Four face charges

MARTINSVILLE (AP) — A former sheriff’s deputy in southern Virginia and three other people have been charged in the shooting death of his wife.

The Martinsville Bulletin reported Thursday that David Lee Morse, 66, of Henry County, faces charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Virginia State Police said Morse called 911 and said he had discovered the body of his wife, Pamela S. Morse, 63, at home. The Medical Examiner’s Office determined that she died of a gunshot wound.

Morse retired roughly a decade ago from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. He is being held in jail without bond. It’s unclear if he has hired an attorney.

Three other people were also charged with first-degree murder. Police said they are Collin Joshua Russell, 37, of Stuart; Tanna Shelton Fitzgerald, 54, of Fieldale; and Casey Lynn Rogers, 27, of Meadows of Dan.

Each is in jail without bond. It’s unclear if they’ve hired attorneys.

State police said the investigation is ongoing.

Homicide victim

DINWIDDIE (AP) — A man whose body was found near a Virginia road earlier this week was a homicide victim, a sheriff’s office said Friday.

The body found on Wednesday morning was identified as Zackary Elan Scott, 23, the Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Scott has ties to the Hopewell-Prince George County area, the sheriff’s office said.

The body was found in a ditch off Rainey Creek Road near the town of McKenney, according to the release. McKenney is 51 miles (82 kilometers) southwest of Richmond. A person walking in the area discovered the remains between 7 and 8 a.m. that day, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

The sheriff’s office isn’t saying how Scott died, citing the ongoing investigation.

The sheriff’s office said it was the county’s first homicide since 2018.

Man indicted

FREDERICKSBURG (AP) — A Virginia grand jury has indicted a man on charges stemming from the shooting death of a teenager during a marijuana sale last year.

Foster Leon Brooks Jr. 23, of Fredericksburg was indicted this week by a Spotsylvania County grand jury on charges that include manslaughter and second-degree felony murder, The Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg reported Friday.

A felony murder charge is a homicide that occurs during the commission of another felony and carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison.

According to police and court records, Noah Waters, 19, of Spotsylvania was shot and killed on Dec. 4. Authorities said Waters and another man went to an area to close a marijuana sale. Instead, police said the would-be buyers instead tried to rob Brooks at gunpoint. Police said Brooks fired back and shot Waters.

A car carrying Brooks showed up at a nearby business moments later and police were called. Waters was pronounced dead a short time later at an area hospital.

Rain creates hazard

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Heavy rain over the past week has created multiple road hazards which have led to closures on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Roanoke, Virginia, area, the National Park Service said Friday.

The park service said in a news release that the road is closed from from Milepost 112.4 to Milepost 135.9, from U.S. Route 24 to Adney Gap. Within that closure, a full road closure to motor vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians is in effect from Milepost 121.4 at U.S. Route 220 to Milepost 135.9 at Adney Gap.

According to the park service, the largest of the hazards involves a full road failure roughly 150 feet long at Milepost 128. Parkway staff also discovered to two smaller slope failures that resulted in debris on the road at both Milepost 119 and 124.

The National Park Service and Federal Highway Administration will assess the issues and determine what repairs are needed, the news release said. Geotechnical and roadway design experts will assess the roadway failures and make recommendations for repairs and restoration. The schedule for repairs isn’t known, the park service said.