From the U.S. Attorney’s Office: The former manager of a local, federal credit union, who pled guilty in March to federal embezzlement charges, was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Lynchburg.Claudia Rawes, 61, of Forest, Va., previously waived her right to be indicted and pled guilty to a one-count Information charging her with theft and embezzlement from a federal credit union. Today in District Court, she was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison and five years of supervised release thereafter. In addition, Rawes was ordered to pay $1.97 million in restitution to Centra Health Credit Union.
Authorities now say they have a missing Tennessee teen and the known sex offender she’s been traveling with in custody. U.S Marshals picked them up early this morning in Smyth County. 14-year-old Hayleigh Wilson and 41-year-old Benjamin Shook have both been taken to the Smyth County Sheriff’s Office in Marion. Authorities have scheduled a news conference for later this morning.
Surveillance photo: Amherst Co. Sheriff’s Office seeks suspect for passing counterfeit $$ at Walmart
From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: The office is investigating a instance of the use of counterfeit currency being passed. On Tuesday June 30th at 920 pm, a heavy set black male paid for a computer at Wal-Mart with more than $500 in counterfeit currency. He was wearing a black tee shirt, blue jeans and a yellow ball cap. 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.
From the City of Lynchburg: The public is encouraged to comment on the City of Lynchburg’s draft Chesapeake Bay Action Plan. Localities across the Chesapeake Bay have been developing Action Plans to document their ongoing efforts to reduce pollution that enters into the Bay. All of the City of Lynchburg streams drain to the James River that is a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. In 2013, the requirement for localities to develop action plans to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment from entering local waterways within the Chesapeake Bay watershed became a requirement of the City’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit. These strategies, or action plans, are intended to describe strategies and/or projects that will be undertaken to meet the five percent (5%) reduction goal of the current permit. The City has developed its Chesapeake Bay Action Plan that includes a mix of new water quality improvement projects in addition to previously implemented stormwater best management practices to meet the current permit’s reduction requirement.
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From Virginia State Police: At 8:06 a.m. Friday (July 3), Virginia State Police Sr. Trooper D.A. Phipps was called to the scene of a fatal crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77. The crash occurred near the 22 mile marker in Carroll County. A tractor-trailer pulling double trailers was traveling north on I-77 when the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle as it came through a curve. The tractor-trailer ran off the left side of the highway, went through the median, and overturned across the southbound lanes of I-77. When the tractor-trailer entered the southbound lanes, the second trailer struck a 2014 Chevrolet Aveo. The driver of the tractor-trailer, Randall O. Page, 36, of Charlotte, N.C., died at the scene. The driver of the Aveo, a 22-year-old Ohio woman, was transported to Wythe Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The cause of the crash remains ongoing.
On Thursday, July 9, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the northbound lane of 12th Street will be closed to allow for southbound traffic to be redirected to that lane. Northbound traffic will be detoured to Dunbar Drive. This change in traffic patterns is to allow for slope maintenance. Motorists are cautioned to be aware of the change and to observe caution.
From Lynchburg City Police: On June 30, 2015 a victim reported being robbed by a male armed with a handgun in the Sandusky area of Lynchburg. The suspect forced the victim to put a variety of electronic equipment into the victim’s vehicle. The suspect then forced the victim to drive him to Simons Run where the suspect, still armed with the handgun, told the victim to get out of the vehicle. The victim complied and the suspect then stole the vehicle. Shortly after the incident was reported, the stolen vehicle was located parked and unoccupied on Simons Run, without the numerous electronic equipment. As a result of an intense investigation, the Lynchburg Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division identified the suspect as 25 year old Brandon Alexander Hayes, of Lynchburg. Warrants were obtained for robbery, abduction, carjacking, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and preventing someone from summonsing law enforcement. On July 2, 2015, a search warrant was executed by the Criminal Investigations Division, with the assistance from the LPD Tactical Unit, at a residence in the 700 block of Leesville Rd. Hayes was taken into custody without incident. This incident is believed to have been a targeted crime and not random as the suspect and victim had previous contact.
From BWX Technologies: – BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT) (NYSE:BWXT) has completed the spin-off of its Power Generation business and will begin trading today on the New York Stock Exchange under the new ticker symbol “BWXT.” In 2014, The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) announced its intent to spin off its Power Generation business, and on June 8, 2015, B&W’s board of directors approved the spinoff. The Power Generation business is now known as Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. BWXT is the sole manufacturer of naval nuclear reactors for submarines and aircraft carriers; provides nuclear fuel to the U.S. government; provides technical, management and site services to support governments in the operation of complex facilities and environmental remediation activities; and supplies precision manufactured components and services for the commercial nuclear power industry. BWXT has locations throughout North America.
From Lynchburg City Police: During the month of June, three victims reported that the catalytic converter from their vehicle had been removed during the nighttime hours. The incidents occurred in the commercial districts of Timberlake Rd. and Wards Rd., in the City of Lynchburg. The three catalytic converters appeared to have been cut from the vehicles by using a power tool. Anyone with any information regarding this crime or the identity of the suspects, is asked to call Detective K.S. Mitchell at (434) 455-6122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900, or visit the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers website at www.cvcrimestoppers.org to enter a web tip, or text “CVCS plus your message” to 274637.
The Lynchburg Electoral Board announced that Jennifer M. Campbell has withdrawn her application for the position of General Registrar. Campbell was appointed to the position in May 2015. The Electoral Board is reconsidering its pool of applicants and plans to appoint a qualified individual to the position shortly. The Registrar manages all activities related to voter registration, educates citizens regarding registration and elections, and works under the direction of the Electoral Board to prepare for, administer, and report the results of local, state and federal elections.