Murder-for-Hire Suspect Denied Bond

police lineA Bedford County murder-for-hire suspect has been denied bond. Kevin Colgan is accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife. Colgan was arrested in June and charged with solicitation to commit murder. Colgan and his wife, Sarah, were married for more than 30 years. They filed for divorce in October 2012. His preliminary hearing will be held at a later date.

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Two Forest Businesses Burglarized Sunday Evening Being Investigated

BedfordCountyThe Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two Forest businesses burglarized Sunday evening. Several items were stolen from Travel Lovers. They include a hand gun, credit card, foreign and American money. Money and jewelry were also taken from Cheryl’s Secret Garden. Investigators say a man, believed to be the suspect used the credit card taken from Travel Lovers at the Sheetz on Forest Road later that night. Anyone with any information should call Crime Stoppers.

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LU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine Students Arriving Today

Liberty University logoLiberty’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, may be the 30th college of osteopathic medicine in the country, but it is only the fifth faith-based institution. The administration is geared up for arriving students while anticipating a future of healing right here locally. The first of the 162 students enrolled in the 4 year program are expected on campus today ( Wed). The Dean of the Medical School, Dr. Ronnie Martin spoke with the Jack Murphy show on Tuesday and explained how there could soon be a new option for health care in the Lynchburg region. The Virginia Tobacco Commission approved a $12 million grant for the school; It received provisional accreditation in August of 2013. Liberty University will become a candidate for full accreditation in 2018, just before this first class is expected to graduate

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Children’s Event to be Hosted at Lynchburg’s Public Library

lynchburg libraryThe Lynchburg Public Library’s Downtown Branch, will host a children’s event for the First Friday of August. The Library branch on Church Street, will host “Frog Story Time and Puppet Show” for children on August 1. The event is free and open to the public. In addition, a free book bag will be given to any youth who signs up for a new library card. The event will be held this Friday from 4:30-5:15—to learn more visit www.lynchburgva.gov.

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Phone Unlocking Legalized

Bob_Goodlatte_OfficialLawmakers unanimously passed legislation Friday to legalize cell-phone unlocking, which would make it easier for consumers to switch providers without buying a new phone. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte shared the good news with listeners on the Jack Murphy Tuesday. Saying it’s something that Americans have been asking; and that, everyone was able work together to ensure the swift passage. All that remains is for the president to sign the bill into law.

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Bedford Man Pleads Guilty to Charges

police lineThe Bedford man, whose child died after being suffocated, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of child abuse and methamphetamine manufacturing. 26 year old, Michael Anthony Smith, faces up to 50 years in prison. The child’s mother, 24 year old, Shana Marie Witt, still faces a trial on a first-degree murder charge. Smith’s attorney says Smith will cooperate in the case against his wife, but prosecutors have not offered a deal; his sentencing is set for Dec 16.

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Natural Gas Pipeline On Stand-Still

NelsonCountyThe surveying process for a natural gas pipeline is at a stand-still in Nelson County, where at least six land owners have filed an injunction lawsuit to prevent Dominion Resources from entering their property. The proposed route of the 450 mile pipeline, which would stretch from West Virginia to North Carolina, runs through parts of the county. Dominion spokesman Frank Mack says, the locality is “an important part of the route selection process.” Virginia Code, defines natural gas companies’ with rights to enter properties. Dominion has agreed not to survey any land locally until after an August 12th public meeting.

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Trial turns to trips for former Va. first family

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell

Former Virginia
Gov. Bob McDonnell

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The former assistant to the wealthy businessman at the center of the corruption case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife is testifying for the prosecution. Jerri Fulkerson told a jury Wednesday about her involvement in arranging trips for members of the McDonnell family and writing checks for two loans totaling $70,000. She said she did so at the direction of her boss, Jonnie Williams.  Bob and Maureen McDonnell are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Williams, then the CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific Inc., in exchange for promoting his products. Williams is expected to testify under immunity as the prosecution’s star witness. Defense attorneys said Tuesday that Maureen McDonnell had developed a “crush” on Williams.

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Caldwell Butler is remembered for putting oath of office above party in Nixon impeachment vote

Caldwell Butler (UVA Library photo)

Caldwell Butler (UVA Library photo)

Former 6th District Congressman Caldwell Butler is being remembered for his political courage during the Watergate era. Butler died two nights ago at age 89.  He is best known as a Republican who, in his first term, voted for President Richard Nixon’s impeachment, and as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, Butler went to some unusual lengths before reaching his decision.

 

 

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Trial reveals governor’s wife had ‘crush’ on CEO

WLNI-SRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ An attorney for the wife of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says during the couple’s corruption trial that their marriage was broken and the former first lady developed a crush on a businessman who gave the McDonnells gifts and cash.   The McDonnells are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams in exchange for helping promote his dietary supplements company.   Maureen McDonnell’s lawyer William A. Burck said Tuesday during opening statements that the former first lady was “duped” by Williams into thinking he cared for her.  Burck said Williams also fooled the Department of Justice and has received immunity from a $10 million stock fraud investigation in exchange for testifying against the McDonnells. The former governor’s lawyers’ opening statements are to follow.

Earlier in the day, a federal prosecutor said the government will prove Virginia’s former governor and his wife illegally lined their pockets with gifts from a businessman who sought their influence to promote his company.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Aber delivered the government’s opening statement Tuesday. Aber said Jonnie Williams will testify under immunity that he initially lied to investigators when he said he was a personal friend of the McDonnells and wanted nothing in return for his generosity.

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