State anti-insurance fraud program marks milestone

A state program created to find and prosecute insurance fraud is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Officials say like any effort to fight fraudsters, its is an ever-changing battle. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones:

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One of the program’s goals is to help state residents identify and report insurance fraud. Click here for its website.

Supreme Court to rule on gerrymandering; House control likely at stake

Virginia Democratic and Republican leaders must now wait for a Supreme Court decision on whether 11 House of Delegates districts shall be redrawn for the November elections. That decision could have a major impact on which party controls the House next year. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more:

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Evington man dies in Campbell County crash

State Police say charges in pending in yesterday evening’s accident that took the life of an Evington man. Troopers say 38-year-old John Lambert was a passenger in a pickup that left Lynbrook Road in Campbell County, went down an embankment and struck a tree. He died at the scene. Police identify the driver as 59-year-old John Lambert, Senior, also of Evington. He is hospitalized for injuries that State Police call serious.

News release: Virginia State Police Trooper T.Z. Beams is investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash in Campbell County. The crash occurred at 7:30 p.m. Monday (March 18) in the 2300 block of Lynbrook Road. A Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling east on Route 622/Lynbrook Road when it ran off the right side of the road, went down an embankment and struck a tree. The driver, John F. Lambert Sr., 59, of Evington, Va., was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The passenger, John S. Lambert, 38, of Evington, Va., died at the scene. He had been partially ejected from the vehicle upon impact. The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.

Photos: Man sought for taking large-screen TV’s from area Walmart

The Amherst County Sheriff’s Office wants to know who is pictured taking two large-screen TV’s this month from the Madison Heights WalMart, a man who officials say is related to a larceny there.  We have the photos and full information on our web and social media sites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office Facebook: The Amherst County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to identify the individual pictured in relation to a larceny that occurred at Walmart in Madison Heights on 03/07/2019. If you have any information please contact Inv. G.P. Jones at 434-946-9373 ext. 2, or Crime Stoppers via the P3 app or 1-888-798-5900.

Cline: New Zealand might ban semi-automatic rifles, but US should not

Rep. Ben Cline

Congressman Ben Cline says the U.S. should not consider any additional restrictions on owning semi-automatic rifles — as New Zealand is now doing in light of last week’s mass shootings in two mosques. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more:

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Cline’s comments came in a live interview on Roanoke radio station WFIR.

Liberty puts New London Airport-area rezoning request on hold

Liberty University is putting a hold on its application to rezone property it owns surrounding the New London Airport in Bedford County. The university says in a statement it is doing to so listen to concerns of people who live nearby – and assess other options that might help Liberty achieve its goals. The school wants to develop a general aviation facility there for its school of aeronautics.

News release: Lynchburg, VA – Liberty University is deferring  its application for rezoning of property it owns surrounding the New London Airport in Bedford County. The university plans to use that additional time for outreach and education about future plans for the property. Randy Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Operation Officer, said: “We have heard that a number of people who live near the airport have questions. We want to meet with them, listen to their concerns, and explain our plans for the airport as they are presently approved, as well as better options to accomplish our goals with less impact. We want to have a positive impact on the area’s economy with minimal disruption.” Liberty will seek to set up meetings with nearby homeowners in the coming weeks.

 

New football, girls’ basketball coaches named at Jefferson Forest

Image: JF Athletics Twitter

Jefferson Forest has named its next head football coach, one who is no stranger to big-time high school football. Paul White has 25 years’ experience, most recently serving as an assistant coach at Permian High School in Odessa, Texas – perhaps best known for the “Friday Night Lights” book, movie and TV series. White has also led high school programs in eastern Virginia.

The Cavaliers have also promoted Jake Whitman to head girls’ basketball coach. He had been an assistant coach in the program.

News release: Jefferson Forest High School is excited to announce new football and basketball coaches. Paul White is the new Head Varsity Football coach at Jefferson Forest High School. . White has 25 years experience as an assistant or head coach at the high school and collegiate levels. Last season White served as an assistant coach at Permian High School in Odessa Texas; the school for which the popular “Friday Night Lights” book, movie, and TV series was developed around. White is a graduate of Ferrum College where he was a four year starter, co-captain and recipient of the Big Green Award. He has served as head football coach at Matthews High School, Apprentice High School, and Gloucester High School in Virginia. He’s a two-time Tidewater District Coach of the Year and a Region “A” Coach of the Year. White has coached at the postgraduate level as an assistant coach at Ferrum College as well as eight seasons as assistant coach at Fork Union Military Academy; one of the leading producers of NFL players in the country. JF is very excited to welcome Coach Paul White to the Cavalier Family.

Massive ground turkey recall: Butterball, Kroger, Food Lion brands

A massive ground turkey recall includes that sold under both Kroger and Food Lion store brands. Butterball is recalling about 39 tons of ground turkey in all over salmonella concerns under its own brand and those of the two supermarkets chains.

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture: Butterball, LLC, a Mount Olive, N.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 78,164 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Schwarzengrund, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The prepacked raw ground turkey was produced on July 7, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF only)]

  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188, and UPC codes 22655-71555 or 22655-71557 represented on the label.
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71556 represented on the label.
  • 16-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71546 represented on the label.
  • 16-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC codes 22655-71547 or 22655-71561 represented on the label
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “Kroger GROUND TURKEY FRESH 85% LEAN – 15% FAT” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188, and UPC code 111141097993 represented on the label.
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “FOOD LION 15% fat ground turkey with natural flavorings” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 3582609294 represented on the label.

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Searchers comb James River for Lynchburg man missing almost two weeks

Photo: LPD

A search continued today in and along the James River near Big Island for a Lynchburg man last seen almost two weeks ago. Bedford County Fire and Rescue officials say about 50 people from several agencies are searching parts of the river and its banks for 28-year-old Nathan Faidley. He has not been seen since March 1st.

Remember 2018 rains? Virginia winemakers must still deal with it

Virginia winemakers are hoping this coming year can be a much better one than 2018. A Virginia Tech professors says it could hardly be much more challenging — the result of last year’s prolonged wet weather — but many wineries have developed ways to deal with such less-than-ideal years. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more.

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