Nine arrested for July holdups in Lynchburg; one suspect is 12 years old

Markell Covington

Markell Covington

Sanchez Harris

Sanchez Harris

De'Quone Roberson

De’Quone Roberson

Lynchburg Police say nine people are now charged for a series of armed robberies in July, two of them on Euclid Avenue and one on Fillmore street. Two of holdups involved pizza delivery drivers and one was a woman whose car had become disabled. The suspects range in age from 12 to 24, and most of the suspects are minors.

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Lynchburg man known as “DJ Rant” charged with child pornography

Shawn Kearns

Shawn Kearns

From Lynchburg Police: The Lynchburg Police Department’s Forensics Unit received information from the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force regarding the online sharing of child pornography at a townhome in the 3600 block of Old Forest Rd. A search warrant was executed in the 3600 block of Old Forest Rd on August 17, 2016 that resulted in electronic evidence, including computers and cell phones, being seized from the townhome. Detectives with the Lynchburg Police Department’s Forensics Unit performed a digital forensic examination on evidence seized from the townhome. As a result of the collaborative investigation Shawn Kearns, aka “DJ Rant”, a 39 year old male of Lynchburg, VA was arrested by the Lynchburg Police Department on August 25, 2016 and charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography. The Lynchburg Police Department is an affiliate member of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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Alan Askew, Head of Construction at Liberty University, on The Morning Line

wlni-fbThis morning we spoke with Alan Askew who is the head of construction at Liberty University. WLNI’s Janet Rose and Larry Dowdy have more.

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Off-track betting sites may return to Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Off-track betting may soon be coming to the Richmond area.  The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that  the Virginia Equine Alliance recently won approval from the Virginia Racing Commission to open a satellite wagering facility in Henrico County. The alliance says it also hopes to open an off-track betting site as part of a planned brewpub in downtown Richmond. The facilities would be the first to operate in the state since Colonial Downs closed its track and off-site betting sites in 2014. Debbie Easter is president of the equine alliance, which will operate the new sites. She says they could bring in $5 million or more per year in gross revenue. The alliance hopes that will revive the industry in the state.

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Shooting outside Madison Heights market; one wounded, one sought

Amherst CountyFrom the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: On August 24, 2016 at approximately 20:23 hours, deputies with the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Triangle Market in Madison Heights for shots fired.  Upon the deputies’ arrival, an unidentified male was laying in parking lot with a gunshot wound to the chest.  The unidentified male has been transported to Lynchburg General Hospital.  The extent of injury is unknown.  The deputies are still on scene investigating.  We have nothing further to report at this time.

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Richmond school district says it welcomes dialogue on discipline

wlni-defaultRICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A spokeswoman for Richmond Public Schools say the district has already made efforts to address many of the concerns laid out in a federal complaint alleging the schools more frequently and harshly punish black students and students with disabilities than their classmates. Kenita Bowers said in a statement Wednesday that the district is “working diligently to ensure that all disciplinary actions are fair and consistent.” She says the district has moved away from “zero tolerance-based discipline.” The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia and the Legal Aid Justice Center filed the complaint Wednesday with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. They’re asking federal officials to investigate Richmond Public Schools’ disciplinary policies and force the school system to make changes.Bowers says the district will fully cooperate in the investigation. She says the Richmond Public Schools system wants to find disciplinary measures that “balance safety and instruction” and welcomes the dialogue.

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Coal towns hit by layoffs to get job grants from US government

wlni-defaultHUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – U.S. communities hard hit by coal industry layoffs in eight Appalachian states and Texas are being promised more than 3,000 jobs in several industries through a multimillion-dollar federal grant. Officials for the Appalachian Regional Commission and other agencies announced the 29 projects totaling nearly $39 million at a news conference in Huntington, West Virginia, on Wednesday. The funding comes from a job-creation organization involving multiple federal agencies, including the U.S. Commerce and Labor departments and the regional commission. Officials say the investments are expected to create or retain more than 3,400 jobs in agriculture, manufacturing and other industries. Appalachian states involved in the projects are Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The commission says about 23,000 Appalachian coal jobs were lost between 2011 and 2015.

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Amherst man charged with sex crimes involving child

Carlton Adcock

Carlton Adcock

From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: The office arrested Carlton Eugene Adcock, 52, of Amherst today on (7) counts of forcible sodomy, (7) counts of inanimate object penetration , and (2) counts of  indecent liberties with a child. The Sheriff’s Office began their investigation following a referral from Amherst County Social Services. Adcock was arrested without incident and transported to the Amherst Adult Detention Center where he is being held without bond.

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Jens Soering petitioning Va. governor for pardon

Jens Soering (WDBJ7 file photo)

Jens Soering (WDBJ7 file photo)

DILLWYN, Va. (AP) – A German diplomat’s son convicted of murder is petitioning Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe for an “absolute pardon” and parole based largely on blood analysis.  Jens Soering is serving two life terms for the 1985 slayings of his ex-girlfriend’s parents. The Washington Post  reports that Soering’s petition submitted to McAuliffe this week says a blood analysis concludes that Soering, who has Type O blood, was not the source of at least some of the Type O blood found at the scene.  The 50-year-old Soering spoke to the paper in a phone interview from Buckingham Correctional Center outside Dillwyn, Virginia.  Soering initially confessed to killing the couple but then recanted. He said his then-girlfriend, Elizabeth Haysom, killed her parents and told him afterward. Haysom is serving a 90-year sentence.

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Campbell County Sheriff’s Office Looks for Man Wanted for Passing Bad Checks

Michael Culpepper

Michael Culpepper

From the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office: We are looking for Michael Luethel Culpepper, who has outstanding warrants for obtaining money by false pretenses related to counterfeit checks and failure to appear in court. Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to please call the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office at 434-332-9850; or their local law enforcement agency; or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.

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