Campbell County News Release: The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office is seeking Daniel Lee Bessette, 35, who is wanted on six warrants. He is wanted for two counts of felony assault on a family member, third offense; one count of felony probation violation; one count of felony failure to stop for law enforcement officer; one count of misdemeanor reckless driving; and one count of misdemeanor driving suspended. Bessette is known to have lived in the Concord and Evington areas. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Bessette, please call the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office at 434-332-9580 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. You could earn up to $1,000 in reward.
From The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office: The victim has been identified through the Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office as Charles Edward Hodges IV, 34 years of age. The cause of death was determined to be smoke inhalation.
Previously: The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office 9-1-1 center received a call for a fully involved structure fire at approximately 8:30 am this morning (November 28) from residents near 330 Crafts Ford Court, which is located in the Wirtz community at Smith Mountain Lake. Original reports stated that there may be a person inside the home. The Franklin County Sheriff’s office as well as fire departments from Scruggs, Burnt Chimney, Glade Hill, Smith Mountain Lake Marine, and Franklin County Public Safety responded and found a single story structure with heavy flames and smoke coming from building. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire by 9:30 but the home was a total loss. Fire Investigators did locate and recover a body from the home at 12:25 today. The identity of the victim is being withheld until the medical examiners can confirm the victim’s identity and determine a cause of death. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation into the death of the victim. Franklin County Public Safety is investigating the cause and origin of the fire.
From Lynchburg Police: On October 27, 2016, the Lynchburg Police Department responded to a home invasion / robbery on ‘C’ Street in the City of Lynchburg. Three subjects entered a residence and held the homeowner at gunpoint. He was violently assaulted and then multiple items were stolen. He was tied up before the suspects left. The Criminal Investigations Division (CID) began a month long investigation. With the assistance of the Field Operations Bureau and citizens in that area, several suspects were developed. On November 18th, Suntrese R. Wheeler (age 29) of Lynchburg was arrested. On November 21st, Derrick L. Campbell (age 36) of Lynchburg was arrested. On November 30th, Jason J. Berkley (age 30) of Pamplin was arrested by the U.S. Marshals and Lynchburg Police in Amherst, Virginia. The U.S. Marshals Service from Lynchburg, Charlottesville and Roanoke were instrumental in the capture of Berkley. All three suspects were charged with Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Burglary, Robbery, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony (2 counts) and Kidnapping. All three suspects are being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Lynchburg without bond.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) – Virginia Tech has signed a new agreement with defense industry giant Lockheed Martin that the school says will allow for more research collaboration and recruitment. Virginia Tech President Tim Sands said in a statement that the agreement will allow the school and company to work together more efficiently. Research subjects will include microelectronics, power electronics and cybersecurity. The school says Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin has hired more than 80 Virginia Tech graduates and provided internships to more than 100 students over the past four years.
From State Police: Virginia State Police Trooper D.R. Skiff is investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash in Campbell County. The crash occurred at 5:15 p.m., Friday (Nov. 25) on Route 501 at Volunteer Road. A Toyota Highlander was traveling along Route 501. As the Toyota attempted to pass a vehicle in front of it, the Toyota crossed the center line and struck head-on a Honda Odyssey traveling in the opposite direction. The driver of the Highlander, Anthony T. Chambers, 48, of Lynchburg, Va., and his four passengers were transported to Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment of injuries ranging from minor to serious. None of the injuries is life-threatening. The driver of the Odyssey, Charlie R. Smith, 73, of Halifax, Va., was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital along with one of his wife, Mary Smith. Both are being treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries. Mr. Smith’s other passenger, Doris M. Chappell, 77, of Halifax, Va., was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital, where she died later Friday evening. Chambers was arrested for DUI and charged with driving on a revoked license. The crash remains under investigation and additional charges are pending.
From State Police: Virginia State Police Trooper B.J. Hylton is investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash in Appomattox County. The crash occurred at 3:46 a.m., Saturday (Nov. 26) on Trent Hatchery Road. A 2003 Mitsubishi Galant was traveling along Trent Hatchery Road when it ran off the left side of the road. The vehicle first struck a ditch and then struck head-on a tree. The driver, Joshua W. Judy, 17, of Appomattox, Va., was not wearing a seat belt and was not ejected from the vehicle. He died at the scene. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call at 8:50 p.m. Wednesday night from Georgia Pacific in Big Island. The caller reported a man had fallen into a machine. Big Island Fire Department and rescue units along with Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene. The victim of the accident is Robert C. Dameron, age 44, of Natural Bridge. The body was transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke. The Virginia Department of Labor will investigate the incident. Because of the ongoing investigation no further comments will be made until the investigation is completed.
News release: The City of Lynchburg, in partnership with Lynch’s Landing, will offer free two-hour parking in the downtown area beginning Thanksgiving Day (November 24) through New Year’s Day (January 1). The program was initiated to not only support local businesses during the holiday season, but to also encourage more area residents and visitors to shop, dine, play and explore in Downtown Lynchburg and to make downtown a part of their holiday festivities. The free two-hour parking will apply to all City-managed paid parking lots including Community Market Lot (Lot H), Corner of Main Street and Commerce Street (Lot E), Suntrust Parking Deck, Midtown Parking Deck and Clay St. Parking Deck. Anyone parked longer than the free two-hour allotment will need to pay for the additional time at the appropriate pay station. All on-street parking in downtown will remain free; however, time limits for those spaces will be dictated by signage.
Campbell County news release: The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an organized group of Hispanic males who are traveling through our area forging and passing stolen checks. This group may have ties to the Lynchburg area of Campbell County. It is believed that the group may be operating throughout the state of Virginia and perhaps in other states too. If you have any information about the identity or location of these subjects, please call Campbell County Sheriff’s Office at 434-332-9580 or the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.
From Liberty University: Liberty University’s Athletic Director, Jeff Barber, announced today that he will resign from his position, effective immediately. It has been a blessing for my family and me to have been a part of the Liberty family for the past nearly 11 years,” Barber said. “As this new chapter of our lives begins, I wish nothing but the best for the Flames and am excited to follow the future successes of all the teams.” With that announcement, President Jerry Falwell stated that “Jeff Barber is a wonderful person and has committed a decade to Liberty University. We have accomplished many great things under Jeff’s leadership. We will now look to build upon the strong foundation he helped establish and appoint a new leader to set the vision for our NCAA athletic programs.” He went on to say “We wish Jeff and his family nothing but the best in their future endeavors and we at Liberty will work with them to assure a smooth transition to the next opportunity that they wish to pursue.”