Lynchburg Police searching for counterfeit suspect

Police are asking for assistance in identifying the person involved in passing counterfeit currency at a number of different businesses in the City of Lynchburg.  He is described as an adult black male with dreadlocks and was wearing a Nike shirt underneath a black jacket.

Anyone who can identify the suspect is asked to contact Detective R. G. Miller with the Lynchburg Police Department at 434-455-6160, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Visit the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers website at www.cvcrimestoppers.org to enter a web tip, or text “CVCS” plus your message to 274637.

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Madison Heights man dies in early morning crash

WLNI Fatal AccidentA Madison Heights man died in a crash early Friday morning in Amherst County. The Lynchburg Police Department says an officer stopped a Ford Focus driven by Keith Harris for suspicion of DUI just after 12:30 a.m. Friday. Police say Harris was stopped on the John Lynch Bridge and sped away as the officer approached the driver’s side window. By the time the officer got in his patrol car to try and catch up with Harris, the car had already crashed on Route 163, South Amherst Highway. For more details continue reading to see the full press release.

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Police: man killed in Amherst Co. accident sped away from Lynchburg traffic stop

wlni-defaultFrom Lynchburg Police: On May 27, 2016 at approximately 0034 hours, a Sergeant with the Lynchburg Police Department stopped a 2015 Ford Focus suspected of DUI on the John Lynch Bridge operated by Keith Brian Harris, age 36 of Madison Heights. The information known at this time from the preliminary LPD investigation, which is supported by in-car video, shows the officer approached the driver’s side window and shortly after the car sped away. Once the officer returned to his marked patrol vehicle, he attempted to catch up to the car which had left his sight. Once the officer came to the top of the hill in Amherst County on South Amherst Highway (Route 163) and Early Dr. he found the car had left the roadway and crashed. At no point was the officer in direct pursuit of the vehicle. Unfortunately, Mr. Harris died as the result of the injuries he sustained in the crash.
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Kroger expands green pea recall to Virginia stores over Listeria concerns

KrogerFrom Kroger:  Kroger Co. today announced it has expanded the store locations included in a recall of two green peas products, Pictsweet Steamable Green Peas and Kroger Green Peas, announced previously by The Pictsweet Company. Both products were included in a recall initiated earlier this month by supplier CRF Frozen Foods because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which could result in severe illness to those individuals who may consume these products. No customer illnesses have been reported to date.Kroger has removed the following items from store shelves and initiated its customer recall notification system that alerts customers who may have purchased recalled Class 1 products through register receipt tape messages and phone calls.

Product

UPC

Code

Size

Kroger Green Peas

0001111081918

Best By: 

March 2016

32 oz

Pictsweet Steamable Green Peas

0007056097901

Best By: 6/27/16

9/2/16; 9/13/16

10 oz.

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Happy motoring: as summer travel season begins, gas prices are much lower than last year

Gas-Prices1With the Memorial Day holiday weekend now upon us, so is the traditional start of the summer travel season. If gas prices matter to you, this looks like a good summer to hit the road, and as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, experts expect this year’s prices to peak between now and July 4th.

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Confederate flag appeal argued in Virginia Supreme Court

wlni-defaultRICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The Heritage Preservation Association has argued its appeal against the city of Danville in the Virginia Supreme Court, hoping to convince the court to agree to hear the case involving the Confederate flag. The Danville Register & Bee reports HPA attorney Kevin Martingayle argued Tuesday that the latest version of a state statute protects the flag that flew at Danville’s Sutherlin Mansion. In August the Danville City Council approved an ordinance that allows only certain flags to be flown on city-owned property, excluding the Confederate flag. The HPA filed a lawsuit claiming breach of contract in Danville Circuit Court. In October a judge ruled in the city’s favor and dismissed the case. Martingayle filed the appeal in December. If the court decides to hear the appeal, both sides will have 15 minutes to argue their cases.

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DEQ: Atlantic Coast Pipeline must meet environmental standards

atlantic-coast-pipeline-logo-1RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A state agency has informed the developers of two multi-billion dollar natural pipelines proposed in Virginia and West Virginia that their projects will have to meet specific environmental standards. Media outlets report the Department of Environmental Quality sent letters last week to Dominion Transmission Inc. and EQT, saying they will be required to meet certain erosion and sedimentation standards, if they build their pipelines. Dominion Transmission has proposed building the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, while EQT has proposed constructing the Mountain Valley Pipeline. DEQ spokesman Bill Hayden said Tuesday that their agency wants to make sure that appropriate steps are taken to protect the environment if the projects are built. Both proposed pipelines, which are pending approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, are facing opposition from dozens of organizations.

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McAuliffe attorney: Probe should be closed

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – An attorney for Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the federal investigation into the governor has focused on his business dealings before he took office. Attorney James W. Cooper said Department of Justice officials told him have been looking into McAuliffe’s foreign sources of income before he became governor and whether he violated the law by lobbying the U.S. government on behalf of foreign governments. Cooper told The Associated Press that federal officials said they have found no evidence McAuliffe engaged in such lobbying. Cooper said federal officials did not mention concerns about campaign contributions. Cooper said he said he believes the investigation should be closed “promptly” because there’s no evidence McAuliffe violated the law.

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DMV urges caution as summer travel season nears

DMVThe Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles urges motorcyclists and motorists to travel with caution as the summer motorcycling season approaches. More on the story from WLNI’s Starr Anderson.

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Tree pollen subsides, but all that rain may mean a rough grass pollen season

WLNI-HEALTH-NEWSAll those days of rain this month have been helpful to anyone dealing with tree pollen allergies, but now that same rain may make things more difficult for those allergic to grass pollen. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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