Bedford Town Council has authorized staff to research the level of interest by business and the community for a possible Amtrak rail stop. Last year, the Department of Rail and Public Transportation announced plans of connecting Lynchburg and Roanoke by 2017, but the county received notification in February that DRPT, due to the lack of population, was not interested in a Bedford stop. Sources say while, council plans to execute a feasibility study on three sites; they did not agree to commit any money on Tuesday. Input on the project and a petition is available at www.thebedfordstation.com
It’s summertime… and while the warmth draws us outside… we should be weary of mosquitos and the potential illnesses they carry. There are no vaccines … so the best ways to prevent the mosquitos from biting include wearing long clothing, using repellent low in deet, staying indoors at dusk, and taking care of mosquito breeding hotbeds in your yard — anything with standing water in it.
The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the death of the two people found Saturday on Tucker Terrace in the Evington area. Investigators are waiting for autopsy results and the examination of forensic evidence… which could day several weeks or longer. The sheriff’s office says preliminary investigations do not indicate involvement of a third party in the two deaths. The Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke confirmed to the News & Advance on Monday that one of the body’s is that of Ruby Laughon … listed as the owner of the Tucker Terrace property.
A Lynchburg-based business, is participating in a San Diego convention this week. Employees of Laser Tag Source, are headed to the Golden State to provide 50 laser tag guns and onsite repair at Comic-Con. The company was launched in 2009. The convention is 44 years old and has more than 130,000 attend for all things science fiction, fantasy and comic books.
Lynchburg police are asking for help solving two night-time burglaries at Miles Market on Rivermont Avenue. The first took place on June 26th … the second on July 4th. Police say both times, the thieves used large rocks to break the front windows. They took a total of $400 cash and approximately 40 packs of Newport cigarettes. Anyone with information can contact Central Virginia Crime Stoppers or Lynchburg police.
A Lynchburg zip code is among the top 15 sources of air pollution in Virginia. The list compiled by the Sierra Club an environmental organization on Tuesday, ranks the 24501 zip code, as No. 15. The report cites over 300-thousand pounds of toluene, released by RR Donnelly, as the major contributor to the city’s placement on the list. The News & Advance reports, the emissions are within levels allowed by state and federal law. According to the article, Slocum Adhesives, Parker Hannifin and Banker Steel are other Lynchburg firms listed in the Sierra Club query as reporting toxic emissions to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Overall, Virginia is ranked 22nd in the country in toxic emissions.
The man convicted of the August 2013 first-degree murder and abduction of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy will find out his fate today. A Nelson County jury in May recommended two life sentences for Randy Taylor. The minimum is 20 years on each charge for a total of 40 years. Taylor is due to be sentenced at 3:30 this afternoon.
The Central Virginia chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists has set dates for “Into the Wild” training classes this fall. Virginia Master Naturalists are volunteer educators, citizen scientists and stewards helping Virginia conserve and manage our natural resources and public lands. The program begins in Lynchburg on September 3rd and will run through November 12th. Classes are every other Wednesday and Field Trips are every other Saturday. CLICK HERE to learn more.
Gleaning for the World, has received recognition from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. Disaster Coordinator, Roy St. John was presented the “superstar” award, on Monday. Gleaning For The World is a Concord-based nonprofit that provides humanitarian aid and disaster relief around the world. St. John works with the Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster System in the state; and has worked for Gleaning for three years, coordinating dozens of major disaster relief efforts.
Court dates have been set for the two people charged in connection with an Evington woman’s death. Debra Crews-Newman is charged with murder and Glenn Farmer is charged with assault and battery and a felony accessory after the fact, in the stabbing death of Valerie Harris last week. Both are slated to appear in Campbell County General District Court for their preliminary hearing on October 28th. Farmer being held without bond in Campbell County. Crews-Newman is being held without bond in Amherst County.