Authorities are warning female realtors in Central and Southern Virginia after several suspicious calls. The Virginia Association of Realtors tells media outlets, in the past week, a man has called several female agents across the region requesting them to show him homes properties that are located in remote places at night OR in areas they do not generally cover. Sources say the individual refuses to meet them during the day, in a public location, or at their office. VAR says there is no caller ID information is not made available. Law enforcement agencies urge female realtors to take precautions when scheduling appointments and showing homes.
Five people were rescued from a burning home in Lynchburg early this morning. Crews were called to a home on Dudley Street, off of Florida Avenue just before 3:00 am. Officials say two adults and three children were able to escape out a second floor window onto the porch roof, where crews were able to help them down with a rescue ladder; 5 pets were also rescued. All received medical attention on site and no one had to go to the hospital. The fire was extinguished within 15 minutes; the cause of the blaze was an electrical fault on the first floor. The house is reported to be a total loss. The family is being assisted by the Red Cross.
Four Pittsylvania County teenagers required emergency medical assistance, some needing hospitalization after ingesting a mystery drug. Sources say the teens, ages 15 to 19 took an unknown, “unprescribed chemical or synthetic substance” in the past week. Media outlets report, investigators are working with chemist to identify the compound and the source behind the distribution. The sheriff’s office is asking anyone whom may have recently come into possession of these street available capsules containing a powdered substance not to risk ingesting the capsule. Experts say there is a high probability of unintended medical consequences.
A man who led police on a high speed car chase that ended in a crash in Nelson County last summer will spend the next five years in prison. 31 year old, Kenneth Michael Moore Jr., had been linked to a methamphetamine ring operating in Nelson County, Waynesboro and Charlottesville. On Wednesday, he pled guilty to four charges; possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, eluding police, knowingly possessing a stolen firearm and having a gun while in possession of narcotics. The incident in which Moore led police through Augusta County into Nelson County, before losing control of his vehicle occurred on July 28 of last year.
The Appomattox Board of Supervisors, today, will be prioritizing capital improvement projects, and deciding what the county hopes to accomplish during the upcoming fiscal year. The News & Advance reports, among the documents up for consideration during today’s work session are items from the county’s planning commission and about $500,000 worth of school projects. According to the article, most of the work is at the middle and high schools. No money was set aside for capital improvement for the current fiscal year last spring so the list will include those projects as well. Financing options for chosen projects will also be discussed.
A bill that would require the state to keep at least three of the four remaining training centers open is picking up support from more legislators. SB 1300, doesn’t specify which locations must be preserved; but does delay action on a training center in Northern Virginia that is currently marked to close next. It would push back the site’s scheduled end date in 2016. The bill was forwarded to a Senate finance subcommittee and state would be given until November to make that decision. The president of the Central Virginia Training Center family association, says while not a decisive victory it is promising that it’s advancing for further review.
Pittsylvania County officials have planned a visit animal shelters in our area tomorrow. The Board of Supervisors and staff will be touring the Lynchburg Animal Shelter, which has not opened yet, on Old Graves Mill Road and the Amherst County Animal Shelter, to gather information and gain a better perspective on design elements to consider for a new facility in their county. Pittsylvania County Supervisors voted in September to pursue a long-term strategy to build a new animal shelter. Architecture consultants will present a report to supervisors in March, the board is expected to review the study before deciding on the matter.
The Centers for Disease Control released a warning today cases of the flu is spreading throughout the state. Flu cases continue to grow across the county and the flu season isn’t even close to being over yet. Health officials say the current flu vaccine isn’t working well against one common strain; so far this season, there have been 56 cases of child deaths; three have died here in Virginia. The CDC reports that flu in Virginia is now widespread – updated from about a month ago when it was just regional. Doctors say still get vaccinated, even though one strain isn’t working because there are still many other strains going around.
A local relator is looking for artistic tenants for a former factory in Bedford. Steve Drake is the real estate agent marketing the old Hampton Looms property; he says he sees the giant factory building as something different than what it housed in the past there are more than 100 working artists in Bedford County; .Drake says all he needs are creative ideas and people who could support things like galleries, museums, or perhaps a concert hall.
Officials in Franklin County are considering medical training for 911 dispatchers. The Franklin County Board of Supervisors is considering the change to ensure that emergency calls are better handled because dispatchers would have the ability to give medical advice in situations such as cardiac arrest, allergic reactions, or drowning advice, officials say, could save lives when emergency services may be several minutes away. According to the Smith Mountain Eagle, Supervisors are weighing the cost of training–Dispatchers in Roanoke, Bedford, Pittsylvania, and Henry County are all able to give medical assistance.