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Halifax County’s unemployment rate jumped from 8.3 percent in June to 8.8 percent in July. Over 900 people left the labor force, which numbered 15,974 in June, but fell to…

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A quick, athletic Jefferson Forest squad proved too potent offensively for the Halifax County High School varsity football squad Friday night, speeding past the Comets, 50-30, in South Boston.

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Second degree murder conviction in Clarksville shooting

SoVaNow.com / April 26, 2013
A Henderson, N.C. man, Derrick Lamont Hargrove, 29, of Plum Nutty Road was convicted by a Mecklenburg County jury on April 24 of second degree murder in connection with the murder of Demetri Waller on August 2, 2011. The shooting death of Waller occurred on Highway 15 South near Clarksville.

Hargrove was indicted by a Mecklenburg County grand jury on August 15, 2011. The investigation was conducted by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Clarksville Police Department, the Southside Drug Task Force and the Vance County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation revealed that a black Dodge Charger used by Hargrove forced the vehicle in which Waller was a passenger to stop in the roadway of Highway 15 South. Several individuals exited the Charger and opened fire on the vehicle. Waller was fatally shot in the neck while still seated in the vehicle. Hargrove was one of the individuals who exited the Charger.

Hargrove was represented by Charles C. Cosby, Jr. and Lawrence Drombetta of Richmond. The prosecution was handled by Mecklenburg County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Nora J. Miller. The jury recommended a sentence of 20 years. Formal sentencing is scheduled for June 20, 2013. Hargrove faces prosecution at a later date on an indictment alleging Possession of a Firearm by a Violent Felon.

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