Lynchburg Police locate second “person of interest” in Shawn Moss shooting death

Edwin Gray (LPD photo)

Edwin Gray (LPD photo)

UPDATED 2:10 pm — Lynchburg Police say they have located Edwin Gray.


From Lynchburg Police: Regarding the homicide investigation of Shawn Wendale Moss. The Lynchburg Police Department has identified, and is attempting to locate, a second person of interest: Edwin Ramon Gray (A.K.A. Pooh), a 25 yr. old Lynchburg man. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Edwin Ramon Gray is asked to contact Det. D.W. Clarke at 434-455-6174 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.

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Bedford Co. Sheriff: Forest forgery appears connected to others in VA since June

Forgery Suspect

Bedford Co. Sheriff’s photo

From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: The office is investigating a forgery and uttering that recently occurred. During the course of the investigation it was discovered that the same female suspect is responsible for similar crimes in Waynesboro, Chesterfield, and the Town of Bedford. These crimes with this suspect have been occurring since June 2014. The suspect appears to be intercepting legitimate business, in this case, Forest Foot and Ankle, checks from the mail and in one case, a private drop box. The suspect then alters the check to reflect a fake name. She then takes the checks to a bank and cashes them.

The suspect has used the following names and fake I.D.’s in these crimes:

1-       Tabitha Leigh Williams, 4552 Brookgreen Dr. West Columbia, SC 29169; SC DL 85185749

2-       Jennifer Cauthen, 3024 Anchorbrook Dr. Bellefontaine, OH 43311; Oh ID 9404951281

3-       Keandra Ellen Duncan; address 3225 Centerfield Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45201, Oh ID OHTL951402

Anyone with information is asked to contact 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 a cash reward to up $1,000 for information that solves the crime.

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Robin Williams’ death puts spotlight on depression

The apparent suicide of Robin Williams is shining a spotlight on depression and mental illness. Officials say it appears he took his own life, after recently suffering from severe depression. If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, please contact someone at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can click HERE or call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). Someone can help by talking to you and putting you in touch with a local practitioner.


From Mental Health America:

Remembering Robin Williams: His Life Should Continue to Inspire Us

August 12, 2014

By Paul Gionfriddo, President/CEO

Robin Williams’ tragic and untimely death after a decades-long battle against bipolar disorder reminds us that mental illnesses are all-too-often serious and life-threatening chronic diseases.

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Police: vandals strike site of new Humane Society building

LPD lynchburg policeFrom Lynchburg Police: On August 11, 2014 Officers with the Lynchburg Police Department responded to 1211 Old Graves Mill Road (site of the new Lynchburg Humane Society) regarding property damage and vandalism, which occurred sometime during the weekend of August 9 – 11, 2014. Officers found broken windows, fire extinguishers that had been expelled and items thrown all over the building. At this time the cost of the damage is unknown. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Off. AO Kittrell at 434-455-6054 with the Lynchburg Police Department or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Visit the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers website at to enter a web tip, or text “CVCS” plus your message to 274637.

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Phase I upgrades at City Stadium completed

City of LynchburgFrom the City of Lynchburg: The City of Lynchburg’s Parks and Recreation Department has announced completion of Phase I of the City Stadium Football Complex renovation project, just in time for football season. The first phase of construction, which began in the summer, focused on the conversion from natural turf to artificial turf on the football stadium. In addition, other improvements were made including a new stormwater collection system around the field, drainage repairs, new electrical and communications wiring and the regrading and paving of the walking track around the football field.

Built in 1939, the City Stadium Complex houses both football and baseball facilities. Over the years, both facilities have hosted a wide gamut of activities and special events. However, football field use was always limited by surface conditions which degraded exponentially with increased use.

The Football Complex is utilized primarily by the E.C. Glass and Heritage High School varsity football and soccer teams. Heritage High School will be using the refurbished football field as their primary field while the new Heritage High School is built. Heritage High School will hold the very first practice on this new turf on Tuesday, August 12.

The next phase of this project includes improvements to concessions, ticket gates, restrooms, and the stadium’s PA system. This construction is scheduled to begin at the conclusion of the 2014 Lynchburg high school football season.


