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Suspicious death in Skipwith investigated / January 30, 2019

Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office deputies are investigating a suspicious death in Skipwith after a body was found Saturday night at a home in the 4000 block of Phillbeck Crossroads.

Deputies are not releasing the name of the victim, but say they received a call around 8 p.m. Saturday about a person in cardiac arrest. When they arrived at the home, they found the victim had suffered a possible fatal gunshot wound.

The matter was turned over to the Sheriff’s Office criminal investigative division and the body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond for an autopsy.

This case remains under investigation. Anyone with information about this or any crime is asked to contact the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s office at (434) 738-6171 or Mecklenburg County Crimesolvers at 1-877-676-8477. Calls are anonymous.

» A Georgia woman was arrested following a high-speed chase that took her and Deputy Joe Carey from I-85 at mile marker 9 into the town of South Hill.

While monitoring traffic on Interstate 85 on Saturday, Carey observed a white car traveling north on the interstate at 98 mph. The driver initially pulled over after being signaled to stop, but as Carey approached the car on foot, the driver fled. The driver exited the interstate at mile marker 15 onto North Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill. The chase ended when the driver struck a power pole at the intersection of Sunset Lane and Forest Hill Drive.

The driver, Michelle King, 19 of Lithonia, Ga., was arrested on charges of felony eluding. She was also charged by South Hill Police with reckless driving and issued a warrant by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office for driving without a valid license.

» Joshua Fanning, 33, of Stoney Creek was charged with driving under the influence and refusing a breath test after he was stopped by Deputy J. Thomas in South Hill in the early morning hours of Jan. 26. Thomas was patrolling the area when he encountered Fanning’s vehicle; he was driving 36 mph in a 25 mph zone. As Thomas approach the vehicle, he detected an odor of alcohol coming from inside. A field sobriety test was administered after which Fanning was arrested, but later released on a $2,500 unsecured bond.

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