From Lynchburg Police: On October 27, 2016, the Lynchburg Police Department responded to a home invasion / robbery on ‘C’ Street in the City of Lynchburg. Three subjects entered a residence and held the homeowner at gunpoint. He was violently assaulted and then multiple items were stolen. He was tied up before the suspects left. The Criminal Investigations Division (CID) began a month long investigation. With the assistance of the Field Operations Bureau and citizens in that area, several suspects were developed. On November 18th, Suntrese R. Wheeler (age 29) of Lynchburg was arrested. On November 21st, Derrick L. Campbell (age 36) of Lynchburg was arrested. On November 30th, Jason J. Berkley (age 30) of Pamplin was arrested by the U.S. Marshals and Lynchburg Police in Amherst, Virginia. The U.S. Marshals Service from Lynchburg, Charlottesville and Roanoke were instrumental in the capture of Berkley. All three suspects were charged with Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Burglary, Robbery, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony (2 counts) and Kidnapping. All three suspects are being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Lynchburg without bond.
The Virginia Lottery encourages the purchase of its scratcher game tickets as Christmas gifts — especially as stocking stuffers — but lottery officials say it is illegal to give them to minors. And as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, don’t count on getting any share if you give away a big winning tickets:
Voting is underway at the Bedford Area Welcome Center for the 8th Annual Festival of Trees. WLNI’s Ian Price has more:
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Liberty University has hired former Baylor University Athletic Director Ian McCaw to direct Liberty’s athletics program. McCaw helped lead Baylor to national prominence in several major college sports — but he also left the university amid a scandal involving student-athletes. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) – Virginia Tech has signed a new agreement with defense industry giant Lockheed Martin that the school says will allow for more research collaboration and recruitment. Virginia Tech President Tim Sands said in a statement that the agreement will allow the school and company to work together more efficiently. Research subjects will include microelectronics, power electronics and cybersecurity. The school says Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin has hired more than 80 Virginia Tech graduates and provided internships to more than 100 students over the past four years.
From State Police: Virginia State Police Trooper D.R. Skiff is investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash in Campbell County. The crash occurred at 5:15 p.m., Friday (Nov. 25) on Route 501 at Volunteer Road. A Toyota Highlander was traveling along Route 501. As the Toyota attempted to pass a vehicle in front of it, the Toyota crossed the center line and struck head-on a Honda Odyssey traveling in the opposite direction. The driver of the Highlander, Anthony T. Chambers, 48, of Lynchburg, Va., and his four passengers were transported to Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment of injuries ranging from minor to serious. None of the injuries is life-threatening. The driver of the Odyssey, Charlie R. Smith, 73, of Halifax, Va., was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital along with one of his wife, Mary Smith. Both are being treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries. Mr. Smith’s other passenger, Doris M. Chappell, 77, of Halifax, Va., was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital, where she died later Friday evening. Chambers was arrested for DUI and charged with driving on a revoked license. The crash remains under investigation and additional charges are pending.
From State Police: Virginia State Police Trooper B.J. Hylton is investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash in Appomattox County. The crash occurred at 3:46 a.m., Saturday (Nov. 26) on Trent Hatchery Road. A 2003 Mitsubishi Galant was traveling along Trent Hatchery Road when it ran off the left side of the road. The vehicle first struck a ditch and then struck head-on a tree. The driver, Joshua W. Judy, 17, of Appomattox, Va., was not wearing a seat belt and was not ejected from the vehicle. He died at the scene. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.