‘Can Man’ funds to help crime-fighting charities

Posted at 11:39 AM, Oct 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-01 12:44:29-04

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – Money collected after the murder of a Dinwiddie man has been donated to three charities with law enforcement ties.

Members of the community donated hundreds of aluminum cans following the Sept. 2 beating death of Carter Northington. Northington was known as “Can Man” because he collected cans to recycle.

Money raised from the recycled cans was originally going to fund a reward to help find Northington’s killer. It was later determined the money would help Northington’s family cover funeral costs.

Can ManLast week Northington’s sister and Rodney Perkinson, who organized the fund raising efforts, decided to give the remaining funds to the Dinwiddie Triad, Petersburg / Dinwiddie Crime Solvers and The Dinwiddie County Fallen Officers Memorial Scholarship Fund.

“Sheriff Duck Adams wants to thank Mrs. [Frances] Clark and Mr. Perkinson for their generous gifts to these charities,” the Dinwiddie Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “He also wants to thank the many citizens who donated cash and aluminum cans to the fundraising efforts. Without the overwhelming support from the public these donations would not be possible.”

In the days following Northington’s beating death, investigators arrested Michael Edward Elmore, 48, for first-degree murder.