From Campbell County: On Friday, October 21 at approximately 12:55 p.m. volunteer fire departments (including Rustburg, Lyn-Dan Heights, Evington and Concord) and Campbell County Department of Public Safety staff responded to a structure fire at 346 Village Highway, Rustburg; the building was commonly known to local residents as the “Old Mill.” The structure was classified as a total loss by the Campbell County Fire Marshal, Randall Johnson. No occupants were in the building at the time of the fire; no injuries were reported. Johnson indicated the cause is still undetermined, but the fire is being treated as accidental. “Local firefighters’ swift response contained the blaze, minimizing risk to the public and surrounding buildings,” said Johnson. “It took fire teams approximately 5 hours to clear the scene. Due to the location of the fire and its proximity to Route 501, traffic flow was temporarily impacted.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – A University of Virginia dean says a perception issue stemming from a magazine article about an alleged gang rape on campus affected an administrator’s ability to work with students.Dean of Students Allen Groves testified yesterday in a defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine over a now-retracted article about a student who said she was gang raped in 2012.WVIR-TV reports that Groves said Nicole Eramo, then the associate dean of students, lost the title of dean and was moved out of her office in March 2015. He said the university believed Eramo was able to do her job, but had to deal with a perception issue after the article appeared.Eramo is suing the magazine for $7.5 million, saying she was cast as the story’s “chief villain.”
Roanoke police are saying that a the man who shot four workers yesterday at Freight Car America, killing one of them before taking his own life, was a former employee who walked off the job 7 months ago. And they credit company efforts to prepare for such an occurrence as being likely preventing a greater loss. WLNI’s Janet Rose has more.
From Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: On 10/25/2016 at approximately 2:55 a.m. deputies from the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office responded to a parking lot at the intersection of Maple Dr. and Old Wright Shop Rd. in regards to a shooting. Upon their arrival deputies located Troy Tyrone Roberson, 41, of Spout Springs with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident is being actively investigated as a homicide. No other information is being released at this time. If you have any information please contact Captain Elliott at 434- 946-9373 ext. 1. You can also remain anonymous by contacting Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900 or text your tip to 274637. There is a reward available for information that leads to prosecution.
The Virginia Department of Education wants anyone interested in public schools to go on line and complete a survey. It’s a part of implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaces No Child Left Behind. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.
Click here for the on-line survey web page
From Lynchburg Police: On October 23rd, 2016 at approximately 07:41 Officers with the Lynchburg Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Food Zone located at 1221 Rivermont Ave. An employee and witness reported that an unknown subject entered the business and demanded money.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Jurors are heading back to court for the second week of the defamation trial against Rolling Stone magazine over its 2014 story about a rape at the University of Virginia.University of Virginia administrator Nicole Eramo is seeking $7.8 million from the magazine over its portrayal of her in Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s article “A Rape on Campus.”The story told the harrowing account of a woman identified only as “Jackie,” who claimed she was brutally gang raped by seven men. A police investigation later found no evidence to back up Jackie’s claims.Jurors are expected this week to watch a video of “Jackie’s” deposition, which was taken in April. The trial, which began last Monday, is expected to last 12 days.
The Virginia Department of Elections says more than 27,000 people registered to vote during a brief extension of the state’s voter-registration deadline.A federal judge granted the deadline’s extension Thursday after heavy demand prevented some voters from registering online. U.S. Senior Judge Claude Hilton had ordered officials to reopen voter registration in the commonwealth and keep it open until 11:59 p.m. Friday.Election officials said in a statement Saturday that as of the 11:59 p.m. deadline for online registration, 27,952 voter registration applications had been submitted since the court order. Officials said the final number of applications submitted during the window will be higher when in-person and mailed voter registration applications are processed in the coming days.Mailed voter registration applications had to be postmarked on or before Friday.
A traffic death in Amherst County earlier this month has led to an on-line petition to install a traffic light where a mother of three died. It’s the intersection of US 29 and State Route 151 where 47-year-old Cynthia Martin was killed after two vehicles collided there in late September. As of mid-afternoon Friday, almost 700 people had signed the petition. Click here to see the petition web site.
Appomattox High School football coach Doug Smith is currently the leading vote-getter in a national competition for most valuable coach. Smith was one of 50 coaches U.S. Cellular chose for the first round, and he and is now one of the 15 finalists. The two coaches receiving the most on-line votes will be honored lived on ESPN during the Under Armour All-America Game. Click here for a link to The U.S. Cellular Most Valuable Coach website.