Two hurt in home invasion

Two Henry County residents were injured in a home invasion early Monday. Raymond Short and Melanie Sturgill, both residents of a mobile home on Fairmont Drive, Bassett, received medical treatment for injuries they received during the incident, according to a release from the Henry County Sheriffa s Office and Maj.

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Jay

New Palestine, IN

#1 Apr 6, 2010
Have a gun and a security plan for your home. You never know. It can happen even in a small, obscure town like this.
Jay

United States

#2 Apr 8, 2010
Some country folks need to be street smart like the city folks and keep their doors and windows locked at all times. This isn't the good old days anymore.
Robin Goard

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Apr 11, 2010
You know Jay I got to tell you this. My brother Raymond has lived in Cleveland Ohio for 30 years of his life and there is no other better place to gain street smarts. And another thing his doors and windows were locked. Its your type of attitude that will cause yourself pain. Dont be ignorant and think you are safe because you assume you are street smart and keep the doors and windows locked. If someone wants in they will get in plain and simple. He also had a gun which was loaded. I dont care how much planning a family does it will never prepare you for this. I know everyone has their opinion but sometimes you need more information to make one that makes any sense at all. If you dont know what you are talking about its best to just keep your mouth shut!
Robin Goard

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Apr 11, 2010
I noticed my post 1st post has my city listed as Concord, VA. I am a proud resident of Bassett, VA. Just want to set the record straight.
Jay

Lexington Park, MD

#5 Apr 12, 2010
Robin Goard wrote:
I noticed my post 1st post has my city listed as Concord, VA. I am a proud resident of Bassett, VA. Just want to set the record straight.
I get the same problem all the time myself. And I am currently from Richmond.
Jay

Lexington Park, MD

#6 Apr 12, 2010
Robin Goard wrote:
You know Jay I got to tell you this. My brother Raymond has lived in Cleveland Ohio for 30 years of his life and there is no other better place to gain street smarts. And another thing his doors and windows were locked. Its your type of attitude that will cause yourself pain. Dont be ignorant and think you are safe because you assume you are street smart and keep the doors and windows locked. If someone wants in they will get in plain and simple. He also had a gun which was loaded. I dont care how much planning a family does it will never prepare you for this. I know everyone has their opinion but sometimes you need more information to make one that makes any sense at all. If you dont know what you are talking about its best to just keep your mouth shut!
I always assume someone can break into a home even if it is locked. Even then an alarm system can be circumvented. The only thing you can do is add more features to make break-ins difficult. The purpose of those locks and other devices is to you me some time to get to your gun. I also have timers so that when I come home at night, I can see very clearly. And I do sweep the entire home before I secure for the night or when I wake up in the morning. I don't appreciate your condescending attitude. If you have nothing else better to say, you need to keep your mouth shut!!!!, trailer trash
Robin Goard

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Apr 12, 2010
You are a total heartless SOB. Really. Why do you feel like my comment is condescending? This is my brother not your family. Do you know what it feels like to visit a loved one in the ICU everyday figthing for his life? It wasn't a simple beating and it was not provoked. Its not like he has been able to get up and walk away from it. Do you have family? Can you for a minute get out of your better than thou state of mind and feel what we do? For you to make the first comment of country folk seemed like you were trying to assume he was not so bright, should I say. And that we all need street smarts. Those things have nothing to do with what happened at all. And as far as trailer trash if it makes you feel superior to call me that I really don't care, but for you to say it and be uniformed as to who I even am really makes you look the fool.
Jay

United States

#8 Apr 12, 2010
Robin Goard wrote:
You are a total heartless SOB. Really. Why do you feel like my comment is condescending? This is my brother not your family. Do you know what it feels like to visit a loved one in the ICU everyday figthing for his life? It wasn't a simple beating and it was not provoked. Its not like he has been able to get up and walk away from it. Do you have family? Can you for a minute get out of your better than thou state of mind and feel what we do? For you to make the first comment of country folk seemed like you were trying to assume he was not so bright, should I say. And that we all need street smarts. Those things have nothing to do with what happened at all. And as far as trailer trash if it makes you feel superior to call me that I really don't care, but for you to say it and be uniformed as to who I even am really makes you look the fool.
You didn't say it was your brother. If so, I am sorry. But it does not give you the right to tell me to shut up. I am glad I am no longer part of your loser community and don't have to deal with your kind.
Jay

