Special grand jury to investigate Rockbridge County agency

STATE-NEWSLEXINGTON, Va. (AP) – A state prosecutor has decided to assemble a special grand jury to investigate the workings of a social services department that allegedly ignored reports of child abuse and neglect.The Roanoke Times reports Rockbridge County Commonwealth’s Attorney Christopher Billias is assembling the grand jury. Billias said he is troubled by a recent internal review by the Rockbridge social services department that found several problems with the agency, including evidence that a former Rockbridge Area Department of Social Services supervisor shredded reports before they could be investigated.The reported cited the death of a 3-month-old girl who the department failed to help after she was identified as “high risk” living in an unfit home.

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Former Virginia Tech coach Bill Dooley dies at 82

Bill Dooley (VT photo)

Bill Dooley (VT photo)

Former North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest coach Bill Dooley has died at the age of 82. His wife, Marie, said Dooley died Tuesday of natural causes at their home in Wilmington. Dooley went a combined 162-125-5 in 26 seasons as a head coach with the Tar Heels, Hokies and Demon Deacons and took them to a combined 10 bowl games. The three-time Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year was the first North Carolina coach to win 11 games, leading the 1972 Tar Heels to an 11-1 finish. He is the only coach to lead the school to multiple ACC championships in football. Dooley was the younger brother of former Georgia coach Vince Dooley, and the uncle of ex-Tennessee coach and current Dallas Cowboys assistant Derek Dooley.

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The Geology of Virginia is now available

Natural HistoryYou can now purchase your copy of The Geology of Virginia. WLNI’s Starr Anderson has more details on the first comprehensive review of the state’s geology published in more than a century.

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Prosecutor to run for lieutenant governor

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A former federal prosecutor with no experience in Virginia politics plans to run for lieutenant governor in 2017. Gene Rossi, a Democrat, recently told the Washington Post that he plans to make a formal campaign announcement later this month. Rossi worked for 27 years at the Justice Department and said if elected he would focus on sentencing reform and helping former prisoners. The lieutenant governor is a largely ceremonial position that is often a stepping stone to running for governor. Other potential contenders for the Democratic nomination are Justin Fairfax, also a former federal prosecutor, and Del. Eileen Filler-Corn. State Sens. Bryce Reeves and Jill Vogel, as well as Del. Glenn Davis, are vying for the Republican nomination.

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Virginia governor supports inspector general despite claims

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office says it has full faith in state Inspector General June Jennings despite allegations from her staff that she failed to investigate properly the death of a 24-year-old mentally ill inmate.

McAuliffe’s office issued a statement Monday saying it had reviewed a complaint saying Jennings had inadequately investigated the death of Jamycheal Mitchell, who died in a Portsmouth jail cell in August after losing so much weight that his heart stopped.

The complaint was filed by a senior staff member in the inspector general’s office and two independent contractors who accused Jennings of lying to state lawmakers. McAuliffe’s chief of staff, Paul Reagan, conducted the review of the complaint and found that no action against Jennings is needed.

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UPDATE: Woman wearing VT hoodie lied to Kansas Police when she claimed amnesia

Hays, KS Police photo

Hays, KS Police photo

UPDATE: From Hays, Kansas Police:  The Hays Police Department has positively identified the female from our earlier media release as 30-year-old Stephanie J. Eggers out of Fulton, Mo. Originally, Eggers told officers she had no memory. Eggers later gave a detective false names. Throughout the investigation, Eggers lied to the detective and admitted that she had lied once confronted with her real identity. Substantial resources and effort were put forth to aid and identify Eggers, who has now been arrested for interference of a law enforcement officer for her actions hindering the investigation.

PREVIOUS:We don’t know if she is from this area — or anywhere in Virginia — but a woman found along a Kansas interstate wearing a Virginia Tech hoodie tells police she doesn’t know her name or how she got there. She was found this morning walking along Interstate 70 near Hays, and police there say she had been exposed to the elements for some time. They say it appears the woman has lost her entire memory.

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Gypsy moths make a comeback this year; state works to limit damage in 2017

USDA photo

USDA photo

Gypsy moths made a bit of a comeback this year in parts of southwest Virginia, and the state’s Department of Forestry hopes some damage mapping work this year will help limit the harm to trees next year. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Ex-Va. first lady case put on hold after Supreme Court ruling

Bob and Maureen McDonnell (AP photo)

Bob and Maureen McDonnell
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A federal appeals court has put former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell’s case on hold, giving prosecutors and defense attorneys more time to analyze a recent Supreme Court ruling.

The high court overturned former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s corruption conviction in June, saying his actions were distasteful but didn’t necessarily violate federal bribery laws. The case was returned to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to decide whether there’s enough evidence for another trial.

The court previously agreed to give prosecutors and the former governor’s attorneys until Aug. 29 to file a proposed briefing schedule or joint status report. On Friday, the court agreed to similar conditions in Maureen McDonnell’s case.

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Mike Pence pitches GOP ticket in Virginia Beach, Norfolk

Indiana Governor Mike Pence

Republican Vice-Presidential Nominee Mike Pence toured the Tidewater region yesterday, continuing the GOP’s push for Virginia this November. WLNI’s Ian Price has details:

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Lynchburg Police investigating an armed robbery

Lynchburg PolicePolice are investigating an armed robbery late Thursday night at the Check First Cash Advance on Fort Avenue in Lynchburg.

Officials say an employee tells investigators that an adult man entered the business, pointed a firearm at them and demanded money.

The suspect appeared to be in his mid-20s to mid-30s, standing at approximately 6’ tall, and weighing 200-220 lbs.

No one was harmed during the robbery.

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