Lynchburg residents advised of water utilities telephone scam operation

City of LynchburgFrom the City of Lynchburg: The Department of Water Resources is alerting Lynchburg City residents of a telephone scam operation regarding water utilities. Callers will demand residents to pay a large fee in order to avoid having their water disconnected, or will indicate the fee is for late payments on water bills or for the installation of mandatory digital water meters. The calls are being made from telephone number (434) 336-3428. Residents are advised that these are not legitimate phone calls from City of Lynchburg personnel. Anyone receiving such calls should not give out any personal information, including credit card numbers. Report any suspected fraudulent calls to the Federal Trade Commission at 1-888-382-1222.

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Surveillance photos: two men sought for stealing meat from Walmart

From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: We are investigating a larceny of meat from Walmart. On Friday July 24th at 815 pm, two white males entered Walmart Madison Heights and picked up a number of items including meat products and then left the store without paying. The males were in their 20s to 30s. One was tall and heavy set and one of medium height and medium build. Both have short brown hair. They were observed leaving in a gray vehicle.  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.

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Lynchburg looking to fill vacancies on boards and commissions

lynchburg logo - important announcementsIn September 2015, there will be anticipated vacancies on several boards and commissions. If you are interested in being considered to fill one of the vacancies, please complete an application and return it by Monday, August 31 to the Clerk of City Council, 900 Church Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504. Applications may be downloaded from the City’s website by clicking here or can be mailed upon request by calling (434) 455-3995.

The following boards and commission will have vacancies

Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program Board – 1 vacancy

Social Services Advisory Board – 3 vacancies

Board of Building Code Appeals – 4 vacancies

Redevelopment & Housing Authority – 1 vacancy

Lynchburg Business Development Centre – 3 vacancies

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Wanted: man who stole steaks and computer from Walmart

From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: The office is investigating a grand larceny of a variety of products from Wal-Mart to include a number of steaks and a computer. On May 19th, shortly before 8am, a black male was observed taking a number of items from the store and leaving without paying for them. When approached by security, they ran from the area. The black male was tall, thin, had a blue shirt and glasses. He left the area in a silver 4 door vehicle with the first three letters on his Virginia license being XCU. 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.

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Criminologist says solving a cold case is difficult, but not impossible

WLNI-MA professor of criminal justice at Radford University says the keys to solving criminal cold cases include public input, forensic evidence and dedicated police work. WFIR’s Luke Church has a report.

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“Major developments” in Lyon sisters case to be announced in Maryland, Bedford County

Lyon sisters-thumbFrom the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office:  A Press Conference will be held at Mid-County Services Center, 2424 Reedie Dr., Wheaton, MD, at 12:00 Noon, this Wednesday, July 15, 2015, on major developments in the Lyon Sister’s Cold Case Investigation. Sheriff Mike Brown and Commonwealth Attorney Randy Krantz and members of the Montgomery County (MD) Police Department and the State’s Attorney’s Office will be speaking on these latest developments in this investigation. A Press Conference will be held at the Central Virginia Community College, Main Training Room, 1633 Venture Blvd., Bedford, VA, at 12:00 Noon, this Thursday, July 16, 2015, on additional developments in the Lyon Sister’s Cold Case Investigation. Sheriff Mike Brown and Commonwealth Attorney Randy Krantz and members of the Montgomery County (MD) Police Department and the State’s Attorney’s Office will be speaking on other developments in this investigation.

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Milling and paving operations start on Timberlake Road

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)Crews began night milling and paving operations on Route 460 Business East (Timberlake Road) last night. This work is being done at night to limit the impact to motorists on this heavily traveled roadway. This work will be done from Route 622 (Waterlick Road) to the Lynchburg City Limits. Flaggers and other traffic control devices will be in use and motorists are urged to be alert to changes in traffic. The entire operation is expected to be complete by Friday, July 31; however, these operations can be affected by weather.

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UPDATE: 12-year-old faces multiple charges for Campbell Avenue area break-ins

LPD lynchburg policeJULY 10 UPDATE FROM LYNCHBURG POLICE: On July 8, 2015, the suspect was identified as a 12 year old male. Multiple charges stemming from the incidents have been placed or are pending. These include Grand Larceny auto theft, Petit Larceny, Breaking and Entering, Property Damage, and Possession of Burglary Tools. In total, four separate buildings were broken into, early in the morning, between the dates of 6/27/2015 and 7/6/2015. The businesses were Greg’s Auto Repair (3523 Campbell Avenue) and Pure Gas Station (3533 Campbell Avenue). Two private residences nearby were also burglarized and damaged.

ORIGINAL NEWS RELEASE: The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating a series of burglaries in the area of Campbell Avenue in the City of Lynchburg. Among other things, several passenger vehicles were stolen. During the course of the investigation, a person of interest was discovered on surveillance video. We are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the individual pictured in the attached photographs.  Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective H.G. Blomquist at 434-485-7267 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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Former Centra Health Credit Union manager sentenced for embezzling almost $2 million

GavelFrom 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.

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Missing Teen, convicted sex offender in custody

Hayleigh Wilson

Hayleigh Wilson

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.

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