Hillcats to change name; winning fan entry to receive season tickets for life

Lynchburg HillcatsFrom the Lynchburg Hillcats: After 21 years of baseball under the Hillcats moniker, Lynchburg is asking fans to help decide the team name for the 2017 season. With the help of Brandiose, a San Diego-based sports marketing company which has overseen rebranding efforts for more than 50 minor league teams, Lynchburg has created an online “Name the Team” campaign. The process begins Wednesday, May 25. Fans are encouraged to go to www.lynchburg-hillcats.com to submit their nomination for the team’s new identity, along with an explanation of why they feel their suggestion perfectly embodies Lynchburg professional baseball. The top six choices will be entered into a contest to vote for the new team name. One fan who submits an entry will win two full season tickets for life.

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UPDATE: fifth suspect in custody for Amherst County burglary of weapons, drugs

Austin Fitzgerald

Austin Fitzgerald

Jorge Ochoa

Jorge Ochoa

Jermaine Sales

Jermaine Sales

Jeremy Williams

Jeremy Williams

Trevor McIntosh

Trevor McIntosh

Update: On 05/19/2016 at approximately 1406, Trevor James McIntosh was taken into custody without incident and served with his outstanding warrants for breaking and entering and grand larceny. McIntosh is being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail without bond.

From Lynchburg Police: On May 17th, 2016 through teamwork and intelligence-led policing, members of the Lynchburg Police Department in partnership with the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office executed three search warrants in relation to a recent burglary in Amherst County in which multiple firearms and ammunition was stolen. The search warrants were served at the following locations in the City of Lynchburg:

4644 Fairmont Avenue

4656 Fairmont Avenue

3015 Forest Hills Circle Apartment H

As a result of these search warrants the following items were recovered along with several other contraband items unrelated to the Amherst burglary:

3 Handguns

1 Assault Rifle

Multiple boxes and rounds of ammunition

Approximately 500 Xanax pills

Marijuana

$10, 213 and several other items

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Lynchburg man faces charges after multiple thefts

Jonas Martin

Jonas Martin

From Lynchburg Police: On May 12, 2016 Detectives with the Lynchburg Police Department Criminal Investigations Division executed a search warrant at 709 Riverside Drive Lynchburg VA. This search warrant was in relation to recent vehicle larcenies in the Rivermont Ave area, and larcenies from mailboxes on Indian Hill Road. As a result of the above search warrant, Jonas Trelok Martin age 19 of Lynchburg was arrested and charged with the following:

  • (2) Counts Larceny of bank notes, checks, etc.
  • (2) Counts Credit Card Fraud.
  • (2) Counts Credit Card Theft.

The Investigation is continuing. Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact Det. C.T.Davis at 434-455-6166 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-599.

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Lynchburg Police seeking wallet theft suspects

From The Lynchburg Police: The Lynchburg Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying individuals that were involved in stealing a wallet and credit cards at the Speedway gas station in Madison Heights, VA.  The owner lost their wallet, and it was then taken by the suspects in the gas station parking lot.  The credit cards were subsequently used to purchase gasoline and other items at the Kroger located at 2012 Wards Road in Lynchburg. Anyone who can identify any of the individuals seen in the surveillance photos is asked to contact Detective T. C. Barley with the Lynchburg Police Department at 434-455-6162, 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.

05-18 Suspect 105-18 Suspect 205-18 Suspect 305-18 Suspect 4

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Brookneal woman almost throws lottery ticket away; instead, she wins $500,000

Shirley King-Lottery WinnerFrom the Virginia Lottery: Shirley King isn’t the sort of person to throw money away, but that’s nearly what happened when she played the Virginia Lottery’s Super Ticket Jewels game. The Brookneal woman didn’t immediately realize she’d won the game’s $500,000 top prize.  “I almost put it in the trashcan,” she said. Fortunately she realized her stroke of luck and kept the ticket. She bought it at Express Way, 408 Lusardi Drive in Brookneal. Ms. King is the third and final top prize winner in Super Ticket Jewels, which means the game is closed . It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to end games once the top prize is claimed. “I enjoy the game,” Ms. King said as she claimed her prize. “I’ve enjoyed playing it.” Super Ticket Jewels was notable for its amazing size – larger than any ticket the Virginia Lottery ever offered – and the four different games it contained. The odds of winning the top prize in this game were 1 in 1,305,600. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

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Four are arrested in connection with multiple Countryplace Apartments burglaries; many stolen items recovered

Alvin Brown

Alvin Brown

From Lynchburg City Police: On May 10th, 2016 through teamwork and intelligence-led policing, members of the Lynchburg Police Department executed three search warrants in relation to the recent burglaries at Countryplace Apartments in the City of Lynchburg.  The search warrants were served at the following Lynchburg locations:

819 Greenfield Drive Apartment 173

800 Greenfield Drive Apartment 3

1308 Buchanan Street

As a result of these search warrants, members of the Lynchburg Police Department were able to recover the vast majority of stolen items from multiple Countryplace Apartments, and items from a recent burglary on Arlington Street in the City of Lynchburg.

