RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia attorney general’s office is creating the position of a statewide coordinator to prepare local inmates for their return to society. Attorney General Mark R. Herring also announced Monday the creation of a re-entry portal to assist in that effort. While the state has worked in recent years to assist the re-entry of state prison inmates, local correctional centers have had little guidance or resources to help the men and women held in their lockups. The re-entry coordinator will identify and address service gaps and help coordinate communications between sheriffs’ departments and government agencies. They include workforce development programs and mental health services. Herring said re-entry programs have been proven to reduce recidivism and save taxpayers’ dollars. An estimated 29,000 people are held in jails statewide.
Lynchburg will try something new this fall in efforts to slow traffic in selected residential neighborhoods. The News and Advance reports the city has purchased a moveable “speed table” sort of a smoothed-out speed bump. It can be placed on a street then later removed. The first likely use of the “speed table” is at an existing crosswalk near Sandusky Middle School.
Jury deliberations are underway in the federal trial of the owner of a Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak five years ago. The jury adjourned after a brief session on Friday. Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell ran the company from his Lynchburg area home. He has been on trial since Aug. 1 on charges related to the outbreak that killed nine Americans and sickened 714.
The City of Lynchburg is preparing to conduct two weeks of sewer line smoke testing starting Wednesday. The work is set for area near the Lynchburg Expressway from Candlers Mountain Road to Odd Fellows Road, including Mayflower Drive, Young Place and Murray Place. The smoke testing helps find breaks and defects in the sewer system.
The Salem VA Medical Center holds a town hall meeting later today for veterans and anyone else, to offer feedback and suggestions for the center’s operations. The VA is conducting such meetings at every facility in the country–A result of the scandal that erupted earlier this year mostly over falsified wait times. Today’s meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.
Two state historical markers have been christened in Lynchburg. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources markers were dedicated on Sunday. One recognizes the Dorchester Home a home for formerly enslaved women; the other Camp Davis, a Confederate soldiers’ camp that later emerged as a refuge for freed slaves after the Civil War.
A 50-year-old Richmond man will spend 35 years in prison for the December 2012 brutal beating death of his 86-year-old mother-in-law in Lynchburg. A judge on Friday sentenced Scott Miles. The prosecution says Miles beat Lynda Slocum to death after she wouldn’t give him money. A jury in March convicted him of first-degree murder.
Motorists should be aware of night-time paving operations that are be underway this week through Saturday the traffic alert is in conjunction with the Midtown Connector Project. The work will be performed along the intersection of Memorial Avenue and Langhorne Road and Langhorne Road between Memorial Avenue and Middlesex Avenue. Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling through those areas.
Lynchburg Police are investigating four residential burglaries all in the area near the 51-hundred block of Boonsboro Road. The first occurred Friday, September 5th the other three last Thursday; all of them were daytime burglaries. Police say they don’t have much else to go on right now. Anyone with information should contact Central Virginia Crime Stoppers.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and state lawmakers are announcing cuts to state agencies, universities, and local governments to help fill a projected budget gap and preserve Virginia’s AAA bond rating. The governor and Republican lawmakers said at a Capitol news conference Monday that they have agreed to cuts of $192 million to state agencies, $90 million for higher education, and $60 million for aide to local governments over the next two years. The budget plan won’t affect K-12 spending and will not include any increase in fees or taxes. McAuliffe praised GOP lawmakers for their willingness to work with him to address a projected $882 million shortfall over the biennium, saying the bipartisan approach was needed “to send a signal to Wall Street” and preserve the state’s sterling bond rating.