The trial for a man accused of stabbing to death his father-in-law in Campbell County has been delayed. Vincent Earl Spinner is charged with robbery and the capital murder of 89-year-old James Payne at his Rustburg home in August of 2012. The judge in the case, on Tuesday, agreed to continue the trial which was originally set for October. One motion presented by prosecution, argued that defense counsel must convey Spinner’s alibi, if they hope to use an alibi defense during the trial. The judge said he will consider the motion and rule on it; and decide on the new trial date at a Sept. 16 hearing.
Pittsylvania County officials hope a speed reduction will help keep drivers safe and ultimately decrease the number of crashes on the county’s country roads. There have been ten fatal accidents already this year in Pittsylvania County. There are many gravel roads, one-car bridges, and unmarked pavement across the rural locality. VDOT recently completed a speed study on those problem areas… the result, is a speed limit reductions from 55 to 45 miles per hour on those roads. VDOT has not actually said the roads are safe or unsafe, but they did find enough evidence and enough information to lower the speed limit.
It’s been five years since the bodies of two local teens were found in the parking lot at a campground in Montgomery County and still no arrests have been made. 18 year old, Heidi Childs, of Forest and 19 year old, David Metzler, of Lynchburg were killed on Aug. 26, 2009 both were Virginia Tech students at the time of their deaths. The last time details emerged about the case was in March 2012. A multijurisdictional task force remains on the case and a reward established that has reached more than $70,000.
A man Bedford County deputies say was part of a breaking and entering gang, that hit several homes, has been sentenced to five years in prison. Nathan Nelms was sentenced on Tuesday morning for attempted robbery where shots were fired into a Bedford County home back in January of 2013.WSET reports, Nelms plead guilty to five charges for his role in the home invasion attempt—four others have been charged with shooting into the home on Centerville Road to rob the man who lived there.
Three people were hurt Tuesday morning after a car plowed through plate glass windows at the Hardee’s restaurant on Langhorne Road. Police say the car struck one person and two others were hurt by flying debris … none of the injuries considered life-threatening. Police say 76-year-old James Nowlin of Lynchburg was at the wheel and told authorities that a medical condition led him to hit the accelerator instead of the brake. Nowlin, has been charged with reckless driving.
Lynchburg Police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead Tuesday night. Officers responded to reports of shots fired in the 11th Street and Polk Street area around 6:00 p.m. and found 34 year old, Shawn Wendale Moss, lying on the ground with several gunshot wounds to his body. Moss was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Investigators have developed 24 year old, Dominique Derrell Moss, of Lynchburg man, as a person of interest. The investigation is ongoing; and officials ask anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Moss or the shooting, to contact crime stoppers.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A friend of Maureen McDonnell has suggested that the Virginia former first lady was easily manipulated by the wealthy businessman who showered her and her husband with gifts and loans. April Niamtu testified as a witness for Maureen McDonnell after lawyers for former Gov. Bob McDonnell rested their case Wednesday. The McDonnells are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company’s dietary supplements. Niamtu described Maureen McDonnell as “very trusting, very gullible.” She said that on a trip to California, the first lady declined Williams’ request that she say a few words at a company event with researchers. But she says Williams introduced her anyway and called her to the stage for some remarks.
Lynchburg police are investigating a fatal shooting that happened around 6:00 Tuesday night. Officers responded to shots fired in the area of 11th and Polk streets, where they found a 34-year-old Lynchburg man lying on the ground with several gunshot wounds. Shawn Wendale Moss was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police say they have developed a person of interest, 24-year-old Dominique Derrell Moss of Lynchburg. Anyone who knows his whereabouts or anything about the incident should contact Lynchburg Police or Crime Stoppers.
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One of the largest stream restoration projects ever in Virginia is under way right now on the Maury River in Rockbridge County. They’re building a new river channel to re-route the Maury near Glasgow — about 2/5 of a mile. As WFIR’s Evan Jones reports, the goal is to stop riverbank erosion which deposits sediment on the river bottom and disrupts its natural ecosystem.