New Jury Trial To Be Set In Stabbing Case

Kyle Lamont EdwardsA new trial date will need to be set due to inadmissible testimony in a Campbell County stabbing case. The exact nature of what was said in the courtroom has not been release… but the Judge in the case declared a mistrial earlier this month after a witness gave testimony to the jury the defense called inadmissible; and citing the effects hearing the information would have on the jury, even if advised to disregard. 18 year old, Kyle Lamont Edwards of Madison Heights allegedly stabbed a man and assaulted the man’s son at a party held on Crows Road in Gladys on July 13, 2013. He faces one felony count of malicious wounding, and one count of assault and battery. The new jury trial date has not been announced.


$100.000 Bond Set For Man Accused Of Rape

Mark Dustin WrightA Hurt man charged with rape by force, abduction and brandishing a machete could be released on bond. A Judge this week set a $100,000 bond with surety for 21 year old, Mark Dustin Wright. Media outlets report evidence to be presented in trial includes the weapon which is a machete that was recovered by police at the scene; forensic evidence obtained during an examination that corroborated the victim’s complaint; and a text message sent to the victim by Pittman following the April 4 incident. According to the prosecutor, the commonwealth has a confession in this case. The two felonies are life offenses; a preliminary hearing is set for June 10.


Community Mourns The Loss of Retired Police Officer

The Lynchburg Police Department has announced the death of retired officer. According to a press release, Officer Stuart Mack passed away on April 17, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. Officer Mack was a 29-year veteran of the Hill City’s Police Department, joining the ranks in 1984; during his career, he was part of the city Patrol Operations and the Investigations Bureau as a Narcotics / Vice Detective. He also served as a Department of Criminal Justice Services Defensive Tactics instructor for 18-years. Funeral arrangements have not been release.


SEC Celebrates National Lineman Appreciation Day

sthside electrc prodiverCrewe – Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) is recognizing Friday, April 18, 2014, as National Lineman Appreciation Day to honor the hardworking individuals who work often in challenging conditions to keep the power on. We are recognizing all electric linemen for the services they perform around the clock in dangerous conditions to keep the power on and protect the public’s safety.
“Electric linemen do not always receive the recognition they deserve,” said Jeff Edwards, SEC president & CEO. “They work all hours of the day, often in hazardous conditions far from their families, going above and beyond to restore power to their communities. Our own linemen, as well as those from all across the nation, truly deserve this special day of recognition.”
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Man Charged With Dozens of Sex Crimes

Kenneth Alan SprattA judge found probable cause to send 36 felony charges involving sexual crimes filed against a man to a Nelson County grand jury. 56 year old, Kenneth Alan Spratt is accused of engaging in sexual behavior involved three girls younger than 13–the incidents are reported to have taken place between April 2012 and January 2014. According to media outlets, Spratt was recently employed by the Amherst County Public Schools in the transportation department. He was arrested Feb. 18; the case will be heard by a grand jury on May 27.


Campbell County Will Likely NOT See Tax Increase

CampbellCountyCampbell County officials have forwarded the fiscal year 2015 budget to a public hearing after a budget workshop Tuesday afternoon. The budget has no changes; with no tax increases are being advertised for the county after a split vote by the Board of Supervisors. According to the Altavista Journal, once the board advertises, the tax rates could not be raised for the budget year, but they could be decreased. The rates and the county’s proposed $127.8 million budget are set for a public hearing during the Board of Supervisors meeting on May 6. The supervisors will meet in a final budget workshop on May 20 and will vote on the budget at that time.


Crash Snarled Traffic During Lynchburg Rush Hour

Two people were sent to the hospital following a crash yesterday afternoon. Authorities say local rush hour traffic had to be redirected for hours as emergency and utility crews responded to the scene on Fort Avenue. Two vehicles collided near Sandusky Drive; one of them caught fire and hit a utility pole. One driver and a passenger child were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The other driver has been charged with failure to yield the right of way.


Incentives Agreement for Volunteers Moves Forward

amherst county logoAmherst County will move forward with an agreement to offer incentives in an effort to boost volunteerism within the ranks of the county’s volunteer fire departments and rescue squads. 41 emergency services volunteers who met established criteria will receive a financial a one-time cash reward of $500 each. Supervisors are expected to consider expanding the bonus program to subsequent years.


Amherst County School Budget Is Expected To Pass This Month

AmherstCountyPublicSchoolsAmherst County Public Schools will receive the same level of funding in the coming year, as in the previous year. The Board of Supervisors on Thursday voted to appropriate level funding to the school system. According to the New Era Progress, the motion to level- fund the schools was an attempt to balance the budget without a tax increase. A newly established divisional efficiency study, will attempt to identify and recommend cost-saving measures within the school system, and officials will likely implement recommendations by consultants. The budget is set for adoption later this month.


One Of Two Suspects Sentenced in Hotel Hold-Up

Randall Lee ComptonA Gretna man will spend 24 years in prison for his part in robbing a couple at gunpoint at the Day’s Inn hotel in Altavista last April. 23 year old, Randall Lee Compton was convicted in August on two counts each of robbery and using a firearm in commission of a felony, and one count of possessing a firearm as a felon. Co-defendant, Daeshawn Lamont Rendon entered an Alford plea on his charges in January; he is set for sentencing May 28.