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Forecast heavy rains lead to cancellation of “Back to School at the Pool”

City of LynchburgFrom the City of Lynchburg:  Due to the forecast of inclement weather this weekend, the Share the Parks event, Back to School at the Pool scheduled for Saturday, August 9, at the Miller Park pool has been canceled. “We’re disappointed that we have to cancel the event, said Parks and Recreation Director Kay Frazier, but after reviewing the weather forecasts, the committee thought it best. We hope to have another event of some type before the end of the year and we thank all of the volunteers who have assisted with our other events.”  Share the Parks (STP) is a collaborative partnership initiated by local government staff working with private citizens to support the local parks by providing a positive presence in the parks.

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Amber Alert terminated; boy is safe, dad in jail

MISSING CHILD: Tommy Lee Able Engle

Tommy Lee Able Engle

SUSPECTED ABDUCTOR: Tommy Lee Travis Engle

Tommy Lee Travis Engle

FROM PATRICK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE: Tommy Lee Able Engle, the 3-year-old missing child from Patrick County, has been safely located in Pikeville, Kentucky according to Patrick Sheriff Dan Smith.  An AMBER Alert was issued at 6:10 PM yesterday for the child after a string of events stemming from a domestic disturbance between the child’s parents. The child’s father, Tommy Lee Travis Engle, 34,  was taken into custody without incident at 12:50 PM by law enforcement officers in Pikeville, Kentucky.  Smith said that he was contacted by the elder Engle via cell phone shortly after midnight and that dialogue continued throughout the early morning hours until he was apprehended.  “During the conversations with Engle, he would tell us that the child was fine, he let us talk to his son and he would send us text message pictures of the child,” the Sheriff said.  “I felt much better about the situation once we were able to talk about a resolution.”  Smith said that Engle has family in Pikeville, Kentucky and that he is currently being held in the Pike County Jail awaiting extradition back to Patrick County.  Engle is currently wanted on two felony assault charges against the child’s mother.  Smith said that multiple local, state and federal law enforcement agencies were involved in the coordinated effort to find the child.

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State Police: man killed by Bedford Co. deputy had just come here from California

From Virginia State Police: The investigation remains ongoing into the officer-involved shooting in Bedford County July 30, 2014. At the request of the Bedford County Sheriff, the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s “Police Shooting Investigative Team” out of the Salem Field Office is investigating the fatal shooting of a man by a Bedford County deputy sheriff. The series of incidents that led up to the shooting began at approximately 8:03 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Bedford County when a man forced his way into a residence in the 1500 block of Stewartsville Road, which is Route 24, in Bedford County. The homeowner says the male intruder threatened her with a gun. When the man, David A. Mendoza, 32, was unable to steal a vehicle from that residence, he fled the scene on a dirt bike heading west on Route 24/Stewartsville Road.

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Two killed when taxicab strikes tree, catches fire

State-PoliceFrom State Police: The Virginia State Police are continuing their investigation into a fatal crash that killed two Virginia residents yesterday afternoon around 3:45 pm on Route 39 approximately 3/10 of a mile west of Route 803 in Rockbridge County. The preliminary investigation revealed that a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria (taxi cab) that was being operated by Joshua Allen Murphy, age 26, of Harrisonburg, Virginia ran off the right side of the roadway striking a tree causing the vehicle to catch fire and entrapping both occupants in the vehicle. Murphy and a passenger in the Crown Victoria Cyrus Greg Carawan, age 28, of Lexington, Virginia were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash and both were pronounced dead at the scene.   No further information regarding the crash is available at this time and the crash remains under investigation.

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VT earns #1 pre-season ranking — for campus food

Virginia-Tech-LogoFrom Virginia Tech: BLACKSBURG, Va., Aug. 5, 2014 – Virginia Tech has been named No. 1 in the Princeton Review’s Best Campus Food rankings for 2015. This ranking and those in a number of other categories push Virginia Tech into Princeton Review’s respected annual college guide, “The Best 379 Colleges.” The widely-read publication features the nation’s outstanding institutions of higher education. Virginia Tech Dining Services has consistently ranked in Princeton Review’s top four best campus food spots, and previously attained the No. 1 designation in 2010 and 2008.

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