Lynchburg College changes its name to University of Lynchburg

From Lynchburg College: Today, the Lynchburg College Board of Trustees made the historic decision to change College’s name to the “University of Lynchburg” at the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year. The Board also directed the reorganization of the undergraduate program’s academic structure, creating the Lynchburg College of Arts and Sciences to honor this name in the history of the institution. The Board’s decision follows adoption of Vision 2020, the institution’s new strategic plan and capitalizes on the institution’s status and ranking as a university. By virtue of its undergraduate, professional and graduate degree offerings, the College is currently classified as a university by the Carnegie foundation and ranked 35 among regional universities in the south by US News and World Report.

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NAACP and LPD come together to educate the community on body cameras

The NAACP hosted an event with the Lynchburg Police Department to educate the community on body cameras.  Local Chapter President Gerald Chatham says he is encouraged by the LPD’s efforts to educate the youth on this new tool.  02-24 NAACP Wrap- WLNI

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UPDATE: Amber Alert cancelled

UPDATE From State Police: The girl has been located in Pennsylvania, and the Amber Alert is cancelled.

PREVIOUSLY: Virginia State Police and Virginia Missing Children Clearinghouse have issued an Amber Alert for a child abduction on behalf of the Bridgeport Police Department in Bridgeport, Connecticut ON 02/24/2017 at 02:45 AM. The Bridgeport Police Department is looking for Aylin Sofia Hernandez, White/Hispanic, female, age 6 years old, height 4 feet 00 inches, weight 55 lbs, with Brown eyes and Black hair. The child is believed to be in extreme danger and was last seen 69 Greenwood St, Bridgeport, CT.  The child is likely abducted by Oscar Hernandez, White, male, AGE 39 years old, height 5 feet 08 inches, weight 180 lbs, with Brown eyes and Black hair. The Vehicle Registration is Connecticut tag #AG91925, a 2017 Silver Hyundai Sonata, Possibly Traveling South . Please contact the Bridgeport Police Department at (203)576-7671 or Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453 (1-800-VACHILD).

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Mike Tilley previews Daytona 500 and area hoops action

Mike TilleyThis morning’s Mike Tilley Sports Report on WLNI. Mike Tilley Sports 022417)

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In face of Virginia epidemic, doctors prepare to implement new opioid prescription regulations

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Virginia is enacting new legislation designed to curb and address the epidemic of opioid abuse and overdose. Governor McAuliffe signed a series of bills yesterday with that intent. This comes as Virginia’s doctors are preparing to implement new procedures that regulate opioid prescriptions. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Police search for two suspects sought for credit card fraud, and larceny

From Lynchburg Police:On February 5, 2017 the Lynchburg Police Department took a report of a larceny from Walmart on Wards Rd and subsequent Credit Card Fraud from multiple locations. The victim reported that her purse and its contents were taken from her cart. Shortly after, the victim received a call from her bank stating that her debit card had been used at multiple locations in Lynchburg. The Lynchburg Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division began to investigate. Detectives were able to obtain photos from store surveillance at Target on Wards Rd of two male suspects after having used the stolen debit card.

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