Half-way through ten-year concession, Peaks of Otter Lodge keeps renovating

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The current operators of Peaks of Otter Lodge are now half-way through their ten-year concession with the National Park Service. A lot has been done, and managers say more work lies ahead. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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2 Virginia teens arrested in separate school threats

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – Two Virginia teens have been arrested for allegedly making separate threats against schools. Police said a 13-year-old boy has been charged in connection with posting a threatening note about a Norfolk middle school on social media Monday. The boy was charged with threatening bodily harm. Police said he was released to his parents. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the Twitter post threatened to “shoot up” Rosemont Middle School and “burn it to the ground.” In a separate incident, a high school student in Virginia Beach was arrested Friday after classmates overheard him allegedly making threatening comments toward Landstown High School. Principal Cheryl Askew wrote in a note to parents that police were contacted after three students reported the threat.

Virginia school district’s bid to arm teachers rejected

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A state agency has rejected an application from a rural Virginia school district that voted to arm teachers and other employees as protection against a school shooting. The Washington Post reports that the Department of Criminal Justice Services turned down Lee County Superintendent Brian Austin’s application to register as an armed special conservator of the peace. The school district had hoped the designation would allow school employees to carry guns in schools. The department cited an advisory opinion from state Attorney General Mark Herring in deeming the plan unlawful. Austin said the district’s working with its legal counsel to review its options. The school board voted in July to arm an unspecified number of teachers and staff members to carry concealed weapons or store guns in safes on school property.

Weather Service says 10 tornadoes struck Virginia Monday

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The National Weather Serve has confirmed that a total of 10 tornadoes spawned by Hurricane Florence touched down in Virginia on Monday. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the weather service’s office in Wakefield, Virginia, increased the total from eight to 10 after assessment teams determined that two additional tornadoes struck Richmond. Nine of the tornadoes were spread across Richmond and its surrounding area. Another tornado hit Mecklenburg County, near the North Carolina border, the same day. The strongest tornado leveled a flooring company in Chesterfield, killing a man who worked there. That storm was categorized as an EF2 tornado, packing winds of 120 miles (193 kilometers) per hour.

Flood warning for Roanoke River in Altavista, Brookneal, Randolph

From the National Weather Servicee: A Flood Warning is in effect for the Roanoke (Staunton) River at Altavista, Brookneal and Randolph. Between 2 and 5 inches of rain fell Saturday evening across southside Virginia, and the foothills of the Virginia Blue Ridge. This resulted in flash flooding of many headwater streams of the Roanoke River overnight. As the water continues to runoff and move downstream, this will result in minor flooding along parts of the Roanoke River today. In each case, the river is expected to reach or slightly exceed the beginning of flood stage today before it begins to recede. Do not drive through flooded areas; the water may be much deeper than you think.

Stabbing suspect arrested, victim hospitalized with “serious” injuries

Jamel Owens (Photo: LPD)

On 09/22/2018 at approximately 2315 hours Officers of the Lynchburg Police Department responded to 1504 Longview drive, James Apartments in reference to a Malicious Wounding (stabbing). Once on scene Officers spoke to the victim who was suffering from multiple stab wounds. The victim advised that he was assaulted and stabbed by a black male who left the area on foot. Officer searched the area and was able to locate the suspect in the complex. The suspect was identified as Jamel Owen Davis age 33 of Lynchburg. He was arrested and charged with one count Aggravated Malicious Wounding. The victim was transported to the Lynchburg General Emergency Room being treated for serious injuries.  The incident remains under investigation by the LPD’s Criminal Investigation Division. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective J. D. Tucker at (434)455-6116 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Visit the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers website at www.cvcrimestoppers.org to enter a web tip, or text “CVCS” plus your message to 274637.