From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: At 12:30 p.m. today, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from the 4500 block of Dickerson Mill Road, Bedford. The caller said he heard gunshots come from a house on Wheatland Road and that the young man that lived there has a history of mental issues. The caller also called the stepfather of the male subject and told him that he saw his stepson walking up the road with a rifle. The step father called 911 and advised that there were two rifles in the house and one of them was loaded. He also said both guns were supposed to be locked up. Dispatchers also received a call from 5301 Wheatland Road and the caller said a subject with blond hair was ringing his door bell and holding a rifle. He then said the subject had run down there the woods. Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies along with Bedford Town Police officers and Conservation Police responded to the area and attempted to locate the subject.
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From the US Attorney’s Office: LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA – Months after 56 guns were stolen from TNT Outfitters, a federally licensed firearms dealer in Appomattox, three of the men who took part in the break-in have been sentenced in federal court on related charges, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced today. Jaquan Tyree Harris, 21, of Amherst, Virginia, previously pled guilty to one count of stealing firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer and one count of being a previously convicted felon illegally in possession of a firearm. Yesterday in the United States District Court in Lynchburg, Harris was sentenced to 52 months in federal prison. Dequan Montez Kelso, 23, and Kwamane Jarrae McCoy, 22, both of Appomattox, Virginia, had each previously pled guilty to one count of stealing firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer and one count of being a previously convicted felon illegally in possession of a firearm. Yesterday in District Court, Kelso was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison. In a separate hearing, McCoy was sentenced to 60 months in prison. All three defendants were ordered to pay restitution to the gun shop owner for damages stemming from the break-in.
A new statewide poll shows Virginia voters continue to view both major-party presidential candidates in highly-unfavorable numbers — and that’s before what happened over the last weekend. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.
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From State Police: Virginia State Police Trooper P.M. Bourque is investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash in Amherst County. The crash occurred at 7:30 a.m., on Route 151 near Turkey Mountain Road. A 2004 Honda Civic was pulling forward from a private driveway onto Route 151 when it failed to yield to a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee traveling north on Route 151. The Cherokee was unable to brake in time to avoid striking the Honda. The two vehicles collided and came to rest in the southbound lanes of Route 151. The driver of the Honda, Maria Magdalena Anavia-Roman, 36, of Amherst, Va., died at the scene. Her three children were passengers in the Honda at the time of the crash. A 6-year-old, 12-year-old and 14-year-old were all transported to Lynchburg General Hospital. One of the children was then flown to UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville for treatment of life-threatening injuries. The adult female driver of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and her child passenger suffered minor injuries in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.
UPDATED October 11: Lynchburg Police released a second surveillance photo today of the man who held up Allied Cash Advance last week. They are asking for the public’s help in identifying and finding him.
PREVIOUSLY: On October 6, 2016 at approximately 14:48 hours Officers with the Lynchburg Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Allied Cash Advance located at 645 Oakley Ave. An employee and witnesses reported that an adult black male armed with a semi-automatic handgun entered the business and demanded money. The suspect then fled the scene on foot with an undetermined amount of money. The suspect was last seen on Norma Street behind the Food Lion. No injuries were reported.The suspect is described as follows: black male wearing light colored blue jeans, a black hooded sweat jacket, black tennis shoes, a red bandana, about 5’9” to 5’11” tall with a medium build, medium to dark complexion, and a beard)This incident is currently being investigated by the Lynchburg Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective D. S. Dempsey at (434) 455-6161 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.
From The Institute for Policy and Opinion Research:Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton holds a 9 percentage point lead over Republican Donald Trump among likely voters in Virginia (45%-36%), according to The Roanoke College Poll. Libertarian Gary Johnson trails with 7 percent of likely voters, while Independent Evan McMullin and Green Party candidate Jill Stein each garner 1 percent. Ten percent of likely voters remain undecided. In a two-way matchup, Clinton’s lead extends to 13 points (51%-38%). Clinton led by 7 percentage points in the September Roanoke College Poll (44%-37%). The Roanoke College Poll interviewed 814 likely voters in Virginia between October 2 and October 6 and has a margin of error of +3.4 percent. The poll was conducted after the first presidential debate and prior to both the second debate and the release of the videotape of Donald Trump making vulgar comments about women.