The man accused of attacking several people with a metal pipe in August has pleaded guilty. 22 year old, Brandon Matthew Carpenter faced six counts of assault and one count of threatening to burn a residence. The judge in the case on Tuesday found Carpenter guilty of one count of assault against a law enforcement officer and one count of threatening to burn a residence as part of a plea agreement. Sentencing is set for June 6.
The Bedford Regional Water Authority, on Tuesday approved an increase to the average water and sewer bill—due in part to the increased spending needs as part of a 10 year plan for Bedford reverting from a city to a town and becoming part of the county. The county’s Public Service Authority and the Bedford City Water and Wastewater Department combined to create the BRWA. According to the News & Advance, over the next nine years, rate changes will affect customers differently because of the service zones; with some customers possibly seeing a decrease this year. The rates are set for a vote after a public hearing June 17.
Authorities caution Facebook users of a recent scam. The social media posting features a story regarding Lynchburg city council banning pit bulls in the city. Officials tell media outlets that the clam is not true and that the link is one of a growing list of Internet hoaxes; many of which contain links to information-stealing viruses. Expert warn by clicking on the link you may be giving hackers access to your personal information and urge people to research stories first.
Virginia’s Transportation Board is releasing their six-year fiscal plan for various projects. The annual report reflects revenue projections and other priorities across the state. VDOT officials will hold 9 public hearings in various localities next month, including at stop in Lynchburg on May 15th. CLICK HERE for the spring itinerary and plan details.
Authorities are investigating an early morning the break-in at Boonsboro Country Club on Tuesday…the first at the club in more than a decade. Sources say two pro shops and the clubhouse were all broken into and hundreds of dollars in cash were taken following a recent golf tournament. Deputies collected surveillance video Tuesday and evidence from the scene and say two suspects are being sought in the case. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Bedford County Sheriff’s office; CLICK HERE for contact information.
An agreement for cost-sharing for the Smith Mountain Lake water treatment facility between the Bedford Regional Water Authority and the Western Virginia Water Authority was agreed to by the BRWA board Tuesday. The News & Advance reports, the 50/50 split will go a long way in helping the BRWA build lines to serve Bedford and Forest. The plant will provide both authorities room for expansion and each will serve its own customers. The agreement requires back up lines to serve the town. The project is meant to satisfy the agreement made when the city of Bedford reverted to a town.
As part of its effort to identify the best lands for conservation, The Blue Ridge Land conservancy is reaching out to the public. The conservancy has been in existence for 16 years; and a more proactive policy was adopted last fall. Implementation began early this year, with the organization encouraging conservation throughout the region. Last year the Virginia Outdoors Foundation preserved more than 3,550 acres in the Lynchburg area and more than 56,000 acres statewide. Now the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy is gathering feedback to develop a plan on a county-by-county basis across the region; and will soon begin to gather scientific data as part of the targeting process.
The Virginia Department of Social Services will host a free foster care adoption event later this month. According to the VDSS, more than 1,300 children in Virginia await adoption. A foster child will have to wait on average nearly three years before finding a permanent home. Organizers say the event will features a panel of local adoption experts. The event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday April 26 at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg. CLICK HERE to learn more about adoption.
The Self Help Obtaining Positive Opportunities Foundation for Youth Inc. has organized the event down Rivermont Avenue in Lynchburg. Walkers will meet at the entrance to Riverside Park at 11:30 a.m. on April 26th; with the walk beginning at noon. Autism experts will be on hand following the event. Volunteers are still needed…Call (434) 238-3757 or email email@example.com
A Bedford County man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with a single-vehicle crash that killed a Bedford man last year. According to the News & Advance, 21 year old Durham Westley Falabella has been indicted following his arrest last week. The wreck that killed 21-year-old Evan Patrick Nichols occurred on the afternoon of Nov. 27. A jury trial is set for Aug. 12–If convicted, Falabella faces one to 10 years in prison on the involuntary manslaughter charge; he is also charged with driving under the influence.