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.
A Roanoke man is in jail without bond, after Bedford County authorities arrested him for telling an undercover investigator that he would pay him to kill his estranged wife. The sheriff’s office says that since October 2012, Kevin Colgan, 61, has been in the process of divorcing his wife of 30 years. The final divorce hearing is scheduled for August. Authorities were made aware that Colgan had been threatening Mrs. Colgan. Colgan met with an undercover investigator on Wednesday. He then met with the investigator again Thursday morning and the two drove to Mrs. Colgan’s home in Bedford. Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators arrested Colgan at 10:10 a.m. yesterday. He’s charged with solicitation to commit murder.
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gas prices in Virginia are increasing as many residents prepare for spring break travel. Triple-A Mid-Atlantic says the average price for a gallon of gasoline in Roanoke increased by four-cents over the past week. Statewide, the increase was 7 cents.
On the bright side, Virginia’s average of $3.42 is below the national average of $3.57 and is the 10th lowest in the country. Gas prices this week are up eight-cents in Charlottesville, nine-cents in Norfolk and 11-cents in Richmond.
There are two public hearings tonight for a proposed Bedford County real estate tax rate hike and the Fiscal Year 2015 budget. The board of supervisors has advertised a real estate tax rate of 53 cents per $100 of assessed value. That is up 3 cents from the current rate. Supervisors say it will not necessarily go up that much, but it cannot increase any more than 3 cents.
The public also will be able to weigh in on the board of supervisors’ proposed budget for the year beginning July 1. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Bedford Science and Technology Center on Edmund Street.