A motion hearing was held this week in the case of a Lynchburg man accused of killing a Campbell County woman. 27 year old, Anthony Dale Witt, stands accused of killing 53-year-old Barbara Martin inside her Concord apartment in August 2012. On Tuesday, an attorney with the Capital Defender Office, asked that potential jurors be questioned individually; BUT the judge ruled that the panel of 18, potential jurors will be divided into groups of the three for sensitive questions. The judge also ruled against a motion by defense to allow for a victim outreach specialist in Witt’s case. Prosecution and defense are required to submit their questions for the jurors 21 days before the trial gets underway in February 2015.
The trial for a man accused of stabbing to death his father-in-law in Campbell County has been delayed. Vincent Earl Spinner is charged with robbery and the capital murder of 89-year-old James Payne at his Rustburg home in August of 2012. The judge in the case, on Tuesday, agreed to continue the trial which was originally set for October. One motion presented by prosecution, argued that defense counsel must convey Spinner’s alibi, if they hope to use an alibi defense during the trial. The judge said he will consider the motion and rule on it; and decide on the new trial date at a Sept. 16 hearing.
Pittsylvania County officials hope a speed reduction will help keep drivers safe and ultimately decrease the number of crashes on the county’s country roads. There have been ten fatal accidents already this year in Pittsylvania County. There are many gravel roads, one-car bridges, and unmarked pavement across the rural locality. VDOT recently completed a speed study on those problem areas… the result, is a speed limit reductions from 55 to 45 miles per hour on those roads. VDOT has not actually said the roads are safe or unsafe, but they did find enough evidence and enough information to lower the speed limit.
It’s been five years since the bodies of two local teens were found in the parking lot at a campground in Montgomery County and still no arrests have been made. 18 year old, Heidi Childs, of Forest and 19 year old, David Metzler, of Lynchburg were killed on Aug. 26, 2009 both were Virginia Tech students at the time of their deaths. The last time details emerged about the case was in March 2012. A multijurisdictional task force remains on the case and a reward established that has reached more than $70,000.
A man Bedford County deputies say was part of a breaking and entering gang, that hit several homes, has been sentenced to five years in prison. Nathan Nelms was sentenced on Tuesday morning for attempted robbery where shots were fired into a Bedford County home back in January of 2013.WSET reports, Nelms plead guilty to five charges for his role in the home invasion attempt—four others have been charged with shooting into the home on Centerville Road to rob the man who lived there.
Three people were hurt Tuesday morning after a car plowed through plate glass windows at the Hardee’s restaurant on Langhorne Road. Police say the car struck one person and two others were hurt by flying debris … none of the injuries considered life-threatening. Police say 76-year-old James Nowlin of Lynchburg was at the wheel and told authorities that a medical condition led him to hit the accelerator instead of the brake. Nowlin, has been charged with reckless driving.
Lynchburg Police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead Tuesday night. Officers responded to reports of shots fired in the 11th Street and Polk Street area around 6:00 p.m. and found 34 year old, Shawn Wendale Moss, lying on the ground with several gunshot wounds to his body. Moss was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Investigators have developed 24 year old, Dominique Derrell Moss, of Lynchburg man, as a person of interest. The investigation is ongoing; and officials ask anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Moss or the shooting, to contact crime stoppers.
A second person from last month’s Smith Mountain Lake crash has died; he was the driver of a boat involved in the accident July 31. According to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, 64 year old, James McCulloch, of Franklin County, died Sunday. He was driving the bass boat that struck a Chris Craft boat. 73 year old Ronald Lemons of Vinton also died in the accident. His body was found in Smith Mountain Lake on Aug. 9. Three people in the Chris Craft boat were rescued from the water. They were not hurt.
The Lynchburg Humane Society is nearing the end of its Summer of a Thousand Lives Campaign in second place! Over the weekend they reached 628 adoptions getting them just shy of first place. The Humane Society says they are only 22 adoptions behind first place; BUT there’s only a few days left! Organizers say all adoptions are just two dollars this week with some free adoptions possible this weekend! More information can be found online at www.lynchburghumane.org. The Humane Society is also second in a community online voting challenge. If they win that they get 25 thousand dollars.
A few changes greeted the more than 8,000 Lynchburg City students that kicked off a brand new school year on Monday. It’s a beginning of a new school year with improvements for many returning to class…crews didn’t take much time off during the summer, in order to provide students with more space and updates. Among the projects are new modular classroom additions at Bedford Hills Elementary Schools. Sources say, even more excitement is on the way for incoming high school freshmen. 9th-grade students at both E. C. Glass and Heritage high schools will receive an LCS-issued Chromebook by mid-September. Chromebooks will be turned in at the end of the school year and reissued the following school year.