UPDATE: 3-year-old found safe, Amber Alert cancelled

Zion Williams

Zion Williams

Joshua Williams

Joshua Williams

UPDATE: State Police report Zion has been safely recovered. The Amber Alert is cancelled.

From VA-Amber Alert: The Spotsylvania County Sheriffs office is looking for 3-year-old Zion Clinton Amir Williams. He’s 3’5″, 35 lbs. He is black and has brown eyes and brown hair. He was wearing a blue and white Cars diaper. Zion is believed to be in extreme danger and was last seen in Spotsylvania County.  He was likely abducted by 28-year-old Joshua Christopher Williams. He’s 5’11” 160 lbs. he’s black with brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen wearing a navy blue and gray sweatshirt and blue jeans.

State police say the suspect assaulted Zion’s mother before he took him. The vehicle Joshua Williams was believed to be traveling in with Zion has been located but neither Williams or Zion have been found.

If you have any information contact the Spotsylvania County Sheriffs office at (540)582-7115 or Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453 (1-800-VACHILD).

 

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UPDATE: Courtney Moats found safe, man faces charges

Timothy Wigginton

Timothy Wigginton

Courtney Moats

Courtney Moats

UPDATED WEDNESDAY 4:40 pm — The Amherst County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Lynchburg Police Department, apprehended Timothy Aaron Wiggington, 30, of Amherst in Lynchburg earlier today without incident. In addition, Courtney Paige Moats, 15, who was the juvenile that was reported missing out of Amherst County on 04/29/2016 was also found safe. Wiggington is charged with a count of Grand Larceny and Petit Larceny from a previous incident. Other charges may be filed as the investigation concerning Moats’ continues. The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the media and all of you that help spread the information through social media. No other information will be released at this time.

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Bedford County man charged after human remains are found in barrel

Robert Wozniak

Robert Wozniak

From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: On Saturday, April 30, 2016, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a home owner on Trapper Lane in the Stewartsville area  who reported finding a barrel at their residence containing possible human remains. Bedford County sheriff’s deputies and investigators responded and determined the remains were human. The caller told the investigators that the barrel belonged to Robert Wozniak. Wozniak had rented a room from the caller since January 2016. Prior to moving to Bedford County, Wozniak resided in the City Of Roanoke. Investigators processed the scene and suspect the remains are several months old. The remains were transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke for identification and to determine possible cause of death. On Saturday Robert A. Wozniak, age 47, was arrested and charged with Disposing of a Body with Malicious Intent to Avoid Detection and four counts of Obtaining Money by False Pretense.  He is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center without bond.

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Lynchburg Police search for suspect after attempted robbery and shooting

wlni-defaultFrom Lynchburg Police: On April 29, 2016 at approximately 2200 hours Officers of the Lynchburg Police Department were dispatched to Applebee’s Old Forest Road in reference to a possible malicious wounding. When Officers arrived on the scene they found a b/m victim, Rashad P. Stone Age 19 of Washington D.C. complaining of a gunshot wound to the right leg. Upon speaking to the victim he advised that he was walking in the area of Devonshire Road & Kettering Lane when he was approached by a b/m 5’ 11”, wearing a dark hoodie who demanded money. The victim advised as he fled the area, the b/m suspect began firing shots at him from a handgun. The victim then ran to Applebee’s Old Forest Road and discovered that he had been shot in the right leg.

The victim was transported to the Lynchburg General Emergency Room for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The investigation is continuing. No further suspect information at this time. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Lynchburg Police Department at 455-6054 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900

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Lynchburg Police looking for credit card fraud suspects

From Lynchburg Police: The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating credit card fraud at several Food Lion grocery stores in and around the Lynchburg area. On March 09, 2016, the two adult males pictured in the attached surveillance photos used several sets of stolen credit card numbers to purchase multiple gift cards. Anyone who can identify these suspects is asked to contact Detective T. D. Wecker with the Lynchburg Police Department at 434-455-6178, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Visit the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers website to enter a web tip, or text “CVCS” plus your message to 274637.

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UPDATE: Police find missing 3-year-old Henry County boy safe

Mason Ryan Photo from WDBJ7

Mason Ryan
Photo from WDBJ7

UPDATE: 3-year-old Mason Ryan was found safe in a wooded area about 3 miles from his home. Police were able to find him by following the sounds of his dog – that he went missing with last night – barking.

Henry County Police are searching for a missing boy. Mason Ryan, 3, was reported missing from the Wagon Trail Road area of Spencer just before 6 p.m. Monday evening. He was last seen with a dog and wearing a yellow Batman logo t-shirt, according to police. Mason’s mother stepped into another room, and when she returned he along with the small brown dog were gone. Virginia State Police, along with fire and rescue, and volunteers are assisting the Henry County Sheriff’s Office with the search.

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State lawmaker sues Attorney General Herring over unmet request

Va. AG Mark Herring

Va. AG Mark Herring

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A Virginia lawmaker is suing the state attorney general for not providing a written opinion requested seven months ago. Loudoun County Republican Del. Dave LaRock claims Democrat Mark Herring is not doing his job as required by state law. He filed papers Wednesday asking the Richmond Circuit Court to order the attorney general to fulfill his request for an advisory opinion about laws against sex discrimination. LaRock says Tuesday’s federal appeals court ruling in favor of a transgender student who wants to use the boys’ restroom at school illustrates the urgency of his request. Herring spokesman Michael Kelly says that same ruling shows “the law in this area is developing very rapidly in very significant ways.” Kelly said lawyers are researching and LaRock will get a response “in due course.”

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Bedford home is a “total loss” after fire

Monte Video House Fire (7)From Bedford Fire Department: On April 20, 2016 at approximately 9:58 p.m. the Bedford Fire Department responded to 1972 Monte Vista Road for a report of fire in a private dwelling. The first arriving engine found a two-story wood frame home with heavy fire showing throughout.  Although units arrived just ten minutes after the initial 911 call, the amount of fire found on arrival along with a lack of water supply in the immediate area hampered efforts.  The original home, which had several additions, was made of wooden logs and according to the owner was constructed in 1765.  The home was a total loss.  No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported.  Firefighters from the Town of Bedford, Moneta, Forest, and Huddleston operated on scene.  The fire is being investigated by the Bedford County Fire Marshall’s Office.

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Lynchburg Parks & Rec to host neighborhood meeting on recent Fairview shootings

City of LynchburgFrom the City of Lynchburg:  The Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the Lynchburg Police Department and other City departments, will host a neighborhood meeting on Monday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fairview Recreation Center, 3621 Campbell Avenue. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss recent criminal activity in the Fairview neighborhood including the incidents that occurred in Younger Park and on Maryland Avenue. Residents will hear what is being done to address these issues and will be given the opportunity to voice their concerns and to offer possible solutions to issues that are negatively affecting their neighborhood. This meeting is open to the public.

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Police investigating fatal crash Bedford County

WLNI Fatal AccidentFrom Virginia State Police: BEDFORD, Va. – Virginia State Police Senior Trooper J. E. Edgell is investigating a single vehicle fatal crash that occurred at 2:24 pm April 16, 2016 on Route 616, a half mile west of Route 1600 in Bedford County. A 1996 Honda Civic was traveling west on Route 616 when the vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway and struck several trees. The 1996 Honda was driven by Caleb Wayne Drewery, 25, of Goodview, Va.  Mr. Drewery was not wearing his seatbelt and died at the scene.  The vehicle was also occupied by a male juvenile, 12 years of age.  The juvenile was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

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