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Death in Skipwith probed as homicide / February 06, 2019

The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Tuesday that William Dennis Gregory, 46, is the man who was found dead last week inside a Skipwith home. Police are investigating the death as a homicide.

Sheriff’s Office Major Terry Edmonds said when deputies arrived at a home in the 4000 block of Philbeck Crossroads on Saturday, Jan. 26, they discovered Gregory’s remains. He was deceased but his body showed signs of trauma. Edmonds said Gregory had suffered a gunshot wound.

The case was then turned over to the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigative Division. After obtaining a warrant, investigators conducted a search of the home and transported Gregory’s body to the medical examiner’s office in Richmond for an autopsy.

A memorial service for Gregory will take place Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church in Skipwith. Online condolences may be expressed at

Edmonds said the case is being investigated as a homicide.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Mark Claiborne with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office at 434-210-2211 or you can call Crimesolvers at 1-877-676-8477. Calls to Crimesolvers remain anonymous and can lead to a reward up to $1000 dollars upon the arrest and conviction of a suspect.

In other crime news, Deputies J. Upton and J. Watts arrested Joseph Webb, 22 of La Crosse on charges of domestic assault of a family member after being called to his home in the 3,000 block of Marengo Road in the early morning hours of Feb. 3. Deputies were responding to a complaint about a domestic incident between family members. After Webb was arrested and remanded to Meherrin River Regional Jail, he was also served with a protective order.

Sgt. Andy Ramsey is investigating a larceny, which took place at the Bluestone Independent Baptist Church near Clarksville on Sunday, Feb. 3 around 9:45 a.m. The victim told Ramsey that she arrived at church around 10:00 a.m. but after church could not locate her pocketbook, which contained personal information and an undisclosed amount of cash.

Deputy T.J. Jimmerson arrested Konstantine Sarakinis, 29, after the car in which he was riding was pulled over for speeding, driving 86 mph in a 70-mph zone on I-85 near South Hill.

Jimmerson said as he approached the vehicle, he detected an odor associated with marijuana coming from inside. During a subsequent search he recovered a green plant material that tested positive for marijuana along with Schedule IV and Schedule II drugs. At the time of the search, Sarakinis had a firearm on his person.

Sarakinis was charged with charged with possession of Schedule II drugs and distribution of Schedule IV drugs and taken to Meherrin River Regional Jail. He was later released after posting a $25,000 secured bond.

The driver, Robert Williams, age 30 of McLean, was issued a summons for speeding, driving on a suspended license and possession of marijuana. Additional charges may be forthcoming as this incident is investigated.

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