From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: Bedford, Virginia – On 5/13/2016 at 11:32 a.m., Bedford County 911 Center received a call in reference to a work accident that had occurred on private property in the 1800 block of Turkeyfoot Rd. in Forest, VA. Upon arrival deputies determined, that a crewmember of a tree-service company who was conducting work at the location had been struck by a company truck and killed. There does not appear to be anything suspicious about this incident and pending further investigation by the medical examiner’s office and notification of next-of-kin, there is no additional information available for release at this time. The Office of Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) was contacted and responded to the scene to conduct their own investigation.
From Lynchburg Police: The Lynchburg Police Department is asking for assistance in locating the following wanted person: Andre Shane Lee, B/M, 26 years old, approximately 6’00” and 190 lbs. He is wanted on firearms charges, eluding police, a felony probation violation, and other warrants. Anyone who can assist in locating this person is asked to contact Detective R. G. Miller with the Lynchburg Police Department at 434-455-6160, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Visit the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers website at www.cvcrimestoppers.org to enter a web tip, or text “CVCS” plus your message to 274637.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A subsidiary of Liberty University is suing more than 400 property owners and businesses over who should pay for state-mandated repairs at a lake the school owns. The News & Advance reports reports that Liberty wants property owners who live near the lake and benefit from it to help pay for some of the costs to repair the dam. The school received the 112-acre lake as a gift from a developer in 2008. In 2009, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation told Liberty it needed to repair the dam’s spillway. The school has said the repairs could cost $1 million.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Officials will review old Virginia criminal cases that involved the testing of blood types, following the exoneration of a man who spent 33 years in prison for crimes he did not commit. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Virginia Department of Forensic Science Director Linda Jackson told the agency’s board members Wednesday that they’ll start reviewing 200 cases from 1982, 1986 and 1990 to look for any problems. The review stems from the case of Keith Allen Harward, who was released from prison last month after the Virginia Supreme Court agreed that DNA evidence proved he was innocent of the 1982 killing of a Newport News man and the rape of his wife. Harward’s lawyers have said blood-type evidence that cleared him decades ago was not revealed by a serologist.
Lynchburg City Council has selected the next City Manager — and she is no stranger to the Hill City. Council members selected long-time Assistant Manager Bonnie Svercek to succeed Kimball Payne. Word of her appointment came as Council came out of an executive session late Tuesday afternoon. Here is the announcement when City Council returned to open session:
Svercek tells Reporter Andre Whitehead she has three main goals:
She has served as Assistant City Manager since 1999.
LOVINGSTON, Va. (AP) – A former Albemarle County supervisor has received the Democratic nomination to run for Congress in Virginia’s 5th District. The News & Advance reports that Jane Dittmar got the nod at the party’s district convention Saturday in Nelson County. She said she will focus on bringing back jobs that were lost in the recession. Republicans will choose their nominee at a convention May 14. Seeking the nomination are state Sen. Tom Garrett, former congressional security adviser Joseph Whited, developer Jim McKelvey and technology executive Michael Del Ross. The incumbent, Republican Robert Hurt, is not seeking re-election.
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) – A Liberty University board member who criticized the school president’s endorsement of Donald Trump has resigned. The News & Advance reports that Mark DeMoss resigned after several fellow board members took issue with his position on Jerry Falwell Jr.’s endorsement of the Republican presidential hopeful. DeMoss is a former spokesman for Liberty’s founder, the late Jerry Falwell Sr. He criticized Jerry Falwell Jr.’s endorsement of Trump in an interview with The Washington Post a day before the Super Tuesday primaries. DeMoss said his critics continued to question whether one of Trump’s GOP rivals was behind his criticism, even though he had made it clear that was not the case. He said that “fundamental lack of trust” would make it difficult for him to remain on the board.