Shortly after 10:00 a.m. yesterday the Town of Bedford Fire Department and units from the Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue were called a home on Screechum Hollow Road for a report of a kitchen fire. It took crews 30 minutes to get the flames under control, and the damage was contained to the kitchen. Damage was estimated at $20,000. No injuries were reported.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A task force created by Gov. Terry McAuliffe is poised to issue its recommendations to combat sexual assaults on Virginia’s college campuses. Attorney General Mark R. Herring will present the recommendations to McAuliffe on Thursday. The report will be delivered following the final meeting of the Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence. The task force lists some of its draft recommendations on its website. They are subject to revision in the final report. One draft recommendation would create a database of students who have been dismissed or expelled from a college or university for forcible sex offenses or violations of the sexual misconduct code. The task force included campus administrators, advocates, law enforcement, higher education attorneys, health professionals and others. McAuliffe will review the recommendations for possible action.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The challenger to Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell is suing members of the Virginia State Board of Elections. Susan Stimpson alleged in a lawsuit filed in Stafford County Circuit Court on Wednesday that the elections board hurt her campaign by ruling that voters could submit electronic signatures on absentee ballot request forms. Stimpson said the board’s ruling earlier this month on electronic signatures was “arbitrary and capricious.” The board’s ruling came after receiving a request for clarification on state policy from Howell’s campaign. Stimpson is a former Howell protg who has said the speaker has lost touch with his small-government roots. A spokesman for Howell said Stimpson’s attacks are “getting more ridiculous by the day.”
Liberty University has announced that for the eighth consecutive year it will be closing enrollment for the fall semester, due to every student house facility reaching its capacity. The university says the 2015 fall semester will see the largest-ever amount of students in campus housing and about 1,000 students will have to be turned away. Liberty is continuing its $500 million campus rebuilding, which includes more residence halls as well as new and upgraded academic, recreation and athletic facilities. The university says it is on track to meet its goal of accommodating 16,000 students studying on campus by 2020.
Researchers at Virginia Tech are conducting a comprehensive study on truck drivers, one expected to provide mountains of information on the unique challenges truckers face and how they handle those challenges. The findings are expected to be be of national significance in efforts to make all vehicles and drivers safer, as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia State Police say nine people died in the state from traffic accidents over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. That’s one more death that occurred over the same weekend this past year. This year’s fatalities occurred in the counties of Albemarle, Campbell, Franklin, Page, Prince George, Prince William, Rockingham and Roanoke. Police say one fatality in Prince William County involved a pedestrian and the crash in Campbell involved a motorcycle. A double fatality occurred in Page County. Alcohol was a factor in three of the crashes. At least four of the crash victims were not wearing seat belts. During the 2015 weekend, troopers responded to and investigated 768 total traffic crashes statewide.
City officials are encouraging the 1,400 residents who received a Lynchburg Citizen Survey to return it as soon as possible. The survey was mailed to a statistically valid number of households, 350 in each of the four wards. This year, residents also have the option to complete the survey online. The survey is anonymous, and the final reports include geographic and demographic comparisons as well as benchmarking data with similar sized cities. City Council and staff will receive the results in late June or July, and a workshop will be held to discuss how to best utilize the results in planning for the community’s future.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has settled a lawsuit on favorable terms with a conservative political action committee he accused of engaging in a national fundraising scam. Federal court papers filed last week show that Cuccinelli and the Arlington-based Conservative StrikeForce PAC reached a settlement that will prohibit the PAC from using a political candidate’s name for future fundraising efforts against the candidate’s wishes. The PAC also agreed to pay Cuccinelli’s gubernatorial campaign $85,000 and give it exclusive rights to the PAC’s direct mail and email donor lists. Cuccinelli sued the PAC last September alleging that Conservative StrikeForce raised $2.2 million in 2013 by largely promising donors the money would help Cuccinelli in his ultimately unsuccessful Virginia campaign against Democrat Terry McAuliffe. The PAC only gave Cuccinelli’s campaign $10,000.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A Virginia House of Representatives technology official has been named as the state’s chief information officer. Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Tuesday that Nelson Moe’s appointment is effective June 8. Moe currently is the House’s chief information officer. He previously worked in the private sector for several small information technology startups and served as a Navy nuclear submarine officer. As the state’s chief information officer, Moe will oversee the Virginia Information Technologies Agency. He replaces Eric Link, who has served as interim director of the agency since March. Former director Sam Nixon left the agency to become chief administrative officer of the State Corporation Commission.
From Lynchburg City Police: On March 16, 2015 two white males entered Food Lion, located at 2909 Memorial Avenue, and used a stolen credit card. The males used the stolen credit card to purchase numerous gift cards including Apple iTunes and American Express pre-paid cards valued at over $250. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective K. S. Mitchell at (434) 455-6122 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.