Virginia’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will be in effect this Friday through Sunday. The state’s 5.3 percent sales tax will be waived on purchases of most school and office supplies — for products priced at $20 or less per item — and clothing priced at $100 or less per item. For a list of exempt items and guidelines visit www.tax.virginia.gov.
Campbell County authorities have arrested a Lynchburg man in connection with a break-in at the First St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Sources say 40 year old, Matthew Thomas Beale, is charged with felony larceny, destruction of property and burglary. The Sheriff’s office was called to the church at Friday morning; Investigators found damaged interior doors and food missing from the kitchen. Beale is also charged with violation of a protective order and assault, in connection with a separate domestic violence case.
A Bedford County murder-for-hire suspect has been denied bond. Kevin Colgan is accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife. Colgan was arrested in June and charged with solicitation to commit murder. Colgan and his wife, Sarah, were married for more than 30 years. They filed for divorce in October 2012. His preliminary hearing will be held at a later date.
The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two Forest businesses burglarized Sunday evening. Several items were stolen from Travel Lovers. They include a hand gun, credit card, foreign and American money. Money and jewelry were also taken from Cheryl’s Secret Garden. Investigators say a man, believed to be the suspect used the credit card taken from Travel Lovers at the Sheetz on Forest Road later that night. Anyone with any information should call Crime Stoppers.
Liberty’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, may be the 30th college of osteopathic medicine in the country, but it is only the fifth faith-based institution. The administration is geared up for arriving students while anticipating a future of healing right here locally. The first of the 162 students enrolled in the 4 year program are expected on campus today ( Wed). The Dean of the Medical School, Dr. Ronnie Martin spoke with the Jack Murphy show on Tuesday and explained how there could soon be a new option for health care in the Lynchburg region. The Virginia Tobacco Commission approved a $12 million grant for the school; It received provisional accreditation in August of 2013. Liberty University will become a candidate for full accreditation in 2018, just before this first class is expected to graduate
The Lynchburg Public Library’s Downtown Branch, will host a children’s event for the First Friday of August. The Library branch on Church Street, will host “Frog Story Time and Puppet Show” for children on August 1. The event is free and open to the public. In addition, a free book bag will be given to any youth who signs up for a new library card. The event will be held this Friday from 4:30-5:15—to learn more visit www.lynchburgva.gov.
Lawmakers unanimously passed legislation Friday to legalize cell-phone unlocking, which would make it easier for consumers to switch providers without buying a new phone. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte shared the good news with listeners on the Jack Murphy Tuesday. Saying it’s something that Americans have been asking; and that, everyone was able work together to ensure the swift passage. All that remains is for the president to sign the bill into law.
The Bedford man, whose child died after being suffocated, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of child abuse and methamphetamine manufacturing. 26 year old, Michael Anthony Smith, faces up to 50 years in prison. The child’s mother, 24 year old, Shana Marie Witt, still faces a trial on a first-degree murder charge. Smith’s attorney says Smith will cooperate in the case against his wife, but prosecutors have not offered a deal; his sentencing is set for Dec 16.
The surveying process for a natural gas pipeline is at a stand-still in Nelson County, where at least six land owners have filed an injunction lawsuit to prevent Dominion Resources from entering their property. The proposed route of the 450 mile pipeline, which would stretch from West Virginia to North Carolina, runs through parts of the county. Dominion spokesman Frank Mack says, the locality is “an important part of the route selection process.” Virginia Code, defines natural gas companies’ with rights to enter properties. Dominion has agreed not to survey any land locally until after an August 12th public meeting.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The former assistant to the wealthy businessman at the center of the corruption case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife is testifying for the prosecution. Jerri Fulkerson told a jury Wednesday about her involvement in arranging trips for members of the McDonnell family and writing checks for two loans totaling $70,000. She said she did so at the direction of her boss, Jonnie Williams. Bob and Maureen McDonnell are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Williams, then the CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific Inc., in exchange for promoting his products. Williams is expected to testify under immunity as the prosecution’s star witness. Defense attorneys said Tuesday that Maureen McDonnell had developed a “crush” on Williams.