Expect delays on Boonsboro Road next week

lynchburg logo - important announcementsBeginning Monday, May 25, and continuing through Wednesday, May 27, crews will be milling and paving on Boonsboro Road, between Lin Road and Arrow Street. From 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. daily, traffic will be restricted to one lane. Motorists should expect minor delays and use caution when traveling through the work zone.

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Virginia counties near DC fuel population gain

Census-BureauRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ U.S. Census Bureau estimates for Virginia show healthy population increases last year in counties near the nation’s capital and in nearly all of the state’s largest cities. According to census estimates released Thursday, Fairfax County remains the state’s largest, gaining 3,100 residents to nearly 1.14 million in 2014. Loudoun County’s population jumped more than 12,000 to 363,000, and Prince William County had an increase of 5,900 residents to more than 446,000. Those areas near Washington, D.C., accounted for more than one-third of the state’s overall estimated gain. Virginia’s population rose nearly 56,000 last year to more than 8.3 million. Four of Virginia’s five largest cities gained residents. Virginia Beach is still the largest, growing by 1,672 residents to about 451,000. It’s followed by Norfolk, Chesapeake, Richmond and Newport News.

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Lumber Liquidators CEO quits, catching company off guard

WLNI-MTOANO, Va. (AP) _ Lumber Liquidators CEO Robert Lynch has abruptly quit the company that is embroiled in an investigation over products imported from China. Shares tumbled more than 18 percent in premarket trading Thursday. The company earlier this month said that it had suspended the sale of all laminate flooring made in China after disclosing that the Justice Department is seeking criminal charges against it. The news show “60 Minutes” first reported that the Chinese-made laminate flooring contained high levels of the carcinogen formaldehyde. Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc., based in Toano, Virginia, said that its founder, Thomas Sullivan, will take over as CEO while the company searches for a replacement.

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Lynchburg Museum announces free admission

lynchburg-museumBeginning Memorial Day, May 25, the Lynchburg Museum at the Old Court House will offer free admission through Labor Day, September 7. City and Museum officials agreed that making the Museum free and accessible to all has several potential benefits. Officials say free admission may also encourage out of town visitors to stay in Lynchburg. The second site in the Lynchburg Museum System, the historic home Point of Honor, will continue to charge an admission fee. Admission fees are one of several revenue streams that help support and maintain the 200 year old property. Additional information about the Lynchburg Museum can be found here. For information about Point of Honor click here.

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Sweet Briar alum: naming college as “endangered historic place” important whether or not it remains open

Sweet-Briar-College-215x300The Sweet Briar College alumna who nominated her Alma mater as an “endangered historic place” says its designation is important even if efforts to keep the college open do not succeed. Charlotte Bonini, class of ’92, says the campus has significant architectural, historic and natural resources that should be protected no matter what Sweet Briar’s future may be. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Jesse Matthew scheduled for pretrial hearing in Virginia

Jesse Matthew  (Photo: Charlottesville PD)

Jesse Matthew
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FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) _ A Charlottesville man charged with the murder of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham will be in court Friday for a hearing in a separate case. Jesse Matthew is scheduled for trial next month in a 2005 attack and sexual assault on a woman in Fairfax. His public defenders in Fairfax have filed a motion asking to suppress any evidence in which the victim claims she recognizes Matthew as her attacker. The lawyers say the victim offered only a vague description of the assailant in 2005. They argue that if she now says she can identify Matthew, it is likely that her memory was corrupted by media coverage of the case. Prosecutors say they have DNA evidence linking Matthew to the crime. A hearing is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

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Former Va. lawmaker says 19-year-old woman’s baby is his

Joseph Morrissey

Joseph Morrissey

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A former Virginia lawmaker who was accused of having sex with a 17-year-old employee says he is the father of her baby. Joe Morrissey made the announcement Wednesday on the Jack Gravely show on WLEE radio in Richmond. Morrissey previously had said only that he was on hand for the baby’s birth in Atlanta nine weeks ago. In December, the 57-year-old lawyer was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after being accused of having sex with his receptionist, Myrna Pride, who is now 19. He attended House of Delegates sessions on work release while serving three months of a six-month jail sentence.

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Lynchburg Police Department investigating Subway robbery

Lynchburg PoliceOn Monday, around 9:00 p.m., a male walked into the Subway on 3501 Campbell Avenue. He had a butcher knife and demanded money from an employee. The suspect fled the scene on foot with an undetermined amount of money. Anyone with information about the incident should call Detective L.P. Singleton at 434-455-6173 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.

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Corrections officer charged with sex offense involving regional jail inmate

LPD lynchburg policeFrom Lynchburg City Police: The Lynchburg Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority Internal Affairs Unit conducted a joint investigation in reference to a sex offense reported by an Inmate. The sex offense involved a Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority (BRRJA) Corrections Officer. As a result of this investigation, Timothy Wayne Farrar Jr. age 40 of Lynchburg, VA was charged with two counts 18.2-64.2 having Carnal knowledge of an inmate. Mr. Farrar is no longer employed by the BRRJA.

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Lynchburg Christian Academy, VHSL settle antitrust suit; LCA to join VHSL

Lynchburg Christian Academy Logo LCAFrom Lynchburg Christian Academy: The Virginia High School League (VHSL) and Liberty Christian Academy (LCA) jointly announce that they have reached a settlement of their antitrust lawsuit. The VHSL Executive Committee approved the terms of the agreement in a meeting on May 7, and today the agreement passed a review by the full membership of the VHSL at a special meeting held at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville. LCA’s Board of Trustees likewise approved the agreement. As a result of the agreement, all non-boarding schools in Virginia will be permitted to apply for membership in the VHSL, and LCA will join the VHSL and compete as a regular member eligible for playoffs starting in August of 2015.

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