Rustburg High School,
Rustburg Middle School,
Rustburg Elementary School,
Concord Elementary School
and Yellow Branch Elementary School.
The delay is connected to a power outage.
According to an Appalachian Power spokeswoman, equipment failure is the reason thousands of Campbell County customers lost power overnight.
A serial shoplifter will spend about 60 days in jail as part of a plea agreement. 30 year old, Joshua Aaron Thurmer of Madison Heights pleaded guilty and admitted to stealing more than $10,000 in merchandise over multiple dates in April and June. Thurmer had faced 14 counts of grand larceny for the items stolen at Lowe’s and Walmart on Rt.29 in Amherst County. The judge, on Thursday, suspended all but two months of a 28 year sentence—but ordered Thurmer to pay more than $9,600 in restitution.
Thousand of residents in the area lost power last night. Unseasonably warm and humid air caused storms to develop overnight; with nearly 3,200 people in Campbell County alone left in the dark. Media outlets confirm lightning detectors confirmed the storms had formed, along with several reports that the power had gone out near the same time. The unusual December lightning storm and subsequent loss of power could be the prelude of power outage expected during Sunday’s forecasted ice storm. Visit www.appalachianpower.com for outage resources and a map of restoration efforts.
Due to pending inclement weather, Rustburg Parade organizers, in collaboration with local safety officials, have rescheduled the Rustburg Christmas Parade. Forecasters say colder air begins to move into the area tonight and will last through the weekend, giving the area a wintry mix of snow and sleet to start early Sunday morning, before changing over to ice and freezing rain for most of Sunday into the early afternoon. The parade will take place next Sunday, December 15 from 2:00 until 4:00pm. The parade route will remain the same and will still involve temporary road closures. To view the parade route visit: www.campbellcountyva.gov
A Lynchburg man has been arrested in connection with two recent robberies in Campbell County. The News & Advance reports, evidence and witness statements led deputies to 29 year old, Jeremy Alexander. Authorities say a masked man robbed the clerk at Kelly’s Market on Rt.29 on November 19th.—on Wednesday, someone tried to rob the Citgo on Wards Road near the airport. According to the article, a vehicle spotted at both scenes linked the two crimes. Alexander was arrested Thursday; charged with robbery, attempted robbery, two counts of wearing a mask in public, and grand larceny.
The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office has been trying to build a firing range to train deputies for about eight years. Last night, the board of supervisors, considered the suggestion, that up until now has been rejected. News & Advance reports, Campbell county police officers currently uses a firing range in Lynchburg but only can secure it for two weeks– according to the article, it is becoming more difficult for officers to get time at the range because city officers and the Blue Ridge Regional Jail’s staff have been using it more. Last night, the board of supervisors, considered the suggestion, and ruled that a master plan be created and brought before the board again next summer. It will then need to go to the planning commission and back to the supervisors for a formal vote for a special use permit.
UPDATED THURSDAY 4:10 pm –Lynchburg Police say there is no evidence right now to suggest the death of 18-year-old Jamisha Gilbert is connected to the disappearance four months agao of Alexis Murphy, another young black woman. Murphy was last seen at a Lovingston convenience store August 3rd. Lynchburg Police also say “investigators have not received any information that would lead them to believe that the public is in any immediate danger as related to the circumstances in [the Gilbert] case.” Police said earlier today the body found in woods yesterday near Concord Turnpike and Pleasant Valley Road is positively identified as Jamisha Gilbert.
UPDATED THURSDAY 11:55 am — Lynchburg Police say the Roanoke Medical Examiner’s office has positively identified the body found yesterday as that of Jamisha Gilbert. They are not releasing further for now on the circumstances surrounding her death.
Lynchburg Police say they found the body of a black woman this morning, but they have not positively linked the discovery to 18-year-old Jamisha Gilbert’s disappearance. Police search teams were going through a heavily wooded area between Concord Turnpike and Pleasant Valley Road this morning when they discovered the body. Lynchburg Police Lieutenant David Gearhart indicated police believe foul play is involved, treating the area as an active crime scene and continuing to search the area for more physical evidence. Jamisha Gilbert was last seen early Friday morning. The medical examiners office in Roanoke will determine if the body found today is hers.
A special open house and ceremony will take place this afternoon at the Jubilee Center in Lynchburg. The gathering is to celebrate the new gym floor and to thank donors for contributing to the updates. The event also represents a kickoff to the center’s 15th anniversary which takes place in February. Programs have grown afterschool and summer camp programs– to the academic, mentoring, and career preparation opportunities that are currently available for students. The center also offers GED classes for adults. Today’s event begins at 4:30 p.m. at the center’s after-school program