, according to Rocky Mount Police Chief Criner.

The Medical Examiner's Office has finished their autopsy of the infant, and told investigators the infant wasn't alive at the time he/she was placed into the dumpster. 

“Based on the evidence in this case, the preliminary finding by the Medical Examiner is that the pregnancy ended in a stillbirth,” said Criner. “Our investigators and officers continue to work with all parties involved to get an accurate understanding of relevant information.”

“After consultation with the Franklin County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, our agency has charged and arrested Katherine N. Dellis, age 24, of 140 Ann Sink Street, Rocky Mount, with unlawful concealment of human remains, a class 6 felony,” Criner said.

Police continue working with several agencies to fully investigate the case. If you have any information, please call the Rocky Mount Police Department at 540-483-9275

ROCKY MOUNT - Carilion Police first notified the Rocky Mount Police of a suspicious admission to the hospital Tuesday evening. The patient, , 24, of Rocky Mount was examined by EMS transport with severe vaginal bleeding.

The hospital said the circumstances were consistent with a recent birth of a third trimester infant. The patient, however, denied that a birth had taken place, according to Rocky Mount Police. 

Assistant Town Manager Matt Hankins, who is handling the press and information part of the investigation for the RMPD, says no charges have been filed against the patient or anyone else at this time. There are no persons of interest. 

An update is expected later today. We'll be sure to let you know at Cable 12 when there are any developments. 

Below is the entire press release sent early this morning to all media, including Cable 12.

Keep it here for further updates.



SUV Crashes Into Rocky Mount Dollar General

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dollardawgROCKY MOUNT - Costumers escaped possible injury Thursday afternoon in Rocky Mount when an SUV crashed into the front of the Dollar General. No one was injured.

Rocky Mount Police responded to the crash around 2:15 p.m. Thursday, along with Public Safety Crews.

Two windows on the store's front wall were broken, and the wall below the windows was completely torn down.

The SUV almost made it all the way into the store.

One customer described the shocking accident on Facebook, saying she was in the exact spot where the SUV crashed just moments before, but had moved and felt lucky to not be injured.



Braaten To Retire from Ferrum This Summer

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FERRUM – Ferrum's first woman president Jennifer Braaten, will be retiring this summer, she announced Tuesday.  

Sam Lionberger, chair of Ferrum’s Board of Trustees, had high praise for Braaten’s extraordinary accomplishments during her presidency. He noted that Dr. Braaten's family was experiencing serious health issues and that she felt her obligation was to now be with family. “The College has grown in stature and reputation from her strong leadership during her tenure as President and our prayers of love and support are with her as she now enters a new phase of her life”, said Lionberger. A Search Committee is being formed at this time to seek a successor.

Braaten expressed gratitude to Lionberger and the entire Board for their strong partnership with her in sustaining the mission as well as creating a vision of vitality and viability for Ferrum. Braaten credited the success for implementation of this vision to the Ferrum team which included talented administrators, faculty, staff, coaches, and students with whom she worked closely. “It has been an honor and privilege to be part of the Ferrum Community for the past 14 years. We have experienced positive growth in all areas, while maintaining stability and continuity. Our mission ’to serve the underserved’ remains as compelling today as it was 100 years ago.”

fc croppedBraaten arrived at Ferrum College in 2002 from her previous position as the first woman president of Midland Lutheran College in Nebraska, having served prior to that appointment as provost, vice president for academic affairs and professor of history at Lynn University in Florida. During her Ferrum tenure, enrollment increased dramatically and academic programs were enhanced, including the implementation of the May “e- (experiential) term”, as well as the initiation of the College’s first ever online program in Criminal Justice.

Braaten referred to Ferrum’s “applied liberal arts” as a descriptor for the dual emphasis of providing a solid liberal arts core curriculum as a foundation and basis for all programs, while also strengthening such “career oriented” majors as Business, Criminal Justice, Health Sciences/Pre-professional sciences programs. The coordination and integration of academics with co-curricular service learning activities and experiences that would highlight the college’s motto of “Not Self, but Others” was a particular priority. The long standing prominence of the Environmental Studies program was supplemented with additional emphasis on campus-wide sustainability. The outstanding Ferrum faculty continued to receive accolades in many areas, and have received grants from NEH, NSF, and other internationally recognized agencies.

During her tenure, two capital campaigns, approximately $45 million in total, were successfully completed, with both exceeding their original goals. During this time, the endowment grew to approximately $50 million. New construction and renovation brought $30 million in much needed facilities upgrades to the 702 acre Ferrum campus. These improvements included the FerrumPLUS! addition and refurbishments to Franklin Hall as well as new residence halls to accommodate enrollment growth, a dozen new classrooms and science/health and human performance labs through the auspices of grants from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, Cargill Foundation and the Virginia Tobacco and Indemnification Commission, and expansion of the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum, to name a few.

Most recently, completion of the Hank Norton Center (HNC), named after legendary coach Hank Norton, whose football teams brought national championship fame to Ferrum, provided increased athletic opportunities. The HNC, along with renovated existing athletic facilities, and the addition of a new turf field, allowed for the addition of men’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s wrestling and men’s and women’s swimming programs.



Sheriff's Office Seeking Info. on Westlake Shoplifting Suspect

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shopWESTLAKE - The Franklin County Sheriff's Deptartment needs your help identifying a suspected shoplifter. The alleged shopliftings occured at the Westlake Dollar General on 11/26/15 and 12/10/15. Security photos released by the Sheriff's Deptartment show the suspect. No suspect vehicle was identified in relation to the incidents. If you recognize the person in the pictures, call the Sheriff's Office Crime Line anonymously at 540-344-8500 or call Captain Caldwell 540-352-5174.