A Lynchburg teenager faces misdemeanor charges in connection with a recent fake 911 call. The Buckingham County Sheriff’s Office says the juvenile is responsible for the hoax the prompted police response after receiving a call that a woman shot her six-year-old son and three-year-old daughter on September 2nd. While on the phone with dispatchers, the caller said he too was shot and the call dropped.Deputies searched for the scene but never found anything. The 15 year old boy, is being charged with two counts of falsely summoning law enforcement, two counts of calling 911 with intent to annoy and two counts of threatening over public airwaves.
The Bedford County Planning Commission has approved a 2,000-foot sewer line to hook up Moneta Elementary to the Bedford Regional Water Authority. According to the News & advance, the commission on Tuesday unanimously decided that the school board’s request fits in with the county’s comprehensive plan and voted the project does not require a public hearing.
The Souls to the Polls program began Tuesday…in an effort to ensure that people have I.D Cards in time for Election Day. A new state law requires all Virginians to show photo identification at the polls before voting. For the next three more Tuesdays, a different church in Lynchburg will drive people to the Department of Motor Vehicles where they can get an I.D for free. The pick-up service will run again from 9:00 a.m. til noon on September 23rd, and 30th, and again on October 7th. – For information about rides in the upcoming weeks call Danny McCain at 434-384-0753 or Dr. James Coleman at 434-426-2507.
The Atlanta Braves have terminated their Player Development Contract with the Lynchburg Hillcats. But the Braves have the option to return if they can’t find another location for their Class A-Advanced affiliate. The News & Advance reports that Braves notified the Hillcats yesterday. Lynchburg has until the end of the month to find another Carolina League team. If Lynchburg hasn’t chosen a team by October 7th the commissioner will assign one.
A shortage in judges across the state has put a strain on local courts leading to delays and backlogs in many areas. In the past, Lynchburg Circuit Court has operated with 2 sitting judges. However, after one judge retired last year, the Circuit Court has been struggling to keep up with the work load. According to WSET, State lawmakers failed to fill the positions while they were busy battling over Medicaid expansion. This Thursday they’re set to bring it back up during their special session.
Lynchburg will try something new this fall in efforts to slow traffic in selected residential neighborhoods. The News and Advance reports the city has purchased a moveable “speed table” sort of a smoothed-out speed bump. It can be placed on a street then later removed. The first likely use of the “speed table” is at an existing crosswalk near Sandusky Middle School.
Jury deliberations are underway in the federal trial of the owner of a Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak five years ago. The jury adjourned after a brief session on Friday. Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell ran the company from his Lynchburg area home. He has been on trial since Aug. 1 on charges related to the outbreak that killed nine Americans and sickened 714.
The City of Lynchburg is preparing to conduct two weeks of sewer line smoke testing starting Wednesday. The work is set for area near the Lynchburg Expressway from Candlers Mountain Road to Odd Fellows Road, including Mayflower Drive, Young Place and Murray Place. The smoke testing helps find breaks and defects in the sewer system.
The Salem VA Medical Center holds a town hall meeting later today for veterans and anyone else, to offer feedback and suggestions for the center’s operations. The VA is conducting such meetings at every facility in the country–A result of the scandal that erupted earlier this year mostly over falsified wait times. Today’s meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.