An accident on Route 29 in Lynchburg last night, resulted in one man being arrested for drunk driving. Authorities tell media outlets, that around 11pm Tuesday, they responded to the Stadium Road Exit and found a car overturned. Initially, the Lynchburg Police and fire department were told the man was trapped inside but passerby’s were able to help him out before first responders arrived on the scene, he claimed there was a second person in the car that had been ejected. ABC-13 reports, no one was found when officials searched the woods; and witnesses claim only the driver was in the car; that driver, now faces DUI, reckless driving, and driving on a revoked license charges.
Police have a man custody in connection with an early-morning shooting in Lynchburg. The LPD tells media outlets, that dispatchers received a call about an incident at 2355 Light Street, off Campbell Avenue, just before 7:30 this morning. Authorities say a woman was transported to the emergency room with non life-threatening injuries. The suspect was arrested. The names have not been released while the investigation is ongoing.
The National Railway Historic Society’s Blue Ridge Chapter, last week, dedicated their monthly meeting to discussing improved safety measures at the James River trestle. Wednesday’s meeting resparked a debate about what, if anything, can be done to prevent people from trespassing on the trestle, and whose responsibility it is to take such actions. Sources say at least 13 people have lost their lives trespassing on the James River trestle since 1969 several of them have been college students. The regional coordinator with Operation Lifesaver says the program can have a huge impact; and certified volunteers are being sought for the Lynchburg area to learn more visit: www.oli.org.
Members of the Class of 2015 from across the Commonwealth will be applying to colleges through Friday. Students attending Lynchburg high schools are filling out applications today guidance staff are on hand to forward transcripts and help with financial aid. Representatives from several state colleges will be at Heritage High School and EC Glass High on Tuesday to waive application fees and offer advice. Sources say in the three years of the program, Lynchburg City Schools have seen an increase in the number of students applying to state colleges.
The man convicted of killing the mother of his child in her Amherst County home, will spend the next half century behind bars. Cordell Carter was found guilty earlier this year, for the first degree murder of Jennifer Johnson back in January a jury in September recommended 53 year. In addition to the charges of murder and use of a firearm in a felony the judge, this morning, sentenced him to another two years on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon, bringing his total sentence to 55 years. Johnson’s sister, Jamie Leigh Harper was charged with accessory after the fact in her sister’s death–She’s expected back in court in January.
Orange County officials are preparing to answer question regarding the search for missing teens Alexis Murphy and Samantha Clarke. Alexis Murphy went missing from Nelson County in August 2013. Randy Taylor was convicted of her murder in May 2014, and sentenced to two life terms. Murphy’s body has never been found but sources say a new search will likely begin for her in Orange County where Samantha Clarke went missing in 2010. It is also believed Randy Taylor had contact with her before she disappeared. A press conference will be held at the Barboursville Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday morning at 8:00 o’clock.
A panel of speakers appeared in Lynchburg yesterday to kick-off a new protection campaign from the James River Association. The initiative, “Our River at Risk,” was launched by the nonprofit advocacy group to address the hundreds of sources of industrial toxins that surround the James River; while seeking new standards for chemical storage facilities and coal ash ponds.. The community meeting on Thursday night was part of a series of sessions JRA is holding across the state to raise awareness and initiate a public discussion. To learn more about the James River Association’s campaign, visit www.riveratrisk.org.
The early winter like temperatures are perfect for making snow though we aren’t expecting much winter weather ski slopes will likely be snow covered by the end of the weekend. Thanks to these low temperatures, Virginia ski slopes are firing up their snow guns early. Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County started making snow this morning the earliest crews there have ever started their snow machines. They’re aiming to open the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Massanutten started making snow Thursday night; they say if conditions are perfect they can cover 37 acres of land with one foot of snow in 24 hours.
The Amherst Train Depot’s second phase of renovations is nearing completion. The Station was built in 1913 for passenger, and later, freight service but, by the 1970s, both services were discontinued and the structure began to decline. Renovation to the century-old structure began in the late 1990’s and has been a slow process with the first stage completed in 2008. The completion of phase two is expected this month then on to the final stage. According to the New Era Progress, the County’s Economic Development Authority and Chamber of Commerce are all set to occupy the building.