Appomattox man charged with US 501 pedestrian hit-run

State Police have charged an Appomattox man with hit-and-ran for an accident last week involving a pedestrian. Troopers say 30-year-old Corby Watson was driving north on US 501 in Halifax County when he used the right shoulder in efforts to pass another vehicle, striking a man walking on that shoulder. Police say the injuries were not life-threatening. Officials say citizen tips helped them identify the suspect.

News release: Virginia State Police have charged an Appomattox County man in a hit-and-run of a pedestrian in northern Halifax County on Friday (Jan. 12). Following up on several tips and leads during the course of the investigation, State Police late Saturday night (Jan. 13) arrested Corby Watson, 30, on one count of hit and run. He is being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail. The vehicle Watson was driving, a red 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer, has also been recovered and processed as evidence by State Police. The crash occurred at approximately 6:45 a.m., Friday (Jan. 12) on Route 501/L.P. Bailey Memorial Highway approximately a ½ mile north of Route 632/Hog Wallow Road.

Watson was traveling north on Route 501 when he decided to pass the vehicle in front of him. Watson illegally used the right shoulder to pass the vehicle and struck a Charlotte County man walking on the right shoulder. After striking the male pedestrian, Watson’s vehicle then struck the guardrail. The impact of the crash threw the pedestrian to the ground and the Watson fled the scene. The male pedestrian was transported to Centra Lynchburg General Hospital where he is still being treated for life-threatening injuries.

The investigation remains ongoing at this time. State Police want to thank everyone who called in with information related to this incident, as the tips were invaluable to the identification and eventual arrest of Watson.

 

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Virginia Senate panel votes to raise felony theft threshold

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A bill designed to soften penalties in Virginia for stealing smaller dollar items is moving through the state Senate. A Senate panel voted Monday for a bill to raise the felony threshold from $200 to $500. Virginia has kept its felony bar at $200 since 1980 and is tied with New Jersey for the lowest in the country. Most other states have raised the dollar minimum for felony charges to keep pace with inflation. The Republican-led committee voted to increase the threshold but rejected a push by newly sworn-in Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam to raise the limit to $1,000.  The bill’s highest hurdle is yet to come in the state House, which has repeatedly blocked efforts to raise the threshold.

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Virginia panel votes down push for stricter gun laws

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A Virginia state Senate panel has defeated a Democratic push for stricter gun laws.
A Republican-led panel voted Monday to block legislation that would allow cities and counties to ban firearms at certain public events. The bill came in response to a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last summer where several participants were heavily armed. Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe enacted similar rules on a temporary basis last November.
The panel also voted down a bill to expand mandatory background checks on gun buyers. The vote comes two days after newly sworn-in Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, pushed for universal background checks during his inaugural address.

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BREAKING: Train derailment being investigated in Eggleston

Virginia State Police have confirmed that they are currently working a train derailment in the Eggleston area of Giles County. Details are scarce, however, an anonymous source tells WLNI that hazmat crews have been contacted. We’ll have more as details become available.

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Three men charged in Lynchburg for launching paintballs at buildings and cars

Between January 5th and January 12th The Lynchburg Police  Department has taken dozens of reports of vehicles, residences, businesses and billboards being struck by paintballs.
On January 12th between 9:00 p.m. and 9:10 p.m., officers with the Lynchburg Police Department received multiple reports of individuals launching paintballs from a moving vehicle at other moving vehicles, residences and businesses in the area of Wards Rd and Fort Ave.

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McAuliffe entertains the idea of debating Trump in 2020

Governor Terry McAuliffe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has been mum on running for president. But he’s entertained the idea of debating President Donald Trump in 2020.

Appearing Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” McAuliffe did not directly answer Jake Tapper’s question about a presidential run. McAuliffe said he’ll spend 2018 focused on a redistricting project, “and we’ll see what happens after that.”

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