Norfolk Southern reports its coal shipments rose significantly for the first three months of the year, and it expects the rise to continue through 2017. First quarter coal earnings rose 20% from the year before, driven largely, the railroad says, by increased demand in foreign countries. As WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, Norfolk Southern expects the trend to continue through the year.
A team from Appomattox Regional Governor’s School came home from Richmond with top honors yesterday in the Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance. The team competed in the Economics category, winning a Quiz Bowl competition. Close to 150 students from across the state participated in the day-long challenge at Virginia Commonwealth University.
(Continue reading for the full news release from Governor McAuliffe’s office.)
UPDATED April 26: The Campbell County Sheriff’s office says it has identified all four suspects in Sunday’s home invasion near Altavista – and they are still looking for two of them. Authorities ask for help in finding Marvin Myers the III and Markquall Canada, both of Altavista. They and two others already in custody are accused of breaking into the home along US 29 armed with long guns, stealing money and other property.
Bedford Town Police are looking for two women believed to have used phony $100 bills to purchase merchandise at Bedford’s Walmart store. Police say it happened more than three weeks ago, and they hope surveillance photos of the pair and the car they used will help nab them.
(Continue reading for the full Bedford Police news release.)
One man is custody and a second is being sought for the January armed robbery of a rural convenience store in Campbell County. The sheriff’s office says 29-year-old Damian Martin of Gladys is jailed, and they’re looking for 22-year-old Justin Davis of Lynchburg. Both are charged with holding up the S&S market in the Hodges area.
(Continue reading for the Campbell County news release.)
A Concord company is mourning the loss of one of its workers in a workplace accident yesterday near Roanoke. W.E.L. identifies him as Charles McFadden, a nine-year employee, and says he died during structure demolition in the Bonsack area. The company says internal and external investigations into McFadden’s death are under way. At the moment, further details are not available.
In announcing yesterday that he was commuting the death sentence for a convicted murderer scheduled for execution next week, Governor McAuliffe says Ivan Teleguz’s guilt was not in question. But as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, the governor says the sentencing phase of the trial was deeply flawed:
Lynchburg is about to launch an initiative in efforts to reduce poverty in the Hill City. It’s called “From Poverty to Progress”, and it kicks off with an event two weeks from today at E.C. Glass High School. The city’s goal is to help move 50 households a year out of poverty and into self-sufficiency. U.S. census figures show 24% of Lynchburg residents live in poverty.
(Continue reading for the City of Lynchburg news release.)
Liberty University’s disaster relief initiative will send a team of eight students and two staff members to Peru this weekend. Heavy flooding in late March has left more than 70,000 Peruvians homeless. This will mark the fourth such trip for Liberty’s program, one which trains students to handle disaster relief efforts.
(Continue reading for the Liberty University news release.)
UPDATED April 19 — Lynchburg Police say a third juvenile is now charged with stealing firearms from a downtown pawn shop, a larceny that police say is related to a similar one at the same store last weekend. Officials say the third suspect turned himself in last night. Officers responding to the latest incident at L. Oppleman saw two males running from the area, and both were taken into custody without incident. Police say the pair had “multiple firearms” on them that had been taken from the business. Both face charges that include breaking and entering and grand larceny, and police say one of them is charged with the first burglary and selling some of those stolen firearms.
(Continue reading for the Lynchburg Police news releases.)