Photos: Lynchburg Police seek two suspects for using stolen credit card

From Lynchburg City Police: On March 16, 2015 two white males entered Food Lion, located at 2909 Memorial Avenue, and used a stolen credit card. The males used the stolen credit card to purchase numerous gift cards including Apple iTunes and American Express pre-paid cards valued at over $250. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective K. S. Mitchell at (434) 455-6122 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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Academy campaign announces $500,000 more in anonymous donations

Academy of Fine ArtsFrom the Academy of Fine Arts: The Academy has received two generous anonymous donations of $250,000 each toward the organization’s $16.6 million capital campaign to restore the historic Academy of Music Theatre. These gifts, along with others received recently, bring our total to $6.62 million. This expansion project will bring to life a nearly 800-seat performing and visual arts complex, purposed with serving our community through arts and culture. Just last month, the Academy announced a $1 million anonymous gift toward the campaign, one of the largest gifts ever made to the Academy. “Our momentum continues to build,” said George Dawson, the Academy’s chairman of the Capital Campaign. “This sets the stage for other big announcements in early June.”

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Airshow: 2016 show will feature Blue Angels, and it will be held in Lynchburg

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From the Lynchburg Regional Airshow: The Airshow proudly welcomes the Blue Angels back to Lynchburg for the May 21st-22nd 2016 Airshow. The 2016 Airshow will be a fun-filled, action packed weekend for the entire family to enjoy. The LRA is featuring high energy performers, both in the air and on the ground, along with a Red, White & Blue theme honoring our Military and their families.

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Corrections officer charged with sex offense involving regional jail inmate

LPD lynchburg policeFrom Lynchburg City Police: The Lynchburg Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority Internal Affairs Unit conducted a joint investigation in reference to a sex offense reported by an Inmate. The sex offense involved a Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority (BRRJA) Corrections Officer. As a result of this investigation, Timothy Wayne Farrar Jr. age 40 of Lynchburg, VA was charged with two counts 18.2-64.2 having Carnal knowledge of an inmate. Mr. Farrar is no longer employed by the BRRJA.

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Lynchburg Christian Academy, VHSL settle antitrust suit; LCA to join VHSL

Lynchburg Christian Academy Logo LCAFrom Lynchburg Christian Academy: The Virginia High School League (VHSL) and Liberty Christian Academy (LCA) jointly announce that they have reached a settlement of their antitrust lawsuit. The VHSL Executive Committee approved the terms of the agreement in a meeting on May 7, and today the agreement passed a review by the full membership of the VHSL at a special meeting held at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville. LCA’s Board of Trustees likewise approved the agreement. As a result of the agreement, all non-boarding schools in Virginia will be permitted to apply for membership in the VHSL, and LCA will join the VHSL and compete as a regular member eligible for playoffs starting in August of 2015.

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Indian jewelry and dance costumes stolen in Amherst County

Stolen Indian regaliaFrom the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: The office is investigating a larceny that occurred Friday May the 15th at the Knight’s Inn motel. During the late night of Thursday the 14th or the early morning hours of Friday the 15th two vehicles parked outside a motel room were entered. From one of the vehicles several boxes of Indian jewelry and two authentic dance costumes were taken. These items were to have been used at the annual Monacan Powwow in Elon. (One of the costumes is pictured at right.) 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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First Lady Presents National Medal to Amazement Square

Amazement HonorFrom the Institute of Museum and Library Services: First Lady Michelle Obama joined the Institute at the White House to present the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to Amazement Square. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. Mort Sajadian, PhD, Amazement Square President/CEO, and community member Pastor Shirley Hunter accepted the National Medal.  In 2009, Shirley Hunter, assistant pastor at Dominion Now Word Ministries, started a social services-sponsored daycare called Dominion Kidz Child Development Center in Lynchburg, Virginia. Through a partnership with Amazement Square, the daycare presents low-income, at-risk children with literacy-based early learning programs including American Sign Language, Spanish language, reading, and arts-based curricula.

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Madison Heights woman claims big Va. Lottery prize

Jacqueline DuvallFrom the Virginia Lottery: When Jacqueline Duvall scratched her Money Money Money ticket from the Virginia Lottery, she saw a money bag icon, so she knew she’d won something. The Madison Heights woman thought maybe she’d won her money back and not much more, so she finished eating her lunch before scratching the rest of the ticket. When she finally did scratch to reveal the amount she’d won, she saw something she’d never expected: the $4 million top prize.  “I couldn’t breathe,” she said. “It feels so surreal. It’s so unbelievable!”  She bought the winning ticket at Quik-E Foods #8, 4380 Waterlick Road in Forest. On May 15, she returned to the store to receive her check from the Virginia Lottery. She had a choice of taking the full $4 million over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $2,149,572 before taxes. She chose the cash option.  The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

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Portion of Park Avenue temporarily closed

lynchburg logo - important announcementsToday and tomorrow from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Park Avenue (between Euclid and Memorial Avenues) will be closed to all traffic in order to accommodate a new water line connection. Traffic will be routed via Euclid Avenue to Wadsworth Street and then to Memorial Avenue. City officials say barricades will be in place, and motorists should obey all signage.

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First CVCC Early College Graduates for Lynchburg City Schools

CVCC Central Virginia Community CollegeFrom Central Virginia Community College:  The first graduating class of the CVCC Early College for Lynchburg City Schools will receive their Associates of Arts and Sciences degree in General Studies at Central Virginia Community College’s commencement to be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Vines Center at Liberty University. These 20 motivated students initially enrolled at CVCC in the 2013 fall semester to pursue the Early College Program designed for high school juniors who exhibited the dedication to academics necessary to succeed in a rigorous program. The Early College Program provides an opportunity for these students to receive their Associates of Arts and Sciences degree from CVCC in May prior to receiving their high school diploma in June. The Early College Program is designed for students planning to enter four-year colleges and universities.  So far, the graduating students have reported that they will be transferring to Virginia Tech, George Mason, Christopher Newport, Carnegie Mellon, Lynchburg College, University of South Carolina, Eugene Lang (New York), Randolph College and University of Alabama.

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