Weather forces Atlanta Ave. Corridor Study Meeting postponement

City of LynchburgFrom the City of Lynchburg: The city in cooperation with VDOT, the Region 2000 Local Government Council and the Central Virginia Metropolitan Planning Organization have canceled the Atlanta Avenue Corridor Study Citizens Information Meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the Church of the Brethren, 200 Atlanta Avenue due to the predicted winter weather event for the Lynchburg area. The meeting will be re-scheduled at a later date. Updated information can be found at: www.localgovernmentcouncil.org/lgc-public-notices.html

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Police seek car in connection with Lyon sisters’ disappearance

Lyon sisters-thumbFrom the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children are asking for the public’s assistance regarding new information that is being released in connection with the 1975 disappearance of Sheila and Katherine Lyon.  Law enforcement is seeking any information regarding a large white four door, possibly Chrysler New Yorker, early 1970’s model vehicle that is believed to have been involved in the disappearance of the sisters.   The public is urged to call Montgomery County Police Department (Maryland) 1-301-279-8000 or The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 (THE-LOST) with information concerning the disappearance of Katherine and Sheila Lyon. Calls may be made anonymously.

Katherine Lyon-Age progressedSheila Lyon-Age ProgressedPolice say while they believe if the two girls were still alive alive today, they might look something like these age-adjusted photographs provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children:

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Man wanted on child sex charges turns himself in

Christopher Doss

Christopher Doss

UPDATED: the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office says Doss has turned himself in and has been arrested.

From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: We are attempting to locate Christopher David Doss.  Mr. Doss is wanted on two felony sex charges, Aggravated Sexual Battery and Object Sexual Penetration both involving a child under the age of 13. Mr. Doss is a 27 year old male who stands 5’7” and weigh 195’ with blue eyes and brown hair. Mr. Doss was last know to live on Main Street Madison Heights, but is currently thought to be living in Lynchburg. Anyone that has any information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information regarding this crime. All information is totally confidential.

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General Assembly sinks effort to change boating safety course age requirement

WLNI-GENERAL-ASSEMBLYThe House of Delegates has turned back efforts to change a boating safety law that was passed after several fatalities on Smith Mountain Lake. At issue is a proposed age limit for taking boater safety courses, as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.

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Virginia Cyber Security Commission plans ‘town halls’

WLNI-SRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Cyber Security Commission has scheduled a series of “town halls” around the state to explain its work and to hear from the public. The commission held its first meeting Tuesday at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Four more meetings are scheduled through June. Each meeting will feature speakers and panel presentations, as well as the opportunity for question-and-answer sessions with commission members. The discussions will cover federal and state programs, cyber education and cybercrime. The dates and locations of future meetings are: March 23, New College, Martinsville,  April 24, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, May 19, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, June 9, Norfolk State University.

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Investigators in Altavista asking for help identifying suspect

02-25 Suspect 102-25 Suspect 2On January 15, 2015, the man in these pictures walked out of the Walmart in Altavista with a 55” Vizio television and a 42” Vizio soundbar that he did not pay for. The combined value of both items was over $800.

Anyone who can identify this subject is asked to contact Detective Gibson from the Altavista Police Department at 434-369-7425 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. 274637.

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Alternate routes proposed for Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Va.

Dominion ResourcesRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Dominion Resources has identified four potential alternate routes in Virginia for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Dominion Resources spokesman Jim Norvelle tells media outlets that one alternate route would cross about 10 fewer bodies of water in Augusta and Nelson counties than the current proposed route. Another alternate would avoid areas in Nelson County hit hard by Hurricane Camille in 1969. A third alternate east of Lovingston in Nelson County would avoid the Norwood-Wingina Historic District. Another alternate would connect the southern route across the Blue Ridge to either the current proposed route or the proposed alternate east of Lovingston. The 550-mile natural gas pipeline would run through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. Norville says Dominion hasn’t decided which route will be submitted to federal regulators for approval.

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry touts low taxes in Va. Visit

WLNI-SRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is touting his record to Virginia Republicans as someone who favors low taxes and a more aggressive foreign policy. Perry told the Republican Party of Virginia on Tuesday evening that his policies in Texas have helped create jobs and tighten border security. The potential 2016 presidential candidate headlined a fundraiser for the party in Richmond. He is one of several potential GOP presidential candidates who are making a point to visit the swing state. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush headlined a Richmond fundraiser last week and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is set to attend a meet-and-greet with GOP donors hosted by former U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Richmond on Thursday.

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Va. Senate rejects letting Legislature override regulations

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Senate has narrowly defeated a proposed constitutional amendment that would have allowed the Legislature to suspend or nullify administrative regulations. The measure was proposed by Del. Chris Head, a Botetourt County Republican, as an antidote to executive overreach. It was passed 61-32 by the Republican-dominated House of Delegates earlier this month. Sen. John Edwards, a Roanoke Democrat, called the measure an unprecedented legislative power grab that would have dramatically altered the balance of power with the executive branch. One Republican, Sen. John Watkins of Powhatan County, joined the Senate’s minority Democrats in voting against the measure Tuesday. The vote was 20-19, one short of the 21 votes needed to begin the process of amending the state Constitution.

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No jail for Va. day care operator where 2 died in fire

WLNI-SLYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) _ The operator of an unlicensed day care center in Lynchburg where two children were killed in a fire has received a suspended jail sentence. Media reports say Doris Diggs Lee Thompson pleaded guilty Tuesday to operating the unlicensed day care center. The 55-year-old Lynchburg woman had seven children in her care when the fire started last September in her home. Suffering fatal injuries in the fire were 21-month-old Kayden Rain Curtis and 9-month-old Dakota Aubrey Penn-Williams. Another child was left in critical condition but survived. Thompson was sentenced in Lynchburg Circuit Court to 12 months in jail. The jail term was suspended under a plea agreement. The prosecutor called the deaths tragic and the negotiated plea in the best interests of all parties.

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