Canadians are largest group of tourists to Virginia

VA TOURISMRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Canadians are the largest group of international tourists to the Old Dominion, spending $214 million here in 2014. McAuliffe announced Wednesday that Canadian tourism is up 18 percent in 2014, with 600,000 Canadians visitors. The governor and some of his top aides are on a trade and marketing mission to Canada, visiting Montreal and Toronto. Air Canada recently began new nonstop service from Toronto Pearson Airport to Dulles International Airport.

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Lynchburg man faces charges after multiple thefts

Jonas Martin

Jonas Martin

From Lynchburg Police: On May 12, 2016 Detectives with the Lynchburg Police Department Criminal Investigations Division executed a search warrant at 709 Riverside Drive Lynchburg VA. This search warrant was in relation to recent vehicle larcenies in the Rivermont Ave area, and larcenies from mailboxes on Indian Hill Road. As a result of the above search warrant, Jonas Trelok Martin age 19 of Lynchburg was arrested and charged with the following:

  • (2) Counts Larceny of bank notes, checks, etc.
  • (2) Counts Credit Card Fraud.
  • (2) Counts Credit Card Theft.

The Investigation is continuing. Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact Det. C.T.Davis at 434-455-6166 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-599.

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UPDATE: Area Kroger workers reject contract offer, approve strike authorization

KrogerUPDATED 11:20 am Wednesday: UFCW Local 400 says members voted unanimously to reject Kroger’s contract offer, and they approved a strike authorization. That does not necessarily mean a strike is imminent; the two sides had already agreed to extend the previous contract until June 4th.

The region’s Kroger union employees gather this morning in Salem to vote on a company contract proposal, and from all indications, they will soundly turn it down. The workers are also expected to approve a strike authorization vote, but that does not necessarily mean a walkout is imminent. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Lynchburg Police seeking wallet theft suspects

From The Lynchburg Police: The Lynchburg Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying individuals that were involved in stealing a wallet and credit cards at the Speedway gas station in Madison Heights, VA.  The owner lost their wallet, and it was then taken by the suspects in the gas station parking lot.  The credit cards were subsequently used to purchase gasoline and other items at the Kroger located at 2012 Wards Road in Lynchburg. Anyone who can identify any of the individuals seen in the surveillance photos is asked to contact Detective T. C. Barley with the Lynchburg Police Department at 434-455-6162, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Visit the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers website at www.cvcrimestoppers.org to enter a web tip, or text “CVCS” plus your message to 274637.

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Brookneal woman almost throws lottery ticket away; instead, she wins $500,000

Shirley King-Lottery WinnerFrom the Virginia Lottery: Shirley King isn’t the sort of person to throw money away, but that’s nearly what happened when she played the Virginia Lottery’s Super Ticket Jewels game. The Brookneal woman didn’t immediately realize she’d won the game’s $500,000 top prize.  “I almost put it in the trashcan,” she said. Fortunately she realized her stroke of luck and kept the ticket. She bought it at Express Way, 408 Lusardi Drive in Brookneal. Ms. King is the third and final top prize winner in Super Ticket Jewels, which means the game is closed . It’s the Virginia Lottery’s policy to end games once the top prize is claimed. “I enjoy the game,” Ms. King said as she claimed her prize. “I’ve enjoyed playing it.” Super Ticket Jewels was notable for its amazing size – larger than any ticket the Virginia Lottery ever offered – and the four different games it contained. The odds of winning the top prize in this game were 1 in 1,305,600. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

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Four are arrested in connection with multiple Countryplace Apartments burglaries; many stolen items recovered

Alvin Brown

Alvin Brown

From Lynchburg City Police: On May 10th, 2016 through teamwork and intelligence-led policing, members of the Lynchburg Police Department executed three search warrants in relation to the recent burglaries at Countryplace Apartments in the City of Lynchburg.  The search warrants were served at the following Lynchburg locations:

819 Greenfield Drive Apartment 173

800 Greenfield Drive Apartment 3

1308 Buchanan Street

As a result of these search warrants, members of the Lynchburg Police Department were able to recover the vast majority of stolen items from multiple Countryplace Apartments, and items from a recent burglary on Arlington Street in the City of Lynchburg.

