Old landfill may create new problems for Dearington neighborhood; city holds meeting next week

City of LynchburgFrom the City of Lynchburg: On Wednesday, November 5 at 6:00 p.m., the City of Lynchburg will host an important meeting for the residents of the Dearington neighborhood and other interested parties. The meeting will be held at the Dearington Elementary School of Innovation, 210 Smyth Street. According to historical records, a portion of the property that now makes up the Dearington community once served as a landfill. This landfill was closed in the late 1960’s. Recently, the City discovered that there has been significant erosion or wearing away of the covering in a certain portion of the old landfill. The purpose of the meeting is to inform residents about the issue, talk about possible solutions and hear concerns from residents. The meeting is open to the public, and residents in the Dearington community are encouraged to attend. Questions may be directed to (434) 856-2489.

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Lynchburg Police seek witness to restaurant shooting

LPD lynchburg policeFrom Lynchburg City Police: This update is to provide additional information regarding the malicious wounding that occurred at Sakura restaurant on 10/25/2014 at approximately 2:06 a.m. An investigation has revealed that just before the shooting, a crowd of between 20 and 30 people on the parking lot of Sakura’s restaurant made their way toward the front, right hand corner of the parking lot. A fight between two females then occurred. During the fight, the crowd moved onto a small access road connected to Sakura’s parking lot. It was at that point that the subject received the gunshot. Based on the size of the crowd, it is believed there may be additional witnesses with information that could be useful in this investigation. This incident is still under investigation by the Lynchburg Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. We would ask that anyone with information related to this case – please call Detective T.D. Wecker at 434-455-6178.

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Private equity firm purchases majority stake in Fleet Laboratories

Fleet LaboratoriesNews release from Gryphon Investors: October 27, 2014 (Lynchburg, VA) – Gryphon Investors (“Gryphon”), a San Francisco-based middle market private equity firm, announced today that it has acquired a majority stake in C. B. Fleet Company (“Fleet Laboratories” or “the Company”). Fleet’s management team, along with several additional investors, will hold minority stakes alongside Gryphon. Fleet Laboratories, headquartered in Lynchburg, VA and family-owned since its founding in 1869, is a market leader in the personal healthcare and over-the-counter (“OTC”) industry with such well-known product lines as Summer’s Eve®, FLEET®, Norforms®, Pedia-Lax®, Phazyme®, and Boudreaux’s®. The Company has a presence in North America, Asia Pacific and Latin America. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Woman sues Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens Howl-O-ScreamBusch Gardens is being sued by a woman who says she was trampled during the amusement park’s annual Howl-O-Scream event. Brittany Lipscomb says that other patrons struck her from behind and knocked her down as they were being chased by costumed Busch Gardens employees carrying fake chain saw. She was pregnant at the time. Busch Gardens says it does comment on pending lawsuits.

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Public open house to be held for Lynchburg College lake dam study

City of LynchburgFrom the City of Lynchburg: The city and Lynchburg College will hold a joint Open House for residents and city and college stakeholders on Thursday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. to learn more about the Lynchburg College Lake Dam study. The Open House will take place in the Community Meeting Room at the Lynchburg Public Library, 2315 Memorial Avenue.  Earlier this summer, the City, in close collaboration with Lynchburg College, began a study to investigate potential solutions to the spillway inadequacy at College Lake Dam. The outcome of this study will help the City determine what actions should be taken to comply with new dam safety regulations adopted by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Bedford County investigators continue Lyon sisters’ probe in Maryland

Lyon sisters-thumbFrom the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: “Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz and investigators for the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police traveled back to Montgomery County Maryland this week. The team from Bedford County continues to work with Cold Case Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department interviewing witnesses and reviewing the large amount of case files in the Lyon Sisters’ case.”

10-year-old Katherine Lyon and 12-year-old Sheila Lyon vanished from a mall in Wheaton, Maryland, March 25, 1975.

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Credit card fraud at Forest Food Lion; surveillance photos released

From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: The office is investigating credit card fraud that occurred on October 10, 2014 at the Food Lion in Forest. Investigators are seeking the assistance from the public in identifying the female who is the suspect in the fraud.  Anyone with information on this crime or knows the identity of the suspect is asked to call 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 up to $1,000.00 for information that solves crimes.

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Jefferson Forest student arrested for writing threat on bathroom wall

Bedford CountyFrom the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: On Wednesday morning, Bedford County Sheriff’s School Resource Officers arrested a Jefferson Forest High School student and charged him with writing a threat against the school and students, which is a felony. The threat was found Monday afternoon written on a restroom wall in the school. The student was taken into custody and transported to the Lynchburg Juvenile Detention Home.

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Sheriff’s office investigates “threatening message” at Jefferson Forest HS

Bedford CountyFrom the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: Sheriff’s School Resource Officers are investigating a threatening message found on a restroom wall at Jefferson Forest High School today around 1:50 p.m. The SROs, from Jefferson Forest and Forest Middle School, worked with school officials to ensure the safety of the students and staff at the school. Bedford County Sheriff’s field services deputies along with Virginia Game Commission Conservation Police Offices were at the school during dismissal assisting the SROs. The investigation into the threat will continue.

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Pittsylvania County man is first $1 million winner in newest VA Lottery game

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From the Virginia Lottery:  Earl Kirks, Jr. of Dry Fork was just about to leave for work when he discovered he’d won $1 million in the Virginia Lottery’s new $1,000,000 Money Ball game. That’s a pretty good way to start the day. “Nothing bothered me the rest of the day,” he said.  Mr. Kirks is the game’s first $1 million winner. His ticket matched all five winning numbers in the October 1 drawing, and the Gold Million Dollar Money Ball was drawn. The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball increased the top prize from $100,000 to $1 million.  He bought the winning ticket at Apple Market, 4168 Franklin Turnpike in Danville. On October 8 he returned to the store to receive his million-dollar prize from the Virginia Lottery. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. The winning numbers for the October 1 drawing were 5-9-29-30-32.

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