A North Carolina man charged with one felony count of online solicitation of a minor will be released early next year. Grady Wade Mabe Jr., was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but the judge suspended all but one year and one month. Mabe was arrested in December 2012 for what authorities said were indecent online conversations with a person he thought was a minor but was really an officer with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Mabe has been incarcerated for a year and was credited with time served, leaving an active sentence of one month in jail.
Campbell County officials yesterday suspended efforts regarding a waterline to Evington. County Supervisors decided to put the project on hold due to a lack of community support. There weren’t enough signatures by county resident on the petitions for the project to proceed. Media outlets report the board will utilize the special service district plan that had been developed for the project, as a guideline in the future should well problems arise elsewhere in the county. Sources say the county would revisit the Evington proposal if funding options became available or if community support changed.
Campbell County officials will consider suspending efforts to install a waterline in Evington. Due to a lack of community interest in the project, county staff is expected make the recommendation during the board of supervisors meeting today. The well shortage has been a topic of several supervisor and community meetings. But only a fraction of the petitions needed to extend the waterline were submitted by the Oct. 18 deadline. The area has been plagued with well shortages for a number of years and administrators would likely reexamine the issue when there is more community support.
A preliminary reports released by the Virginia State Police reports eleven people died in traffic wrecks on Virginia highways over the Thanksgiving weekend. Authorities say eight were not wearing seat belts; in at least four of the crashes, alcohol was a factor. One of the fatal crashes occurred in Bedford County on Wednesday. 21 year old, Evan Patrick Nichols, of Bedford, was killed when a car he was riding in ran off the road and struck a tree. According the News & Advance, The driver, 21-year-old Durham Westley Falabella of Goodview, was charged with driving while intoxicated.
A boundary line agreement was filed by Appomattox County officials last week. The County Attorney told media outlets that he hopes the judge will sign off on the paperwork without having a hearing on the adjustment. The plan is to add about 15 acres to the northwest part of the town along U.S. 460. The adjustment was introduced to both Town and County officials following a request in May. The proposal received no comment at the public hearings held at town council meeting and supervisors meeting and both governing bodies approved it.
The bells are ringing…Proceeds from the Red Kettle Campaign support programs offered by The Salvation Army. The Lynchburg location on Park Avenue provides breakfast and dinner 365 days a year. According to the Altavista Journal, From Oct. 1 of last year through Sept. 30, of this year, 31,215 meals were served. The organization also provides family services. More than 4,100 people were served during the last fiscal year. The campaign is now online…visit onlineredkettle.org for more information. This year’s campaign in Central Virginia kicked off Nov. 15 and will run through Christmas Eve.
A Lynchburg man has been indicted on one count of malicious wounding in connection with a shooting at the James Crossing Apartments during the summer. 20 year old, Teron William Slaughter was arrested Aug. 25 and charged in the shooting at Greenfield Drive. The adult victim sustained a gunshot wound that was non life-threatening. According to media outlets, Slaughter also faces one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. A jury trial is set for Jan. 23. The victims name was not released.
The Department of Veterans Affairs through the Salem VA Medical Center has announced an open house at the Lynchburg Community Based Outpatient Clinic. The Lynchburg clinic on Lakeside Drive provides primary care and mental health services to enrolled Veterans closer to home. The open house will be held from 3pm until 7 on Monday, December 9. All veterans are invited to attend and learn more about healthcare services that are provided locally and staff will be available to accept enrollment applications. For more information visit www.salem.va.gov
Localities across the United States this week are recognizing Winter Weather Preparedness Week. In Virginia, the Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) encourages citizens to be ready, stay informed and make a plan. Central Virginia Public Information Network is a unified source of regional information in the Region 2000 area and is comprised of representatives from local governments, emergency response agencies, interested companies and support groups. Visit Ready Virginia for more information about preparing for winter weather; for links to VDOT and other weather related resources, visit: www.vaemergency.gov
A Concord man has been arrested in connection with a break-in at an Appomattox County church. 54 year old, Timothy Greer, Sr., is accused of breaking into Trinity United Methodist Church in August, stealing a safe and destroying several historical documents that were inside. Officials say a juvenile was with Greer at the time of the break-in, but has not been charged. Greer was arrested last week and charged with burglary, grand larceny, possession of stolen property, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.