From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: On Saturday July 19, 2014 at 1:30 p.m., a Bedford County sheriff’s deputy responded to 2478 Tucker Terrace, Evington, Virginia after receiving a call from a neighbor. The caller advised that he went to the address because he had not seen the woman and her son who lived there for several days. When he arrived he found the partially decomposed body of a female in the yard. After arriving on the scene and while checking the area, deputies found the remains of a dog and the partially decomposed remains of a male. The victim’s remains were transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke to be positively identified and cause of death determined.
The Campbell County Department of Community Development is seeking public input on the County’s Comprehensive Plan’s five-year update. Community Development staff members recommend that residents read through the current Comprehensive Plan, adopted in December of 2009. Citizens are asked to submit views based on the changes they wish to see local officials consider or planning elements they would like to see continued. Public hearings will be scheduled in the fall before the Board of Supervisors votes on a final plan. Visit www.campbellcountyva.gov for more information.
On Monday, July 21, Liberty University will host a training session on railroad emergency response tactics for campus and local emergency personnel at 10 a.m. in the Liberty University Police Department (LUPD) training room in Marie F. Green Hall. The session was coordinated by Liberty’s Office of Risk Management and will be led by representatives from Norfolk Southern. About 30 workers from LUPD and Lynchburg EMS will be participating. Training will feature a high-level railroad emergency simulation and instruction on proper procedures, including protocols for specific hazardous chemicals. The Norfolk Southern railroad runs along the western edge of campus, making joint training with the railroad, the City of Lynchburg, and the university essential. “As a campus, and as an integral part of the Lynchburg community, we recognize the responsibility we have to be prepared with a coordinated response in the event of a railroad emergency,” said Robert Wells, Liberty’s director of risk management.
From the Campbell County Shieriff’s Office: On July 16, 2014 at 10:11 pm, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office responded to 50 Lisa Ann Lane, Evington, regarding an assault with severe injuries. Once on the scene, sheriff’s deputies found Valerie Harris, 46, of the residence suffering from multiple stab wounds to the upper body. Harris was partially responsive upon their arrival but passed away at Lynchburg General Hospital. The investigation revealed that Harris had been involved in a physical altercation with Debra Fay Crews-Newman, 46, of Gough Road, Rustburg, and Glenn Conway Farmer, 54, also of Gough Road, Rustburg. Crews-Newman and Farmer were part of a social gathering that was taking place at 50 Lisa Ann Lane when the incident took place.
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From Lynchburg Police: On 07-09-2014 at the Kroger Stores located at 4119 Boonsboro Road and 2012 Wards Road (located in the City of Lynchburg) employees reported to the Lynchburg Police Department that an undisclosed amount of money had been stolen from their stores. They reported that two unknown females and two unknown males (all appeared to be Hispanic) entered the store. The two females would purchase a small item and as they paid the cashier they would begin to tell the cashier that they did not know much about our (USA) currency. The two females would then reach into the register, pull out some money, and ask for help about the different denominations. As the cashier would speak with them and retrieve the money the two females would, through sleight of hand, conceal and take some of the bills. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Det. TC Barley at 434-455-6162 with the Lynchburg Police Department 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.
From Sweet Briar College: James F. Jones Jr., retiring president of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., has been named the interim president of Sweet Briar College. He succeeds Jo Ellen Parker, who announced in April that she had been recruited for the presidency of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Jones will assume his new duties Aug. 15. Jones’ appointment follows an intensive recruitment and selection process, according to Sweet Briar College Board of Directors chair Paul Rice, who noted the search committee was impressed with Jones’ professional accomplishments, his commitment to collaboration and transparency at every level, and his understanding of the College. Jones’ wife, Joan “Jan” Sheets Jones, is a 1969 graduate of Sweet Briar.
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From Lynchburg Police: Update Homicide Investigation. The victim in the Shaffer Street Homicide investigation has been identified as Lawrence Maliek Giusto, age 20, of Lynchburg, VA. On 06-22-2014 the Lynchburg Police Department arrested a 16 year old juvenile and a 17 year old juvenile who were each charged with the following offenses related to the ongoing homicide investigation: First Degree Murder, Use of Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, Shooting from an Occupied Vehicle, Shooting into an Occupied Vehicle. On 06-23-2014 April Renae Bateman, age 22, of Lynchburg was arrested and charged with the following offenses related to the ongoing homicide investigation: First Degree Murder, Use of Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, Shooting from an Occupied Vehicle, Shooting into an Occupied Vehicle. This is currently an ongoing investigation. Further details will be released as they become available.
A home caregiver provider, is offering free home safety checks for senior citizens in the Lynchburg-Roanoke area. June is National Safety Month; and Home Instead Senior Care, will offer the service through July. Free safety checklists are also available for those who wish to conduct their own checks. Annual home safety checks are recommended. Other resources, including an online safety assessment, can be found on the company’s website.
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From the City of Lynchburg: Crews continue to work on the water line break that occurred earlier this morning, Friday, June 20, on Garnet Street (located off of Concord Turnpike). Water service to residents and businesses along Concord Turnpike and in the Downtown Lynchburg area has returned; however, Garnet Street will remain closed until 5:00 p.m. today for repair work to continue. There are no water customers on the section of line being repaired.
Lynchburg police have arrested a city resident on child pornography charge. As WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, police say it follows an investigation going back to March.
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