Credit card fraud at Forest Food Lion; surveillance photos released

From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: The office is investigating credit card fraud that occurred on October 10, 2014 at the Food Lion in Forest. Investigators are seeking the assistance from the public in identifying the female who is the suspect in the fraud.  Anyone with information on this crime or knows the identity of the suspect is asked to call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Crime Stoppers callers remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward up to $1,000.00 for information that solves crimes.

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Contract awarded for new US 501 bridge over James River

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)From the Commonwealth Transportation Board: At its monthly meeting today, the CTB awarded two contracts worth approximately $27.3 million for major infrastructure work. One of the projects will replace the James River bridge on U.S. 501 in VDOT’s Lynchburg District. The CTB awarded a contract for approximately $16.8 million to Orders Construction Company Inc. of St. Albans, W.Va., to replace the bridge on U.S. 501 over the James River and adjacent rail tracks at the Amherst-Bedford county line.The project will construct a two-lane, steel-girder superstructure. The new 40-foot-wide bridge will have shoulders to accommodate bicycles and pedestrians. The structure will be about 0.7 miles from the existing structure. Project road improvements will include right- and left-turn lanes at the new “T” intersection of U.S. 501 and Route 130. The project also will add a multiuse pull-off for public river access and accommodate enforcement of vehicle weight restrictions and VDOT emergency operations. The project is scheduled for completion on April 21, 2017.

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UPDATE: Lockdown lifted at Staunton River High School

Bedford CountyUPDATED 2:00 pm — The lockdown is now lifted.

EARLIER: Bedford County Public Schools officials say Staunton River High School was placed on lockdown this morning after a “threatening message” was found inside. The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office says the message was written on a bathroom wall.  Major Ricky Gardner says School Resource Officers “are working with school officials to ensure the safety of the students and staff at the school. Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies along with the Virginia State Police are on the scene.”

(Continue reading for the full Sheriff’s office news release.)

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Officials Looking at CVTC Property Options

cvtcOfficials are looking at their options, when it comes to property at Central Virginia Training Center once the facility closes in 2020. During the Amherst County Board of Supervisors’ meeting last week, a resolution was presented which requests the county’s Economic Development Authority join with the Region 2000 Partnership to explore alternative uses for the site in the future. According to the News & Advance, State officials suggested county leaders reach out to legislators with concerns and perform an asset inventory to determine the best use of the property. The resolution, as it currently stands, is set for consideration at the board’s meeting next Tuesday.

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Amherst Schools May Get Redistricted

AmherstCountyPublicSchoolsUncertainty remains about redistricting and other recommendations identified in a recent efficiency study of the Amherst Public Schools. The report release in August, was among the items up for debate by the school board during a daylong work retreat held this week. Initially, the discussion was table; and the topic removed from the agenda at a Board of Supervisor’s meeting held earlier this month until some questions are addressed, such as the division’s enrollment projections; and cost analysis. Some decisions will need to be made on the most pressing issues, before recommendations are brought back before the Board of Supervisors.

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Wanting Secure Campuses Leads to New Law

police lineA federally mandated law requiring Colleges and Universities to disclose information about campus crime is more of a gauge used to ensure a more secure campus tomorrow. Schools that receive any federal funding, are required to publish an annual security report. School safety officials say data out this month, which includes statistics, ultimately helps form future strategies to ensure student safety. The annual report shows alleged crimes and reported incidents including felony criminal activity last year at several Lynchburg-area college campuses are similar to numbers reported in 2011 and 2012. The findings were reported to faculty and staff on Oct. 1.

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McAuliffe announces layoffs, increased booze costs

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is planning to lay off 565 state workers and raise the prices of distilled spirits at state-owned liquor stores as he aims to close a state budget shortfall.  McAuliffe detailed his plans Wednesday as part of an effort by state officials to bridge a $2.4 billion budget gap.  McAuliffe said most of the layoffs would come from the Department of Corrections, which will close multiple facilities. It also will delay the opening of a women’s correctional center. The governor said he also plans to sell one of the Virginia State Police’s planes and not fill 27 out of 68 vacant state trooper positions. McAuliffe said the budget cuts were the most difficult experience of his term so far but called the plan a sensible approach.

Related story: Booze price hike irks Va. consumers, restaurants

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Colonial Downs shutting down Nov. 1

colonial downsThe Colonial Downs horse race track is closing November 1st. The closure also involving off-track betting sites in Virginia, including the one in Vinton. The Downs never really opened this year, the result of a dispute between the track and horse owners that was never resolved. Read the rest of this story »

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Jefferson Forest student arrested for writing threat on bathroom wall

Bedford CountyFrom the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: On Wednesday morning, Bedford County Sheriff’s School Resource Officers arrested a Jefferson Forest High School student and charged him with writing a threat against the school and students, which is a felony. The threat was found Monday afternoon written on a restroom wall in the school. The student was taken into custody and transported to the Lynchburg Juvenile Detention Home.

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Sen. Kaine visits Qatar before coming home

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Sens. Angus King and Tim Kaine are back in Washington after wrapping up a nine-day swing through the Middle East and south-central Asia with a visit to Qatar. The senators met Tuesday with Qatar’s prime minister and visited an air base that functions as the nerve center for the air campaign in Afghanistan and against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. At the base, the independent from Maine and Democrat from Virginia received a briefing from the deputy commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command. The senators’ trip through the region has included stops in India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. They completed the trip Tuesday and were back home on U.S. soil on Wednesday.

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