Altavista has a brand new look and a new economic development program. The Campbell County town recently completed five phases of street-scape improvements that added new features to the downtown area. Linda Rodriguez, the Executive Director of Altavista on Track, an economic development agency tells WDBJ-7 that the “ Pop Up” Program is a comprehensive plan to bring new businesses into town. As part of the effort, organizers plan to survey town residents to learn what kinds of businesses they’d like see. The information will be used to recruit specific types of entrepreneurs.
Three years after closing down the Thomasville building in Appomattox has a new owner. The furniture manufacturing plant shut down in 2011, citing weak furniture sales. The company that handled the bankruptcy auction, tells media outlets that they can’t say who the new owner is yet because they haven’t closed on the deal but the sale is expected to be finalized within the next 60 days.
A Lynchburg man pleaded guilty Wednesday to repeatedly stabbing his girlfriend’s lover. The News & Advance reports, 29 year old Jamel Owen Davis, was arrested in April and charged with one count of malicious wounding on Wednesday, prosecutors filed a motion to reduce that charge to unlawful wounding a lesser offense that carries a maximum prison sentence of five years. With the charge amended, according to the article, Davis pleaded guilty. A pre-sentencing hearing is set for Oct. 22.
Authorities say two robberies early Wednesday morning are connected. The first happen at the 7-11 just past the Lynchburg City line in Campbell County. A masked man with a gun walked in demanded money. About 30minutes later, it was the Shell Station not far away this one inside city limits. The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office and the Lynchburg Police Department have confirmed the suspect as the same person. Both robberies remain under investigation.
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.