From the Transportation Security Administration: For the second time in a week, a man was arrested at Lynchburg Regional Airport after he was caught with a loaded gun at the checkpoint by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers. The man, a Lynchburg resident, was stopped this morning (April 24) by TSA officers after the officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine spotted the 9 mm automatic pistol in the man’s briefcase-style carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt. The man was originally ticketed to fly to Indianapolis, IN, through Charlotte, NC. The man placed his brief case on the checkpoint conveyor belt to pass through the X-ray machine, and that’s where the TSA officer spotted the handgun, which was loaded with eight rounds of ammunition. TSA contacted the Lynchburg Airport Police who responded, confiscated the loaded handgun and arrested the local resident on a state weapons charge. He was originally ticketed to fly to Indiana through Charlotte.
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Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Doucette says 18-year-old Jamisha Gilbert died from hypothermia, the death ruled an accident, and no criminal charges will be filed. Gilbert was involved in a late night crash last November, and Doucette said today there is considerable evidence she suffered from hypothermia, eventually lying down in a thickly wooded area in temperatures that fell below 20 degrees. As for the three young men who shared marijuana with Jamisha that night, they will not be charged. Doucette said it was more important to put all the facts in the case before the public as soon as possible. Even misdemeanor charges would have required much of the information released today to remain undisclosed until all the cases made their way through the courts.
Here is part one of Doucette’s announcement:
Here is part two:
Here is part three:
The City of Lynchburg and the Lynchburg Tree Stewards will observe Arbor Day tomorrow with a ceremony and tree planting. The event will take place at 10:00 a.m. Friday at the Hutcherson Early Learning Center. According to the city’s website, an Arbor Day Proclamation will be presented, followed by the presentation of the 32nd Annual Tree City USA Award and the Heritage Tree Award. The Lynchburg Tree Stewards’ Heritage Tree Program recognizes local trees in a number of categories. CLICK HERE to nominate a tree and/or learn more about the program and event.
The Lynchburg Museum is hosting an evening out for preschoolers. Children ages four to six are invited to attend the Evening Museum Camp tomorrow. Activities planned include storytelling, crafts, campfire songs, a pizza dinner, and more! The fee is $25 per child and there is a limit of 20 children for this camp. CLICK HERE to learn more about this event.
State taxes aren’t the only taxes due on May 1… local business and professional license fees will also need to be paid by next week. All businesses, including retail merchants, contractors and service providers, located in the City of Lynchburg are required to obtain a license by Thursday, May 1. The business license fee is based on gross receipts/purchases. CLICK HERE to view the schedule utilized to determine the amount of the business license tax you will owe.
From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: The office is continuing the investigation of the shooting on Ewers Lane Madison Heights that occurred Wednesday April 23rd. The female who was wounded is identified as Nancy B Lloyd, a 59 year old female of Ewers Lane. She was initially treated by Paramedics on scene and transferred to the Emergency Department at Lynchburg General Hospital where was she was treated and admitted. The deceased male is identified as Ronald Lee Lloyd, a 56 year old male also of Ewers Lane. His body was transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke for autopsy. The specific manner and cause of death has not been determined by their office at this time. The matter is being investigated as a domestic related event. A handgun was recovered from the scene, and no suspects are being sought.
The man responsible for two Lynchburg convenience store robberies; and an attempt to hold up a cab driver over a three-day span in November has pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery and one count of attempted robbery. 49 year old, Timothy Ray Henshaw confessed to holding up the Fast Mart No. 2 on 12th Street and Z Market on Park Avenue…as well as the other incident. Two felony charges of wearing a mask in public and possession of cocaine were not prosecuted as part of a plea agreement. He was found guilty on Wednesday to the three counts; he will be sentenced on July 16.
Hotspots smoldered for hours last night following a Bedford sawmill fire. Officials say four different fire departments were called to the scene of the blaze at Central Virginia Pallet and Stake on Centerville Road around 5pm Wednesday. The owner estimates that the damage at about 75-thousand dollars. Sources say they do not have insurance. All of the company’s employees had gone home for the day when the building caught fire, and no one was injured. The flames did claim some utility poles, but crews, assisted by a Department of Forestry bulldozer, were able to stop the fire from spreading.
Authorities are investigating the cause of a single-vehicle accident on Park Avenue in Lynchburg Wednesday night. Officials say the car was headed down Park Avenue when the driver crashed through a fence and into the back of a parked truck. Media outlets report one passenger was stuck and fire crews worked to pull her out. Both passengers and the driver were taken to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.