Woman, 2-year-old daughter killed in head-on collision in Bedford County

Bedford CountyHere’s the press release from Virginia State Police: BEDFORD CO., Va. – Virginia State Police are investigating a two vehicle fatal crash which occurred on Stewartsville Road, just east of Good View Road.  The crash occurred at 6:04 am in Bedford County. A 1996 Ford Explorer was traveling west on Stewartville Road when it ran off the roadway on the right side, over corrected, came back into the roadway crossing the center line and struck a Ford pick-up truck head-on. The driver of the Ford Explorer was Shayna Darlene Alls, 21, of Moneta, Va.  Ms. Alls was wearing her seatbelt and died at the scene.  Also in the vehicle was a 2-year-old female juvenile who was in a child safety seat, she also died at the scene. The driver of the Ford pick-up was Kevin J. Corwin, 59, of Roanoke, Va.  Mr. Corwin was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured. The crash remains under investigation.

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Redskins, rock band form unusual alliance in trademark fight

RedskinsWASHINGTON (AP) – Simon Tam has openly criticized the Washington Redskins team name as a racist slur that demeans Native Americans. But Tam and his Asian-American rock band, The Slants, have formed an unusual alliance with the NFL franchise as they both battle the U.S. government over trademark protection for names that some consider offensive. The Supreme Court could decide as early as this month whether to hear the dispute involving the Portland, Oregon-area band. And if the football team has  its way, the justices could hear both cases in its new term. At issue is a First Amendment challenge to a law barring the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from registering trademarks that disparage minority groups.

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UPDATE: Jail escapee is recaptured

James Pavlis

James Pavlis

UPDATED 6:45 pm  Wednesday: Police say James Pavlis has been captured and is once again in custody.  Officials say Pavlis was found near Concord Turnpike.

UPDATED 4:05 pm from Lynchburg Police: Based on additional information we want to alert the public that Pavlis has been violent in the past and should be considered dangerous. We ask that the public remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings until this subject is located.

PREVIOUSLY: On 9/12/16 at approximately 06:54 am Lynchburg Police Officers responded to Blue Ridge Regional Jail for a report of an escaped inmate.  Blue Ridge Regional Jail authorities report that the inmate escaped under a fence. The inmate has been identified as James Richard Pavlis.  He is a 22 year old white male with brown hair and hazel eyes, approximately 5’10” and 178lbs.  He has a prominent tattoo on his neck that says LOYALTY.  His direction of travel is unknown at this time but he is believed to be on foot in the downtown area and is believed to be wearing a white t-shirt with blue shorts and black boots. Lynchburg Police are actively searching for the subject and ask that anyone that sees a subject matching this description to contact the Lynchburg Police Department.

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VP candidate Pence to address Liberty students

Mike Pence

Mike Pence

From Liberty University —  Liberty President Jerry Falwell has announced that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, currently on the Republican ticket for vice president of the United States, will speak in Convocation on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Falwell told students the news at Convocation on Wednesday. He said Pence reached out to him after reading an editorial that Falwell wrote for The Washington Post. Pence was elected the 50th Governor of the State of Indiana in 2012 and inaugurated January 14, 2013. “I think students will very much enjoy hearing from Gov. Pence,” Falwell told the Lynchburg News & Advance. “I think he’ll be very well received at Liberty. I don’t think Donald Trump could have chosen a better running mate than the governor.” Liberty’s Convocation stage has become a popular stop for those seeking political office. In this election cycle, guests have included Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders, Ben Carson, and Donald Trump, who spoke in January before becoming the Republican presidential nominee. Jeb Bush was the 2015 Commencement speaker. As an institution, Liberty does not endorse anyone for political office and invites all presidential candidates to speak in Convocation.

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Chelsea Clinton to make two campaign appearances Wednesday in Roanoke

Chelsea Clinton (AP photo)

Chelsea Clinton (AP photo)

From the Hillary Clinton campaign: On Wednesday, September 14, Chelsea Clinton will campaign for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine in Roanoke, Virginia. During a tour of a pre-kindergarten facility, Clinton will emphasize her mom’s plans to expand early childhood education before visiting Roanoke College to lay out the stakes of November’s election for millennial voters and discuss her mom’s plans to make free community college and debt-free college available to all Americans. Clinton and Kaine’s plan, the New College Compact, would ensure that costs won’t be a barrier to attending college and that debt will not hold individuals back from achieving their goals upon completing their education.

