The City of Lynchburg will host an informational public meeting regarding the proposed renovations to the football portion of the City Stadium Complex. The purpose of the meeting is to provide area resident with information about the design and construction schedule of the project, as well as discuss possible impacts on local neighborhoods. The meeting is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Miller Center.
On Monday, 36-year-old Daniel Lee Jr. was found with stab wounds in the 1500 block of Garfield Avenue. He told police he was stabbed on Sunday night by an unknown subject described as an adult white male. Lee was treated for non-life threatening injuries. 37-year-old Phillip Eric Bryant has been arrested for aggravated malicious wounding. The motive for the stabbing is still under investigation.
SWEET BRIAR, Va. (AP) _ Virginia’s attorney general has announced a mediated settlement to keep open Sweet Briar College, a tiny women’s college whose planned closure had stirred passionate opposition. Attorney General Mark Herring announced the memorandum of understanding to keep the school open late Saturday. He said the resolution came after hundreds of hours of negotiations involving the college, the local county attorney fighting its closure and a nonprofit intent on saving the school. Herring said the agreement would be presented to a judge on Monday for his approval and final settlement. Key elements of the agreement include the commitment of $12 million in donations from Saving Sweet Briar and a change of leadership at the school. School leaders announced in March that the 114-year-old school would close in August because of insurmountable financial challenges.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ A prosecutor says he found no evidence that any officers committed a crime in the arrest of a University of Virginia student who was bloodied and pinned to the ground in an incident that drew widespread attention. Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Chapman said at a news conference Wednesday he would not have hesitated to charge any of the three state Alcoholic Beverage Control agents involved in detaining Martese Johnson had he believed the incident was malicious or racially motivated. He said the detention was justified after a bar owner who checked Johnson’s ID turned him away. The arrest prompted a public uproar after photos and video of Johnson circulated widely on social media in March. Johnson, who is black, could be heard on the video recordings calling the officers racist.
CODY, Wyo. (AP) – A Virginia couple hunting for a lost treasure mine needed a backcountry rescue for the second time in the same area west of Cody. The Billings Gazette reports that Park County Search and Rescue found 40-year-old Frank Eugene Rose and 41-year-old Madilina Taylor, both of Lynchburg, in the backcountry of the North Fork area Sunday. Sheriff’s officials say Taylor had broken her ankle and Rose had hiked 2 miles to get help. Taylor was airlifted to St. Vincent Healthcare. Search and Rescue previously rescued the pair in the summer of 2013 when they became disoriented and wandered for four days in the same area. On Sunday, deputies recommended the pair not return to the area without proper survival training. Rose said they wouldn’t be back.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia has begun screening newborns for a disorder known as “bubble boy disease.” Media outlets report that Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the addition of severe combined immunodeficiency to the screening list on Monday. Virginia requires newborns to be screened for more than two dozen potentially fatal disorders. Severe combined immunodeficiency affects about one in 50,000 live births. It impairs the immune system, making infants susceptible to infections. The disorder became known as “bubble boy disease” following the case of a Texas boy, David Vetter, who was born with a form of it in 1971. He spent most of his life in a plastic bubble until he died in 1984 at age 12.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Winter wheat production is down in Virginia this year. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Thursday that Virginia farmers expect to harvest 15.3 million bushels of winter wheat during 2015. That’s down 13 percent from the previous year. The forecast is based on crop conditions as of June 1 and decreased four percent from the May forecast. Seventy-eight percent of the winter wheat crop was rated in good to excellent condition.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell has made her final written plea to a federal appeals court reviewing her public corruption convictions. In a brief filed Thursday evening with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, McDonnell’s lawyers restated their claims that the convictions were based on an overly broad interpretation of federal bribery law. Prosecutors have said in court filings that there is clearly enough evidence to support the convictions. A jury in September found former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife guilty of doing favors for a wealthy businessman in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. The Richmond-based appeals court heard arguments in Bob McDonnell’s case last month but has not yet scheduled a hearing in Maureen McDonnell’s case.