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Lynchburg man charged with April Fairview Heights shooting

Donnell Miller

Donnell Miller

UPDATED May 17 From Lynchburg Police: On 05/15/2016 at approximately 4:07 pm, Donnell Miller, was arrested and served with the listed outstanding warrants. Officers with the Lynchburg took Miller into custody after a brief vehicle pursuit that ended without incident. Miller was subsequently charged with driving revoked and eluding the police, along with the aforementioned warrants. Miller is being held without bond at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Lynchburg, VA.

PREVIOUSLY: On April 15, 2016 at approximately 8:51 PM, officers with the Lynchburg Police Department responded to a report of a malicious wounding at 3241 Maryland Avenue. Officers located a male victim at this location with multiple gunshot wounds. The male was identified as 18 year old, Keenan Omar Johnson. Johnson was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital where he is being treated for his injuries. The suspect in the shooting was identified as 36 year old, Donnell Lamont Miller. Warrants are on file for Miller for Malicious Wounding, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony. Donnell Miller should be considered armed and dangerous. The incident is still under investigation by the Lynchburg Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. We are seeking any information on where Miller can be located, as well as any other information related to the incident.

 

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Governor McAuliffe traveling to Canada on trade mission

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to travel to Canada this week to promote Virginia business with a top importer. McAuliffe’s office said Monday the governor will head a four-day marketing tour starting Tuesday. The governor will visit Toronto and Montreal during the trade mission. He will also go to Boston. Canada is a major trading partner with Virginia, importing more than $3.3 billion in manufactured goods in 2015. McAuliffe said he plans to promote Virginia oysters, wine, craft beer and travel opportunities during the trip. The Democratic governor has made economic development a cornerstone of his administration and frequently takes trade missions abroad.

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Virginia spends big on private attorneys for state officials

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia has spent hundreds of dollars an hour for private attorneys for government officials. The Daily Press reports the state spent $14.8 million on outside attorneys for those officials last year. An Attorney General’s Office report shows the hourly rates ranged from $125 for immigration legal work to $835 for “export control matters.” According to the newspaper, those hourly rates are often more than an attorney hired to represent people who can’t afford a lawyer is supposed to charge for a felony criminal case. For those attorneys, it’s $90 an hour with a $1,235 cap for the whole case, unless a judge authorizes more. Attorney General’s Office spokesman Michael Kelly says expert counsel is often needed in certain areas of the law, where only a few firms have expertise.

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State Police: Campbell County drug bust nets $300,000+ of marijuana, two arrests

wlni-defaultFrom Virginia State Police: LYNCHBURG, Va. – A two-month criminal investigation has resulted in two arrests and the seizure of approximately $318,500 worth of marijuana intended for illegal distribution within the Lynchburg region. The Central Virginia Drug and Gang Task Force arrested Maurice Q. Poe, 31, of Lynchburg Station, Va., and Latasha G. Wilkins, 29, of Lynchburg, Va., without incident April 29, 2016, in Campbell County.  The investigation began in early March 2016 when the U.S. Postal Service intercepted a package that tested positive for marijuana. Subsequent investigation and multiple search warrants executed over the next two months resulted in the net seizure of 91 pounds of marijuana and approximately $93,000 in drug proceeds. The average street value of marijuana within the Lynchburg region is estimated at $3,500 a pound. Poe and Wilkins were each charged with one count of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and one count of transporting marijuana into the Commonwealth. The Central Virginia Task Force includes the Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office, Campbell County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office.  The City of Lynchburg Police Department also assisted with the case. Additional charges are pending, as the investigation remains ongoing at this time.

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