Lynchburg Police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead Tuesday night. Officers responded to reports of shots fired in the 11th Street and Polk Street area around 6:00 p.m. and found 34 year old, Shawn Wendale Moss, lying on the ground with several gunshot wounds to his body. Moss was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Investigators have developed 24 year old, Dominique Derrell Moss, of Lynchburg man, as a person of interest. The investigation is ongoing; and officials ask anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Moss or the shooting, to contact crime stoppers.
A second person from last month’s Smith Mountain Lake crash has died; he was the driver of a boat involved in the accident July 31. According to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, 64 year old, James McCulloch, of Franklin County, died Sunday. He was driving the bass boat that struck a Chris Craft boat. 73 year old Ronald Lemons of Vinton also died in the accident. His body was found in Smith Mountain Lake on Aug. 9. Three people in the Chris Craft boat were rescued from the water. They were not hurt.
The Lynchburg Humane Society is nearing the end of its Summer of a Thousand Lives Campaign in second place! Over the weekend they reached 628 adoptions getting them just shy of first place. The Humane Society says they are only 22 adoptions behind first place; BUT there’s only a few days left! Organizers say all adoptions are just two dollars this week with some free adoptions possible this weekend! More information can be found online at www.lynchburghumane.org. The Humane Society is also second in a community online voting challenge. If they win that they get 25 thousand dollars.
A few changes greeted the more than 8,000 Lynchburg City students that kicked off a brand new school year on Monday. It’s a beginning of a new school year with improvements for many returning to class…crews didn’t take much time off during the summer, in order to provide students with more space and updates. Among the projects are new modular classroom additions at Bedford Hills Elementary Schools. Sources say, even more excitement is on the way for incoming high school freshmen. 9th-grade students at both E. C. Glass and Heritage high schools will receive an LCS-issued Chromebook by mid-September. Chromebooks will be turned in at the end of the school year and reissued the following school year.
Concord-based Gleaning for the World has added another collection site this week, as it seeks donations for refugees flees the Islamic State terrorist army. Donations will be accepted Wednesday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm at the Sams Club on Wards Road and an additional site at the Dollar Tree on Candlers Mountain Road.
The state hopes to debut the third daily passenger train through Lynchburg by 2017. The plan to offer the service came together this year amid talks over how to ease congestion on U.S. 29 through Charlottesville after a bypass was declared a dead-end. There are also plans to extend service to Roanoke, creating the first passenger rail service Roanoke has had in 34 years. The Town of Bedford has been lobbying to get a stop on the extended route, but been turned down so far.
A Lynchburg man previously convicted of attempted murder after an April 2013 shooting was found not guilty during a new trial. 32 year old, Hasan Ibn-Sami Abdussalaam was convicted in February for attempted murder and other charges. Abdussalaam was set to be sentenced in May, but the judge agreed to grant him a new trial. Abdussalaam took the stand Monday, claiming he shot Jemell Johnson, of Lynchburg, in self-defense. Four of the five initial charges were dismissed; Abdussalaam pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He will appear in court again on October 15, for that charge, as well as a probation violation.
Several people in the Lynchburg area have been indicted on charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. The Department of Justice announced Monday, 15 indictments of eight men from Lynchburg, Amherst, Madison Heights, Evington and Roanoke. They are accused of distributing more than 500 grams of cocaine over almost 14 years. About 454 grams equals one pound. Sources say the defendants conspired to possess and distribute “a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine” in September 1998. The News and Advance reports, court records also reference charges stemming from five dates in 2010 and 2012.
An Amherst County deputy has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. The Amherst County Sheriff’s office announced Monday that Deputy James “Mac” McAllister Jr. died on Sunday. McAllister was diagnosed in June 2013. That same year, he was recognized by the department for outstanding work in traffic enforcement. Sheriff Jimmy Ayers says he fought his disease with great determination and a constant desire to return quickly to his job. McAllister leaves behind a wife, two daughters, and two stepsons.
A former Bedford County physical education teacher will go to trial next month. 61 year old, Harry Dillard is accused of sexually assaulting three children in his class. The charges include three counts of aggravated sexual battery. The incidents are said to have taken place at Montvale Elementary, where Dillard worked his last year with the school system.The trial is set for September 9. If convicted, Dillard could receive 60 years. Media outlets report, Dillard is out on bond; protective orders say he cannot have contact with children.