A Forest couple has little left other than their lives after a fire last night destroyed their home. Crews were called out around 6:00 p.m. to the home on Declaration Terrace near Poplar Forest Golf Course. More than a dozen units responded, but they were unable to save the home. There are no injuries reported.
From the Forest Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page: Company 5 responded to a first due working house fire this evening. Company 1 (Bedford), Company 12 (Brookville-Timberlake), Medic 145, County 16, County 1, County 10, and Campbell County Rescue Squad were on scene as well. Fantastic work by all on an extremely advanced fire. Everyone was able to make it out of the structure safely.
From Genworth Financial: Unfortunately, our decision to suspend life insurance and fixed annuity sales means we will be losing valued employees across the U.S. Life Insurance division and headquarters, including Lynchburg. In Lynchburg, we will be losing about 200 employees. We began notifying impacted employees today, but most will receive at least 60 days’ paid notice of layoff. In addition, they are eligible to receive transition benefits that include outplacement services and the eligibility to receive compensation based on their years of services. We deeply regret the impact this will have on our employees and their families, and our top priority will be to ensure that they are treated with the utmost dignity and respect. We will continue to have almost 1,000 employees in Lynchburg. Mike Shadler, the Lynchburg Site Leader said “Genworth is proud of its longstanding ties to Lynchburg. We have a deep and rich history of being a good neighbor. Our Lynchburg-based operation remains an integral part of our business. Our employees are passionate about providing exceptional service to our policyholders and distributors. Our top priority now is ensuring that our affected employees are treated with dignity and respect.”
The Lynchburg region’s population grew about 2.9% in the past five years according to estimates from a University of Virginia research center. That compares to a statewide growth of almost 5%. In our area, Lynchburg City led the way, growing 4.1%, and Bedford County was not far behind at 3.6%. Click here to read the full report, which breaks down the numbers by city and county.
Police may have suspects in custody — and the victim’s body — in the Nicole Lovell case, but investigators still have plenty of work ahead to complete their work. Radford University Criminal Justice Professor Tod Burke says that includes gathering forensic evidence, examining social media and the medical examiner’s report. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.
The General Assembly is about two weeks away from reach this year’s session midpoint. Both houses must complete action on their bills by that time before taking up measures passed by the other. And as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, one of the bills that will head to the House concerns a mineral found in Nelson County.
Life in prison — the sentence handed down today to 24-year-old Dominique Moss for the shooting death of Shawn Moss. Dominique Moss entered an Alford plea in October, which means he acknowledged prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him. The 34-year-old victim was fatally shot in August of 2014 along the 1,000 block of Polk Street, the result of an ongoing feud. After sentenced was pronounced, this reaction from Shawn Moss’s aunt, Patricia Braxton.
Braxton says deputies had to step in after sentence was pronounced:
You can hear much more from her in Conversations with Andre Whitehead, this Sunday at 8:00 am on WLNI.
Dominique Moss entered an Alford plea in October, which means he acknowledged prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him. While the shooter and victim shared the same last name, they were not closely related.