Madison Heights man wins $1 million Virginia Lottery prize

Christopher ParrishFrom the Virginia Lottery: Christopher Parrish of Madison Heights was on his way home when he stopped and picked up a pair of 20X the Money Scratcher tickets from the Virginia Lottery . When he got home and scratched the tickets, he discovered that one of them was a $1 million winner. He bought the ticket at Triangle Market, 100 Wright Shop Road in Madison Heights. The prize was a choice between $1 million over 30 years or a cash option of $537,393. He chose the cash option. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,305,600. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3.55. He’s not the only winner. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.  20X the Money (game #1545) features prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. Mr. Parrish is the third player to claim the $1 million top prize in game #1545, which means the game has ended. It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close games when the final top prize is claimed. Mr. Parrish said he has no immediate plans for his winnings, except to pay bills.

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State police ask for help finding missing senior

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Leonard Fox

Virginia State Police have issued a Senior Alert on behalf of The Luray Police Department. 73-year-old Leonard Charles Fox was last seen on Horsepen Road in Luray on Monday evening. He has a cognitive impairment and his disappearance poses a credible threat to his health and safety. He may be driving a green 1999 Ford Ranger pickup with the registration number ZVY-3503. Fox is a 5’5″ white man with brown eyes and gray/black hair. He weighs around 233 lbs. Do not approach him. If you see him call 911 or 540-743-5343.

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Suspects arrested in Old Forest Road Larcenies

Steven James Locke Jr.

Steven James Locke Jr.

Crystalyn Anne Downey

Crystalyn Anne Downey

From Lynchburg Police: The Lynchburg Police Department is currently investigating multiple larcenies from vehicles and residences in and around the 3600-block of Old Forest Road. On January 25, 2016, at approximately 3:30 in the morning, a witness saw two suspicious individuals in the area who were entering unlocked vehicles and attempting to enter vehicles that were locked. After the witness called 9-1-1, a uniformed patrol officer was able to locate and approach one of the suspects in the same area as described by the witness. Upon approaching the suspect, later identified as 18-year old Steven James Locke Jr. of Lynchburg, he ran from the officer and was able to elude him through the heavy snowfall. During the chase, Locke dropped a backpack that contained several items of property that may belong to residents in the Old Forest Road or surrounding area. None of the property owners of the item in the backpack have been identified. After further interviews and investigation, detectives were able to charge Steven James Locke Jr. with petit larceny, attempted petit larceny, and tampering with an automobile. During the same investigation, detectives were also able to charge 18-year old Crystalyn Anne Downey of Lynchburg with two counts of tampering with an automobile and two counts of petit larceny. Additional arrests of other individuals are pending.  Read the rest of this story »

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4 P.M. burning law in effect February 15

Virginia Department of ForestryVirginia’s 4 p.m. Burning Law goes into effect Feb. 15, 2016 – the start of spring fire season in the Commonwealth.  This law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. each day (Feb. 15 – April 30) if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of, woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials. A violation of this law is a Class 3 misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine.  In addition to the criminal violation, those who allow a fire to escape are liable for the cost of suppressing the fire as well as any damage caused to others’ property.

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Police seek Lynchburg woman for gang recruitment in school zone

Skylar Lewis

Skylar Lewis

On February 1, 2015, Skylar Denise Lewis, a 26 year old female from Lynchburg, was indicted by the Lynchburg Circuit Court Grand Jury for the following Virginia criminal offenses:
Gang recruitment in a school zone (felony). Participation in a gang that includes a juvenile in a school zone (felony). Assault & battery by mob (misdemeanor).
These indictments are related to the arrests of Stephen Lamont Spinner, Eric Lamont Payne, and Christopher Michael Thomas for gang and/or firearms-related charges on August 18, 2015.
Lewis is currently wanted on the above charges and law enforcement authorities are attempting to locate her whereabouts. Anonymous information provided by an individual that leads to her arrest may be eligible for a reward through Crime Stoppers of Central Virginia.  Please contact Detective D. W. Clarke with the Lynchburg Police Department at 434-455-6174, 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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Lynchburg woman charged with embezzling $31,000 from Munro PTA

wlni-defaultFrom Lynchburg Police: On February 1, 2016, Jennifer Marie Musick, age 40, of Lynchburg was indicted on 6 counts of embezzlement in the Lynchburg Circuit Court. Musick was serving on the PTA at Paul Munro Elementary School from August 2012 through September 2015 when the embezzlement occurred. The investigation revealed that over $31,000 was embezzled during her 3 year term as treasurer. Jennifer Musick turned herself in and was arrested on Thursday February 4, 2016. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Chad Davis at 434-455-6166 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.

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Mark Peake declares candidacy for State Senate — if Tom Garrett wins Congressional contest

Mark Peake

Mark Peake

News release: Mark Peake today declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the State Senate from the 22nd District of Virginia. An attorney with Caskie & Frost and a former chairman of the Lynchburg Republican City Committee, Peake said his intention is to succeed Senator Tom Garrett of Buckingham in representing the district that includes a large portion of Lynchburg and the entirety of the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Cumberland, Goochland, Fluvanna, Prince Edward, and a portion of Louisa. Garrett is seeking the Republican nomination to succeed U.S. Representative Robert Hurt, Republican of Chatham, in the 5th Congressional District. Rep. Hurt will be retiring from Congress at the end of 2016.

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Police ask for help identifying breaking and entering suspect in Forest

From The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance in identifying a subject in reference to a Breaking and Entering at Axle Electronics in Forest.  The business is located at 17928 Forest Rd. This incident took place the morning of January 15, 2016.

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Anyone who can identify this individual or has information about the incident is asked to contact Investigator Rick Baldwin or Sergeant Jon Wilks with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-4800, 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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Lynchburg residents encouraged to review City Manager recruitment profile

City of LynchburgLynchburg residents have several opportunities to weigh in on the draft recruitment profile being created to assist in the search for a new city manager. Lynchburg City Council is developing the recruitment profile which describes the desirable characteristics of candidates in terms of experience, leadership style, and performance and will provide insight to some of the challenges and opportunities that the new city manager will experience. The current City Manager, Kimball Payne, announced late last year that he would be retiring as of June 30, 2016.  City Council is expected to finalize the profile at its February 9 meeting at 7:30 p.m. in City Council Chamber, 900 Church Street. Lynchburg residents may offer their input regarding the profile electronically or in person at the February 9 meeting. City Council will take public input into consideration as it finalizes the recruitment profile. Click here to see the draft recruitment profile and to submit comments.

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Details remain scarce in death of Nicole Lovell

Nicole Lovell

Nicole Lovell

David Eisenhauer

David Eisenhauer

Natalie Keepers

Natalie Keepers

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) – Police still aren’t saying exactly how the lives of a slain seventh-grader and two Virginia Tech students charged in her death intersected.  Investigators have released no details about what happened to 13-year-old Nicole Madison Lovell after she climbed out of her bedroom window last week. Her body was found Saturday after a four-day search just across the state line in Surry County, North Carolina. Eighteen-year-old David Eisenhauer is charged with kidnapping and first-degree murder. Nineteen-year-old Natalie Keepers is charged with improper disposal of a body and accessory after the fact in the commission of a felony. The two students from Maryland made their initial court appearances Monday but said little. Eisenhauer is from Columbia and Keepers from Laurel. Their lawyers have declined to comment.

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