Roth to leave Tech for position at UCLA

Bill Roth

Bill Roth

From the Virginia Tech Department of Athletics: Longtime and popular radio play-by-play broadcaster, Bill Roth, is leaving his position to accept a similar position at UCLA. The Tech athletics department will honor the legendary announcer known as the “Voice of the Hokies” for his contributions to Virginia Tech at this Saturday’s Maroon-Orange Spring Game. Roth, who works for IMG College, Virginia Tech’s multimedia rights holder, will make his final call for Virginia Tech this Saturday. At the end of the first quarter, the department will recognize Roth by announcing the establishment of the Bill Roth Student-Athlete Endowed Scholarship, which will be awarded annually in perpetuity to a deserving Virginia Tech student-athlete with an interest in communications or broadcast journalism.

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Police investigating vandalism at car dealership

Lynchburg PoliceThe Lynchburg Police Department says five vehicles at Pinkerton Chevrolet on Graves Mill Road have been intentionally damaged. The vehicles appear to have been “keyed” sometime between April 13 and April 16. The total amount of damage is approximately $8,800. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Detective T.C. Barley at (434) 455-6162 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.

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Major donation propels Academy Theatre restoration campaign over $6.1 million mark

Academy of MusicFrom the Lynchburg Academy of Fine Arts: The Academy has received a gift of more than $1 million from an anonymous donor toward the organization’s $16.6 million capital campaign to restore the historic theatre, which will bring to life a nearly 800-seat performing and visual arts complex for this region. With this gift, more than $6.1 million-over one-third of the campaign goal-has been raised. This gift is among the largest gifts ever made to the Academy, and the largest single commitment received toward the current campaign effort, which began in October of 2012. “We are thrilled,” said George Dawson, the Academy’s chairman of the Capital Campaign. “This gift demonstrates the donor’s commitment to the Academy, our mission in the community and to the new leadership direction represented by Geoffrey Kershner, our new Executive Director.” Kershner’s appointment was announced in early March. He will officially begin his position May 18.

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Downtown Lynchburg street closure

lynchburg logo - important announcementsBeginning today, and continuing through Friday, Ninth Street (between Main and Church Streets) will be closed to all traffic for the utility survey being conducted throughout the Central Business District in downtown Lynchburg. Motorists who park in Parking Lot B (on Church Street) and Parking Lot J (on Ninth Street) will have access to those parking areas. There is the possibility that no street parking will be allowed on the lower end of Ninth Street during this time.

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Weekend stabbing in Bedford County; victim hospitalized, suspect jailed

Bedford CountyFrom the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: At 3:43 a.m. on Sunday morning April 19, 2015, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a female reporting a stabbing on Old Firetrail Road in Huddleston. She further advised the victim was lying in the road and the suspect, Justin Burrell, age 19, had left the scene in a Jeep with two other males. Deputies located and stopped the Jeep on Gladdy Branch Road at 4:11 a.m… Burrell was taken into custody and charged with malicious wounding. He is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center without bond. Investigation of this incident continues.  The victim of the stabbing Joey D. Roach Jr., age 18, was transported by helicopter to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

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Lynchburg police seek chicken restaurant robber

Lynchburg PoliceOn Sunday April 19, 2015 at 8:36pm, a robbery occurred at the Crown Fried Chicken, located at 1600 12th St. in the City of Lynchburg. An unknown black male entered the restaurant with his face covered and displayed a handgun and took an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect then fled the scene on foot and was last seen in the area of the 1100 blk. of Buchanan St.

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Forest man charged with attempted arson of own home

Michael McCarty

Michael McCarty

From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: At 9:08 p.m. Thursday night, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a female who advised that she and her husband, Michael W. McCarty, age 56, were arguing and he was threatening to burn down their house. She also advised she had left the house, however prior to leaving she witnessed him with a gas can. Deputies responded to the 2300 block of Bateman Bridge Road. As deputies arrived, they observed a man run into the house. As they approached the home they saw a man inside holding a five gallon gas can. Deputies made entry in the house and after a brief struggle McCarty complained about injuries. He was transported by ambulance to Lynchburg General Hospital and subsequently released. After leaving the hospital, deputies arrested McCarty and charged him with one count of threatening to burn an occupied building and one count of attempted arson of an occupied building. Further charges are possible. He is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center without bond.

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State income tax assistance offered for Lynchburg residents

lynchburg logo - important announcementsState income taxes are due by Friday, May 1. The Commissioner of the Revenue Office provides free State income tax assistance to Lynchburg residents. Bring a copy of your completed Federal tax return and supporting documents to the Commissioner of the Revenue Office and someone will complete your State return. No appointment is necessary. If you have any questions you can call the Commissioner of the Revenue Office at (434) 455-3870.

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Jeb Bush to deliver Liberty Commencement keynote address

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush

From Liberty University: Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will be the keynote speaker for its 42nd Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9. Bush served as governor from 1999 to 2007 and was Florida’s first two-term Republican to hold the position. During his tenure, he cut nearly $20 billion in taxes, vetoed more than $2.3 billion in earmarks, and reduced the state government workforce by more than 13,000. His limited government approach helped unleash one of the most robust and dynamic economies in the nation, creating 1.3 million net new jobs and improving the state’s credit ratings, including achieving the first ever triple-A bond rating for Florida. Bush is credited for environmental, health care, and economic improvements in the state and for overhauling its education system.

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Three Lynchburg women indicted on federal fraud charges

GavelFrom the U.S. Attorney of Western Virginia’s office:  Three local women are facing federal fraud charges following a grand jury indictment that charges them with mail fraud, wire fraud, student loan fraud, and other charges. A federal grand jury sitting in Roanoke, Va. has charged Melinda Smith, 42, Catherine Pankey, 61 and Vernetta Johnson, 40, all of Lynchburg, Va., in connection with an alleged scheme to defraud insurance companies and the federal student loan program. According to the indictment, between 2011 and 2014, Smith, Pankey and Johnson allegedly bengaged in a scheme to submit Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to get FederalStudent Aid (FSA) credit refunds for online classes for the purpose of obtaining money to which they were not entitled.

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