Lynchburg Police responded to a malicious wounding call at Star Quality Used Cars at 1811 Memorial Ave yesterday after the victim attempted to stop a suspect who was breaking into a vehicle. Authorities say according to witnesses 34-year-old Christopher Heater of Spout Spring confronted a black male suspect who was attempting to break into a vehicle at the business. The suspect pulled out a knife and began stabbing the victim multiple times on his arms, legs, and abdomen area. The suspect also attempted to stab and rob a second victim at the scene but was unsuccessful. The suspect then fled on foot behind the business toward Pollard Street. Police say officers found Heater suffering from multiple stab wounds. Heater was transported to the hospital where he is receiving treatment. During the investigation 23-year-old Shawn Hamlette of Lynchburg was developed as a suspect. Authorities arrested Hamlette without incident in the 400 Block of Chambers Street. Hamlette was charged with: Aggravated malicious wounding, attempted malicious wounding, and attempted robbery. Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call the Lynchburg Police Department or Crime Stoppers.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A judge has denied bond for two Virginia men accused of trying to buy weapons to attack synagogues and black churches. U.S. Magistrate Roderick Young said Thursday that 34-year-old Robert C. Doyle and 33-year-old Ronald Beasley Chaney III would pose a danger to the community if released. The men have been in custody since their arrests Sunday. Doyle and Chaney are charged with conspiracy to possess firearms after being convicted of felonies. An FBI affidavit says they tried to buy an automatic weapon, explosives and a pistol with a silencer from three undercover agents posing as gun dealers. An associate, 30-year-old Charles D. Halderman, is charged with conspiring to rob a jeweler and use the money to stockpile weapons for a race war. His preliminary hearing is set for Friday.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A plan to build a wheelchair ramp outside the Virginia Executive Mansion is turning into a tussle between Gov. Terry McAuliffe and former first lady Roxane Gilmore. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Gilmore, the wife of former governor and current Republican presidential candidate Jim Gilmore, has circulated a letter among historic preservationists in which she characterizes the planned ramp as unnecessarily intrusive on the nation’s oldest continuously occupied governor’s residence. The governor and first lady Dorothy McAuliffe announced the ramp project last month, calling it an improvement on the Richmond mansion’s existing method of wheelchair access: an elevator from the basement. The governor’s office has said the proposed ramp fits the mansion’s aesthetic and will be built in accordance with federal standards for historic properties.
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) _ The trial of a woman charged in the killing of her former father-in-law is underway in Christiansburg. Media outlets report that a Montgomery County Circuit Court jury heard opening statements on Thursday in the trial of 24-year-old Amanda Taylor. If convicted, Taylor could face up to life in prison. Taylor is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Charles Taylor on April 4. Prosecutors say she and her accomplice, 33-year-old Sean Ball, went to Charles Taylor’s house with a knife and a crowbar. Investigators say Amanda Taylor admitted to stabbing Charles Taylor repeatedly. She also faces federal charges after investigators say Ball was injured while the two were on the run. Ball, who is also facing a murder charge, is awaiting trial.
Advance Auto Parts announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed President George Sherman to the additional role of interim Chief Executive Officer, effective January 3, 2016, the beginning of the Company’s next fiscal year. Sherman will succeed Darren Jackson who will retire as CEO and step down from the Board on January 2, 2016, after more than 11 years with the Company, including the last eight years as CEO. The company also announced that effective immediately current Board Chairman John Brouillard will become Executive Chairman and Board Member John Ferraro will take on the role of Lead Independent Director.
Presidential candidate Ben Carson told Liberty University students his mother helped set him on his productive lifetime course, but is it one that didn’t start out that way. Carson says he was a pretty bad student at first, so much that so that his nickname was “dummy” — a nickname he believed until his mother started turning off the TV and told Ben he had to read books and submit reports on them to her. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Film Festival says this year’s event broke box office and revenue records. Festival officials said Wednesday that 31,860 tickets were issued. That broke the previous record of nearly 28,610 tickets in 2014. Revenue for the four-day festival in Charlottesville was $192,567, which also is a record. Forty-one screenings were sold out. “Brooklyn” won the best narrative feature award. “Until 20” received the
best documentary feature award.
From Lynchburg City Police: In reference to the homicide that occurred on 11/10/2015 at 1512 Cliff St. in Lynchburg, the LPD is investigating a previous incident that occurred at the Marathon Gas located at 2404 Fort Ave. On 11/10/2015 at 1156 hours, the Department of Emergency Services (LYNCOM) received a 911 call from an individual who reported that there was a fight in the parking lot between several males. The caller was not a witness but had received reports that the fight was occurring. The caller reported that shortly after calling 911 the individuals dispersed in an unknown direction. The victim is believed to have been present during the assault. An LPD officer arrived on scene at 1201 hours and none of the individuals involved in the assault were present. The LPD is seeking information from witnesses who were at the Marathon Gas at the time of the assault. Additionally, there has been no information at this time to indicate that this incident is gang related.