Truck crosses I-77 and crashes; driver dies

I-77-logoFrom Virginia State Police: At 8:06 a.m. Friday (July 3), Virginia State Police Sr. Trooper D.A. Phipps was called to the scene of a fatal crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77. The crash occurred near the 22 mile marker in Carroll County.  A tractor-trailer pulling double trailers was traveling north on I-77 when the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle as it came through a curve. The tractor-trailer ran off the left side of the highway, went through the median, and overturned across the southbound lanes of I-77. When the tractor-trailer entered the southbound lanes, the second trailer struck a 2014 Chevrolet Aveo. The driver of the tractor-trailer, Randall O. Page, 36, of Charlotte, N.C., died at the scene. The driver of the Aveo, a 22-year-old Ohio woman, was transported to Wythe Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  The cause of the crash remains ongoing.

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Former Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver dies

Virginia-Tech-LogoBLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) _ Former Virginia athletic director Jim Weaver has died. He was 70. The university said in a news release that Weaver died Thursday morning. He disclosed in 2008 that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and he retired for health reasons in 2013. He served as Virginia Tech’s athletic director for 16 years, the second-longest tenure in school history. Weaver arrived in September 1997, when the Hokies played football in the Big East and all other sports in the Atlantic 10. By 1999, the Big East invited the Hokies to become an all-sports member. Five years later, they moved again, joining the Atlantic Coast Conference. He also presided over many facilities upgrades, including expansion of Lane Stadium to a capacity of 65,632.

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One lane of 12th Street scheduled to close temporarily

lynchburg logo - important announcementsOn Thursday, July 9, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the northbound lane of 12th Street will be closed to allow for southbound traffic to be redirected to that lane. Northbound traffic will be detoured to Dunbar Drive. This change in traffic patterns is to allow for slope maintenance. Motorists are cautioned to be aware of the change and to observe caution.

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Virginia’s Pamunkey Indian Tribe granted federal recognition

WLNI-SNORFOLK, Va. (AP) _ The Department of Interior has granted federal recognition to the Pamunkey Indian Tribe, the first in Virginia to receive the designation. The designation allows federal spending on medical care, housing and education. It also could lead to the tribe seeking a casino through a separate approval process, although the Pamunkey have say they have no plans to do so. Still, the tribe’s application was opposed by MGM Resorts, which is building a casino at the National Harbor outside the nation’s capital in Maryland. Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus also opposed recognition, saying the tribe had a history of banning interracial marriages with blacks. The tribe’s 200-acre rural reservation is about 25 miles east of Richmond. It has about 200 members.

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New leadership steps in at Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar CollegeSWEET BRIAR, Va. (AP) _ Sweet Briar College has a new president and a new board of directors. The changing of the guard occurred Thursday under terms of a mediated settlement to keep open the small liberal arts college that was scheduled to close in late August. In a statement issued by Saving Sweet Briar, the college’s new president, Phillip Stone, said the “tremendously fierce commitment” of the school’s alumnae had not been tapped when they were needed most. He also said it is not his intention to keep the school running for just one more academic year, adding that the aim is to keep Sweet Briar open for another 114 years. In early May, the now former leadership of the women’s college said Sweet Briar would have to close because of insurmountable financial challenges.

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Lynchburg man arrested for robbery, abduction and carjacking

Brandon Hayes

Brandon Hayes

From Lynchburg City Police: On June 30, 2015 a victim reported being robbed by a male armed with a handgun in the Sandusky area of Lynchburg. The suspect forced the victim to put a variety of electronic equipment into the victim’s vehicle. The suspect then forced the victim to drive him to Simons Run where the suspect, still armed with the handgun, told the victim to get out of the vehicle. The victim complied and the suspect then stole the vehicle. Shortly after the incident was reported, the stolen vehicle was located parked and unoccupied on Simons Run, without the numerous electronic equipment. As a result of an intense investigation, the Lynchburg Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division identified the suspect as 25 year old Brandon Alexander Hayes, of Lynchburg. Warrants were obtained for robbery, abduction, carjacking, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and preventing someone from summonsing law enforcement. On July 2, 2015, a search warrant was executed by the Criminal Investigations Division, with the assistance from the LPD Tactical Unit, at a residence in the 700 block of Leesville Rd. Hayes was taken into custody without incident. This incident is believed to have been a targeted crime and not random as the suspect and victim had previous contact.

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GameStop Release DSG Release         Cloned Credit Card Fraud in Lynchburg The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating incidents involving the use of a cloned credit card. On June 6, 2015, the Hispanic male pictured below used the cloned card to purchase gift cards at GameStop and Dicks Sporting Goods on Wards Rd.   Anyone with information on the identity of the subject, or other information related to incident, please contact Detective D. W. Clarke at 434-455-6147 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Visit the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers website at www.cvcrimestoppers.org to enter a web tip, or text “CVCS” plus your message to 274637.  


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