From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: The office investigated a recent complaint of larceny from Virginia Auto Parts and has cleared that along with a previous crime there. On January 26th, a report was made of over $1,000 in batteries being taken during the night at Virginia Auto Parts. Investigators were able to track the sale of those batteries as well as batteries that were taken December 12th, again from Virginia Auto Parts. Arrested were; Christopher Alan Mason, a 33 year old male of Lakeside Drive Lynchburg, and Victoria Leigh Lovell, a 50 year old female also of Lakeside Drive Lynchburg. Mason is currently being held on a secured bond in Blue Ridge Regional Jail. Both Mason and Lovell face a preliminary hearing April 23rd in Amherst County General District Court.
THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE AND THE VIRGINIA MISSING CHILDREN CLEARINGHOUSE HAS ISSUED AN ENDANGERED MISSING CHILD MEDIA ALERT ON BEHALF OF THE CHRISTIANSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT ON 1/28/15 AT 1145 HOURS. THE CHRISTIANSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING FOR AYSIA MONIQUE LEWIS, 16 YEARS OF AGE, HEIGHT 5’3, WEIGHT 155 LBS, WITH BROWN EYES AND BROWN HAIR, WEARING: BLUE JEANS, BLACK FLEECE JACKET AND TAN MOCCASINS.
THE CHILD IS BELIEVED TO BE IN DANGER AND WAS LAST SEEN AT CHRISTIANSBURG HIGH SCHOOL. THE CHILD MAY BE IN THE COMPANY OF DONALD QUESENBERRY. THE SUBJECT IS DESCRIBED AS, 33 YEARS OF AGE, HEIGHT 5’7 FEET, WEIGHT 195 LBS, WITH BROWN EYES AND BROWN HAIR.
THE SUBJECT MAY BE DRIVING 2002 NISSAN ALTIMA 4D WITH ILLINOIS REGISTRATION V975074. POSSIBLY HEADING SOUTH TO FLORIDA
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: CHILD IS BELIEVED TO BE IN DANGER OF SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
PLEASE CONTACT THE CHRISTIANSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 540-382-3131 OR THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE AT 1-800-822-4453. (1-800-VACHILD)
UPDATED 4:30 pm Friday – From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: The office continues the investigation of a home invasion that resulted in a homicide at 140 Martins Lane Madison Heights Va. Investigators continue to interview people, and review evidence collected. It has been determined that this invasion was a targeted event and a suspect has been identified. This person is currently incarcerated on unrelated charges. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Amherst Sheriff’s Office at 946-9381, or to call Crime Stoppers. 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.
Previously: The Amherst County Sheriff’s Office says an 81-year-old woman is dead, her 63-year-old son critically injured, after an overnight home invasion and assault in Madison Heights. Deputies were called to Martins Lane around 2:00 a.m. Norma Jean Freeman was killed, and at last word, her son Allen Freeman is under treatment at Lynchburg General Hospital. Officials say both victims were in bed when their home was broken into, and both were subject to blunt force trauma, although it is unknown right know what weapon was used. Investigators say there is no known motive, and they believe at this point the assault was random. Anyone who might have any information regarding this crime is asked to call the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office at (434) 946-9300.
From Lynchburg City Police: On January 8, 2015, the two subjects pictured in the attached photos attempted to steal several hundred dollars’ worth of merchandise from Walmart on Wards Rd. When confronted by a store employee, the suspects handed the property to the employee and walked back into the store. The suspects then went through the aisles and gathered more merchandise into a shopping cart. Using a different exit, the suspects left the store with the new stolen property.The white female suspect appeared to be between the ages of 20-30 years old, with a height of 5’04” to 5’07” and weight between 140 and 200 lbs. She had long red hair that was worn in a ponytail.The black male was approximately 6’00” tall and 200 lbs. He was wearing black-frame eyeglasses and had an earring in his right ear.Anyone who has information regarding this crime or the identity of the suspects, please call Officer H. G. Blomquist at (434) 455-6060 extension 557. Crime Stoppers can be contacted to submit a tip by phone at 1-888-798-5900, through the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers website at www.cvcrimestoppers.org, or by texting “CVCS plus your message” to 274637.
The pilot for Point of Honor, the Civil War drama written by Lynchburg native Randall Wallace, premiered last night on Amazon. Wallace named the show for the historic house, Point of Honor, managed by the Lynchburg Museum System. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the plot centers on the start of the Civil War when a Virginia family, led by John Rhodes, makes the controversial decision to defend the South while freeing all of their slaves. In conflict with his northern friends, John leaves his three strong-willed sisters at home to run the plantation that is now without a free labor source. The choice to protect the life they have always known and defend the moral high ground pits the family against one another.
Point of Honor is located at 112 Cabell Street and is open seven days per week. For more information, call 434-455-6226, or click here
The City of Lynchburg’s Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to the two grand opening events at the Miller Center on Grove Street. Both events are Saturday January 24. The first is from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. It’s an open house which will include free building tours, activities for kids and families, art demonstrations, refreshments and performances by Lynchburg City Strings, Pride of Payne and the Dunbar Middle School Drama and Jazz Ensemble. Later that same evening, the newly formed Friends of the Lynchburg Parks and Recreation, will present the Miller Center Opening Concert featuring the music of Apple Butter Soul and the EbonyBlue Band. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online by clicking here or at the Miller Center. The concert will last from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.
From the City of Lynchburg: Loose leaf collection will end on Friday, January 30 in all Wards. There is no charge for this service and no phone call is necessary. Citizens are asked to rake leaves curbside but do not place in leaves in the street. Leaf piles should be free of sticks, rocks and pine cones. City crews will vacuum leaves as promptly as possible. Bagged leaves may be placed at curbside for pick up during regular trash collection; however, a prepaid City of Lynchburg Blue Bag must be used.
There are still a few slots remaining for this Friday’s Pirate Night at the Museum. The event will introduce children to the history of pirates on the James River –Blackbeard, Ann Bonny, Mary Read, and others. In addition to pirates, the exhibit features plants and animals found along the James, early settlements, Native Americans, batteau life, and more. Activities include a scavenger hunt and making a pirate hat, eye patch, pirate flag, and ship. Snacks of pizza, popcorn, and juice will be provided while the kids are watching a movie. Pirate Night is Friday from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, for children ages 8 to 12, at the Lynchburg Museum located at 901 Court Street.
Prior registration is required and the fee is $25 per child. For more information and to register, please contact Whitney Roberts, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 434-455-4424.
The Lynchburg Police Department is asking for assistance in locating 28-year-old Jerome Tramayne Hall. He’s approximately 6’02” and 160 pounds. There are numerous outstanding warrants for his arrest including felony assault and battery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, probation violation and other charges. Anyone with information about Hall is asked to contact Detective R.G. Miller at 434-455-6160 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.