From Lynchburg Police: On September 9, 2014 at 5:15 p.m., Lynchburg Police Department officers responded to the area of Twelfth and Buchanan Streets for a firearm violation that may have involved several vehicles in which the occupants were firing weapons from each vehicle. Responding officers located one involved vehicle, a white Cadillac Escalade in the area of Fifth and Taylor Streets. A brief vehicle pursuit occurred followed by a foot pursuit of the driver. The driver was apprehended in the area of the Lynchburg City Public Works complex on Fifth Street a short time later. The driver of the Escalade, Roy Carlton Davis, age 44 from Lynchburg has been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, shooting from a vehicle, and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer. At this time, it appears this incident was not gang related. If anyone has any information about this case, please contact Detective Dempsey at 434-455-6161.
The Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Conference is coming to Lynchburg next week, but if you want to attend sign up today. WLNI’s Gene Marrano explains:
Go to www.vsnc.org for more information and to register.
The Better Business Bureau says it has been flooded with calls in recent days with complaints and questions about an IRS phone scam. The caller claims you owe taxes, and if you don’t pay up right away, they’re sending the authorities after you to put you in jail. It’s scaring a lot of people, as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia is getting $1.6 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture grant money for conservation programs. USDA announced $328 million in funding nationwide on Monday. The money is intended to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands. Nearly 400 projects nationally were selected. The federal dollars will help protect and restore 32,000 acres of farmland, 45,000 acres of grasslands and 52,000 acres of wetlands across the U.S. The funding was made possible through the 2014 Farm Bill.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Citing grave concerns, 22 conservation and environmental groups in Virginia and West Virginia are teaming up following the announcement of a proposed $5 billion natural gas pipeline. Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance members are fearful the path of the 550-mile energy project will trample on some of the most ecologically sensitive areas in the Eastern United States. The coalition has not taken a stand on the pipeline. The project was announced last week by Virginia’s Dominion Resources, Duke Energy and other partners. The pipeline would connect the Southeast with rich supplies of natural gas being produced in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline would begin Harrison County, West Virginia, and stretch through Virginia and North Carolina. Before work can begin, state and federal regulators must approve the project.
RESTON, Va. (AP) _ Democrat Mark Warner and Republican Ed Gillespie debated who would be the more independent voice in the U.S. Senate at a town hall forum. The Northern Virginia Technology Council hosted the forum Monday in Reston. The candidates discussed detailed policy questions on cybersecurity, immigration visas for skilled workers and other issues important to the tech community. More broadly, Gillespie attacked Warner’s reputation as a centrist, claiming Warner is a reliable partisan supporter of President Obama. Warner, seeking a second term, highlighted his longstanding bipartisan efforts to forge a grand bargain to erase the nation’s budget deficit. The forum was not a debate — the candidates answered questions in consecutive appearances. Northern Virginia’s business community has been a swing vote of sorts in Virginia, sometimes backing Democrats and sometimes backing Republicans.
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) _ Attorney General Mark R. Herring says too many Virginians are losing loved ones to fatal drug overdoses. Herring unveiled a five-part plan to combat drug abuse on Monday during the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police’s annual conference in Roanoke. The plan includes partnering with local and federal prosecutors, developing legislative solutions, prevention and education, and accountability for professionals who illegally make prescription drugs available. The plan also includes a day-long summit on heroin and prescription drug abuse. The summit will be held Oct. 2 in Charlottesville. Herring says in a news release that fatal heroin and prescription opiate overdoses have increased recently in Virginia. State figures show that fatal heroin overdoses rose from 103 in 2011 to 197 in 2013.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe plans to expand public health care to 20,000 mentally ill adult residents. But he will not try a large-scale unilateral expansion of the state’s Medicaid program. McAuliffe said Monday at a Capitol news conference that he wants to target his efforts to provide health care for the neediest of the state’s 1 million uninsured. The governor also plans outreach efforts to help enroll many of the state’s uninsured into existing programs and to provide dental care for about 45,000 pregnant women who already receive publicly funded health care. McAuliffe had previously promised to expand Medicaid to about 400,000 eligible low-income adults using mostly federal funds. He was blocked by the Republican-controlled General Assembly earlier this year.
Work is now under way to revise the way Virginia assesses student achievement, moving away from total reliance on state SOL’s. And the State Board of Education President is in Bedford tonight to hear suggestions as part of a statewide listening tour. The meeting starts at 6:00 pm at Bedford Elementary School. WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.
RESTON, Va. (AP) _ U.S. Senate candidates Mark Warner and Ed Gillespie will be making their pitches to northern Virginia’s tech community at a town hall forum. The Northern Virginia Technology Council is hosting a town hall forum Monday morning in Reston. The forum is not a debate _ the candidates will answer questions in consecutive appearances, though they will be on stage together briefly. Northern Virginia’s business community has been a swing vote of sorts in Virginia, sometimes backing Democrats and sometimes backing Republicans. Warner, a Democrat, is seeking a second term against Gillespie, a longtime Republican political strategist.