Time is running out to adopt a cat or dog for only $3 at the Lynchburg Humane Society. The $3.00 fee includes the pet being spayed or neutered, their initial vaccines and a free vet visit…but hurry the offer ends on Saturday. Lynchburg is one of 50 shelters across the country competing to break their own adoption records. There is a Photo Contest showcases some of the animals already adopted out from participating shelters during the first half of the $100K Challenge. CLICK HERE TO cast your vote.
The woman that confessed to killing her toddler earlier this month, was found incompetent to stand trial this morning. Shana Witt is charged with first-degree murder but found incompetent to stand trial. Authorities say Witt confessed to smothering 2-year-old Jordan Smith with a stuffed dog in February and that investigators found a stuffed animal, matching that description, in the boy’s bed inside the family’s trailer. The child father, Michael Smith has been indicted on three charges, two counts of child abuse and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 29th.
Lynchburg’s Mayor joined the Jack Murphy show Thursday morning, and showed very little, if any apprehension or concern about being in the midst of the conflict, now in its third week, near the Gaza. Mike Gillette, is in Jerusalem studying Hebrew. Gillette, says the Israeli government has worked very hard to minimize civilian casualties and help those on both sides of the border. Gillette says he feels safe; but that doesn’t make things there any less tense.
Hillcats fall to Salem into Northern Division cellar. David Nick and Daniel Carroll each hit solo home runs Wednesday night, but Salem scored 12 unanswered runs between the second and sixth innings to claim a 12-3 victory over the Hillcats at Calvin Falwell Field. Lynchburg has seen 28 of the team’s 42 home runs come with nobody on base. Lynchburg will try to avoid being swept three straight in tonight’s series finale against the Red Sock starting at 7:05.
There is another chance for area voters to get their concerns, comments or suggestions to Congressman Bob Goodlatte. A staff members for the Congressman’s office will hold open-door community hours in Amherst County on Aug. 5. The aid will be available to meet with citizens, discuss any problems they have with the federal government and hear their views on current issues before Congress. The office hours will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Amherst County Administration Building, and from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at River James Shopping Center in Madison Heights.
New information has been release regarding the going investigation into a fatal stabbing in Campbell County last week. Debra Fay Crews-Newman and Glenn Conway Farmer are charged in the death of 46-year-old Valerie Harris. Authorities say deputies recovered a knife and two cell phones, as well as a shirt and flip flop with red stains from Harris’ home on Lisa Ann Drive. A search of the vehicle the two were driving when they were arrested, showed visible blood on the passenger door and seat of the truck. Investigators took a knife holder and a cell phone from the truck as well.
Lynchburg’s Mayor is experiencing the conflict at the Gaza Strip first hand. Mike Gillette, has traveled to the region before…this trip is mainly for language-learning purposes to study Hebrew. Gillette told media outlets that he planned his trip to Jerusalem prior to the offensive. The Federal Aviation Administration suspended flights to Israel’s Tel Aviv airport on Tuesday due to the conflict and extended the prohibition for a second day on Wednesday. Gillette says he plans to return home soon.
The man convicted of abducting and murdering 17-year-old Alexis Murphy will likely serve the rest of his life behind bars. The judge, on Wednesday upheld the jury’s recommended sentence of two life terms; even going above the guidelines giving Taylor an additional three years on each of the charges, for a total of six years suspended. The additional six years are a provision the judge put in place that in the unlikely instance that Taylor gets released one day, such as under a geriatric release, he would be under supervised probation.
Bedford Town Council has authorized staff to research the level of interest by business and the community for a possible Amtrak rail stop. Last year, the Department of Rail and Public Transportation announced plans of connecting Lynchburg and Roanoke by 2017, but the county received notification in February that DRPT, due to the lack of population, was not interested in a Bedford stop. Sources say while, council plans to execute a feasibility study on three sites; they did not agree to commit any money on Tuesday. Input on the project and a petition is available at www.thebedfordstation.com
It’s summertime… and while the warmth draws us outside… we should be weary of mosquitos and the potential illnesses they carry. There are no vaccines … so the best ways to prevent the mosquitos from biting include wearing long clothing, using repellent low in deet, staying indoors at dusk, and taking care of mosquito breeding hotbeds in your yard — anything with standing water in it.