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Sheriff's office gets vehicle donation, tour of remodeled Dominion building

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From left, Winnie Wiseman, new external affairs manager, Hall, Aycock, Doughtie, Tripp and Pekrun pose in front of the truck. From left, Winnie Wiseman, new external affairs manager, Hall, Aycock, Doughtie, Tripp and Pekrun pose in front of the truck. rrspin.com

Not only did the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office get a vehicle donated today, they got a tour of Dominion Energy’s remodeled headquarters on Vepco Street.

The four-wheel-drive Chevrolet Colorado will serve as a crime scene vehicle, Sheriff Wes Tripp said before receiving the keys. “It will store equipment to work our crime scenes. We’re proud of the cooperative partnership and appreciate the donation.”

Halifax County commissioners accepted the donation of the 2009 vehicle at its first meeting this month.

Dominion noted in the donation letter, “We are happy to offer your police force (a vehicle) to be used for the protection and safety of your community.”

Cost to the county for title and tags is $190.20, according to the presentation made earlier this month to commissioners by the sheriff.

Pam Pekrun, external affairs manager for Dominion, told the sheriff, Major Neil Aycock and Chief Deputy Scott Hall, “We are all about giving to the community. We appreciate the customers we serve.”

Before getting the keys to the vehicle, Michael B. Doughtie, manager of electric distribution construction, gave the entourage a tour. “Everything on the inside is new. We lived about a year in a trailer park (outside the facility).”

Most of the artwork now hanging is tied to the history of the city — a shot from Roanoke Avenue where Leggett is featured prominently. The Leggett building, which is now Roanoke Rapids City Hall, was also once the headquarters for Dominion’s southern district.

Doughtie said the idea behind the remodeling centered on the company’s younger workforce and providing an environment which promotes collaboration.

The remodeling led to a fitness center, shower facilities, a modern conference room, a storm center and other amenities. From the building Dominion serves some 25,000 customers.

During the handing over of the keys, Tripp thanked Dominion for the partnership.

Said Doughtie: “It’s our pleasure.”

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