The Virginia Department of Historic Resources has approved two more historic markers for Pierce Street in Lynchburg. The neighborhood is rich with black history; and the markers will bring the total number to seven along the notable street. The signs commemorate the Amelia Perry Pride Dorchester Home, a retirement community for freed slaves, and Camp Davis, a Civil War camp that became a refuge for freed slaves during Reconstruction. The buildings no longer exist, though local historians had to provide extensive documentation with each application; the markers are expected to be up before the fall of the year.
A Bedford County pharmacy has agreed to pay more than $200,000 to settle allegations of drug law violations. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office PharMerica Corp., was faulted over alleged lapses at its non-public pharmacy on Hardy Road. Federal prosecutors say some prescriptions lacked a doctor’s signature; some drugs were dispensed without a prescription at all. Others lacked correct patient and/or doctor information. Media outlets report the business agreed to the settlement and agreed to ensure future compliance with the Controlled Substances Act.
The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office is warning of a phone scam. Phone scammers falsely claiming that the resident’s spouse or family member is wanted for failure to appear for jury duty. They instruct the person to pay a fine to keep their loved ones from being arrested. Authorities remind residents that the sheriff’s office will never ask anyone to pay a fine over the phone; and ask anyone who receives such a call to write down the callback number given plus the number that appears on caller ID and report it to the sheriff’s office. CLICK HERE to learn more about this scam and how you can report it.
A judge yesterday ruled to honor a jury’s recommended sentence in the case of the man convicted of involuntary manslaughter. 37 year old, Shawn Lee Johnson was found guilty of choking Thomas “Coach” Belford to death during an August 2012 fight in Lynchburg. Johnson was convicted of on Dec. 16; he pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and claimed self-defense in the fight. Involuntary manslaughter could carry a maximum of 10 years; the judge on Wednesday upheld the four years sentence and credited Johnson with time served.
The Babcock & Wilcox Company says it will determine the number of layoffs that will be necessary over the next several weeks. The company, this week, announced cuts to funding of a subsidiary that designs and develops small modular nuclear reactors. More than 200 employees of mPower work in the Lynchburg area. The News & Advance reports, over the next two months, B&W will be working to place employees in other business units… OR supply severance packages and “outplacement assistance for laid off employees. According to the article, nuclear energy has experienced a drop in public support since the disaster of the Fukushima Plant in Japan during the 2011 tsunami.
The Lynchburg man accused of making more than 20 bomb threats to Lynchburg city schools and a hospital in February will remain in jail. A judge denied a secured bond request on Wednesday by 43 year old Dexter Scott White. White faces 23 counts of threatening to bomb a city school or building and one count of extortion after police say he demanded money from one school. A preliminary hearing is set for May 8th.
A group of about 20 people gathered yesterday in Lynchburg at Monument Terrace for a gay marriage support rally. Sources say recent polling suggests public support for same-sex marriage is growing; but the passage of the 2006 state constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage was approved by 57 percent of Virginia voters. A court case to overturn the state’s ban is pending in federal appeals court; and is set to be heard in Richmond on May 13.
A Rustburg man will spend six months in jail for having inappropriate contact with a minor. 21 year old, Arthur Scott Baker was convicted of one count of carnal knowledge of a minor, which is a Class 4 felon. According to the News & Advance, the offense occurred in the fall of 2012, when Baker was 20 and the child was 14; he was arrested in March 2013. The judge in the case sentenced Baker to 10 years and suspended the time after six months served. He also was ordered to register as a sex offender and not have contact with the victim.
Residents in Lynchburg and the surrounding counties are being asked to participate in a survey for the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. City officials say the department strives to provide the best service possible for the community and are looking for citizen input to help determine how they can improve their services. Surveys can be completed via the internet on the Parks and Recs website and Facebook page. For those who do not have access to the internet, copies of the survey will be available at all Lynchburg Parks and Recreation centers. CLICK HERE for survey details -OR- visit facebook page.
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.