Lynchburg fire, police and human services officials are all investigating Friday’s fire at an unlicensed day care center that took the life a Bedford County toddler. Two other young children remain in critical condition at UVA Medical Center. Seven children were inside the Ramsgate Lane home when the fire broke out Friday morning. Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Doucette tells the News & Advance that there had been no charges filed as of Monday afternoon, but a final determination will depend on the outcome of a joint investigation.
Liberty University says a graduate and former ROTC professor was killed this week in Afghanistan, the result of Taliban attack. The university issued a news release saying that Major Michael Donahue, 41, died from wounds suffered in a suicide bombing at a base outside of Kabul. Donahue’s numerous decorations include the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and the Senior Parachutist Badge. Donahue is survived by his wife, Sherri, and their children Victoria, Seamus, and Bailey.
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A Campbell County man charged with trying to remove tattoos from two young girls with a razor blade has pleaded guilty. Daniel Janney, 32, pleaded guilty on Thursday to a pair of lesser charges just as his trial was set to begin. A Campbell County judge then sentenced Janney to 14 months. The girls’ mother is already serving 18 months for making no effort to stop the removal. The man accused of tattooing the girls still awaits trial.
The Lynchburg Humane Society is one of three finalists in the running to win the $25,000 Community Engagement Award in the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals announced Wednesday the other finalists as Clay County Animal Care & Control in Green Cove Springs, Fla. and Kansas City Pet Project in Kansas City, Mo. All three also are in the running to win the $100,000 grand prize. The winners for the national event will be announced on October 7, 2014. Roanoke’s Angels of Assisi also had been competing for the prize in the contest that ran from June through August of this year.
(Continue reading for news release from the ASPCA)
A Bedford County man is charged with attempted abduction, three counts of assault and battery, as well as other charges, after several incidents on Monday. The Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of the attempted abduction and assault of a 13-year-old boy at a bus stop in Forest. While on that call, dispatchers received two other calls about the assault of a man and assault of a woman, both at Westwood Apartments in Forest. Deputies identified the suspect in all three incidents as Michael A. Wood Jr., 48, who also lives at Westwood Apartments. He’s being held without bond. He’s due in court Monday.
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Police in Lynchburg are investigating several 911 calls they received yesterday and believe the same suspect is behind all of them. It all happened around 5:30 p.m. As officers responded to a man with a gun at Younger Park, they received another call that a man pistol whipped another man on the head as he walked in the 2300 block of Gill Street. The victim had a few scrapes on his head and went to the hospital, but is not believed to have serious injuries.
A third call came in a few minutes later about a man with a gun, yelling at a customer inside the Campbell Avenue Super Store. Witnesses say the suspect got into a black four-door vehicle, possibly a Toyota Camry.
Around 10 minutes later, police received a call about an attempted carjacking in the 2000 block of Mosby Avenue. The suspect attempted to force his way into the vehicle, but the driver got away unharmed.
Police are still looking for the suspect and believe he is armed and dangerous. Police have released surveillance photos from the Campbell Avenue Super Stop. If you have any information or recognize the suspect, please call (434)455-6167 or (888) 798-5900.
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Lynchburg police are investigating a fatal shooting that happened around 6:00 Tuesday night. Officers responded to shots fired in the area of 11th and Polk streets, where they found a 34-year-old Lynchburg man lying on the ground with several gunshot wounds. Shawn Wendale Moss was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police say they have developed a person of interest, 24-year-old Dominique Derrell Moss of Lynchburg. Anyone who knows his whereabouts or anything about the incident should contact Lynchburg Police or Crime Stoppers.
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Gleaning For The World Expanding Collection Points To Roanoke
August 19, 2014 | Concord, VA– Gleaning For The World is providing humanitarian assistance to the Iraq and Syrian refugees of the Islamic State, the terrorist militia formerly known as ISIS. Now more than 1,000,000 people in Iraq and Syria have fled the violence and brutality that this group inflicts. As the US military continues to make strikes against the Islamic State, more will be able to escape the clutches of this terrorist organization.
“We have seen the atrocities ISIS is perpetrating on these families,” says Rev. Ron Davidson, president and founder of Gleaning For The World. “Husbands have stayed behind to buy time for their wives and children to escape to these refugee camps, with little hope they will ever see them again. By helping the refugees, we can stand together against those committing these vicious attacks.”
Our strategic partners, working with Iraq and Syrian refugees, have asked for our help with this crisis.
In addition to the supplies we are sending, we will be holding local collections for the Islamic State refugees.
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A major gift for Lynchburg College, in fact, its biggest ever. The college announced Tuesday that 1948 grad Walter Ridgway bequeathed $5-million upon his death last year. Half of that will provide college scholarships, the other half to building construction and maintenance. Ridgway, a native of Roanoke, also left a $1-million endowment to HopeTree Family Services in Salem, $500,000 to First Baptist Church in Roanoke and $400,000 to Glade Spring Baptist Church.
Belk is offering free mammograms to women through mobile screenings in Lynchburg and Roanoke. To be eligible, women have to be 40 or older, have no breast concerns, have not had mammogram in the last year and must have a primary care doctor. To schedule an appointment, call 855-655-BMMC (2662). The screenings are from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 29th at Lynchburg’s River Ridge Mall and on July 31st at Roanoke’s Valley View Mall.