Lynchburg police are asking for help solving two night-time burglaries at Miles Market on Rivermont Avenue. The first took place on June 26th … the second on July 4th. Police say both times, the thieves used large rocks to break the front windows. They took a total of $400 cash and approximately 40 packs of Newport cigarettes. Anyone with information can contact Central Virginia Crime Stoppers or Lynchburg police.
A Lynchburg zip code is among the top 15 sources of air pollution in Virginia. The list compiled by the Sierra Club an environmental organization on Tuesday, ranks the 24501 zip code, as No. 15. The report cites over 300-thousand pounds of toluene, released by RR Donnelly, as the major contributor to the city’s placement on the list. The News & Advance reports, the emissions are within levels allowed by state and federal law. According to the article, Slocum Adhesives, Parker Hannifin and Banker Steel are other Lynchburg firms listed in the Sierra Club query as reporting toxic emissions to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Overall, Virginia is ranked 22nd in the country in toxic emissions.
The man convicted of the August 2013 first-degree murder and abduction of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy will find out his fate today. A Nelson County jury in May recommended two life sentences for Randy Taylor. The minimum is 20 years on each charge for a total of 40 years. Taylor is due to be sentenced at 3:30 this afternoon.
The Central Virginia chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists has set dates for “Into the Wild” training classes this fall. Virginia Master Naturalists are volunteer educators, citizen scientists and stewards helping Virginia conserve and manage our natural resources and public lands. The program begins in Lynchburg on September 3rd and will run through November 12th. Classes are every other Wednesday and Field Trips are every other Saturday. CLICK HERE to learn more.
Gleaning for the World, has received recognition from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. Disaster Coordinator, Roy St. John was presented the “superstar” award, on Monday. Gleaning For The World is a Concord-based nonprofit that provides humanitarian aid and disaster relief around the world. St. John works with the Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster System in the state; and has worked for Gleaning for three years, coordinating dozens of major disaster relief efforts.
Court dates have been set for the two people charged in connection with an Evington woman’s death. Debra Crews-Newman is charged with murder and Glenn Farmer is charged with assault and battery and a felony accessory after the fact, in the stabbing death of Valerie Harris last week. Both are slated to appear in Campbell County General District Court for their preliminary hearing on October 28th. Farmer being held without bond in Campbell County. Crews-Newman is being held without bond in Amherst County.
An Altavista bank teller was arrested Wednesday and charged with grand larceny. Authorities say Belinda Smith Southard is accused of filing fraudulent bank documents to transfer money from patrons’ accounts and into her own. She had been a teller at the First National Bank of Altavista, where between November 2013 and April, two accounts were targeted in which she allegedly took $7,300.
A Danville man arrested for stalking after being wanted by police is now wanted again. 30 year old Berkley Allen Furgurson got arrested in West Virginia and was released on bond, under the condition that he would immediately return to Virginia, but he has not turned himself in and is still wanted on a stalking warrant in Danville. Police say Furgurson could be driving a gray 2003 Jaguar with Virginia license plates.
The man believed to have held a bogus fund-raiser has been arrested and charged with obtaining money by false pretense. CASA of Central Virginia say Jonathan Craft held a fundraising even with their name attached to it back in April, but they never saw a cent. Investigators say Craft lied about giving $1300 to various organizations, money he claimed to raise in honor of his 13-month-old daughter, Veralee Craft, who was killed at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend in 2012. According to Lynchburg Police, Craft was arrested Sunday but he has been released on $1000 bail.
The Town of Bedford will be looking for a new police chief. After 34 years in law enforcement, Jim Day will step down from his position at the end of September. Day was named chief of the Bedford Police Department in 2006; and oversaw Bedford’s reversion to a town, which increased his department’s jurisdictional area without adding officers. The chief thinks his department — 24 officers and three civilians — handled the transition well.