Midtown Connector project update: changes for Kemper Street detour

City of LynchburgFrom the City of Lynchburg: On Wednesday April 1, the City’s contractor will shift southbound traffic on Kemper Street (U.S. 501) to the newly constructed travel lane. This change is necessary to construct street, sidewalk, and storm sewer improvements associated with the project. Additionally, right turns from 16th Street to Kemper Street will be prohibited for the duration of this project. All existing detours routes will remain in place, and motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work area. Use of alternate routes is encouraged. The Midtown Connector Construction Project began during the summer of 2012 and is expected to be complete in 2015. The $18 million project includes road widening, a roundabout and upgrades to storm sewers, water lines, sanitary sewers and pedestrian facilities.

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Former VT President Paul Torgersen dies

Paul Torgesen

Paul Torgesen

From Virginia Tech: Paul Torgersen, Virginia Tech’s president from 1994-2000 and a member of its faculty since 1967, died Sunday at age 83.  “As a professor, a dean, and a president, Paul Torgersen has made a tremendous impact upon our institution,” Virginia Tech President Timothy D. Sands said. “We are deeply saddened to lose him, but will always remain inspired by his legacy.” The Virginia flag outside the university’s main administrative building, Burruss Hall, was lowered to half-mast in memory of Torgersen. The university’s governing Board of Visitors observed a moment of silence in his honor during its March 30 meeting.

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Penelope Kyle to step down as Radford President

Penelope Kyle

Penelope Kyle

From Radford University: President Penelope W. Kyle and Board of Visitors (BOV) Rector Michael A. Wray announced today that the BOV approved on March 28, 2015 President Kyle’s plan to retire as president, effective June 30, 2016. Kyle, who was appointed in 2005 as Radford University’s sixth president, is also RU’s first female president.”I am proud to have played a part in the transformation of Radford University since my arrival nearly a decade ago,” said President Kyle. “After much deliberation and looking back on the tremendous accomplishments we have achieved together for Radford University and our students, I have given consideration to identifying a good time frame for transition of the presidency.”

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LPD releases information on alleged attempted child abduction

Lynchburg PoliceOn Wednesday, the Lynchburg Police Department learned that an attempted abduction of a child had been reported through social media. The incident was posted March 24 by an uninvolved third party who claimed that there was an attempted child abduction at the Walmart in Lynchburg. Police contacted the father of the purported child victim and it was determined that the incident occurred on March 23 in the 3900 block of Wards Road. The father says the matter was a misunderstanding and that an attempted abduction of his child did not occur. Police say the father did not want to file a report and believes he may have jumped to the wrong conclusion about the individual’s intentions. Investigators say the case is considered closed and unfounded.

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SCC approves electric rate decrease for Dominion Virginia Power

Dominion ResourcesFrom the State Corporation Commission: The SCC has issued orders in five cases involving rate reviews and changes requested by Dominion Virginia Power. All of the rate adjustments will be placed into effect on April 1, 2015. The combined impact will decrease the average monthly bill of a typical residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity by $6.47, from $115.95 to $109.48.  In Case Number PUE-2015-00022, the SCC established a lower fuel rate for Dominion Virginia Power on an interim basis. The new fuel rate is 2.406 cents per kilowatt-hour (¢/kWh), which represents a decrease of 0.612 ¢/kWh from the current fuel factor of 3.018 ¢/kWh. For the average residential customer, the fuel rate decrease means the monthly bill for 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity will decrease $6.12.

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Randolph College announces $2 million gift

randolph college logoFrom Randolph College: A $2 million gift for infrastructure improvement will enable Randolph College to make important upgrades to its historic campus, College officials announced today. The substantial gift was provided by a trustee who wishes to remain anonymous. “This generous support comes at a perfect time as Randolph College continues its work of upgrading its campus buildings, many of which are more than 100 years old,” said Bradley W. Bateman, president. “Maintaining the historic nature of buildings while also modernizing them to function effectively for today’s students is often challenging and expensive. This donor’s decision to financially support improvements to Randolph’s campus will have a positive effect on the day-to-day life of our students, faculty, and staff.”

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Former Central Health Credit Union manager enters embezzlement guilty plea

WLNI-SFrom the U.S. Department of Justice:  The former manager of a local, federal credit union pled guilty today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Lynchburg to embezzlement charges. Claudia Rawes, 61, of Forest, Va., waived her right to be indicted and pled guilty today to one count Information charging her with theft and embezzlement from a Federal Credit Union. According to information presented at today’s guilty plea hearing by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel Bubar, Rawes was hired by the Centra Health Credit Union [CHCU] in 1990 and began managing the Lynchburg General Hospital branch of CHCU around 2005. Rawes admitted today that beginning in the early 1990s she began embezzling and stealing funds from CHCU in a variety of ways.

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Former Lynrocten head teller sentenced to more than three years in prison

GavelFrom the U.S. Department of Justice: The former head teller of the Lynrocten Credit Union in Lynchburg was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Lynchburg on federal embezzlement charges. Teresa Wieringo Humphries, 60, of Madison Heights, Va., previously waived her right to be indicted and pled guilty a one-count Information charging her with embezzlement from a Federal Credit Union. Today in District Court, Humphries was sentenced to 40 months of federal incarceration.

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Lynchburg Police seek man who used stolen ID to take $4,800 from victim’s bank account

Fraud SuspectFrom Lynchburg City Police: On December 19, 2014, the unidentified male pictured below entered the Wells Fargo Bank on Candlers Mountain Rd in the City of Lynchburg. He approached the clerk and fraudulently identified himself with the name of an actual Wells Fargo customer. The identity of the customer that was used by the suspect was stolen. The suspect then withdrew $4,800 from the victim’s account.  Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect is asked to contact K. S. Mitchell at 434-455-6122 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Visit the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers website at www.cvcrimestoppers.org to enter a web tip, or text “CVCS” plus your message to 274637.

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FCC plans to fine WDBJ7 $325,00 for “graphic sexual images” in news report

WDBJ7 LogoFrom the Federal Communications Commission: The commission intends to fine WDBJ Television, Inc., Roanoke, Virginia, $325,000 for broadcasting graphic and sexually explicit material during the station’s evening newscast. The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau investigated viewers’ complaints that WDBJ aired a news report that included graphic sexual images taken from an adult film website in the report. This enforcement action would be the highest fine the Commission has ever taken for a single indecent broadcast on one station. “Our action here sends a clear signal that there are severe consequences for TV stations that air sexually explicit images when children are likely to be watching,” said Travis LeBlanc, Chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau.

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