Lynchburg Police responded to Toppers Wings-N-Things Tuesday shortly before 2:30AM to investigate the report of a burglary. Once officers arrived they found someone had broken into the business and stole an unknown amount of cash. The suspect was caught on surveillance video breaking into the business and driving away in a dark colored Nissan. He was identified as 24-year-old Jerrad Austin Edwards. Officers located him at his home along with some of stolen items from the restaurant. Edwards is charged with breaking and entering and grand larceny.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Gov. Terry McAuliffe continues working from his hospital bed, yesterday was his third day out of the office as he is treated for injuries suffered on an African safari over the Christmas holiday. McAuliffe was thrown from a horse during a family vacation in Tanzania and broke seven ribs. He entered Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond on Monday after suffering shortness of breath. Spokesman Brian Coy said the governor would remain in the hospital Wednesday
night. Doctors have drained 11/2 liters of fluid from his lungs. Coy stressed McAuliffe is “actively running the commonwealth,” keeping a full schedule of meetings with staff and Cabinet members. He said McAuliffe’s doctors are pleased with his progress. It’s unclear when he’ll be released.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A Virginia House panel has approved a measure aimed at preventing law enforcement agencies from taking someone’s property through the asset forfeiture process. The House panel voted Wednesday in favor of a legislation proposed by Spotsylvania Republican Del. Mark Cole that would only allow asset forfeiture to take place after a criminal conviction. Cole said it was “un-American” for the government to be able to take someone’s property absent a conviction. But several law enforcement agencies spoke out against the bill, saying the asset forfeiture program helped deter crime by undermining the “profit motive” of engaging in criminal enterprises. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced sweeping changes last week to a federal civil asset forfeiture program.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A Virginia program aimed at hiring veterans is claiming 10,000 jobs pledged to vets. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the milestone Wednesday for the Virginia Values Veterans Program. Since June 2012, the so-called V3 Program has accepted 234 member companies. Those companies have pledged 10,000 jobs and hired nearly 7,000 veterans. McAuliffe has announced incentives to expand the program. They would reward companies for successfully recruiting, hiring and retaining service members and veterans seeking private sector employment. The proposals are before the General Assembly.
The Lynchburg Parks & Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for the Girls Dixie Softball Program. Lynchburg Dixie Softball is the longest, continuously operating Dixie Softball Program open for girls ages 5-18, that attend Lynchburg City Schools. New players can register at the Parks and Recreation offices between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Birth certificates are required at the time of registration for all new players. Players are also invited to register during one of the official registration days next month. The list of dates can be found online at: http://www.lynchburgva.gov.
Another suspect has pleaded guilty for his part in a deadly drive-by shooting. 19 year old, Jakiel Benson, this morning pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, and a felony firearm charge. Benson is among eight co-defendants connected with the killing of the 20 year old, murdered, prosecutors say as he sat in a car on Shaffer Street last June. The news & Advance reports, multiple felony firearm charges won’t be prosecuted; and a previous murder charge was also amended as part of a plea agreement today. An autopsy found the victim died of a single 9mm gunshot wound to the chest –April Renae Bateman, accused of firing the fatal shot, pleaded guilty to murder last month.
Tobacco control efforts are failing in Virginia. Virginia received F’s for tobacco prevention, smoke-free air, tobacco taxes and access to cessation services in an annual report released by the lung association on Wednesday. According to the report, Virginia spends only 12 percent of the funding level recommended by the Centers for Disease Control for tobacco prevention and cessation. The American Lung Association in Virginia is asking lawmakers to restore funding for tobacco use prevention programs, eliminate smoking in all public places and workplaces, and increase funding for state tobacco cessation services.
The Campbell County Board of Supervisors met yesterday to address future development of several proposed priority initiatives. This year, there are 87 priority one initiatives 14 of which are marked new. Department heads focused on the 32 new items in the plan at Tuesday’s session. Sources say supervisors didn’t get into discussions about which priorities to keep or remove, saving the discussion for a later date when they are better able to compare the items to determine the importance and have more of an idea about the money available.
Mark Budzinski, has been named the Lynchburg Hillcats manager for the 2015 season. Originally drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1995. Budzinski’s baseball career spanned 11 seasons, and according to the News & Advance, included a quick four-game appearance with the Cincinnati Reds in 2003.This upcoming season marks the first for the Hillcats as the Indians’ Class-A Advanced affiliate.
From Lynchburg City Police: On January 8, 2015, the two subjects pictured in the attached photos attempted to steal several hundred dollars’ worth of merchandise from Walmart on Wards Rd. When confronted by a store employee, the suspects handed the property to the employee and walked back into the store. The suspects then went through the aisles and gathered more merchandise into a shopping cart. Using a different exit, the suspects left the store with the new stolen property.The white female suspect appeared to be between the ages of 20-30 years old, with a height of 5’04” to 5’07” and weight between 140 and 200 lbs. She had long red hair that was worn in a ponytail.The black male was approximately 6’00” tall and 200 lbs. He was wearing black-frame eyeglasses and had an earring in his right ear.Anyone who has information regarding this crime or the identity of the suspects, please call Officer H. G. Blomquist at (434) 455-6060 extension 557. Crime Stoppers can be contacted to submit a tip by phone at 1-888-798-5900, through the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers website at www.cvcrimestoppers.org, or by texting “CVCS plus your message” to 274637.