Former Virginia Senator John Warner — a Republican — is endorsing Democrat Hillary Clinton. He announced his endorsement yesterday in northern Virginia. Our political analyst says most endorsements have minor impacts, but some have the potential to hold greater importance. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.
Two new statewide polls — both released yesterday — show Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump cut by about a half in the last month. The Quinnipiac and Roanoke College polls find a Clinton lead of six to seven percentage points in our state. The polling suggests Donald Trump still faces some challenges — and opportunities — in his efforts to even the race in Virginia, as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.
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Two Amherst men are charged for allegedly growing marijuana. The Amherst County Sheriff’s Office says deputies located about 35 marijuana plants earlier this month along Scotts Branch Road. 43-year-old John Maddox is charged in connection with that find. And on Tuesday of this week, 52-year-old Jeffery Bryant was arrested on similar charges after officials discovered 23 plants growing near Dug’s Hill Road. The sheriff’s office says the street value for both finds is close to $70,000.
(Continue reading for the sheriff’s office news release.)
Four people are charged with an armed robbery at an Amherst County home. The sheriff’s office says the call came in around 4:30 am last Friday to the home along US 60 about five miles east of Amherst. Two men and two women faces various counts; officials say all have prior felony records. The investigation led to unrelated charges against two others.
Lynchburg Police say gunfire from a car struck four people early Sunday morning along the 400 block of Rivermont Avenue, leaving one person dead and three others wounded, one of them critically. Police say it happened shortly after 2:00 am near the Ellington Building, the gunshots fired from a dark-colored four-door sedan. 21-year-old Shawn Johnson Jr. was pronounced dead at Lynchburg General Hospital. Officials say 30-year-old Kevin Foxx is in critical condition there and 28-year-old Jamall Randolph and 25-year-old Angelena Garland are hospitalized with non-life threatening gunshot wounds.
Kroger has brought its on-line shopping service to Lynchburg. The grocery chain unveiled its “Clicklist” today at the Timberlake Road store. It lets you order on line and pick up your order, delivered to your car, at the time you choose. George Anderson is Kroger’s E-Commerce Manager for this region, and he tells Reporter Andre Whitehead the Timberlake store was a good place to start here in Lynchburg because it was expanded in 2013.
Anderson says the Clicklist service answers a growing customer demand for on-line shopping, and in return, it helps develop more Kroger customer loyalty.
Click here for Kroger’s Clicklist web site
Kroger’s on-line shopping service is coming to Lynchburg. Kroger’s “clicklist” lets you select your items on line, along with a time to pick them up. Store employees will then select and bag your order and deliver it to your car. Kroger plans to officially launch the service to its Timberlake Road store Friday.
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Chelsea Clinton is scheduled to make two campaign appearances today in Roanoke in support of her mother’s presidential campaign. A main goal is to reach millennials, and our political analyst says the visit signals some concerns within the campaign about reaching voters 18 to 29. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.
Virginia Tech Police say threatening e-mails sent to many campus addresses in late August originated from a South American country, although police do not name which one. Similar e-mails were sent to many others colleges as well. Officials say federal and foreign authorities have taken primary roles in the investigation.
From Virginia Tech Police: Working with state and federal partners, the Virginia Tech Police Department has been able to identify that the threatening emails originated from a South American country. Both federal and foreign authorities have been involved in the investigation and have now assumed primary roles. The Virginia Tech Police Department continues to provide assistance to those agencies, as needed.