On Monday, around 9:00 p.m., a male walked into the Subway on 3501 Campbell Avenue. He had a butcher knife and demanded money from an employee. The suspect fled the scene on foot with an undetermined amount of money. Anyone with information about the incident should call Detective L.P. Singleton at 434-455-6173 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.
From 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.
From 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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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring took a prominent role in a nationwide charity fraud announcement yesterday in Washington on sham cancer charities that allegedly served mainly to enrich those who ran them. The Federal Trade Commission says a Tennessee family used much of the $187 million it raised in four sham cancer charities to pay for things like cars, luxury cruises and six-figure salaries. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.
SALTVILLE, Va. (AP) _ Police say at least two people died when a small airplane crashed into a mountain in southwest Virginia. State Police Lt. Ed Murphy said Tuesday that there are conflicting reports on whether there were two or three people on the plane. Nobody survived. The Federal Aviation Administration said the Beechcraft BE-55 was flying about seven miles northeast of Tazewell County Airport in Richlands when air traffic controllers lost contact with it Monday. Murphy said it appears the pilot was trying to avoid an isolated storm when the plane crashed. It took rescuers 21/2 hours to reach the heavily wooded crash site on Flat Top Mountain by foot Tuesday. The FAA said the aircraft was headed from Spruce Creek Airport near Daytona Beach, Florida, to Ohio’s Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport.
THAXTON, Va. (AP) _ A state historical marker has been dedicated in remembrance of one of the worst train accidents in Virginia history. The marker was unveiled Tuesday in Bedford County to mark the July 2, 1889, wreck west of Thaxton. Eighteen people were killed in the wreck. The wreck occurred after a storm flooded nearby Wolf Creek and saturated an embankment. The embankment collapsed under the weight of the Norfolk & Western passenger train, which plunged into the washout. Fire ripped through the wreckage, and survivors were stranded for hours. Among the dead were three prominent residents of Cleveland, Tennessee, where a monument was erected in their memory. The marker will join more than 2,500 statewide. The markers are issued by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ The governing board of the University of Virginia has approved a contract extension for President Teresa A. Sullivan. The university announced Tuesday that the Board of Visitors approved a contract that could extend Sullivan’s tenure until May 2019. Sullivan’s contract was to expire next year. She earns $674,000 annually. Sullivan is the first woman to lead U.Va. She has had an eventful time in Charlottesville since her appointment in 2010. Two years into her tenure, she successfully survived a bid to oust her from the presidency. More recently, a series of events have cast a negative light on the university founded by Thomas Jefferson. They include a discredited Rolling Stone magazine article that reported on a bogus fraternity gang rape and the violent arrest of a student.
From 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.