Amherst man charged with child porn; investigators say more charges are expected in ongoing probe

Timothy Rinker

Timothy Rinker

From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: On 06/28/2016 investigators from the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office arrested Timothy Brian Rinker, 42, of Amherst without incident on (8) counts of Possession of Child Pornography. Rinker was transported to the Amherst Adult Detention Center where he is being held without bond. The charges stem from an ongoing investigation that is being conducted with the assistance of the Lynchburg Police Department. More charges are anticipated.

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Svrcek names interim Deputy City Manager and Interim HR Director

City of LynchburgFrom the City of Lynchburg: Bonnie Svrcek, Lynchburg’s new City Manager (effective July 1, 2016) announced the appointments of an Interim Deputy City Manager and Interim Human Resources Director to assist in the transition of the City’s leadership. Lynchburg City Council appointed her to the position in May.  She succeeds former City Manager L. Kimball Payne, III, who retired on June 30.  Svrcek was hired as the Deputy City Manager in 1999.  Svrcek’s appointment has left the Deputy City Manager position vacant, and a nationwide search was conducted to fill the vacancy and over 50 individuals submitted applications.  In order to ensure continuity of service while the selection process continues for a new Deputy City Manager, Human Resources Director Margaret Schmitt has been appointed to the position of Interim Deputy City Manager.  Heather Brown, currently serving as a Senior Human Resources  Manager, has been appointed to the position of Interim Human Resources Director. Both appointments will be effective beginning July 5, 2016. Schmitt has served as the City’s Human Resources Director since 1999 and Brown has been employed in the Human Resources Department for approximately five years.

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Liberty students who train in advance for disaster relief head for West Virginia

Liberty University logoLiberty University is sending a student disaster relief team tomorrow to hard-hit Greenbrier County West Virginia. The LU Send NOW program is one in which qualified students sign up in advance, go through training and be ready for deployment whenever needed. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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McAuliffe in Gretna as Pittsylvania County Is Named Virginia’s Third Certified Work Ready Community

wlni-defaultFrom Governor McAuliffe’s office: RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Pittsylvania County has been designated as a Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC). The nationally recognized designation by the Commonwealth and American College Testing (ACT) will help Pittsylvania County attract new businesses and jobs as it signifies job ready skill sets of the county’s high school students, job seekers, and incumbent workforce. Speaking about the announcement, Governor Terry McAuliffe said, “Developing core workforce development skills is an essential component to building a world-class economy. I applaud Pittsylvania County for its leadership and continued efforts to prepare local workers for innovative, high-tech jobs. This certification is the foundation to attracting private sector investments that contribute to our efforts to build a new Virginia economy in every corner of the Commonwealth.”

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Denton: Supreme Court decision says McDonnell conviction was politically-motivated witch hunt

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

Virginia Tech professor and WLNI Political Analyst Bob Denton says yesterday’s Supreme Court decision overturning former Governor Bob McDonnell’s corruption convictions should be welcomed by any and all elected officials. And as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, Denton did not spare his words for federal prosecutors:

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Lawmakers react to former governor’s conviction being overturned

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(Associated Press)

Former Governor Bob McDonnell’s corruption conviction was overturned yesterday by the U.S. Supreme Court. A move that drew praise from both Democrats and Republicans. WLNI’s Ian Price has more:

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Police: three Memorial Avenue armed holdups appear related

LPD lynchburg policeLynchburg Police say three armed robberies in the city this month appear to be related. The latest occurred last night at the Dollar General store on Memorial Avenue, where a man walked in with a handgun and demanded money. Police  believe the same suspect appears responsible for similar holdups at the Express Lane on Memorial Avenue June 11th  and the Wendy’s on Memorial Avenue June 2nd.

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Unanimous Supreme Court reverses McDonnell conviction

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(Associated Press)

ASHINGTON (AP) _ A unanimous Supreme Court has overturned the corruption conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in a ruling that makes it harder to prosecute elected officials accused of bribery. The justices ruled Monday in favor of McDonnell, who was found guilty in 2014 of accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman in exchange for promoting a dietary supplement. The former governor says he never took any official action to benefit Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams or pressured other public officials to do so. McDonnell says he simply performed routine courtesies for Williams like setting up meetings and hosting events. Prosecutors said McDonnell accepted personal benefits with the understanding he would try to take official action to help Williams.

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Governor announces 300 new jobs in Lynchburg

Pacific Life Insurance LogoLynchburg is getting 300 new jobs from an insurance company that’s opening a $4 million new business center.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s office recently announced Pacific Life Insurance Company’s investment. The company completed an acquisition of the term life new business platform from Genworth Financial with this investment.

The company will receive a $500,000 grant from the Commonwealth Opportunity Fund and will also be eligible for other state benefits.

Mike Lucado, chair of the Lynchburg Economic Development Authority, said Pacific Life’s investment will help spur revitalizing efforts in downtown Lynchburg.

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On-air shooting survivor honored with resilience award

Vicki-GardnerSMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, Va. (AP) _ The woman who survived a shooting that killed two journalists while they were conducting an interview on live TV is being honored for her courage.

Local media report that Vicki Gardner recently received the Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives “Resilience Award.” It’s a new award the group created to give executives who successfully lead their chambers while facing difficulties.

Gardner is the executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber. She was shot in the back while giving a live interview on WDBJ last August.

Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed in the shooting. Authorities said the shooter, Vester Lee Flanagan, later died of a self-inflicted wound.

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