Authorities say the driver of a car involved in an accident yesterday morning may have had a medical condition before crossing into oncoming traffic and hitting a telephone pole on Old Forest Road. The crash occurred a little after 9 a.m. Tuesday; officials say the impact split the pole in half– According to Lynchburg police, the driver refused treatment at the scene. There has been no word on whether the driver faces charges.
The man suspected in connection with the death of his wife was indicted yesterday on charges of first-degree murder and grand larceny. 49 year old Sylvester Cheatham is accused of killing his estranged wife, Arnita Michelle Cheatham at a Madison Heights motel, one day shy of her 42nd birthday. Her body was discovered August 2, in a room at the Executive Inn on Rt.29; an investigator testified Tuesday, according to media outlets, that it appeared an assault had taken place on the bed. Officials say Arnita Cheatham ultimately died of head trauma. A two-day jury trial has been set for March 26 and 27.
A New York man has been sentenced in Bedford County to five years in prison on counts of computer solicitation. According to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Moses Kahn engaged in sexual explicit communications with a person he had reason to believe was a female minor in Bedford County. Kahn was arrested Feb. 25 and charged with 13 counts of use of a communication system to facilitate certain offenses involving children; he pleaded no contest in October. The Judge sentenced him Tuesday, to 10 years with five years suspended on each charge and set the time to run concurrently.
The Standard and Poor’s financial services company has affirmed Lynchburg with an AA+ Plus bond rating. According to the City Manager the rating allows the city to borrow more money at a lower interest rate. Standard and Poor’s says it based its decision on the city’s stable economy, it’s flexibility with the budget, and it’s strong financial management. An AA+ rating is one of the highest ratings a city of Lynchburg’s size can achieve.
A Nelson County judge this morning signed a gag order for the Alexis Murphy case. The Commonwealth’s attorney filed the motion last week regarding the trial of Randy Taylor, the man charged with the abduction of Nelson County teen who went missing on August 3. The gag order will allow neither police nor potential witnesses to say anything to media that could hamper attorneys from choosing a fair and impartial jury. That order includes lawyers for both sides and employees of those law firms from making statements. Taylor’s trial is set for next February.
A Lynchburg man already serving nearly 4-decades behind bars on similar offenses in other localities, pleaded guilty on Monday in Lynchburg Circuit Court to charges of aggravated sexual battery of a child, indecent liberties with a minor and forcible sodomy. 57 year old Bernard Nelson is currently in prison for molesting a teenage boy in Campbell, Appomattox and Prince Edward counties. According to the News & Advance, the judge sentenced him to 40 years, but suspended 20. 15 years of the sentence is set to run concurrent with the sentence in Campbell County. The active sentence from the Lynchburg case is five years.