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.
The Bedford Regional Water Authority, on Tuesday approved an increase to the average water and sewer bill—due in part to the increased spending needs as part of a 10 year plan for Bedford reverting from a city to a town and becoming part of the county. The county’s Public Service Authority and the Bedford City Water and Wastewater Department combined to create the BRWA. According to the News & Advance, over the next nine years, rate changes will affect customers differently because of the service zones; with some customers possibly seeing a decrease this year. The rates are set for a vote after a public hearing June 17.
Authorities caution Facebook users of a recent scam. The social media posting features a story regarding Lynchburg city council banning pit bulls in the city. Officials tell media outlets that the clam is not true and that the link is one of a growing list of Internet hoaxes; many of which contain links to information-stealing viruses. Expert warn by clicking on the link you may be giving hackers access to your personal information and urge people to research stories first.
Virginia’s Transportation Board is releasing their six-year fiscal plan for various projects. The annual report reflects revenue projections and other priorities across the state. VDOT officials will hold 9 public hearings in various localities next month, including at stop in Lynchburg on May 15th. CLICK HERE for the spring itinerary and plan details.
Authorities are investigating an early morning the break-in at Boonsboro Country Club on Tuesday…the first at the club in more than a decade. Sources say two pro shops and the clubhouse were all broken into and hundreds of dollars in cash were taken following a recent golf tournament. Deputies collected surveillance video Tuesday and evidence from the scene and say two suspects are being sought in the case. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Bedford County Sheriff’s office; CLICK HERE for contact information.