The man believed to have held a bogus fund-raiser has been arrested and charged with obtaining money by false pretense. CASA of Central Virginia say Jonathan Craft held a fundraising even with their name attached to it back in April, but they never saw a cent. Investigators say Craft lied about giving $1300 to various organizations, money he claimed to raise in honor of his 13-month-old daughter, Veralee Craft, who was killed at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend in 2012. According to Lynchburg Police, Craft was arrested Sunday but he has been released on $1000 bail.
The Town of Bedford will be looking for a new police chief. After 34 years in law enforcement, Jim Day will step down from his position at the end of September. Day was named chief of the Bedford Police Department in 2006; and oversaw Bedford’s reversion to a town, which increased his department’s jurisdictional area without adding officers. The chief thinks his department — 24 officers and three civilians — handled the transition well.
From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: On Saturday July 19, 2014 at 1:30 p.m., a Bedford County sheriff’s deputy responded to 2478 Tucker Terrace, Evington, Virginia after receiving a call from a neighbor. The caller advised that he went to the address because he had not seen the woman and her son who lived there for several days. When he arrived he found the partially decomposed body of a female in the yard. After arriving on the scene and while checking the area, deputies found the remains of a dog and the partially decomposed remains of a male. The victim’s remains were transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke to be positively identified and cause of death determined.
Amherst officials have announced a second medical facility in the town. The property will be leased to Horizon Behavioral Health for the purposes of providing outpatient counseling services to children and adults. According to the News & Advance, once construction is complete sometime in the first quarter of next year, the building will be similar to an existing Horizon facility in the town of Bedford. Last month, Centra Health announced plans for an ambulatory care facility within the town; that project is slated for completion in 2016.
A new section on the city of Lynchburg’s website is designed as a tool to help residents find useful information much faster and more conveniently. Data on the Open Data Portal page can be accessed in topics including building permits, business licenses, development projects, violations in construction and housing, contacts for contractors, real estate parcels and property transfers, among others. A link is on the city website for citizens to offer feedback on any other possible types of information sources they may want to see featured lynchburgva.gov/open-data-portal
Summer makes it tough for The Amercian Red Cross to meet the constant need. During the months of June, July and August, there are fewer blood donors scheduling appointments to give blood at local blood drives, than what patients need. The seasonal challenge can be overcome if just two more donors – above what is expected – make an appointment and give blood at each Red Cross blood drive for the rest of the summer. Clifford Baptist Church, on Fletchers Level Road in Amherst will host a blood drive Tuesday from Noon until 6pm.
Divisions of Fire and Rescue services in Franklin and Bedford County respond to high numbers of falling victims, particularly among senior citizens. The Smith Mountain Eagle reports from January to June 2014, reported falls in Bedford County resulted in 10% of the calls for dispatch of emergency services. In Franklin County, it amounts to the same percentage, representing 360 falls for the first part of 2014. EMS officials in both counties acknowledge that many of the calls come from senior citizens; but say not all falling cases come from the elderly.
An inspection of the bridge on Virginia 130 where it crosses a Norfolk Southern Railway could cause road and/or lane closures. Crews under contract to the Virginia Department of Transportation are scheduled, weather permitting, to perform safety inspections to the bridge today. Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling through the work zones. For more information, visit www.511Virginia.org or call 511.
The Appomattox County Board of Supervisors this month voted to cut its own salary by 20 percent. The suggestion was proposed as part of several other budget cuts that were approved by the board. Combined, the salary cuts add up to an annual savings of just over $5,000. According to the Times Virginian, the board also approved eliminating all expenses associated with conventions or training for the supervisors. In addition, the supervisors and all county employees.
The Campbell County Department of Community Development is seeking public input on the County’s Comprehensive Plan’s five-year update. Community Development staff members recommend that residents read through the current Comprehensive Plan, adopted in December of 2009. Citizens are asked to submit views based on the changes they wish to see local officials consider or planning elements they would like to see continued. Public hearings will be scheduled in the fall before the Board of Supervisors votes on a final plan. Visit www.campbellcountyva.gov for more information.