There has been no word on the condition of a teenager hit by a vehicle on Route 460 in the Thaxton area of Bedford County last night. State police say the 16-year-old male was riding a foot-propelled scooter, when he drifted into the road and a westbound Ford Mustang hit him. The News and Advance reports that it happened around 9 p.m. about a tenth of a mile east of Johnson School Road. The boy was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
The owner of a Lynchburg consignment shop is facing more charges in the Boonsboro-area break-ins from the last two weeks. After searching The Burnt Orange on Fort Avenue, police found items believed to have been stolen from Lynchburg and Appomattox County homes. Lynchburg police charged the store owner 38-year-old Katie Hyatt of Concord earlier this week, on one count of breaking-and-entering and grand larceny. The department yesterday said she’s charged with four additional counts each of breaking-and-entering and grand larceny. Authorities in Campbell and Appomattox counties suspect Hyatt in additional burglaries in their localities.
Amherst Town Council is revisiting the topic of prayer at its meetings. The practice of prayer invocations being delivered at the beginning of each town council meeting was suspended earlier this year. Moments of silence were introduced instead, following uncertainties regarding a pending hearing. In May, the Supreme Court ruled that opening government meetings with sectarian prayers was constitutional within certain parameters. A written policy on prayer will be drafted by the town’s community relations committee and presented at a later meeting.
Altavista officials are working on a report highlighting ways the town has been working on resolving the PCB Problem at the wastewater treatment plant. Following a recent inquiry by the Department of Environmental Quality, regarding the PCB contamination at the plant’s emergency overflow pond, Town Council met this week. In 2010, the town indicated it would complete the project in 31 months; but according to the Altavista Journal, “DEQ has not received any updates in the last couple of years. The report will include some history of the town’s efforts and possibly a timeline. It will also tell the state that it will stay in the VRP.
National Child Passenger Safety Week is underway; and state and local law enforcement have been busy educating parents and caregivers of the importance of buckling up a child every time for every ride! Virginia law requires that a child be in an approved child safety seat until his/her eighth birthday. It is a primary enforcement law. Children ages 8-18 must be belted correctly in a vehicle safety belt. Saturday (Sept 20) is National Safety Seat Check Day; certified child passenger safety technicians will hold car seat events across the country. To find an event in our area, visit: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov.
It didn’t take long for the Lynchburg Hillcats to line up a new agreement with a major league team. The Hillcats yesterday (Wednesday) agreed to a Player Development Contract (P-D-C) with the Cleveland Indians four years for now, but it could become longer term at some point. Team officials tell the News and Advance they had discussions with four major league franchises before coming to terms with Cleveland.
The man charged with leading police along a cross-county chase will spend just under three years in prison. 35 year old, Jason Todd Cash, pleaded guilty in Nelson County to several charges associated with the multi-county chase, which resulted in three police cruisers being hit. Cash was being pursued as a suspect in “numerous break-ins and burglaries. He was convicted in part to eluding police; assault and battery and driving after being declared a habitual offender. Officials say, no one was injured in the February chase, though three police cruisers did sustained damage. The Judge on Tuesday sentenced Cash to two years and seven months as part of a plea agreement, but ordered him to pay Virginia State Police in full for damages.
A heart health open house and free flu shots will be offered by one clinic in Lynchburg next week. The Institute for Integrative Medicine and Comprehensive Rehabilitation is celebrating heart health month, by offering a variety of screening, such as free blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar; during the heart health open house from 1-5 p.m. on Sept 23. The flu shot clinics will be held 9 a.m. to noon, every Friday beginning Sept. 26. IIMCR is located in the Tarkington Building on Memorial Ave; walk-ins are welcome.
The Campbell County Library is offering a literature-based spin on the popular “speed-dating” format, which is meant to link readers to intriguing books. Participants in the upcoming Speed Book Talk sessions are asked to bring four books to recommend and discuss. In four minutes, they’ll rotate and explain why each selection is a favorite. Two sessions will be held next week; The first will be held on Monday, at the Timbrook Library on Timberlake Road, the second at the Staunton River Memorial Library in Altavista on Thursday, September 25. Both sessions will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Participants are encouraged to dress as a character from their book choices.
The parents of a missing University of Virginia student say they fear she is the victim of “foul play.” Charlottesville police released a statement Wednesday from 18-year-old Hanna Graham’s parents expressing their fears for her safety. Police say they have no hard evidence to confirm foul play in her disappearance.