From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: On Saturday August 29, 2015 at 1: 30 p.m., Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call to 1284 Breezy Hill Road, Vinton. The caller, who was calling from Botetourt County, advised that her daughter, Ashley Brogan, age 28, was at this residence and was possibly being assaulted by a Willard Hale. A Bedford County deputy responded to the address and spoke with Willard Hale’s father, who invited the deputy into the residence. He said the two were in another part of the house. After checking the residence the deputy could not locate either. The father then advised the deputy they must have went out the back door.
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Lynchburg-based radio and television producer Andre Whitehead has spoken of his interactions with Vester Flanagan, the man authorities say shot and killed two WDBJ7 journalists Wednesday before killing himself. Whitehead remembers Flanagan, as a person who felt discriminated against when he worked there as a reporter, but Whitehead believes those claims were unfounded. WLNI’s Luke Church has the story.
“Conversations with Andre Whitehead” airs Sunday mornings at 8:00 on WLNI.
From Lynchburg City Police: On August 19, 2015, the Lynchburg Police Department, with assistance from the Virginia State Police and the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office executed five search warrants at four separate locations in the City of Lynchburg and one location in Amherst County. During the execution of search warrants, the following items were seized: five firearms, $109,955 in cash, and a significant amount of gang-related paraphernalia from several locations. These search warrants and the arrests listed below are related to the gang-related shootings previously discussed during the 8/18 press conference.
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From Lynchburg City Police: On 8/18/2015 at approximately 1553 hours, several 911 calls were received about multiple shots being fired in the area of Floyd St. and Park Ave. Officers with the Lynchburg Police Department responded to the area and discovered that a bullet had struck a window in a dwelling in the 1300 block of Park Ave. No one was injured as a result of the shots being fired.As a result of the investigation, Orlando Roselle Oliver II, 18 years of age of Lynchburg was arrested and charged with six counts of maliciously shooting at a motor vehicle and one count of maliciously shooting into an occupied dwelling. The investigation into this shooting indicates that this incident is directly related to the gang-related shootings previously discussed during the 8/18 press conference.Additionally, Oliver was charged in connection to the shooting that occurred on 8/16/2015 at approximately 2355 hours in the 1100 block of Wise St. (This is one of the incidents discussed during the 8/18 press conference) During this incident, Oliver is believed to have shot multiple rounds into an unoccupied dwelling. In relation to this incident he was charged with two counts of attempted malicious wounding, two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, reckless handling of a firearm, and willfully discharging a firearm in the city. Oliver was held without bond.
From HokieSports.com: NASHVILLE, Tennessee (August 19, 2015) As the 2015 college football season kicks off, country music superstar Brad Paisley and IMG will be taking his show to select universities to provide free entertainment for the campus community. The tour kicks off September 6 at Virginia Tech. The “Country Nation College Tour presented by Zaxby’s” will roll into Blacksburg, Virginia on September 6 and set up on the Virginia Tech campus. Breakout country artist Eric Paslay will be the special guest.
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From the City of Lynchburg: The Department of Water Resources is alerting Lynchburg City residents of a telephone scam operation regarding water utilities. Callers will demand residents to pay a large fee in order to avoid having their water disconnected, or will indicate the fee is for late payments on water bills or for the installation of mandatory digital water meters. The calls are being made from telephone number (434) 336-3428. Residents are advised that these are not legitimate phone calls from City of Lynchburg personnel. Anyone receiving such calls should not give out any personal information, including credit card numbers. Report any suspected fraudulent calls to the Federal Trade Commission at 1-888-382-1222.
From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: We are investigating a larceny of meat from Walmart. On Friday July 24th at 815 pm, two white males entered Walmart Madison Heights and picked up a number of items including meat products and then left the store without paying. The males were in their 20s to 30s. One was tall and heavy set and one of medium height and medium build. Both have short brown hair. They were observed leaving in a gray vehicle. Anyone that has any information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information regarding this crime. All information is totally confidential.
In September 2015, there will be anticipated vacancies on several boards and commissions. If you are interested in being considered to fill one of the vacancies, please complete an application and return it by Monday, August 31 to the Clerk of City Council, 900 Church Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504. Applications may be downloaded from the City’s website by clicking here or can be mailed upon request by calling (434) 455-3995.
The following boards and commission will have vacancies
Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program Board – 1 vacancy
Social Services Advisory Board – 3 vacancies
Board of Building Code Appeals – 4 vacancies
Redevelopment & Housing Authority – 1 vacancy
Lynchburg Business Development Centre – 3 vacancies
From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: The office is investigating a grand larceny of a variety of products from Wal-Mart to include a number of steaks and a computer. On May 19th, shortly before 8am, a black male was observed taking a number of items from the store and leaving without paying for them. When approached by security, they ran from the area. The black male was tall, thin, had a blue shirt and glasses. He left the area in a silver 4 door vehicle with the first three letters on his Virginia license being XCU. Anyone that has any information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information regarding this crime. All information is totally confidential.