Former WDBJ7 News Director: gunman was “professional victim”

Vester Flanagan

Vester Flanagan

The former WDBJ7 News Director who hired — and fired — the man who fatally shot reporter Alison Parker and videojournalist Adam Ward says Vester Flanagan was a “professional victim” with a history of personal conflicts. Flanagan was better known by his on-air name of Bryce Williams. Dan Dennison says Flanagan had numerous conflicts with colleagues at several stations — and never understood he was the source. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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(Associated Press contributed the Dan Dennison audio to this report)

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WDBJ7: gunman had not shown any visible hostility to any employees since termination — until Wednesday

In remembrance: WDBJ7As funeral arrangements are announced for one of Wednesday’s WDBJ7 shooting victims, the station says the gunman had not shown any visible hostility to any employees since his termination. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the latest.

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Virginia poll: Clinton leads Trump, is in virtual tie with Bush, Rubio, Walker

WLNI-campaign-2015A new Roanoke College poll shows Democrat Hillary Clinton leading Republican Donald Trump by 13 percent among Virginia residents, but when up against other GOP presidential candidates like Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker, the margins are much narrower — anywhere from one to four per cent.  There is a big gender gap, with men slightly favoring any of the Republican contenders and women strongly in favor of Clinton. She trails Bush, Rubio, and Walker among Independents by 10-17 points, but leads each among moderates by margins ranging from 25 to 35 percent.

(Click here for full poll results and methodology.)

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Listen: Lynchburg Police say Jessie Paige death is related to series of drug and gang-related shooting incidents

Jessie Paige (Photo courtesy WDBJ7)

Jessie Paige (Photo courtesy WDBJ7)

Lynchburg Police say the weekend shooting death of 16-year-old Jessie Paige is connected to a series of several other shooting incidents going back to last March. Lynchburg Police Captain Ryan Zuidema says all those incidents are drug and gang-related, and all are targeted attacks between specific groups and specific people. Zuidema says there is no threat to the community at large, but police are nonetheless concerned that an innocent citizen might become the victim of further incidents. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more:

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Here are Captain Zuidema and Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Doucette at today’s news conference:

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Police: Lynchburg father illegally paid in-state University of Georgia tuition

WLNI-SATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ The Athens-Clarke County District Attorney’s Office has filed a felony theft charge against a Virginia man accused of obtaining in-state tuition rates for his daughter while she attended the University of Georgia. The Athens Banner-Herald reported Monday that the DA’s office filed an accusation in Clarke County Superior Court on June 23 charging Pierre P. Mortemousque of Lynchburg with a single count of theft by deception. Police say in tuition application documents, Mortemousque gave an address in Atlanta, where he owns an apartment that he seldom stayed at. In June 2014, university police obtained warrants charging him with four counts of theft by deception, among other charges. During the probe, police say Mortemousque reimbursed the university for the $37,020 in savings he owed, and his daughter transferred to another college.

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Reserve a Berglund Center seat and it will soon be yours forever

Berglund Center SeatIf you ever wanted to take home a seat from Berglund Center coliseum in Roanoke, your day has arrived. The center holds an open house today from 4:00 to 7:00; reserve a seat for $20, and once it comes out, you’ll be notified you can take it home. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Click here for full Berglund Center coliseum seat purchase information.

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Woman charged with stabbing two family members with screwdriver

Krislin Beverly

Krislin Beverley

From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: The office is investigating a Malicious Wounding that occurred shortly before 11 pm Tuesday July 7th.  Krislin D Beverley, a 19 year old female of Creston Oaks Forest, was charged with stabbing two family members with a screw driver on Richmond Highway. The victims were treated and released from the Emergency Department at Lynchburg General Hospital. Ms. Beverley is being help without bond at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail, Amherst Adult Detention Complex pending a preliminary hearing in Amherst J&DR Court.

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About 1/4 of all Virginia’s waste comes here from out of state

Associated Press photo

Associated Press photo

More than five million tons of waste was brought from outside states for disposal here last year. That’s down about 20% from 2003, but as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, it still accounts for about one-quarter of all solid waste managed in the state.

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Lynchburg City Schools offer free summer meals, immunizations and physicals

LynchburgCitySchoolsFrom Lynchburg City Schools: – The Lynchburg City Schools School Nutrition Program is currently offering free meals to kids 18 and under this summer at two open feeding sites. LCS is also partnering with the Centra Mobile Med, a free clinic on wheels, to provide services to children and adults this summer. The Lynchburg City Schools School Nutrition Program is offering free meals to kids 18 and under this summer at two open feeding sites:

  • R. S. Payne Elementary School located at 1201 Floyd Street
  • Perrymont Elementary School located at 409 Perrymont Avenue

No paperwork is required. A free breakfast and lunch is offered every Monday through Friday through August 7. (WILL BE CLOSED ON FRIDAY, JULY 3) Breakfast is served 8:30 to 9:30 and lunch is served 12:30 to 1:30. Adults are welcome to eat for a small fee: Adult Breakfast is $1.25; Adult Lunch is $2.50.

(Continue reading for free immunization clinic and physicals information.)

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Experts say gas prices have probably peaked for the year, gradual summer decline likely

Gas-Prices1If you are hitting the highways for the holiday weekend or have a summer road trip planned, gas prices are about 90 cents a gallon a lower than last year. Experts expect them to start falling shortly, but any sharp declines are not likely until fall. WLNI’s Evan Jones has our summer outlook.

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Among nearby bordering states, West Virginia has the highest average prices and Tennessee the lowest.

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