On February 1, 2015, Skylar Denise Lewis, a 26 year old female from Lynchburg, was indicted by the Lynchburg Circuit Court Grand Jury for the following Virginia criminal offenses:
Gang recruitment in a school zone (felony). Participation in a gang that includes a juvenile in a school zone (felony). Assault & battery by mob (misdemeanor).
These indictments are related to the arrests of Stephen Lamont Spinner, Eric Lamont Payne, and Christopher Michael Thomas for gang and/or firearms-related charges on August 18, 2015.
Lewis is currently wanted on the above charges and law enforcement authorities are attempting to locate her whereabouts. Anonymous information provided by an individual that leads to her arrest may be eligible for a reward through Crime Stoppers of Central Virginia. Please contact Detective D. W. Clarke with the Lynchburg Police Department at 434-455-6174, 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.
From Genworth Financial: Unfortunately, our decision to suspend life insurance and fixed annuity sales means we will be losing valued employees across the U.S. Life Insurance division and headquarters, including Lynchburg. In Lynchburg, we will be losing about 200 employees. We began notifying impacted employees today, but most will receive at least 60 days’ paid notice of layoff. In addition, they are eligible to receive transition benefits that include outplacement services and the eligibility to receive compensation based on their years of services. We deeply regret the impact this will have on our employees and their families, and our top priority will be to ensure that they are treated with the utmost dignity and respect. We will continue to have almost 1,000 employees in Lynchburg. Mike Shadler, the Lynchburg Site Leader said “Genworth is proud of its longstanding ties to Lynchburg. We have a deep and rich history of being a good neighbor. Our Lynchburg-based operation remains an integral part of our business. Our employees are passionate about providing exceptional service to our policyholders and distributors. Our top priority now is ensuring that our affected employees are treated with dignity and respect.”
From Lynchburg Police: On February 1, 2016, Jennifer Marie Musick, age 40, of Lynchburg was indicted on 6 counts of embezzlement in the Lynchburg Circuit Court. Musick was serving on the PTA at Paul Munro Elementary School from August 2012 through September 2015 when the embezzlement occurred. The investigation revealed that over $31,000 was embezzled during her 3 year term as treasurer. Jennifer Musick turned herself in and was arrested on Thursday February 4, 2016. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Chad Davis at 434-455-6166 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.
Christiansburg (AP) — A prosecutor says two Virginia Tech students plotted to kill a 13-year-old girl and hide her body. Montgomery County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary Pettitt revealed details about the accusations against 18-year-old David Eisenhauer and 19-year-old Natalie Keepers at a Thursday hearing. Until then, details about 13-year-old Nicole Lovell’s death had been scarce. Pettit says Eisenhauer and Keepers met at a fast-food restaurant to plan how they’d kill Nicole, and drove past her home. Pettit says they bought cleaning supplies at one Wal-Mart and a shovel at another. Pettitt says Eisenhauer planned to cut Nicole’s throat at a remote location. Pettit says the pair put the body in the back of a Lexus. Pettit says authorities found a weapon, but she didn’t describe it. Pettitt didn’t give a possible motive or describe how the killing was carried out; instead she detailed only the pair’s plans. She says Eisenhauer first denied involvement in killing Nicole but admitted to driving to her home. Pettit says he also admitted that he saw her climb out of her window, and she says he greeted her with a side hug and then brought her to Keepers.
HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) _ A Harrisonburg mother of three has been diagnosed with the first known case of the Zika virus in the state. Heather Baker tells media outlets that she received a letter dated Feb. 1 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirming that she has Zika virus. Baker thinks she contracted the virus in November while on a mission trip in Guatemala. She says the first symptom was a swollen lymph node on the side of her head. She then began experiencing joint pain, a rash and body aches. Zika is transmitted from infected mosquitoes to people, from infected pregnant mothers to babies and possibly through sexual activity. Babies born to mothers with the virus can have birth defects. Baker says she is managing her symptoms and trying to be cautious.
The Lynchburg region’s population grew about 2.9% in the past five years according to estimates from a University of Virginia research center. That compares to a statewide growth of almost 5%. In our area, Lynchburg City led the way, growing 4.1%, and Bedford County was not far behind at 3.6%. Click here to read the full report, which breaks down the numbers by city and county.
A bail hearing is scheduled for a Virginia Tech student charged as being an accessory in the stabbing death of a 13-year-old girl. The Montgomery County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court clerk’s office says Natalie Keepers’ hearing is now set for 11 a.m. Thursday. It originally had been scheduled for Wednesday. The 19-year-old engineering student is charged with accessory before and after the fact, as well as with illegally disposing of Nicole Lovell’s body. Keepers’ classmate, 18-year-old David Eisenhauer, is charged with kidnapping and first-degree murder. Both defendants are being held without bond.
News release: Mark Peake today declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the State Senate from the 22nd District of Virginia. An attorney with Caskie & Frost and a former chairman of the Lynchburg Republican City Committee, Peake said his intention is to succeed Senator Tom Garrett of Buckingham in representing the district that includes a large portion of Lynchburg and the entirety of the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Cumberland, Goochland, Fluvanna, Prince Edward, and a portion of Louisa. Garrett is seeking the Republican nomination to succeed U.S. Representative Robert Hurt, Republican of Chatham, in the 5th Congressional District. Rep. Hurt will be retiring from Congress at the end of 2016.
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