United States

#9 Apr 12, 2010
I am through with you and any reply to me will be ignored. After all, it's Moronsville.
Jay

Lexington Park, MD

#10 Apr 12, 2010
I have visited other peoples' homes as part of my job when I was assigned in M-ville and Bassett. Half of them don't lock their doors. So much for street smarts and civilization (lol).
Jay

Lottsburg, VA

#11 Apr 12, 2010
I still wish your brother a full recovery though. Over and out.
Robin Goard

Charlottesville, VA

#12 Apr 12, 2010
I dont want any ill feelings between us, but in your first statement you said keep your widows and doors locked, which they were, and sounded as though you were trying to disrespect him because you thought he was "country folk". That sruck a nerve with me. Im sure you can understand this. He IS my brother! And I would take any offense right now at someone saying anything negative about him. However, I did mention in my first post that he is my brother. And that is why I said you shouldn't speak on it because it sounds like you assumed he left the door open for them. He did not. There was also a locked gate over the driveway. But this was a personal thing. They came to do what they did to him and thats what they did. I don't believe there was a way to stop it. Just wish we knew who and why. It shows how really vulnerable anyone can be. It doesn't have to be from a small town or a large city. It happens everywhere. I agree completely with the thought of home security and protecting yourself. Even though we dont see eye to eye on this I thank you for the well wishes for recovery. And once again you don't know me or "my kind". If you dont like Martinsville or Bassett that's ok. Everyone has there opinion. This is not my hometown, but its where my home is and I support it for that reason alone. This tragedy has affected my whole family and people I don't even know. But there is one thing I will not let it do and that is take my sense of security in my own home.
Jay

Lexington Park, MD

#13 Apr 13, 2010
Robin Goard wrote:
I dont want any ill feelings between us, but in your first statement you said keep your widows and doors locked, which they were, and sounded as though you were trying to disrespect him because you thought he was "country folk". That sruck a nerve with me. Im sure you can understand this. He IS my brother! And I would take any offense right now at someone saying anything negative about him. However, I did mention in my first post that he is my brother. And that is why I said you shouldn't speak on it because it sounds like you assumed he left the door open for them. He did not. There was also a locked gate over the driveway. But this was a personal thing. They came to do what they did to him and thats what they did. I don't believe there was a way to stop it. Just wish we knew who and why. It shows how really vulnerable anyone can be. It doesn't have to be from a small town or a large city. It happens everywhere. I agree completely with the thought of home security and protecting yourself. Even though we dont see eye to eye on this I thank you for the well wishes for recovery. And once again you don't know me or "my kind". If you dont like Martinsville or Bassett that's ok. Everyone has there opinion. This is not my hometown, but its where my home is and I support it for that reason alone. This tragedy has affected my whole family and people I don't even know. But there is one thing I will not let it do and that is take my sense of security in my own home.
Well said. I should have not referred to you guys as such. You hometown is your hometown. I got tired of being treated like an outsider there so I was venting it out toward the mean ones there. Again, there is no excuse for my behavior and my apologies. I wish him the best. Any advice on other ways to prevent this from happening to you or your loved ones, let me know. I can relate to this event because of a home invasion that happened in a home across the street from Norfolk, where I lived then. And, it was good that the victim won and killed his attacker although he had to move out the neighborhood to save face. He ended up moving to Chesapeake. Because of that event, I vowed to buy a gun and upgrade my home security w/ some items.
Jay

Pinecliffe, CO

#14 Apr 13, 2010
Crime happens all over the country and it does not favor background or boundaries. Even when I lived im Martinsville for 2 years, I still maintained my mindset as I have heard some crime stories there too. I have even heard of one that even pulled out a gun on a bunch of thugs in Askins Street that tried to block his route unless he paid a toll. And other towns such as Bassett and Patrick County, you get your share of drug problems too. And Danville? There is more crime there than Martinsville or the other 2 towns I have mentioned, since it is starting to grow as a city. But I do have one thing in common that I do see eye to eye with the people that reside in Henry, Pittsylvania and Patrick County. And that is the 2nd Amendment and the right to own a firearm for self-protection. And you guys have a good gunshop in Collinsville too. That is why I made some friends there as I went along. Well, I do sincerely wish him a full recovery and it was a heinous crime that should not have happened. No one deserves that. And I do hope that the offenders get prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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