Two children injured seriously in single-car crash Friday

IMG_20140725_121039From Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office

Friday at 11:50 a.m. the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office responded with REMSI EMS and Draper Fire Dept. to the 3200 block of Lowmans Ferry Road in Shiloh for a motor vehicle accident.
According to Sheriff’s Office Capt. Jeff Saunders, upon arrival responders found a 2008 Chevrolet four-door sedan had ran off of the right side of the roadway and hit a tree and then rolled over into a field.
The driver was Crystal Lynn Lefler, 35 of Draper and there were 2 small children, ages 2 and 4 in the vehicle, one of which was ejected.
All 3 were transported to local hospitals, where both of the children were flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with serious life threatening injuries.
Lefler has been charged with DUID and the accident is still under investigation by Deputy Russell Mitchell and the Pulaski County Regional Crash Team.

Shrewsbury new PCHS Band Director

Pulaski County Public Schools has announced the appointment of Matthew M. Shrewsbury as the new band director at Pulaski County High School.

matthew_shrewsbury_photo-165x258Shrewsbury’s appointment is pending final approval by the school board.

Shrewsbury is a 2003 graduate of PCHS.

He earned his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C. and his Masters of Secondary Music Education from Coastal Carolina University, Conway, S.C.

He comes to Pulaski County from Coastal Carolina University where he served as the Assistant Director of Bands, the Director of Athletic Bands and was the assistant conductor for the symphonic band.

Cougar Football Camp July 28-29

Cougar Football Camp
July 28-29, 2014
6:00-8:00pm for grades 2-8.

Registration: The camp is open to rising Elementary and Middle school students (grades 2-8) . Registration application and money may be returned to PCHS ( makes checks payable to PC TD Club) in the main office or mailed to :
Pulaski County High School,
Attention: Stephen James,
5414 Cougar Trail,
Dublin, VA 24084.

Cost of Camp: $10 for an individual or $15 for 2 participants in the same household. A t-shirt is included in this price.

Information: This camp will be conducted by the Cougar Staff and players. It will emphasize basic fundamentals in all aspects of the game.

Mariners’ Bats Fall Silent

Pirates shut out Pulaski in series finale 


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The Bristol Pirates (10-21)shut down the Mariners’ offense en route to their tenth win of the season. Pulaski was never truly able to put together a scoring chance as they fell 5-0.

Ricardo Pereira got the spot start for the Mariners. Pereira pitched 4.2 innings and allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits while striking out four.

“Pereira didn’t pitch poorly, but he did make a few mistakes” said Rob Mummau. “He left some balls up which were hit hard. He has been good for us all year, so I know he’ll bounce back next time.”

Bristol drew first blood with two runs in the third inning. Carlos Ozuna and Candon Myles opened the inning with back-to-back singles. The two runners advanced on a throwing error during a pickoff attempt by Pereira. A single by Edgardo Munoz sends Ozuna home for the first Pirates run of the night. Myles scores the second Pirates run of the inning on a ground ball to second base.

The Pirates scored once in the sixth inning to push their lead to five to nothing. Bristol loaded the bases with no outs. Luis Pina induced a ground ball double play which scored Trae Arbet but placed two outs on the board.

All night long the Pulaski batters were befuddled. The Mariners scratched out five hits—two by Tom Verdi—but could not plate a run. Verdi’s eighth inning double was the lone extra base hit for the team.

This shutout comes after Pulaski’s offense had been clicking. Over the previous four games the Mariners had slugged four home runs.

“Their pitchers had a good idea of what to do” said Mummau. “You have to tip your cap to them and try to do better tomorrow.”

The Mariners prepare for a three game series with the Princeton Rays. First pitch begins at 7pm.



North Carolina & Virginia to Host Multistate Joint Yard Sale This Weekend

70-mile long, three day yard sale begins tomorrow

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – This weekend, residents living along a 70-mile stretch of highway in western North Carolina and Virginia will be given a unique opportunity to participate in a multistate yard sale.
The inaugural event, which was organized by over a dozen tourism leaders from the Old Dominion and Tar Heel State, is being dubbed, “The US-21 Road Market Sale.”
Slated to take place along U.S. Route 21, beginning in Jonesville, North Carolina, and continuing as far north as Wytheville, Virginia, the event is expected to kick start a series of multistate initiatives, all aimed at promoting tourism on both sides of the border.
Organizers say the public’s response to the road market sale has been nothing short of remarkable.
Tourism leaders in Virginia say the event has the potential to bring an incredible number of additional travelers into communities along the historic route, many of which are in the throes of revitalization.
Mary Jo Babbitt, the Town of Wytheville’s tourism development coordinator, bragged on the level of cross-jurisdiction cooperation required in getting such an idea up and running.
“This event just proves that when you work together, you succeed,” said Babbitt.
In total, the three-day sale, which begins Friday and lasts through Sunday, will wind through four North Carolina counties prior to reaching the Virginia state line, just south of the New River.
Once in Virginia, the road market event will pass through another four localities, reaching its end on the charming streets of downtown Wytheville.
Planners say the event is the product of the multistate program known as “Take a Break from the Interstate,” a tourism committee comprised of local leaders who desire to see more travelers explore the two states’ back roads.

Storm slams Virginia campground; 2 dead

CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) — The sky turned black and cellphones pinged with emergency messages. Moments later, a fierce storm tore through a sprawling, carnival-like campground Thursday, snapping dozens of trees and flipping over RVs.

