Waltons weekend expects to draw many fans to Lynchburg

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Waltons Fans are expected to descend upon Lynchburg through Sunday for the first-ever “Weekend with the Waltons”.  WLNI’s Janet Rose has more.

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Community meeting scheduled for upcoming waterline project

lynchburg logo - important announcementsOn Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m., the City of Lynchburg will conduct a public information meeting to discuss the upcoming waterline construction project along Federal Street between the Fifth Street roundabout and McIvor Street. The project is expected to start on March 9.  The meeting will be held at the Yoder Neighborhood Center, 109 Jackson Street.

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Weather forces Atlanta Ave. Corridor Study Meeting postponement

City of LynchburgFrom the City of Lynchburg: The city in cooperation with VDOT, the Region 2000 Local Government Council and the Central Virginia Metropolitan Planning Organization have canceled the Atlanta Avenue Corridor Study Citizens Information Meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the Church of the Brethren, 200 Atlanta Avenue due to the predicted winter weather event for the Lynchburg area. The meeting will be re-scheduled at a later date. Updated information can be found at: www.localgovernmentcouncil.org/lgc-public-notices.html

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Police seek car in connection with Lyon sisters’ disappearance

Lyon sisters-thumbFrom the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children are asking for the public’s assistance regarding new information that is being released in connection with the 1975 disappearance of Sheila and Katherine Lyon.  Law enforcement is seeking any information regarding a large white four door, possibly Chrysler New Yorker, early 1970’s model vehicle that is believed to have been involved in the disappearance of the sisters.   The public is urged to call Montgomery County Police Department (Maryland) 1-301-279-8000 or The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 (THE-LOST) with information concerning the disappearance of Katherine and Sheila Lyon. Calls may be made anonymously.

Katherine Lyon-Age progressedSheila Lyon-Age ProgressedPolice say while they believe if the two girls were still alive alive today, they might look something like these age-adjusted photographs provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children:

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Man wanted on child sex charges turns himself in

Christopher Doss

Christopher Doss

UPDATED: the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office says Doss has turned himself in and has been arrested.

From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: We are attempting to locate Christopher David Doss.  Mr. Doss is wanted on two felony sex charges, Aggravated Sexual Battery and Object Sexual Penetration both involving a child under the age of 13. Mr. Doss is a 27 year old male who stands 5’7” and weigh 195’ with blue eyes and brown hair. Mr. Doss was last know to live on Main Street Madison Heights, but is currently thought to be living in Lynchburg. 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.

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UPDATE: Amherst Co. grand larceny suspect in custody

Cody Stewart

Cody Stewart

UPDATED 10:15 AM February 24: Cody Stewart was arrested this morning following a call from a concerned citizen.

From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: We are looking for Cody E Stewart on a felony warrant for Grand Larceny.  Mr. Stewart is a 23 year old male who stands 5’ 11” and weighs 150’. He has blue eyes and brown hair.  He was last known to live in the Izaak Walton Road area of Madison Heights.  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.

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GLTC bus strikes four-year-old girl; victim in critical condition

LPD lynchburg policeFrom Lynchburg Police: On Wednesday February 18, 2015 at 1117am, the Lynchburg Police Department along with the Lynchburg Fire and EMS responded to the 800 block of Greenfield Drive in reference to a motor vehicle crash involving 2010 Gillig transport bus and a pedestrian. The preliminary investigation has determined that the GLTC bus was pulling away from a bus stop on Greenfield Drive and struck a 4 yoa female with the left front of the bus. The 4 yoa female was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital by Lynchburg Fire and EMS, and then was transferred to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where she is listed in critical condition. The Lynchburg Police Department Traffic Unit is continuing to investigate the crash and additional charges are pending.

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Grand larceny suspect hospitalized after police pursuit

LPD lynchburg policeFrom Lynchburg City Police: On Friday, February 13, 2015 @ 11:08 am, Lynchburg Police Department officers stopped a black Nissan Versa on Boonsboro Rd. near Link Rd. The vehicle and driver were wanted in connection with a Larceny from Belk at River Ridge Mall. When officers approached the vehicle, the driver fled East on Boonsboro Rd. towards Rivermont Ave. As the vehicle fled, the driver struck another motorist and then a telephone pole on Rivermont Ave.Traffic Unit Officers investigated the crash and determined that the Nissan was traveling East on Rivermont Ave. when it attempted to pass a white van on a double yellow line. The Nissan struck the van on the left side and ran off the roadway to the left and into a telephone pole. The driver of the Nissan has been identified as Marian Lockhart 53 yoa, of Lynchburg. Lockhart was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital by Lynchburg Fire and EMS where he is listed in Stable Condition. There were no other injuries as a result of this Motor Vehicle Crash. Lockhart has been charged with Grand Larceny, Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Reckless Driving, and Felony Eluding.

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Governor McAuliffe announces $200,000 Local Innovation Grant for Nelson County

NelsonCountyFrom Governor McAuliffe’s office: Richmond –Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced $200,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Local Innovation funding for Nelson County. The Local Innovation Fund provides financial assistance to localities that are implementing small scale, innovative community development projects.  Nelson County will construct approximately eight miles of fiber along the Route 151 corridor to facilitate an increase in broadband availability and improve connectivity to businesses. The project is slated to create 20 new jobs for several of the county’s largest employers.Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “Providing high-speed, affordable telecommunications is a vital part of rural economic restructuring as we work to build a new Virginia economy.  This infrastructure is critical for attracting and retaining businesses throughout the Commonwealth.”

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Police search for person or persons who phoned in bomb threats to LPD building and two high schools

City of LynchburgFrom Lynchburg City Police: On this date between the hours of 10:40 a.m. and 11:20 a.m., the Lynchburg Police Department received two separate phone calls indicating that a bomb was at each of the following locations; Heritage High School, E.C. Glass and the Lynchburg Police Department. Officers were dispatched immediately and School Administration was notified. All three locations were evacuated, searched and determined to be safe. Buildings adjacent to the Police Department were also notified of the threat as a precaution. We are working closely with the Lynchburg City School system in our investigative response. At this time, no immediate threat to the community has been identified and both school locations are operating normally. No specific suspect information is available at this time and the LPD Criminal Investigations Division is continuing the investigation.

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