UPDATED 11:30 am — The two Virginia Tech students accused in the death of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell made their first courtroom appearances today. 18-year-old old David Eisenhauer faces first-degree murder and abduction charges. 19-year-old Natalie Keepers is charged with improper disposal of a body and accessory after the fact. No pleas were entered today, and the next court dates for both are set for March 28th. So far, police have not indicated how Nicole was killed.
PREVIOUS: Police in Blacksburg have charged two Virginia Tech students in connection to the death of Nicole Lovell, who went missing on Wednesday. Officials confirm a search and rescue team were on the scene yesterday at a Virginia Tech pond near the Veterinary Medicine building and could continue those efforts today. More from WLNI’s Ian Price.
The General Assembly is about two weeks away from reach this year’s session midpoint. Both houses must complete action on their bills by that time before taking up measures passed by the other. And as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, one of the bills that will head to the House concerns a mineral found in Nelson County.
From Virginia State Police: GRETNA, Va. – Virginia State Police Trooper K. N. Isom is investigating a single vehicle fatal crash which occurred on January 30, 2016. The crash occurred at 10:30 pm on Route 40, one tenth of a mile east of Pingy Road in Pittsylvania County. A 2006 Volkswagen Jetta was traveling east on Route 40 when it crossed the center line and ran off the left side of the roadway, lost control and overturned. The 2006 Volkswagen was driven by Cameron Nicholas Long, 19, of Lynchburg, VA. Mr. Long was wearing his seatbelt and died at the scene. Alcohol and speed were not a factor in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia Tech engineering students have been arrested in connection with the death of a 13-year-old girl whose disappearance last week from her Virginia home set off a frantic, four-day search. Blacksburg Police say David Eisenhauer, 18, was arrested Saturday and charged with first-degree murder and abduction in the death of Nicole Madison Lovell, who disappeared from her home Wednesday. Natalie Keepers, of Laurel, Maryland, was arrested Sunday and faces charges of improper disposal of a body and accessory after the fact in the commission of a felony. Both are being held without bond at the Montgomery County Jail. “Based on the evidence collected to date, investigators have determined that Eisenhauer and Nicole were acquainted prior to her disappearance. Eisenhauer used this relationship to his advantage to abduct the 13-year-old and then kill her. Keepers helped Eisenhauer dispose of Nicole’s body,” Blacksburg police said in a statement.
From Lynchburg Police: The Lynchburg Police Department’s Forensic Unit, an affiliate member of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, conducted a proactive investigation into the online sharing of child pornography. In January 2016 a suspect was developed regarding this online sharing of child pornography at a residence in the 900 Block of Floyd Street in the City of Lynchburg. A search warrant was obtained and served at the residence on January 28, 2016. Detectives with the Lynchburg Police Department’s Forensic Unit performed a digital forensic examination on evidence seized from the apartment. As a result, Clifton Trent, a 41 year old male of Lynchburg, VA was arrested on January 29, 2016 and charged with 1 count of distribution of child pornography and 10 counts of possession of child pornography.
From the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office: On 1/29/2016 the office responded in the area of River Field Farm Lane and River Rd for a “shots fired” call. Upon arrival there was one victim of a gunshot wound who was transported by Nelson Rescue for non-life threatening injuries. Currently there is an ongoing investigation regarding this incident. Person of Interest/Wanted: (Considered Armed and Dangerous) Do NOT approach, contact Law Enforcement. Currently Wanted: Carlton Gregory Currier. 22 year old male, 5’9”, 165lbs, brown hair, green eyes. Currently wanted on felony charges from another jurisdiction, unrelated charges to this incident. Possibly driving a 1998 4dr Toyota Camry VA License: AEP-4099 – Tan In Color.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican lawmakers are set to announce a major deal on gun legislation. McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy said the governor and GOP leaders will announce Friday a compromise on gun legislation that strengthens some gun control measures while relaxing others. As part of the compromise, Democrats will reverse course and not revoke reciprocity agreements with 25 states for concealed handgun permits. In exchange, Republicans will include a measure that will prohibit the subjects of permanent protective orders from having firearms. GOP lawmakers have called similar measures in past years a non-starter. Republicans will also agree to require state police to be present at gun shows, where they can provide voluntary background checks on gun purchasers.