On Monday, July 21, Liberty University will host a training session on railroad emergency response tactics for campus and local emergency personnel at 10 a.m. in the Liberty University Police Department (LUPD) training room in Marie F. Green Hall. The session was coordinated by Liberty’s Office of Risk Management and will be led by representatives from Norfolk Southern. About 30 workers from LUPD and Lynchburg EMS will be participating. Training will feature a high-level railroad emergency simulation and instruction on proper procedures, including protocols for specific hazardous chemicals. The Norfolk Southern railroad runs along the western edge of campus, making joint training with the railroad, the City of Lynchburg, and the university essential. “As a campus, and as an integral part of the Lynchburg community, we recognize the responsibility we have to be prepared with a coordinated response in the event of a railroad emergency,” said Robert Wells, Liberty’s director of risk management.
Campbell County will soon start using inmates to help clean up litter from the roadway. The Board of Supervisors earlier this month, approved a request by the Sheriff’s office to use nonviolent offenders from the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority to assist in cleaning up litter. According to the Altavista Journal, the program in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Transportation is slated to begin in next few weeks. Retired Campbell County deputies are expected to be used as guards.
Ford is recalling over 100-thousand vehicles in North America for various safety defects… local and state police cruisers are expected to be recalled for an axle issue. Lynchburg Police have about 15 of the Taurus base cars. Media outlets report, the department is still working to fix about 30 Crown Victorias that were recalled for a steering problem. The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office has 12 of the newer model Fords in its fleet. Ford will begin notifying owners affected by this and five additional recalls this month.
Dominion Resources will not conduct surveying work in Nelson County for a natural gas pipeline until representatives meet with the county Board of Supervisors. Surveying in Virginia began two weeks ago, but has not yet begun in Nelson County. Last week supervisors approved a resolution requesting additional information, project specifics and an opportunity for officials and concerned residents to ask questions regarding the project. The meeting will be held on Aug. 12.
With the game tied 1-1 entering the bottom of the ninth, Lynchburg wasted no time sending the Hillcats faithful home happy. WSET reports Lynchburg had a 2-1 victory at Calvin Falwell Field Thursday night. The Hillcats now have 11 victories when trailing in the seventh inning or later. Lynchburg’s 18-13 record in one-run contests is the second-best in the Carolina League behind only the Potomac Nationals. Lynchburg will try to take the series against the Mudcats tonight 7:05pm.
Bob Goodlatte and Robert Hurt and several other state congressman have asked Virginia to defer action on its plans to close and sell off most of its residential centers for the disabled. In their letter to the governor, the congressional delegation, noted they’ve heard from many families regarding other service options. Officials wrote, many families have trouble finding new facilities they feel can meet their loved ones’ needs. The state plans to shutter most of its training center locations — including the Central Virginia Training Center in Madison Heights — by 2020.
A Campbell County woman is dead from stab wounds … and two Rustburg residents are charged in connection with her murder. The Sheriff’s office say 46-year-old Valerie Harris was found with multiple stab wounds Wednesday night inside her Evington home; she died later at Lynchburg General Hospital. 46-year-old Debra Fay Crews-Newman faces a second degree murder charge. 54-year-old Glenn Farmer is charged with assault and battery. Both are jailed without bond. Investigators say the fatal stabbing followed a physical altercation.
From the Campbell County Shieriff’s Office: On July 16, 2014 at 10:11 pm, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office responded to 50 Lisa Ann Lane, Evington, regarding an assault with severe injuries. Once on the scene, sheriff’s deputies found Valerie Harris, 46, of the residence suffering from multiple stab wounds to the upper body. Harris was partially responsive upon their arrival but passed away at Lynchburg General Hospital. The investigation revealed that Harris had been involved in a physical altercation with Debra Fay Crews-Newman, 46, of Gough Road, Rustburg, and Glenn Conway Farmer, 54, also of Gough Road, Rustburg. Crews-Newman and Farmer were part of a social gathering that was taking place at 50 Lisa Ann Lane when the incident took place.
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After operating for 70 years, the VFW in Altavista has given up its charter. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4165 had served numerous veterans and their families over the years; but was returned to the state chapter on May 28. According to an article in the Altavista Journal this week, the post couldn’t get enough members to fill the 10 officer positions; it had 48 members when it folded…most of whom were life members. American Legion Memorial Post 36 in Altavista will carry out the military display at funerals.
The transformation of the former Amherst County Jail is undergoing its finishing touches. The building, which once housed more than 100 inmates, has been repurposed. Once construction is completed, it will serve as additional office space to the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office… in addition to providing emergency shelter needs for the county’s residents. The $2.5 million project is expected to be completed at the end of the month; and will likely serve the law enforcement needs for the next 40 or 50 years.