Photos: Two sought for stealing $1,500 in basketball apparel from Lynchburg store

Lynchburg Police are looking for two men who stole about $1,500 worth of basketball apparel yesterday from Foot Action at River Ridge Mall. Police say the two ran off with goods that included many basketball jerseys and shirts.

From Lynchburg Police: The Lynchburg Police Department is seeking information regarding a Grand Larceny which occurred at Foot Action within the River Ridge Mall on May 22, 2017. It was reported that two males entered Foot Action, selected approximately $1,500 worth of basketball apparel to include multiple Jersey’s and Shorts. Both suspects ran out of the store with the merchandise.  Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Off. K. Mitchell at (434) 455-6060 x 587 with the Lynchburg Police Department 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.

 

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UPDATE: Dearing Street break-in suspect is out of hospital and now in jail

Darrell Saunders, Jr.

One of two people who was shot while allegedly breaking into a Dearing Street home in Lynchburg last week now faces more than a half-dozen burglary, robbery and firearms charges. 18-year-old Darrell Saunders, Jr. had been hospitalized, but police say he been released from care and is now in jail. The other person shot during the break-in was killed.

From Lynchburg Police: On 05/22/2017 Darrell Jermaine Saunders Jr., age 18 of Lynchburg was arrested and charged with the following regarding this incident: – 18.2-89 – Burglary while armed with a deadly weapon – 18.2-26 – Attempted Robbery – 18.2-53.1 – Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony (burglary) – 18.2-53.1 – Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony (robbery) – 18.2-22 – Conspiracy to commit Burglary – 18.2-22 – Conspiracy to commit Robbery – 18.2-57 – Assault and Battery Saunders was transported to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail where he is being held without bond.

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Another water line break from Pedlar Reservoir

For the second time in less than six weeks, a water line break from Pedlar Reservoir requires Lynchburg water officials to use a backup source from the James River. City officials say they’ll use the river to serve northern and eastern portions of the city until repairs are complete. All water goes through the same treatment process, and officials say water quality will not be impacted.  The first break occurred April 12.

From Lynchburg City: Due to a waterline break from the Pedlar Reservoir, the City will utilize the James River as a water source for the northern and eastern portions of the city while the southern and western portions of the city will continue to use the Pedlar Reservoir. The public will be notified when the repairs are complete and we have returned to the Pedlar Reservoir water source. For more information please contact Water Resources at (434) 455-4250.

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Lynchburg main jailed on 11 child pornography charges

Michael Rider

A Lynchburg man faces 11 counts of possessing or distributing child pornography. City police say they executed a search warrant at a residence in the Misty Mountain Road area and then arrested 43-year-old Michael Rider. Police say Rider is currently jailed without bond.

From Lynchburg Police: In May of 2017 the Lynchburg Police Department’s Forensics Unit was proactively investigating the online sharing of child pornography within the City of Lynchburg. During this investigation a search warrant was obtained and executed at a residence in the Misty Mountain Road area. During the course of the investigation by the Lynchburg Police Department’s Forensics Unit, Michael Allen Rider, 43 years old was identified as the possible suspect.

On May 19, 2017 Rider was arrested without incident and charged with 10 counts of possessing child pornography and 1 count of distributing child pornography. Rider is currently being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Lynchburg with no bond.

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What’s with gas prices? Going down into Memorial Day

Gas prices have been heading down at a time of year when they usually peak, now below $2.00 a gallon at many area stations. WLNI’s Evan Jones looks ahead to the coming summer driving season:

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DMV prepares to issue new licenses you’ll need to board domestic flights as of 2020

Your Virginia driver’s license will get you onto any domestic flight right now, but in a few years, you will need a different kind of license to do so. And as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, Virginia’s DMV is getting ready to issue them.
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Driver charged with doing 128 mph on US 29 bypass

Jonathan Hale

A Roanoke man was arrested early today for speeding – REALLY speeding. The Amherst County Sheriff’s Office says 19-year-old Jonathan Hale was clocked at 128 miles per hour in a 70 zone. Officials say it happened north of Lynchburg on the US 29 bypass. Hale has been released on his own recognizance.

From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: On Monday, May 8th deputies from the Sheriff’s Office arrested Jonathan P. Hale, 19, of Roanoke for Reckless Driving by Speed. At approximately 1:30 a.m., a deputy operating stationary radar on Rt 29 bypass near Rt 210 encountered a silver 2 door car traveling at an extremely high rate of speed. The vehicle was captured on radar at 128 mph in a 70 mph zone. Hale quickly acknowledged the deputy’s attempts to stop him, and he was taken into custody without incident.

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Lynchburg Sheriff and Republican challenger trade charges

The Republican challenger to Lynchburg City Sheriff is Don Sloan is accusing him of creating and allowing “a culture of corruption and coverups” in the sheriff’s office. Lynchburg Police Sergeant John Romano pointed to the case of a civil verdict reached against a former sheriff’s captain, Buddy Wade, accused of converting gold taken from a pawn shop into cash. Romano played a video today at a news conference, one that he says showed the captain in uniform handing cash to a store employee.

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Romano said current sheriff Don Sloan is part of that network and culture.  But Sloan says his Republican challenger is either trying to make something out of nothing — or improperly handling evidence in a criminal investigation.  This response from Sloan to Reporter Andre Whitehead:

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Sloan says State Police investigated the case, and the commonwealth’s attorney’s office determined there was insufficient evidence for criminal prosecution. Wade resigned for the sheriff’s office last summer after a civil trial found him liable for conspiring with a former employee to steal scrap gold from Lynchburg Pawn Shop and sell it to Pawn Solutions. Sloan was sworn in as Sheriff after long-time sheriff Ron Gillispie retired March 31st.

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Police release surveillance video of suspected Sprint store iPhone thieves

UPDATED MAY 3: Lynchburg Police have released surveillance video taken outside the Sprint store on Wards Road early Tuesday morning. Police say it shows the suspects leaving the store with the stolen iPhones. Police ask anyone who can offer any information to contact them.

PREVIOUSLY: Lynchburg Police are looking for the person or persons who broke into the Sprint store on Wards Road overnight and stole 20 to 30 iPhones. Police say whoever did it got in by breaking a glass front door. Officials ask anyone who may have been in the Wards Road area around 3:30 this morning and may have seen anything suspicious to contact Lynchburg Police.

From Lynchburg Police: At 3:37 a.m., Officers responded to the Sprint store at 4018 Wards Road for an alarm which had been activated during a burglary. Officers arrived to find the front door glass broken out. Multiple areas of damage were found inside and according to management 20 – 30 iPhones were stolen. The suspects were not located and the LPD Crime Scene Unit responded and collected evidence from the scene. The Lynchburg Police Department is continuing to investigate. To gain as much information as possible, we are asking that members of the community who may have been around the Wards Road area during the time of this burglary, and who may have seen anything suspicious, to please contact LPD Detective Terry Wecker at 455-6178 or Crime Stoppers at the number listed below.

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As 611 returns for Lynchburg excursions, concerns that local demand may be waning

The Norfolk and Western 611 excursions are set to run again this month out of Lynchburg and Roanoke, but as they do, the Virginia Museum of Transportation is dealing with the possibility of a waning local demand. It hopes to run more of the excursions in coming years where the 611 has been less seen — and where the demand for seats may now be greater. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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