State environmental officials say Virginia industries are treating and recycling more toxic chemicals then ever before — instead of releasing them into the air, water or land. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.
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There is one less Republican candidate hoping to replace Robert Hurt in Congress. Andrew Griffin announced today he is dropping out of the race. Griffin is a former Congressional staffer from Lynchburg, now throwing his support to State Senator Tom Garrett. Three other Republicans are also in the running for 5th District seat. The nominee will be chosen at a May convention.
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UPDATED 1:35 pm — From State Police: Bomb techs with the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office responded to Liberty University Wednesday morning for a report of a suspicious package. The object was disrupted and rendered safe. With the assistance of the ATF, the object was identified as a piece of HVAC equipment. The scene has been cleared. State police was assisted at the scene by Lynchburg University Police and City of Lynchburg Police.
UPDATED 12:15 PM — State Police have removed the “suspicious object” and University Boulevard is once again open. There is no word yet whether the object in question in fact posed any real or potential danger.
PREVIOUSLY: Liberty University Police and State Police are investigating what is termed a “suspicious item” on University Boulevard, one of the main roads on the Liberty Campus. Police are blocking the roadway. A text from university police says there are “potential safety concerns on campus in the area of LaHaye Ice Center”. While the text is titled “Immediate Life Threatening Situation”, the message that follows says “There is no identified danger at this time.” Here is the full text:
“Immediate Life Threatening Situation. LUPD and Virginia State Police have identified a potential safety concern on campus in the area of LaHaye Ice Center and University Blvd. Please stay out of that area and obey all instructions given by emergency personnel. There is no identified danger at this time.”
Eagles have rapidly grown in numbers along Chesapeake Bay tributaries in recent years, but the increase here has been much smaller. Experts say it’s mostly a matter of available food supply, and the birds are holding up well in our part of the state. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.
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A Lynchburg is charged with ramming his wife’s van Friday evening, then firing shots at his wife and a juvenile female as they attempted to run away from him. Police say 58-year-old Curtis Thrasher was taken into custody early Saturday morning and is currently jailed without bond. Police say the incidents began at a gas station on Timberlake Road and continued to the woman’s residence on Old Graves Mill Road. A nearby citizen witnessed the gunshots and began firing at Thrasher in defense of the victims. No one was hit by any of the gunfire.
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Lynchburg school officials send letter to Dunbar families over disrupted Black History Month observance
Lynchburg School Superintendent Scott Braband has sent a letter home to all Dunbar Middle School families in response to community concerns over last Friday’s Black History Month observance. In it, Braband says the program’s content was not religious in nature, and the inclusion of some gospel music in it was to reflect its importance during the struggle for civil rights. He says school officials are investigating claims that the staff member who disrupted the program did so on the basis of objections to religious content in a public school — and “appropriate measures will be taken if warranted in accordance with school board policy.”