Lynchburg man known as “DJ Rant” charged with child pornography

Shawn Kearns

Shawn Kearns

From Lynchburg Police: The Lynchburg Police Department’s Forensics Unit received information from the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force regarding the online sharing of child pornography at a townhome in the 3600 block of Old Forest Rd. A search warrant was executed in the 3600 block of Old Forest Rd on August 17, 2016 that resulted in electronic evidence, including computers and cell phones, being seized from the townhome. Detectives with the Lynchburg Police Department’s Forensics Unit performed a digital forensic examination on evidence seized from the townhome. As a result of the collaborative investigation Shawn Kearns, aka “DJ Rant”, a 39 year old male of Lynchburg, VA was arrested by the Lynchburg Police Department on August 25, 2016 and charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography. The Lynchburg Police Department is an affiliate member of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Share on LinkedInShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook

Shooting outside Madison Heights market; one wounded, one sought

Amherst CountyFrom the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: On August 24, 2016 at approximately 20:23 hours, deputies with the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Triangle Market in Madison Heights for shots fired.  Upon the deputies’ arrival, an unidentified male was laying in parking lot with a gunshot wound to the chest.  The unidentified male has been transported to Lynchburg General Hospital.  The extent of injury is unknown.  The deputies are still on scene investigating.  We have nothing further to report at this time.

Share on LinkedInShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook

Amherst man charged with sex crimes involving child

Carlton Adcock

Carlton Adcock

From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: The office arrested Carlton Eugene Adcock, 52, of Amherst today on (7) counts of forcible sodomy, (7) counts of inanimate object penetration , and (2) counts of  indecent liberties with a child. The Sheriff’s Office began their investigation following a referral from Amherst County Social Services. Adcock was arrested without incident and transported to the Amherst Adult Detention Center where he is being held without bond.

Share on LinkedInShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook

Campbell County Sheriff’s Office Looks for Man Wanted for Passing Bad Checks

Michael Culpepper

Michael Culpepper

From the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office: We are looking for Michael Luethel Culpepper, who has outstanding warrants for obtaining money by false pretenses related to counterfeit checks and failure to appear in court. Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to please call the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office at 434-332-9850; or their local law enforcement agency; or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.

Share on LinkedInShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook

Svrcek appoints new Lynchburg Deputy City Manager

Charles Hartgrove

Charles Hartgrove

From the City of Lynchburg: Lynchburg City Manager, Bonnie Svrcek announced today that she has appointed a new Deputy City Manager, Charles W. Hartgrove.  Hartgrove currently serves as the Town Manager in Ashland, Virginia. He will assume his duties on November 2, 2016.  In July 2016, Svrcek was appointed to the position of City Manager, leaving the Deputy City Manager position vacant. Hartgrove’s appointment was made following a national search.  There was an initial pool of 56   applicants. The field was narrowed after a series of telephone and in-person interviews.  The top two candidates then met with members of the City’s Leadership Team as well as a representative group of City employees, toured the City of Lynchburg and learned of some of Lynchburg’s challenges and opportunities. According to Svrcek, Hartgrove has over 18 years of experience in local government management including serving as town manager in three Virginia localities – Gate City, Middleburg, and the last 13 years in Ashland.

(Continue reading for the rest of the news release.)

Read the rest of this story »

Share on LinkedInShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook

Lynchburg Police officer charged with DWI

Lynchburg PoliceFrom Lynchburg Police Department: On 8/21/16 LPD Officer Timothy L. Dooley was arrested by the Virginia State Police for Driving while Intoxicated, 1stoffense (18.2266, Code of VA)and Refusal (18.2-268.3).
Officer Dooley was off-duty at the time and operating his personally owned vehicle when he was stopped by a VA State Trooperon the Campbell Ave. exit/460 west ramp at approximately 1:40am. Officer Dooley has been employed with the LPD for 15 years and currently holds the rank of Senior Specialist.
Following established procedure, Officer Dooley has been placed on Administrative Leave with pay pending the outcome of both a criminal and internal investigation.
The LPD is reviewing this matter internally while the VA State Police handles the criminal investigation. Because of the ongoing criminal court proceedings regarding this case, the LPD will not be making remarks on the criminal case.
Share on LinkedInShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook

