UPDATED Monday AM: Virginia State Police responded to more than 770 traffic crashes and aided more than 1,230 disabled vehicles statewide during this weekend’s snow storm. State Police have only investigated one reported traffic fatality, one that occurred in Greene County , and the majority of crashes involved only damaged vehicles. State Police say they also received nearly 4,000 calls for service during that time.
The big danger Monday is icy roadways, often in places you cannot easily see. But a warming trend begins tomorrow. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more.
Funeral services are scheduled tomorrow for Rebecca Gilmore Fay, an LCA and Liberty University grad killed in a Botetourt County traffic accident one week ago today. State Police are just now releasing the accident details. They say a car driven by 42-year-old Patrick Fay ran through a red light on US 460 and struck a second vehicle making a left turn. Fay’s wife, Rebecca, was a front seat passenger, and she died several days later at a Roanoke hospital. The Fays had recently lived in Greenville, North Carolina. Service are set for Saturday afternoon at Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Click here for Rebecca Fay’s obituary from Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory.
The special election for the 22nd State Senate seat is next Tuesday, and Lynchburg attorney Mark Peake is one of three candidates on the ballot to fill the seat left vacant when Tom Garrett was elected to Congress. Peake joined us today on the Morning Line:
The other candidates on the ballot are Democrat Ryant Washington of Palmyra and Independent Joe Hines of Farmville.
From the City of Lynchburg: On Tuesday, January 10, a special election will be held for the purpose of electing a candidate for the office of Senate of Virginia (District 22). The only City of Lynchburg precincts included in this election are: Ward I, Precincts 2-5; Ward II, Precincts 1-4; Ward III, Precinct 1 and Ward IV, Precincts 2-3. This election is not city-wide and includes only certain polling locations.
(Continue reading for the list of special election voting locations.)
From Lynchburg Police: On January 5, 2017 at 1:37 a.m., the Lynchburg Police Department responded to a Burglary in the 900-block of Perrymont Avenue. The victims reported that they were asleep in their residence when two black males entered the residence demanding money. The suspects robbed the victims at knifepoint of an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects then fled the area in a vehicle. With information obtained on possible suspect and vehicle information, officers located the suspects a short time later and took them into custody. They were identified and charged as follows: Quincy Scott Hairston, a 33 year old resident of Lynchburg, Va and Trevor Lamont Calloway, a 24 year old resident of Lynchburg, Va. No one was harmed during the incident and this was an isolated event, not a random act.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello is making a surprise entrance into the Virginia governor’s race. Perriello announced his plan to seek the Democratic nomination Thursday morning on his Twitter account. The former one-term congressman from Charlottesville and State Department official’s decision to enter the race shocked Virginia’s political class late Wednesday. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam has long been considered the presumptive Democratic nominee and Perriello’s kept a tight lid on his interest in running. A spokesman for Northam did not immediately return calls seeking comment. Perriello faces an uphill climb. The primary is in June and Northam has effectively been running for nearly two years, raising more than $1.5 million and locking up key endorsements of party leaders like Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.