UPDATE: Second child dies in Lynchburg day care fire

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There is another fatality from last Friday’s fire at an unlicensed home-based day care. Lynchburg Fire Department Battalion Chief Jason Campbell tells WDBJ7 that a child still in the hospital died Wednesday night. Another child died on Sunday and at last check, a third child remained in critical condition at UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville. Earlier this week, Campbell said cooking started the fire. Officials originally believed a kitchen appliance caused it, but now say they do not believe the appliance had a short. The Lynchburg commonwealth’s attorney is waiting for results from a joint investigation by the fire and police departments. He then will decide if the operator of the day care will face charges. The woman did not have a state day care license or a city business license. Social services also is investigating.

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Former LU ROTC professor killed in Afghanistan

Major Mike Donahue (Liberty Univ. provided)

Major Mike Donahue
(Liberty Univ. provided)

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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Man sentenced to 14 months in case of young girls being tattooed

Daniel Franklin Janney (Blue Ridge Regional Jail)

Daniel Franklin Janney
(Blue Ridge Regional Jail)

 

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.

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Lynchburg Humane Society finalist in 2014 ASPCA Rachel Ray $100K Challenge

humanesocietyThe 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.

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Forest man charged in attempted abduction of child and other crimes

Michael A. Wood, Jr. (photo provided)

Michael A. Wood, Jr.
(photo provided)

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 looking for suspect in several incidents Wednesday night

Lburg Suspect 1Police 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 looking for person of interest in homicide

Dominique Derrell Moss (Photo provided)

Dominique Derrell Moss
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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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Central Va. non-profit needs supplies for Iraqi and Syrian refugees

Gleaning for the WorldNews Release

Gleaning For The World Expanding Collection Points To Roanoke

August 19, 2014 | Concord, VAGleaning 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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1948 LC grad leaves largest donation ever to college

Lynchburg CollegeA 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.

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Belk offering free mobile mammograms

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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.

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