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Fatal shooting of Boydton woman under investigation

SoVaNow.com / October 31, 2012
Mecklenburg County Sheriff investigators are continuing their probe into the fatal shooting of a Boydton woman who was found inside her car Saturday at Mt. Ararat Road near Clarksville.

Mecklenburg Sheriff Bobby Hawkins declined to speculate on the cause of death, saying only that an inquiry is ongoing.

According to Hawkins, on Saturday Clarksville Police were called to do a “welfare check” on a woman later identified as 43-year-old Charlene L. Rice of Boydton.

Police were told that Rice was believed to be at or near Mt. Ararat Road.

When Clarksville Police Officer Andy Elliot and Sgt. Brent Evans found Rice, she was slumped over in the car on the driver’s side, having suffered a gunshot wound.

Rice’s body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy, while the investigation into her death continued. Witnesses were questioned, and the scene was processed. Current weather conditions, however, are impeding the investigation, so no further information was available at press time.

“This is a tragic incident, as any are that involve the loss of life,” said Hawkins. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends. I would like to thank the law enforcement officers from both the Sheriff’s Office and Clarksville Police Department for their dedication and professionalism during this and all other incidents.”

Hawkins also thanked the Mecklenburg County Rescue and Lifesaving Squad for its quick response and support “during this devastating event.” He said the teamwork displayed by the three agencies “makes me proud to be a citizen here in Mecklenburg County.”

In other crimes, Sgt. Marlon Alexander was asked to look into a potential car theft this past week. The victim, who lives in the 8500 block of Highway Forty Seven, told Alexander that someone stole his vehicle [a 1993 blue Pontiac, 4-door] from his yard. The theft occurred sometime between 1-4:30 p.m. on Oct. 24.

The vehicle was recovered during a traffic stop in Crewe on Friday, Oct. 26. Arrested at the scene was 25-year-old N’neka Henderson of Chase City. Henderson was charged with grand larceny and is currently being held in the Piedmont Regional Jail.

Sgt. Scott Mull continues to investigate a larceny complaint he received on Oct. 27. The victim stated that someone gained access by forced entry to his home at the 100 block of Newby Road. Several items were stolen from the home including a PlayStation 3, a game called “Rock Band Drum”, a Ryobi Weed eater, and a Craftsman 18” gas powered chain saw. The total value for the stolen items is estimated at $1,050.

The victim could not say when the theft occurred, but believed it was sometime between Oct. 13-27. Anyone with information is asked to call Mull at 434-738-6171 or Crime Solvers.

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