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Rising Dan River shuts down U.S. 501 through Riverdale

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Scottsburg man receives prison time for multiple offenses / July 21, 2014
A Scottsburg man pleaded guilty last week to eluding police, vehicle theft, illegal firearms possession and other felonies that will bring him a substantial prison stint.

Ronnie David Blanks, 35, was originally charged in August 2013 after he led police on a chase that started in Scottsburg and ended with his arrest in the Town of South Boston. He was tried and convicted Wednesday of six counts in Halifax County Circuit Court.

According to the court’s website, Blanks received suspended penitentiary time for grand larceny, vehicle theft and eluding police, as well as a 10-year prison sentence, with all but two years and five months suspended, for entering a building with intent to commit assault and battery.

However, he was sentenced to five years in prison for possession of a weapon after being convicted of a felony, and four years and four months for violating his probation as a felony offender.

Blanks was arrested Aug. 14 after the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office received a tip of a man riding through Scottsburg on a motorcycle, possibly stolen.

A Sheriff’s Office investigator spotted the motorcyclist on U.S. 360 and attempted to make a stop, but Blanks refused to pull over and continued driving the motorcycle into South Boston.

Following a brief pursuit, Blanks lost control of the bike and attempted to flee on foot before he was apprehended by police without incident.

Initially listed as a Greensboro, N.C. resident, Blanks’ most recent address is listed as Scottsburg. The crimes for which he was convicted occurred between August and October 2013.

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