UPDATE: Two suspects have been arrested in yesterday’s shots fired incident. Police say Dontae Spinner, 18, of Lynchburg was taken into custody around 12:15 pm yesterday in the 500 Block of Eleventh St. Authorities say Rogernal Ferguson, 25, was taken into custody just after 9:00 pm in the 2200 block of Aragon St.
Posted 9/8/16: A heavy morning police presence in Lynchburg came to an end over the noon hour — as did lockdowns at three nearby city schools — after police investigated reports of shots fired in the downtown area. It came after officers heard several shots around the one-thousand block of Clay Street.Reporter Andre Whitehead was present when police placed a man in custody at 11th and Clay shortly after noon:
Kimberly Stokes tells Whitehead she heard shots as well:
Not far away, Kenneth Tone, who owns TK’s Auto, told Whitehead the neighborhood is usually okay, but not always.
(Continue reading for the full Lynchburg Police news release..)
Groundbreaking ceremonies today marked the state of construction for the new Fifth Street Community Health Center. Centra will operate it in collaboration with the Free Clinic of Central Virginia and the Community Access Network. Centra Spokesperson Diane Ludwig spoke with Reporter Andre Whitehead:
Officials say the poverty rate tops 95% among African-Americans there. The center will provide walk-in immediate and primary care services.
For the second time in less than a month, Lynchburg Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Check First Cash Advance on Fort Avenue. The latest incident came during today’s noon hour. No one has been arrested for the first holdup, which occurred August 4th.
From Lynchburg Police: On September 2nd, 2016 at approximately 12:34 P.M., Officers of the Lynchburg Police Department responded to 3701 Fort Avenue (Check First Cash Advance) for an Armed Robbery. During the robbery a subject enteredthe store carrying a leather portfolio as if he had paperwork with him. This same subject had been in the store 15 minutes prior to the Robbery asking the clerk what paperwork he needed to get a loan. Once the subject returned with what the clerk thought was his paperwork, the clerk turned to get an application. When the clerk turned back, the subject had a handgun pointed at them, and demanded money. The subject then left the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency, exiting left out the front door heading into the direction of Fort Avenue. The suspect is described as follows: Light-skinned black male, mid 20’s, between 5’11 and 6’0, with a medium build approximately 180-200 lbs. The suspect was wearing a plain white t-shirt, long black shorts, and a doo-rag on his head under a black baseball hat. The suspect’s face was unshaven. No one was injured during this incident.
Governor McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency as the remnants of Hurricane Hermine move up the Atlantic coast. The greatest concern right now is a potential storm surge along the coastline and up Chesapeake Bay, but heavy rains, flooding and damaging winds are also possible. A state of emergency permits state resources, like the National Guard, can be made quickly available.
(Continue reading for Governor McAuliffe’s full news release.)