The Pre-Kindergarten tour is not open to the public. Members of the public interested in attending the Roanoke College event can RSVP here.
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Bedford, Appomattox, Chatham teachers are finalists for Virginia Teacher of the Year.

Education-News1From the Virginia Department of Education: Eight teachers today learned of their selection as 2017 Virginia Regional Teachers of the Year during surprise classroom visits, school assemblies and announcements by their division superintendents — and in the case of a Spotsylvania County Spanish teacher — Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples. “Today we recognize eight teachers in Virginia who exhibit integrity in their profession and inspire their students to high achievement.”

The finalists in our area are: Crystal DeLong, a social studies teacher at Liberty High School (Region 7), Jason Ince, an agricultural education teacher at Chatham High in Pittsylvania County (Region 6) and Katie McCann, a language arts and reading teacher at Appomattox Elementary in Appomattox County (Region 8).

The teachers were selected from among candidates nominated by school divisions in each of the state’s eight superintendents’ regions. The candidates submitted portfolios highlighting their accomplishments, educational philosophies and community activities.

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Liberty suspends two football players from team after sexual assault allegations

Kyle Carrington

Kyle Carrington

Cameron Jackson

Cameron Jackson

From Liberty University:  LYNCHBURG, VA — On July 13, 2016, Liberty University received a report of sexual assault alleged to have occurred off-campus in August 2015.  Liberty University is committed to student safety and has a process in place for handling reports of sexual harassment, discrimination and assault involving members of the university community, regardless of whether those cases occur on- or off-campus.  Liberty University has followed that process in this case, which included convening its Threat Assessment Team, notifying and cooperating with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney and the Lynchburg Police Department pursuant to Virginia law and university policy, and conducting a Title IX investigation and Conduct Review Committee hearing concerning the reported allegations.  As a result of the investigation and a hearing held on September 8, 2016, two current students, Cameron Jackson and Kyle Carrington, and one former student, Avery James, were found responsible for violating the Student Honor Code and Liberty University’s Policy on Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, and Assault.

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Lynchburg Police investigate shooting on Park Ave.

Lynchburg PoliceFrom Lynchburg Police Department: On September 8, 2016 at approximately 9:32 p.m., the Lynchburg Police Department responded to the intersection of 8th Street and Park Avenue to investigative a Malicious Wounding incident involving a firearm. A 23-year-old male victim, who was located in the area, reported to officers that he was walking along Park Avenue when he heard a gunshot. He then discovered that a bullet had struck him in the hand. The victim was transported from the scene to the Lynchburg General Hospital Emergency Room with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Mechanic uses his gifts to serve God, community

(NTAM Facebook photo)

(NTAM Facebook photo)

A Moneta man is using his gifts as a mechanic to serve God and his community.  WLNI’s Denise Allen Membreno has more on Gary Proffitt’s New Testament Automotive Ministry.

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Click here for the New Testament Automotive Ministry Facebook page.

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Lynchburg’s largest law firm to merge with Woods Rogers

wlni-defaultFrom Woods Rogers and Edmunds & Williams:  ROANOKE and LYNCHBURG, Va., September 6, 2016 – In a move that enhances legal services for clients in Virginia and beyond, the law firms of Woods Rogers PLC and Edmunds & Williams P.C. announced today they will join forces in Lynchburg effective October 1, 2016.  The firm will operate as Woods Rogers Edmunds & Williams PLC in Lynchburg; it will remain as Woods Rogers PLC in Roanoke, Charlottesville, Richmond, Danville and other markets. In the coming weeks, both firms are working to integrate practice teams, client matters, employees, and systems. The largest practice groups in the combined firm will be Banking and Corporate, Labor and Employment, Health Care, Litigation, and Tax and Estates.

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