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Lynchburg man charged with April Fairview Heights shooting

Donnell Miller

Donnell Miller

UPDATED May 17 From Lynchburg Police: On 05/15/2016 at approximately 4:07 pm, Donnell Miller, was arrested and served with the listed outstanding warrants. Officers with the Lynchburg took Miller into custody after a brief vehicle pursuit that ended without incident. Miller was subsequently charged with driving revoked and eluding the police, along with the aforementioned warrants. Miller is being held without bond at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Lynchburg, VA.

PREVIOUSLY: On April 15, 2016 at approximately 8:51 PM, officers with the Lynchburg Police Department responded to a report of a malicious wounding at 3241 Maryland Avenue. Officers located a male victim at this location with multiple gunshot wounds. The male was identified as 18 year old, Keenan Omar Johnson. Johnson was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital where he is being treated for his injuries. The suspect in the shooting was identified as 36 year old, Donnell Lamont Miller. Warrants are on file for Miller for Malicious Wounding, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony. Donnell Miller should be considered armed and dangerous. The incident is still under investigation by the Lynchburg Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. We are seeking any information on where Miller can be located, as well as any other information related to the incident.

 

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State Police: Campbell County drug bust nets $300,000+ of marijuana, two arrests

wlni-defaultFrom Virginia State Police: LYNCHBURG, Va. – A two-month criminal investigation has resulted in two arrests and the seizure of approximately $318,500 worth of marijuana intended for illegal distribution within the Lynchburg region. The Central Virginia Drug and Gang Task Force arrested Maurice Q. Poe, 31, of Lynchburg Station, Va., and Latasha G. Wilkins, 29, of Lynchburg, Va., without incident April 29, 2016, in Campbell County.  The investigation began in early March 2016 when the U.S. Postal Service intercepted a package that tested positive for marijuana. Subsequent investigation and multiple search warrants executed over the next two months resulted in the net seizure of 91 pounds of marijuana and approximately $93,000 in drug proceeds. The average street value of marijuana within the Lynchburg region is estimated at $3,500 a pound. Poe and Wilkins were each charged with one count of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and one count of transporting marijuana into the Commonwealth. The Central Virginia Task Force includes the Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office, Campbell County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office.  The City of Lynchburg Police Department also assisted with the case. Additional charges are pending, as the investigation remains ongoing at this time.

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Stolen handguns, cell phones, and iPods recovered in Lynchburg

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Montez Hubbard

Shyhein Horsley

Shyhein Horsley

From the Lynchburg Police Department: On May 9th, 2016 as a result of team work and intelligence led policing, members of the Lynchburg Police Department executed a search warrant at 207 Amelia Street in the city of Lynchburg in regards to multiple vehicle larcenies. As a result of the investigation the following items were recovered: 2 Handguns, A Samsung Tablet, 6 Cellular Telephones, 3 iPods, A camera and several other items that are still under investigation.

Subsequently the following subjects were arrested and charged in relation to these larcenies:

Montez Rashad Hubbard, 19 year old male of Lynchburg, charged with: Obstruction of Justice, Grand Larceny, Grand Larceny of a Firearm, Receiving Stolen Property or Aid in Concealing, and 2 counts of Petit Larceny

Shyheim Shamane Horsley, 19 year old male of Lynchburg, charged with: Grand Larceny, Grand Larceny of a Firearm, and 2 counts of Petit Larceny

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Virginia State Police search for 81-year-old believed to be in danger

(2) Ronald Eugene Jackson 001Virginia State Police are looking for 81-year-old Ronald Jackson. He was last seen in Partlow, Virginia, which is in Spotsylvania County. He may be wearing a yellow T-shirt, dark blue pants and a black baseball cap. Jackson is believed to be in danger, and is without his required medication. Police say he’s driving a 2009 gray Ford Escape with Virginia registration KV1666. Call police if you have any information.

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