Authorities are seeking leads regarding in a string of home burglaries and larcenies at Smith Mountain Lake. Bedford County Sheriff’s office is hoping the public can assist the investigation and help lead them to the arrest of a suspect (or suspects). According to the Smith Mountain Eagle, the crimes occurred from July 30 through Aug. 18, in the Goodview area; with victims reporting stolen jewelry, money, guns, lawn equipment, as well as fishing equipment from homes and boat docks. Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers-callers remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 if their tips lead to an arrest.
An Appomattox man will serve time in prison for selling drugs. WLNI’s Tina LeValley has the story. 48 year old, Elliot James Bradley, was charged with selling cocaine after an incident last year. Prosecutors say on Jan. 14, 2013 a confidential informant assisting the Central Virginia Regional Task Force purchased two grams of cocaine for $200 from Bradley in the parking lot of Walmart in Appomattox. Sources say, nine days later, Bradley sold cocaine again to the confidential informant–He was subsequently arrested and charged with two felonies. On Friday, Bradley pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of cocaine with intent to sell…he’ll be sentenced on October 24.
The Old Dominion Job Corps has been building skills for career minded individuals for 5 decades. The Amherst County center celebrated the program’s 50 years last week. In 1964, the Economic Opportunity Act bill created a number of national programs, including Job Corps, which is a vocational-training program for low-income teenagers and young adults. Old Dominion provides training in a range of career; students also learn the soft skills necessary to keep and hold a job. In addition to training in their chosen trades, Job Corps students are expected to donate time as volunteers to various non-profits. A general educational development certificate can also be earned, for those individuals who did not complete high school. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office says they are no longer looking for a white truck in connection with Wednesday morning’s store robberies. Authorities say they spoke with the owner of the truck and he lives in the area of the 7-11 on Route 460. They say he is not related to the robbery. WSET reports, investigators have no reason to believe a second person is involved.
The addition of a new medical facility in the Town of Amherst could help mitigate a shortage of health care professionals in the county. Amherst is federally recognized as medically underserved and since 2012, the community has been deemed low income. In June, Centra Health announced plans to build a $9 million ambulatory-care facility behind the Ambriar shopping center. The facility, which will also serve as a satellite office for patients in Blue Ridge, is expected to open in 2016.
A recent murder in Lynchburg has shed light on the issue of gun violence. Community leaders gathered on Thursday morning to discussing ways to end the culture of violence among the city’s young people. James Coleman of Churches United for Service tells WDBJ-7, that the group will organize around some critical areas. Community leaders say they plan to meet next month to identify two to three specific issues and come up with solutions to address those concerns. There after, the group plans to meet once a month and identify areas they can address collectively.
Motorists traveling through the commonwealth during the Labor Day weekend, can expect to see significant increased enforcement by the Virginia State Police. Troopers will provide stationary and roving patrols across Virginia’s roads looking for impaired drivers. The stepped-up law enforcement operations are part of the nationwide Drive to Save Lives campaign. Operation (C.A.R.E.) is also being implemented over the holiday; national program designed to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries caused by speeding and failure to use occupant restraints. The increased visibility and traffic enforcement efforts began at 12:01 this morning and will continuing through midnight Monday.
Some Campbell County voters will cast their ballots at a new location this November. The registrar’s office says the Gladys precinct poll will be moved to the Piedmont Community Impact building that’s the former Gladys Elementary School. Those affected by the change should receive new voter registration cars showing the new location early next month.
Bedford County School Board officials toured Thaxton Elementary and Bedford Primary schools last night to help determine which of the two schools will close. Bedford County School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler told WDBJ-7 that it’s too early to say which way they are leaning toward, but they now feel like they have a better understanding of conditions in each school. A public hearing will take place on Tuesday at Liberty High School, and a decision is expected by September 11.
A staff member of Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s office will hold open office hours in Amherst County next week. Someone will be available on Behalf of the Congressman to meet with citizens, discuss any problems they have with the federal government and hear their views on current issues before Congress. The office hours will be held from: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2 at the Amherst County Administration Building; and from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2 at the River James Shopping Center Goodwill in Madison Heights.