Altavista Bank Teller Arrested

Altavista_LogoAn Altavista bank teller was arrested Wednesday and charged with grand larceny. Authorities say Belinda Smith Southard is accused of filing fraudulent bank documents to transfer money from patrons’ accounts and into her own. She had been a teller at the First National Bank of Altavista, where between November 2013 and April, two accounts were targeted in which she allegedly took $7,300.

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Danville Man Arrested; Wanted Again

danville policeA Danville man arrested for stalking after being wanted by police is now wanted again. 30 year old Berkley Allen Furgurson got arrested in West Virginia and was released on bond, under the condition that he would immediately return to Virginia, but he has not turned himself in and is still wanted on a stalking warrant in Danville. Police say Furgurson could be driving a gray 2003 Jaguar with Virginia license plates.

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Bogus Fund-Raiser Man Arrested

CASAThe man believed to have held a bogus fund-raiser has been arrested and charged with obtaining money by false pretense. CASA of Central Virginia say Jonathan Craft held a fundraising even with their name attached to it back in April, but they never saw a cent. Investigators say Craft lied about giving $1300 to various organizations, money he claimed to raise in honor of his 13-month-old daughter, Veralee Craft, who was killed at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend in 2012. According to Lynchburg Police, Craft was arrested Sunday but he has been released on $1000 bail.

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Bedford Looking for New Police Chief

town of bedfordThe Town of Bedford will be looking for a new police chief. After 34 years in law enforcement, Jim Day will step down from his position at the end of September. Day was named chief of the Bedford Police Department in 2006; and oversaw Bedford’s reversion to a town, which increased his department’s jurisdictional area without adding officers. The chief thinks his department — 24 officers and three civilians — handled the transition well.

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Two partially decomposed bodies found at Bedford County home

WLNI- logoFrom the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: On Saturday July 19, 2014 at 1:30 p.m., a Bedford County sheriff’s deputy responded to 2478 Tucker Terrace, Evington, Virginia after receiving a call from a neighbor. The caller advised that he went to the address because he had not seen the woman and her son who lived there for several days. When he arrived he found the partially decomposed body of a female in the yard. After arriving on the scene and while checking the area, deputies found the remains of a dog and the partially decomposed remains of a male.  The victim’s remains were transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke to be positively identified and cause of death determined.

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Second Medical Facility Coming in Amherst

amherst county logoAmherst officials have announced a second medical facility in the town. The property will be leased to Horizon Behavioral Health for the purposes of providing outpatient counseling services to children and adults. According to the News & Advance, once construction is complete sometime in the first quarter of next year, the building will be similar to an existing Horizon facility in the town of Bedford. Last month, Centra Health announced plans for an ambulatory care facility within the town; that project is slated for completion in 2016.

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City of Lynchburg’s Website Updated

city lynchburg logoA new section on the city of Lynchburg’s website is designed as a tool to help residents find useful information much faster and more conveniently. Data on the Open Data Portal page can be accessed in topics including building permits, business licenses, development projects, violations in construction and housing, contacts for contractors, real estate parcels and property transfers, among others.  A link is on the city website for citizens to offer feedback on any other possible types of information sources they may want to see featured lynchburgva.gov/open-data-portal

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Blood Donors Needed

redcrossSummer makes it tough for The Amercian Red Cross to meet the constant need. During the months of June, July and August, there are fewer blood donors scheduling appointments to give blood at local blood drives, than what patients need. The seasonal challenge can be overcome if just two more donors – above what is expected – make an appointment and give blood at each Red Cross blood drive for the rest of the summer. Clifford Baptist Church, on Fletchers Level Road in Amherst will host a blood drive Tuesday from Noon until 6pm.

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Falling Victims Rising in Franklin and Bedford Counties

BedfordCountyDivisions of Fire and Rescue services in Franklin and Bedford County respond to high numbers of falling victims, particularly among senior citizens. The Smith Mountain Eagle reports from January to June 2014, reported falls in Bedford County resulted in 10% of the calls for dispatch of emergency services. In Franklin County, it amounts to the same percentage, representing 360 falls for the first part of 2014. EMS officials in both counties acknowledge that many of the calls come from senior citizens; but say not all falling cases come from the elderly.

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Bridge Inspection Could Cause Road/Lane Closures

Norfolk-Southern-NS-LogoAn inspection of the bridge on Virginia 130 where it crosses a Norfolk Southern Railway could cause road and/or lane closures. Crews under contract to the Virginia Department of Transportation are scheduled, weather permitting, to perform safety inspections to the bridge today. Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling through the work zones. For more information, visit www.511Virginia.org or call 511.

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