New Liberty University training plane holds special distinction

Liberty Training PlaneLiberty University’s School of Aeronautics is the proud new owner of three new Cessna Skyhawks — and one of them has a special distinction, as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.

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Jury to begin deliberations in ex-governor trial

Bob and Maureen McDonnell (Associated Press photo)

Bob and Maureen McDonnell
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A federal jury will hear instructions from a judge before beginning deliberations in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. U.S. District Judge James Spencer is to read his instructions to the seven-man, five-woman jury Tuesday morning. Prosecutors and defense attorneys wrapped up the five-week trial Friday. The McDonnells are charged with doing special favors for Jonnie Williams, the former CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific Inc., in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. Bob McDonnell testified he did nothing other than extend routine political courtesies to Williams. Maureen McDonnell did not testify. Williams testified under immunity that he spent freely on the McDonnells only to secure help promoting his company’s chief product, the anti-inflammatory Anatabloc.

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Tobacco commission grants go to family connections

WLNI- logoRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A review by The Associated Press has found that a Virginia commission that invests money from a national tobacco settlement gave $21 million to an economic development group and a telephone cooperative run by family members of the commission’s powerful chairman. The grants are not illegal, but they are part of a rocky history of questionable spending of the Virginia Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission. The commission controls about $600 million in cash and investments. The commission’s chairman is Terry Kilgore, a Republican state legislator from a powerful political family. He says his family relationships have not influenced the commission’s spending. The commission has long been under scrutiny from various state officials and is part of an FBI investigation into the resignation of a Democratic state senator.

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Lynchburg Police locate second “person of interest” in Shawn Moss shooting death

Edwin Gray (LPD photo)

Edwin Gray (LPD photo)

UPDATED 2:10 pm — Lynchburg Police say they have located Edwin Gray.


From Lynchburg Police: Regarding the homicide investigation of Shawn Wendale Moss. The Lynchburg Police Department has identified, and is attempting to locate, a second person of interest: Edwin Ramon Gray (A.K.A. Pooh), a 25 yr. old Lynchburg man. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Edwin Ramon Gray is asked to contact Det. D.W. Clarke at 434-455-6174 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.

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Bedford Co. Sheriff: Forest forgery appears connected to others in VA since June

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From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: The office is investigating a forgery and uttering that recently occurred. During the course of the investigation it was discovered that the same female suspect is responsible for similar crimes in Waynesboro, Chesterfield, and the Town of Bedford. These crimes with this suspect have been occurring since June 2014. The suspect appears to be intercepting legitimate business, in this case, Forest Foot and Ankle, checks from the mail and in one case, a private drop box. The suspect then alters the check to reflect a fake name. She then takes the checks to a bank and cashes them.

The suspect has used the following names and fake I.D.’s in these crimes:

1-       Tabitha Leigh Williams, 4552 Brookgreen Dr. West Columbia, SC 29169; SC DL 85185749

2-       Jennifer Cauthen, 3024 Anchorbrook Dr. Bellefontaine, OH 43311; Oh ID 9404951281

3-       Keandra Ellen Duncan; address 3225 Centerfield Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45201, Oh ID OHTL951402

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Crime Stoppers callers remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward to up $1,000 for information that solves the crime.

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Military pilot in Virginia F-15 crash identified

Morris Fontenot (USAF photo)

Morris Fontenot (USAF photo)

WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) _ The pilot who was killed in the crash of an F-15 jet this week in the remote Virginia mountains has been identified as Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr.  Officials with the Massachusetts Air National Guard say Fontenot was the inspector general for the 104th Fighter Wing and had had more than 2,300 flight hours of experience. He was flying the plane to New Orleans for a radar system upgrade when he crashed Wednesday in western Virginia. Officials say he reported an in-flight emergency before losing radio contact. The cause remains under investigation.  Col. James Keefe of the Massachusetts air guard said Friday that the death was announced with “profound sadness.”  Fontenot was a 1996 Air Force Academy graduate. Officials say he was an F-15 instructor pilot with more than 17 years of experience flying the jets.

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Crimestoppers Seeking Leads for Smith Mountain Lake Break-Ins

CentralVACrimeStoppersAuthorities are seeking leads regarding in a string of home burglaries and larcenies at Smith Mountain Lake. Bedford County Sheriff’s office is hoping the public can assist the investigation and help lead them to the arrest of a suspect (or suspects). According to the Smith Mountain Eagle, the crimes occurred from July 30 through Aug. 18, in the Goodview area; with victims reporting stolen jewelry, money, guns, lawn equipment, as well as fishing equipment from homes and boat docks. Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers-callers remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 if their tips lead to an arrest.

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Appomattox Man to Serve Time for Selling Drugs

appomattox county logoAn Appomattox man will serve time in prison for selling drugs. WLNI’s Tina LeValley has the story. 48 year old, Elliot James Bradley, was charged with selling cocaine after an incident last year. Prosecutors say on Jan. 14, 2013 a confidential informant assisting the Central Virginia Regional Task Force purchased two grams of cocaine for $200 from Bradley in the parking lot of Walmart in Appomattox. Sources say, nine days later, Bradley sold cocaine again to the confidential informant–He was subsequently arrested and charged with two felonies. On Friday, Bradley pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of cocaine with intent to sell…he’ll be sentenced on October 24.

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Old Dominion Job Corps Celebrates 50 Years

amherst county logoThe Old Dominion Job Corps has been building skills for career minded individuals for 5 decades. The Amherst County center celebrated the program’s 50 years last week. In 1964, the Economic Opportunity Act bill created a number of national programs, including Job Corps, which is a vocational-training program for low-income teenagers and young adults. Old Dominion provides training in a range of career; students also learn the soft skills necessary to keep and hold a job. In addition to training in their chosen trades, Job Corps students are expected to donate time as volunteers to various non-profits. A general educational development certificate can also be earned, for those individuals who did not complete high school. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Campbell County Sheriff’s Office No Longer Looking for Vehicle

campbell county sealThe Campbell County Sheriff’s Office says they are no longer looking for a white truck in connection with Wednesday morning’s store robberies. Authorities say they spoke with the owner of the truck and he lives in the area of the 7-11 on Route 460. They say he is not related to the robbery. WSET reports, investigators have no reason to believe a second person is involved.

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