From Lynchburg Police Department: On April 15, 2016 at approximately 8:51 PM, officers with the Lynchburg Police Department responded to a report of a malicious wounding at 3241 Maryland Avenue. Officers located a male victim at this location with multiple gunshot wounds. The male was identified as 18 year old, Keenan Omar Johnson. Johnson was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital where he is being treated for his injuries. The suspect in the shooting was identified as 36 year old, Donnell Lamont Miller. Warrants are on file for Miller for Malicious Wounding, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony. Donnell Miller should be considered armed and dangerous. The incident is still under investigation by the Lynchburg Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. We are seeking any information on where Miller can be located, as well as any other information related to the incident.
From Virginia State Police: Trooper T.W. Fridley is investigating a fatal crash in Campbell County. The crash occurred at 5:25 a.m., Friday (April 15) on Route 460, less than a mile west of Route 662. A 2011 Kia was traveling east on Route 460 when it ran off the left side of the highway, struck an embankment and overturned. The driver, Ashley E. Inesta, 25, of Coleman Falls, Va., was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Inesta was wearing a seatbelt. The passenger, Bobby Ray Mosley Jr., 32, of Forest, Va., was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected. He died at the scene. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
UPDATE: Lynchburg Police say a 16-year-old boy is facing charges after two people were shot yesterday at Younger Park in Lynchburg. The victims are 19-year-old Tyrik Barbour and a 16-year-old boy, both of Lynchburg. Officials say they are both in stable condition.
Two people were shot today at Younger Park in Lynchburg, and police tell us they hope to make a quick arrest. Sources tell us one of the victims gave them the shooter’s name, but we have no confirmation yet from city police. The shootings rattled some park neighbors like Justin Peters, who lives right across the street from Younger Park and spoke with reporter Andre Whitehead:
Police did not immediately release the victims’ names or conditions.
(Continue reading for the initial Lynchburg Police news release.)
ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (AP) _ A special prosecutor says he will not seek criminal charges in a dispute between a state senator and the father of a TV reporter who was fatally shot during a live broadcast. Media outlets report that Danville Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Newman determined that justice would not be served by prosecuting Andy Parker, who became a gun-control advocate after his daughter’s death. Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward of WDBJ in Roanoke were killed by a former co-worker in August. State Sen. Bill Stanley told police he had been threatened by Andy Parker in a Facebook message in October. Parker later apologized. Newman said in a report filed this week in Franklin County Circuit Court that “given the totality of the circumstances,” charges would be inappropriate.
Senator Tim Kaine is continuing his campaign for a Senate debate and vote on authorizing military action against the Islamic State. Kaine says without a debate and vote on fighting IS, there is no clear message to Americans or anyone else as to what exactly our mission is — or the means intended to carry it out. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story:
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed a bill that will require governors to release the applications and resumes of people appointed to state boards and commissions. Republican Del. Scott Taylor introduced the bill after McAuliffe’s administration refused to provide The Virginian Pilot with the applications forms of then-state Senate candidate Gary McCollum for two state boards. The newspaper sought the forms after it reported that the Democrat hadn’t been in the military since he was discharged in 2001, but was saying in campaign materials that he was a major in the Army Reserve. McCollum said he didn’t realize he was no longer in the reserve. The Pilot reports that the bill will require the governor to release applications and resumes of board appointees starting July 1.
Goodyear is closing its Danville plant temporarily after an employee died Tuesday. Goodyear identified the dead employee as Greg Cooper, who had worked for the company for 18 years. Goodyear, Danville’s largest private employer, says the plant will be closed for an evaluation of the facility and investigation of the incident. The company says its on-site emergency response team and local emergency personnel responded immediately. The company says it has reported the incident to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This is the third death at the plant in eight months. Officials say Kevin Edmonds died at the plant March 31 and Jeanie Lynne Strader died there in August 2015.
Anheuser-Busch is purchasing Devils Backbone Brewing Company, the fast-growing craft brewer based in Nelson County. Devils Backbone is best known for its Vienna Lager, and officials there say they will retain a high level of autonomy. It is the latest of several such craft brewer purchases for Anheuser–Busch.
(Continue reading to see the full news release.)