From the Henry County Sheriff’s Office: The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a missing person reported to us on November 19, 2015. Bridget Ann Williams has been missing since November 10, 2015. Bridget Ann Williams is an 18 year old white female and is described as approx. 4’11” tall, 110 lbs., brown hair and blue eyes. Bridget Ann Williams has been out of contact for periods of time in the past as well and at this time we have no reason to suspect anything has happened to her. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has checked all of her known addresses in this area without being able to locate her. Bridget Ann Williams has ties to Rustburg, VA and she has family in Kentucky. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is trying to confirm her well-being only, she has been entered as a missing person but she is not in trouble in any way. We need your help in trying to make contact with her to confirm that she is OK. Anyone who has information regarding this is urged to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 276-638-8751.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ A legal historian specializing in civil rights has been selected as the 12th dean and the first woman to lead the School of Law at the University of Virginia. Risa L. Goluboff’s appointment, which is effective July 1, was announced Friday. Goluboff is the John Allan Love professor of law and professor of history at
U.Va. She also is a faculty affiliate of U.Va.’s Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies and faculty associate of the Governing America in a Global Era Program at UVA’s Miller Center. Goluboff succeeds Paul G. Mahoney, who will return to the faculty. The U.Va. School of Law is the nation’s second-oldest continuously operating law school.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates says he’ll ask the General Assembly in January to create a commission to study the state’s retirement system. Speaker William J. Howell says he wants a fresh look at the Virginia Retirement System, already the focus of reforms twice in the past five years. Howell told the Richmond Times-Dispatch those previous adjustments were “good first steps.” Specifically, the Stafford Republican says he’s concerned about the size of the state’s unfunded liability for state employee and teacher pensions. They are estimated at almost $21 billion. He says the state also faces a major turnover in its aging workforce. Howell has advocated a 401(k)-style defined contribution plan. The state adopted a hybrid approach in 2012.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ Dozens gathered in a Charlottesville park Friday night in hopes of heightening awareness of a transgender woman who has been missing for three years. Sage Smith was last seen on Nov. 20, 2012. Media reports state that a few dozen people attended the Hope for Sage vigil, which attracted friends, family and community members. Dean Smith told those in attendance it’s been hard to remain strong as the years have passed since his child went missing. Lolita Smith is Sage Smith’s grandmother. She said she hopes the vigil will bring more awareness to her missing grandchild. Police said they are actively investigating Smith’s disappearance. They are offering a $20,000 reward for information in the case.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ AAA Mid-Atlantic says Virginia motorists will pay the lowest Thanksgiving week gasoline prices since 2008. The auto club says the average cost of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Virginia on Sunday was $1.92. That’s down seven cents from last week and significantly below the $2.66 that state drivers were paying a year ago. The Richmond and Norfolk areas are tied for the lowest average price at $1.88, while the Charlottesville area is the highest at $1.95. The national average is $2.08, down from $2.83 a year ago and nine cents lower than last week. AAA predicts prices will continue to fall and could drop below $2 per gallon nationally by Christmas for the first time since 2009.
From Lynchburg City Police: On November 19, 2015, Detectives from the Lynchburg Police Department and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office (North Carolina) arrested Travis Jermale Singleton, 20 of Rockingham, NC. Singleton was located in Richmond County, NC (suburb of Rockingham, NC) and was arrested on one count of 2nd Degree Murder in the death of Brandon Carter. The vehicle that is believed to have been driven during the shooting was also located in Richmond County. Singleton waived extradition and was transported back to Lynchburg where he is currently being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail without bond. The LPD is continuing to investigate the incident and additional arrests are expected.
Earlier: A Lynchburg man was killed in a drive-by shooting. Officers responded to the 1500 block of Cliff Street at 12:24pm after reports of shots fired in the area. Once on the scene they found 29-year-old Brandon Carter lying on the front porch of 1512 Cliff Street. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Witnesses in the area told police a gold colored Dodge four door sedan with out of state tags, fired numerous shots from the passenger side of the vehicle. It was reportedly occupied by multiple black males.
From the City of Lynchburg: Officials with Hilton Worldwide announced yesterday that The Virginian Lynchburg hotel will join Curio – A Collection by Hilton, a global set of upscale and luxury hotels hand-picked for their distinctive character and personality, appealing to passionate travelers seeking local discovery. “Curio – A Collection by Hilton is excited to partner with this iconic hotel,” said Bill Fortier, Senior Vice President, Development – Americas, Hilton Worldwide. “With Hilton’s industry and regional expertise, combined with the draw of the newly renovated space and the hotel’s antique charm, The Virginian Lynchburg will certainly be an appealing choice for all types of travelers.” An iconic hotel originally built in 1913, The Virginian Hotel is now undergoing renovations expected to be completed in early 2017. When opened, the hotel will be named The Virginian Lynchburg, Curio Collection by Hilton and will offer 115 high-end guest rooms, a luxurious ballroom and conference center, roof top lounge, artisan café and coffee shop and a restaurant and bar that will offer traditional specialties with a modern twist.
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Roanoke Congressman Bob Goodlatte again finds himself at the forefront of another highly-visible national debate — this time, it surrounds Syrian refugees and U.S. immigration policy. Goodlatte plays a key role in the House of Representatives as Chairman of its Judiciary Committee, which oversees all federal law enforcement entities. WLNI ‘s Evan Jones has the story.