From Campbell County: The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery. The armed robbery occurred at the old 699 Market, S& S Market today at 1:49 p.m. The market is located at the intersection of Route 699 (Gladys Road) and Route 696 (Marysville Road.) Any information concerning identity or location of these subjects please call Campbell County Sheriff’s Office at 434-332-9580 or the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is touting his record at growing and diversifying the state’s economy, but warning lawmakers that progress could be undermined by socially conservative legislation on abortion and transgender issues. McAuliffe’s remarks came Wednesday evening at the annual State of the Commonwealth, kicking off the start of the 2017 legislative session.The governor, a Democrat, asked lawmakers in prepared remarks to work with him on helping the state become less dependent on federal defense spending, but said he would veto any legislation that he thought restricted abortion rights or discriminated against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.Republicans have already filed bills banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and prohibit individuals from using a bathroom of the opposite sex in government-owned buildings.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A Republican Lynchburg attorney has defeated two challengers in a special election for a central Virginia Senate seat, ensuring that the Legislature’s upper chamber remains in GOP control.Results in Tuesday’s 22nd Senate District race were still being tallied late Tuesday, but Democrat Ryant Washington’s campaign manager said Washington has conceded to Republican Mark Peake. Unofficial results from the state Department of Elections with more than 90 percent of precincts reporting showed Peake with a commanding lead. He had around 54 percent, Washington around 38 percent and independent Joe Hines had around 8 percent. An elections official said results were delayed because too few ballots were printed in Lynchburg, and the back-up ballots had to be hand-counted.Had Washington won, it would have created a 20-20 split in the Senate and effectively handed control to Democrats because of the lieutenant governor’s tiebreaker status.
In the two weeks leading up to Christmas 2016, a number of parcel delivery thefts were reported in the area of Rivermont Avenue and Early Street. The suspect stole packages from residential porches after they were delivered to the intended recipient. The attached photograph of the suspect was recovered from the area of the thefts. It shows the male suspect as he approached a victim’s residence. Anyone who can identify the suspect should contact Detective H. G. Blomquist at 434-485-7267, 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.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Nelson County distillery owner Denver Riggleman says he will seek the republican nomination for governor. Riggleman said in a news release late Monday that he wants to break up the “good ole boys system” in Richmond. Riggleman and his wife, Christine, own Silverback Distillery, a craft distillery in the Blue Ridge Mountains.Three candidates other candidates are running on the Republican side. Riggleman will host a campaign kickoff at Silverback Distillery on Saturday.Virginia’s governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, is barred from running again because of term limits.