UPDATE: Stolen car, property inside it located

UPDATE: Lynchburg Police say the vehicle and property have been located.

PREVIOUSLY Lynchburg Police are looking for a car stolen from the Maple Ridge Apartments last Friday, a car the owner says was loaded with many personal household belongings – and two handguns – while in the process of moving. It’s a silver Chrysler 200 with Pennsylvania plates. The owner says the car was locked and there were no keys in it at the time.

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Tornado drill today; where would you go if a twister approaches and what would you do?

Virginia emergency management officials say today’s statewide tornado drill provides an important chance to plan for a dangerous event that can happen on short notice at any time. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more.

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Grandma, inmate charged with jail drug conspiracy

Lillian Bowyer

Leake Johnson

A Bedford grandmother and her grandson are charged with attempting to smuggle prescription drugs into the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Amherst County. The Sheriff’s Office says 77-year-old Lillian Bowyer faces drug conspiracy charges, as does 26-year-old Leake Johnson, who is currently an inmate at the jail. Officials say they discovered the plan before any drugs actually got in.

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Second suspect arrested for barber shop parking lot murder, third suspect sought

Floyd Archie, Jr.

Rodney Hamlette

An 18-year-old Lynchburg man is now the second person arrested for the October murder of Troy Roberson in a parking lot outside a Madison Heights barber shop. And investigators are asking for help in finding a third suspect. The Amherst County Sheriff’s Office says 18-year-old Floyd Archie, Junior was arrested this morning in Lynchburg. Authorities are looking for 19-year-old Rodney Hamlette of Lynchburg.  The first person arrested, 19-year-old Kaitlyn Webber, waived her right to a preliminary hearing this week and awaits further court action.
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Recent gas price trends suggest much smaller increase than normal into summer

You may not have noticed, but the usual rise in gas prices this time of year has not yet occurred. Experts say they’re not willing to make any concrete projections yet, but this may indicate a much smaller rise in springtime prices than normal. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Lynchburg Police seek two women for multiple cases of credit card fraud

Lynchburg Police are asking for help in finding two women allegedly involved in credit card fraud that goes back to early November. Police say the two used credit cards from seven different victims to make 14 separate transactions at the Sam’s Club on Wards Road that totaled more than $3,500. Police say there was a lot of similar fraud going on around the city at the same time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Virginia hospitals: AHCA as proposed would raise health insurance costs in state

Virginia’s hospitals say the proposed American Health Care Act would raise health insurance premiums across the state, and they want Congress to change the measure before it comes to a vote. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Altavista business owner plans to rebuild in wake of overnight fire

Campbell County public safety officials are working today to determine the cause of the overnight fire that destroyed an Altavista business. Crews were called to Altavista Appliance Home and Lawn Center and found flames coming through the roof as they arrived. The building is a total loss, but the business owner vows to rebuild. In the meantime, they’ll operate out of second building they own.

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UPDATE: police say woman is no longer suspect for Walmart theft

Lynchburg Police say a woman whose description and surveillance photo were provided in an earlier news release is not a suspect in a Walmart theft, as police previously reported. Per their request, we have removed the photo and description they had provided. Police say the information and photo regarding the male suspect remain valid. The following is the amended news release:

From Lynchburg Police: On February 14th, 2017 officers with the Lynchburg Police Department took a report from Walmart located at 3900 Wards Rd., for a reported larceny. LPD officers were advised by loss prevention that on February 14th, 2017 an unknown male and female entered the store and selected merchandise totaling $278.28. Both subjects then exited the store without paying for the merchandise at approximately 3:30 pm. The male involved is described as a black male with long hair, wearing all dark clothing and a dark colored baseball hat.  Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact Officer A. Lucy at 434-455-6060 x 521 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.

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Something Kaine, Trump agree on: more defense spending for naval vessels

President Donald Trump

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine

President Trump is scheduled to visit a Virginia shipyard tomorrow, one that builds aircraft carriers and submarines. And this is one time when the president and Senator Tim Kaine are in at least some agreement. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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