Police trying to identify shoplifting suspects in Amherst County

Amherst CountyThe Amherst County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help identifying two male subjects involved in a shoplifting incident last Wednesday at the Madison Heights Walmart.

The suspects pictured from security footage took several electronic items including a flat screen TV.

If you have any information about this incident please contact Investigator Clay Thompson at 434-946-9373 ext. 6 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.

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Sheriff: Two-time convicted dealer arrested on new drug charge in Bedford County

Gerry Staples

Gerry Staples

From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: On Tuesday August 16th, 2016, Investigators from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Vice Unit, assisted by the Town of Bedford Police Department, executed a search warrant for 912 Grand Arbre Dr in the Town of Bedford. The search warrant was in reference to the distribution and sale of cocaine from the residence. The investigation began when members of Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Vice Unit purchased an amount of powder cocaine from Gerry Staples on two different occasions which then led Investigators to obtain a search warrant for the residence. Inside the residence, Gerry Staples who resides at that address, was located. Investigators recovered $11,670 in cash, approximately 10 grams of powder cocaine packaged in separate bags along with plastic bags and other items commonly associated with the distribution of illegal narcotics, several sets of digital scales that contained white residue and a black tactical stock shotgun.

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Campbell County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Man for Contractor Fraud-related Charges

Edward Plunkett

Edward Plunkett

Alexa Brown

Alexa Brown

From the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office: Edward Austin Plunkett is currently wanted by the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office for obtaining money by false pretenses and other contractor fraud related charges.  He is known to travel in the company of Alexa Naydene Brown, who is also wanted on outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court by Roanoke County. Plunkett has been known to use the alias David Nunn and represents his business as A to Z Building and Remodeling.  The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information as to the whereabouts of these individuals to please call Campbell County Sheriff’s Investigator Brandon Epperson at 434-332-9850; their local law enforcement agency; or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.

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Bedford Area Chamber teaming up with local law enforcement to focus on child safety.

wlni-fbWe spoke with Oliva Beavon from the Bedford Chamber about their Summer’s End Festival this Saturday from 11-3. One of the features of the event is the Child ID feature. WLNI’s Janet Rose has more. 

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SOL pass rates improve again, but “achievement gap” remains between whites, other students

Education-News1The percentage of Virginia public school students meeting reading, math and science Standards of Learning inched upward in the most recent school year. But state education officials say one continuing concern is the gap in SOL pass rates between white students and other groups. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Governor McAuliffe in Colombia for trade mission

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is in Colombia for a two-day agricultural trade and marketing mission.

The Democratic governor is joining Agriculture and Forestry Secretary Todd Haymore, other state officials and Virginia agribusinesses and distributors on the trip to Bogota this week.

McAuliffe is meeting with business executives, government officials and others to discuss Virginia exports and bringing new investments to the state. The governor’s office says the delegation will attend more than 40 meetings during the trip.

Virginia exported nearly $55 million worth of agriculture and forestry products to Colombia last year. The country was Virginia’s 15th largest customer of those products.

The Colombia trip is McAuliffe’s 20th trade and marketing mission.

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Man wanted for stealing elderly person’s credit card in Lynchburg

08-17 Suspect 3From The Lynchburg Police Department: The Lynchburg Police Department is trying to identify the suspect who used an elderly victim’s credit card to purchase pre-paid cash cards at Lynchburg and Forest Walgreens stores. The loss to the victim, who lives at the Summit in Lynchburg, is around $700. In the surveillance photos, the suspect is wearing an orange t-shirt with the words “Just net” printed in black on the front.

Anyone who can assist in identifying this person is asked to contact Detective T. C. Barley with the Lynchburg Police Department at 434-455-6162, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Visit the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers website at www.cvcrimestoppers.org to enter a web tip, or text “CVCS” plus your message to 274637.

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Gleaning for the World Assist Flood Victims in Louisianna

wlni-defaultThis morning on The Morning Line, Janet and Larry spoke with the Rev. Ron Davidson from Gleaning for the World. Davidson said the situation in Louisiana is desperate. 

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Police: gunman walks into 7-Eleven, but takes off when clerk refuses demand for money

From Lynchburg City Police: On August 16, 2016 at approximately 03:06 AM, Officers with the Lynchburg Police Department responded to a report of an attempted robbery at the 7-11 located at 2311 Bedford Ave.  Upon arrival the store clerk reported that a black male (5’9 ”,180lb, wearing a black hoodie, light blue jeans and a red bandana covering his face) entered the business displaying a handgun, and demanded money. The store clerk refused to give the suspect money at which time the suspect fled the scene on foot and ran toward Rivermont Ave. No one was injured during the incident. 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 Det. Dempsey 455-6161 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.

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VT implementing Clear Bag Policy

Virginia-TechFollowing in the footsteps of the NFL and a number of other universities, Virginia Tech has announced it’s implementing a Clear Bag Policy at Lane Stadium. WLNI’s Starr Anderson the story.

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