Creepy clown calls: not exactly in the police academy curriculum

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Police in parts of Virginia and across the country are dealing with a rash of “creepy clown” calls. A Radford University criminal justice professor says dressing up as a clown isn’t illegal, but police have an obligation to follow up on such calls, because some of the activities associated with this may be criminal. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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GOP: voter fraud case in Harrisonburg shows need for photo-ID law

wlni-election-2016Officials in the Harrisonburg area say a JMU student admits filing voter registration applications in the names of dead people. And Republican legislative leaders say that’s why Virginia needs a voter photo-ID law. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Neighbors: Hillcrest apartments fatal shooting followed lengthy domestic dispute

wlni-defaultAs of Thursday evening, Lynchburg Police are not yet releasing the name of the woman found dead of a gunshot wound Thursday morning at the Hillcrest apartments. People who live there tell us it followed a lengthy overnight domestic dispute. The shooting was reported around 6:45 am, just as many people there were preparing to head to work or send their children to school. WLNI’s Janet Rose has more:

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From Lynchburg Police: On September 29, 2016 at approximately 06:47 a.m., the Lynchburg Police Department responded to the 500-block of Hillside Court to investigate a report that there was a subject with a gunshot wound at that location. When officers arrived on the scene, they located a deceased adult female with an apparent gunshot wound.  A firearm was also recovered at the scene.  Identification of the deceased female is being withheld at this time. The incident remains under investigation.
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After John Warner endorses Clinton, our political analyst weighs in on value of endorsements

WLNI-campaign-2016Former 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.

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Two polls show Clinton’s Virginia lead over Trump cut about half in last month

WLNI-campaign-2016Two 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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Click here for full Roanoke College Poll results

Click here for full Quinnipiac Poll results

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Two marijuana grows found in Amherst County; two men charged

John Maddox

John Maddox

Jeffery Bryant

Jeffery Bryant

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.

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Four charged with armed robbery at Amherst Co. home, 2 more on separate charges

Alice Hutton

Alice Hutton

David Jordan

David Jordan

James Emerson

James Emerson

Jennifer Davis

Jennifer Davis

John Lawhorne

John Lawhorne

David Konopka

David Konoka

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.

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Gas Buddy: Virginia more likely to avoid worst impacts of gas pipeline shutdown

wlni-defaultExperts say Virginia is better situated than some nearby states to avoid the worst impacts of that gas pipeline shutdown, but we’ll still have to pay higher-than-normal prices until the pipeline is repaired. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more.

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Gunfire from car strikes four in Lynchburg; one dead, one critically wounded

Lynchburg PoliceLynchburg 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.

 

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Kroger brings its on-line shopping service to Lynchburg

KrogerKroger 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.

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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

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