Photos: suspect sought in Amherst County copper theft

From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: We are attempting to identify a subject involved with taking copper from Lee & Moss Grocery in Madison Heights.  On 11/13/2017 at around 4:30 a.m. a white male can be seen on store surveillance foot age stealing copper from around the store. If you know anything about this incident you can contact the Sheriff’s Office via Facebook Messenger, by calling Inv. Greg Jones at 946-9373, or you can also remain anonymous by contacting Central Virginia Crimestoppers at 1-888-798-5900 or texting your message to 274637.
 
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Florida man arrested after pursuit in Campbell County, Lynchburg

State Police say a Florida man faces multiple charges after a morning pursuit that started in Campbell County and ended in Lynchburg. Troopers say it started when Shawn Camper was clocked doing 83 on Route 29 near the airport. The resulting pursuit ended near Rivermont Avenue and VES Road. Troopers say Camper’s car struck two other vehicles during the chase, but nobody was seriously hurt.

From State Police: A Florida man is in custody following a pursuit that started in Campbell County and concluded in City of Lynchburg. Virginia State Police arrested and charged Shawn M. Camper, 27, of Plant City, Fla., has been charged with two felony counts of hit and run, two felony counts of eluding police, two counts of reckless driving and resisting arrest. He was transported to Blue Ridge Regional Jail. At approximately 8:26 a.m., a Virginia State Police Trooper attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding – 83 mph in a 60 mph zone – on Route 29 and Airport Road in Campbell County. The vehicle refused to stop and a pursuit was initiated.

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New law restricts the naming of juvenile homicide victims

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) – Police departments in Virginia have stopped automatically releasing the names of juvenile homicide victims because of a new state law. The Daily Press in Newport News reported Monday that police now need written permission from families. The lawmaker who sponsored the bill said it protects the privacy of victim’s families. Del. Jackson Miller, a Republican from Manassas, said the bill was inspired by a Fairfax County woman whose husband had killed their 2-year-old daughter and then himself. Police released her daughter’s name against her wishes. But Betsy Edwards, executive director of the Virginia Press Association, said the new law will make it harder for the media to tell the full story of a violent crime. The coverage can bring awareness to such issues as family abuse or children with guns.

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Governor McAuliffe enacts new rules for Lee statue rallies

From Associated Press: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration has enacted rules for political rallies at Richmond’s Robert E. Lee statue that limit crowd size and ban guns. McAuliffe announced the new emergency regulations Monday. They were recommended by a state task force formed in response to deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville earlier this year. The regulations create a new permitting process for groups planning to rally at the Lee statue and cut the maximum crowd size from 5,000 to 500. Guns would be banned at permitted events. The rules also require permits for events expected to draw 10 participants or more. The emergency regulations will be in effect for 18 months before the state finalizes them, according to the governor’s office.

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Grassroots Local Market says funding is in place to open by summer

Lynchburg should once again be home to a downtown grocery store by next summer. Grassroots Local Market says it now has the funding needed to proceed with long-planned construction of a downtown co-op grocery at 1300 Main Street. The funding comes primarily through a $200,000 loan through the Lynchburg Economic Development Authority along with co-op membership sales.(Continue reading for the Grassroots Local Market news release.)

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Campaign finance, open records bills among 1st proposed

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Campaign finance and public records bills are among the first to be filed for the upcoming Virginia legislative session. Democrats and Republicans in the House of Delegates unveiled several pieces of proposed legislation Monday. Among the measures Democrats discussed in a conference call with reporters is one that would ban the personal use of campaign finance funds. Virginia currently has one of the least restrictive campaign finance systems in the country, with lawmakers only barred from using campaign funds for personal use once they close out their accounts. House Republicans filed three bills Monday. One would protect the personal information of public college students from being released through open records requests. It comes after a progressive political group used such requests to get students’ cellphone numbers as part of a get-out-the-vote effort. The 2018 session convenes in January.

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