Two people were killed and more than two dozen were hurt, with injuries ranging from cuts to broken bones, officials said. At least one person was critically injured.

“All hell broke loose,” said Joe Colony, who has been coming to Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort campground along the Chesapeake Bay for 30 years. “We got an emergency message on a cellphone and within 30 seconds, the thing hit and it blew down 40, 50 trees in the park.”

About 1,300 people were at the campground, readying for a summer day of swimming pools, mini-golf, pier fishing and other activities at the 300-acre resort in rural Northampton County.

The National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning for the area about 9 a.m. EDT Thursday. A team was dispatched to determine if a twister had hit.

Joe Micucci said he and his wife couldn’t escape in their car because hail was the size of softballs. The couple rode out the storm in their camper.

“We saw at least five (campers) that were flipped over. One was completely gone and only had its wheels left,” said Micucci, of Washington Township, New Jersey.

Across the country in Spokane, Washington, severe thunderstorms knocked out power to more than 60,000 customers and damaged dozens of homes Wednesday. One driver suffered life-threatening injuries when a tree slammed onto his car, impaling him. Severe thunderstorms were forecast for the northern Plains on Thursday and could threaten the Deep South and mid-Atlantic.

In Virginia, State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller confirmed the deaths.

Eastville volunteer firefighter Brittney Eder said she left the campground before the full force of the storm hit.

“It came in real quick,” she said. “The sky turned jet black.”

Micucci and others were evacuated from the campground to a nearby high school. He said he wasn’t sure when he would be able to go back and survey the damage.

Peter Glagola, spokesman for Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital, said the hospital was treating more than two dozen patients as of Thursday afternoon, most of which were in fair condition with injuries ranging from cuts to broken bones.

Glagola said more patients were expected to be brought to the hospital, which is about 30 minutes north of the campground. One patient in critical condition was flown to VCU Medical Center in Richmond, he said.

Hospitals in Virginia Beach and Norfolk had been preparing for mass casualties but had received just three patients, one of which was taken to a nearby children’s hospital, said Sentara Healthcare spokesman Dale Gauding

Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert said crews also were responding to reports of boats overturned in the water in the area. Good Samaritans pulled at least three people from the water, he said, though their conditions were unknown.

Police warn of new phone scam targeting seniors

From Pulaski Police Department

The Pulaski Police Department would like to warn the public of a current telephone scam targeting senior citizens.

The caller will congratulate the senior victim for winning the lottery, a sweepstakes, or a new car. The caller then advises the victim to send the caller a large amount of money, via commercial money transfers, for processing fees in order to collect their winnings.

Most of the calls are coming from area code “876”, which traces back to Jamaica. However, con artists are able to disguise phone numbers into a local area code, by using internet technology.

Occasionally, the scam artist will become irate, abusive, and threaten the victim if they do not comply with their demands. Don’t become a victim. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

For more information on this scam, other similar scams, and tips for preventing and protecting yourself against scams, visit AARP’s website at To report telephone scams, you can visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website at

 If you have any questions regarding this matter, contact Officer Megan Jennings at (540) 994-8676.

By authority of Officer M.R. Jennings

10 Things to Know for Today

The Associated Press

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


The condemned man gasps and snorts as the lethal injection used adds to the scrutiny of the death penalty in the U.S.


More war dead as Washington announces signs of progress in cease-fire talks, but prospects for a quick cessation to the hostilities seem distant. Hamas says the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade must be addressed in tandem with a truce.


Kiev says 51 containers holding bodies and body parts of the Flight 17 passengers are departing for the Netherlands aboard two military transport planes.


Militants fire mortar rounds on Iraqi army bases north of Baghdad, setting off a gunbattle with troops in which 52 prisoners and eight soldiers are killed.


Stormy weather on the trailing edge of Typhoon Matmo is suspected to have led to the tragedy that killed 48 people.


A closer look at the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, designed to bring high-paying jobs and innovation to the state, reveals that some of the businesses that received money moved away or forfeited their right to do business.


An internal report reveals that six years and nearly $300 million after embarking on an aggressive plan to replace its outdated computer systems, the agency still can’t say when it will be completed or how much it will cost.


Dating, love, and family are topics of the play “The Leftover Monologues,” an amateur production by American journalist Roseann Lake, to be held at a central Beijing arts venue.


A new scientific expedition will study remains of thousands of ancient animals that accidentally fell to their deaths in hidden Wyoming cave.


Pat Bowlen, 70, announces that he’s giving up control of the Denver Broncos because of Alzheimer’s disease.

Pulaski Mariners Win Fourth Straight

Zack Littell dominates in 3-2 win


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The Pulaski Mariners (18-14) left Bristol after taking the first two games of a split series with the Pirates (9-21).

Zack Littell (3-3, 5.50 ERA) brought his season record back to .500 with a superb outing. Littell gave up only one run in the form of a second inning homer by Daniel Arribas. Additionally Littell struck out four.

Estarlyn Morales put the Mariners ahead in the fourth inning with a two-run shot. The Mariners have hit a home run in each of their last four contests.

Chase Nyman singled home last night’s hero, Wayne Taylor, in the seventh to give Pulaski a 3-1 lead.

Bristol made the affair’s final line slightly closer with one run in the bottom of the ninth off Trey Cochran-Gill (2-0, 0.00 ERA). Cochran-Gill pitched the final two innings of the game to record his fifth save of the 2014 campaign.

Bristol and Pulaski play once again tomorrow night—this time at Historic Calfee Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7 pm.