Prosecutor: Nicole Lovell stabbed to death day she vanished

Nicole Lovell

Nicole Lovell

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Seventh-grader Nicole Madison Lovell was stabbed to death the same day she climbed out of her bedroom window, by a Virginia Tech student who got help from a fellow freshman both before and after the crime, authorities said Tuesday. David Eisenhauer, the engineering major accused of kidnapping and killing the 13-year-old girl, said “I believe the truth will set me free” after he was arrested on Saturday, police said. Nicole’s mother discovered her missing last Wednesday morning, setting off an intense hunt. Police quickly zeroed in on Eisenhauer, and then found Nicole’s body on Saturday, hidden off a North Carolina road, two hours south of campus.

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Lynchburg residents encouraged to review City Manager recruitment profile

City of LynchburgLynchburg residents have several opportunities to weigh in on the draft recruitment profile being created to assist in the search for a new city manager. Lynchburg City Council is developing the recruitment profile which describes the desirable characteristics of candidates in terms of experience, leadership style, and performance and will provide insight to some of the challenges and opportunities that the new city manager will experience. The current City Manager, Kimball Payne, announced late last year that he would be retiring as of June 30, 2016.  City Council is expected to finalize the profile at its February 9 meeting at 7:30 p.m. in City Council Chamber, 900 Church Street. Lynchburg residents may offer their input regarding the profile electronically or in person at the February 9 meeting. City Council will take public input into consideration as it finalizes the recruitment profile. Click here to see the draft recruitment profile and to submit comments.

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Radford prof: police may have suspects and victim’s body, but Lovell case will take a lot more work

Nicole Lovell

Nicole Lovell

Police may have suspects  in custody — and the victim’s body — in the Nicole Lovell case, but investigators still have plenty of work ahead to complete their work. Radford University Criminal Justice Professor Tod Burke says that includes gathering forensic evidence, examining social media and the medical examiner’s report. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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High court rejects GOP request to delay new map

Virginia state logoRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request from Virginia’s Congressional Republicans to put a new congressional map on hold and allow the 2016 elections to proceed under the old boundaries. The high court issued its denial Monday. Republicans are also asking the court to reverse a decision by a three-judge panel that said lawmakers in 2012 illegally packed too many black voters into the 3rd Congressional District. The court is set to hear arguments on March 21. The new map could help Democrats win the 4th Congressional District, represented by Republican Rep. Randy Forbes. Democrats praised the court’s actions Monday, saying the decision was “encouraging.”

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Virginia spending more on development deals, GOP scrutinizes

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Republican lawmakers say it’s time for a comprehensive look at Virginia’s economic development spending as the state spends more on incentive programs aimed at luring companies to relocate or expand in the Old Dominion. A new report released Monday by the House Appropriations Committee shows that ongoing incentive programs have grown 84 percent since fiscal 2010. Both Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his GOP predecessor, Gov. Bob McDonnell, worked to develop new incentive programs and made economic development cornerstones of their administration. But several GOP lawmakers have suggested the state needs tighter controls on its economic development spending the wake of sour deal in the Lynchburg area.

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Details remain scarce in death of Nicole Lovell

Nicole Lovell

Nicole Lovell

David Eisenhauer

David Eisenhauer

Natalie Keepers

Natalie Keepers

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) – Police still aren’t saying exactly how the lives of a slain seventh-grader and two Virginia Tech students charged in her death intersected.  Investigators have released no details about what happened to 13-year-old Nicole Madison Lovell after she climbed out of her bedroom window last week. Her body was found Saturday after a four-day search just across the state line in Surry County, North Carolina. Eighteen-year-old David Eisenhauer is charged with kidnapping and first-degree murder. Nineteen-year-old Natalie Keepers is charged with improper disposal of a body and accessory after the fact in the commission of a felony. The two students from Maryland made their initial court appearances Monday but said little. Eisenhauer is from Columbia and Keepers from Laurel. Their lawyers have declined to comment.

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Where should you retire?

WalletHubPersonal finance website WalletHub has released its 2016 list of the best and worst states to retire. WLNI’s Starr Anderson has more details on where Virginia ranks.

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For more about WalletHub’s findings click here.

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UPDATE: first court appearances for suspects in Nicole Lovell death

David Eisenhauer

David Eisenhauer

Natalie Keepers

Natalie Keepers

Nicole Lovell

Nicole Lovell

UPDATED 11:30 am —  The two Virginia Tech students accused in the death of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell made their first courtroom appearances today. 18-year-old old David Eisenhauer faces first-degree murder and abduction charges. 19-year-old Natalie Keepers is charged with improper disposal of a body and accessory after the fact. No pleas were entered today, and the next court dates for both are  set for March 28th. So far, police have not indicated how Nicole was killed.

PREVIOUS: Police in Blacksburg have charged two Virginia Tech students in connection to the death of Nicole Lovell, who went missing on Wednesday. Officials confirm a search and rescue team were on the scene yesterday at a Virginia Tech pond near the Veterinary Medicine building and could continue those efforts today. More from WLNI’s Ian Price. 

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State seeks money back from incentive gone awry

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Most times you win but sometimes you lose. That’s the message from Governor Terry McAuliffe regarding a grant given to an overseas company for a new factory that never opened in Appomattox County. More from WLNI’s Gene Marrano:

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General Assembly ponders whether to designate Nelson County mineral as official state rock

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The General Assembly is about two weeks away from reach this year’s session midpoint. Both houses must complete action on their bills by that time before taking up measures passed by the  other. And as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, one of the bills that will head to the House concerns a mineral found in Nelson County.

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