Surveillance pics show woman stealing cellphone at convenience store

From The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: We are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a white female who stole a cell phone from the Hop-Inn in Stewartsville. On Wednesday August 17, 2016, between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. an employee said her cell phone was taken from a charger on the deli counter. The surveillance video in the store shows a white female taking the phone. The suspect is 25/35 years old, blonde hair, wearing a white sleeveless shirt, dark colored shorts and white sunglasses. The suspect was driving a white, mid/late 90s four door car with black rims. Anyone with information on this crime can call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Crime Stoppers callers remain anonymous and could receive cash reward up to $1,000.00 for information that helps solve crimes.

STOP-IN SUSP. 1STOP-IN SUSP. 2STOP-IN SUSP. VEHICLE

Share on LinkedInShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook

Va. Health Dept: Some Tropical Smoothie customers are at risk of hepatitis A

Tropical SmoothieFrom the Virginia Department of Health: (RICHMOND, Va.) – The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is investigating a cluster of hepatitis A cases and has identified a potential association with smoothies from Tropical Smoothie Cafe restaurants in Virginia. Genetic testing shows the illnesses were caused by a strain of hepatitis A that has been associated with past outbreaks due to frozen strawberries from Egypt. Upon learning of the potential link to strawberries, Tropical Smoothie Cafe immediately conducted a voluntary product withdrawal of all strawberries sourced from Egypt and found an alternate supply. Individuals who consumed a smoothie from a Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Virginia that contained frozen strawberries, on August 5, 6, 7 or 8, 2016, may still benefit from vaccine or immune globulin to prevent hepatitis A. If you have had hepatitis A or have been vaccinated for hepatitis A, you are already immune and therefore not at risk for getting the disease. Anyone who consumed a smoothie after the frozen strawberries were removed from restaurants is not thought to be at risk for hepatitis A.

(Continue reading for the rest of the news release.)

Read the rest of this story »

Share on LinkedInShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook

Liberty University announces Fall 2016 Convocation guests

liberty-university_logoFrom Liberty University: Liberty University has announced another slate of exciting and engaging Convocation speakers, who will challenge, entertain, and inspire students during the Fall 2016 semester. Among the guests are popular musicians, including for King & Country (Sept. 30), Third Day’s Mac Powell (Sept. 2), “Backstreet Boy” Brian Litrell (Oct. 19), and KORN’s Brian “Head” Welch (Sept. 19) as well as sports icons like Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow (Oct. 17), Brazilian soccer star Kaká (Sept. 21), and Super Bowl champion Joe Theismann (Oct. 21) and comedians Tim Hawkins (Sept. 23) and Larry the Cable Guy (Nov. 11). Noted Christian psychologist James Dobson (Sept. 26) and media mogul Steve Forbes (Dec. 7) are also scheduled to speak.

Convocation is North America’s largest weekly gathering of Christian students, and each year it plays host to more than 80 guest speakers of national significance from every sphere of society. It is held within the Vines Center at Liberty University during each semester at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday unless otherwise noted.

Many Convocations can be streamed live at Liberty.edu/Watch and past events can be viewed at Liberty.edu/Streaming or atYouTube.com/LibertyUniversity.

Continue reading for the full fall schedule

Read the rest of this story »

Share on LinkedInShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook

Sheriff: Two-time convicted dealer arrested on new drug charge in Bedford County

Gerry Staples

Gerry Staples

From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: On Tuesday August 16th, 2016, Investigators from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Vice Unit, assisted by the Town of Bedford Police Department, executed a search warrant for 912 Grand Arbre Dr in the Town of Bedford. The search warrant was in reference to the distribution and sale of cocaine from the residence. The investigation began when members of Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Vice Unit purchased an amount of powder cocaine from Gerry Staples on two different occasions which then led Investigators to obtain a search warrant for the residence. Inside the residence, Gerry Staples who resides at that address, was located. Investigators recovered $11,670 in cash, approximately 10 grams of powder cocaine packaged in separate bags along with plastic bags and other items commonly associated with the distribution of illegal narcotics, several sets of digital scales that contained white residue and a black tactical stock shotgun.

(Continue reading for the rest of the news release.)

Read the rest of this story »

Share on LinkedInShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook
Test