Florida man arrested after pursuit in Campbell County, Lynchburg

State Police say a Florida man faces multiple charges after a morning pursuit that started in Campbell County and ended in Lynchburg. Troopers say it started when Shawn Camper was clocked doing 83 on Route 29 near the airport. The resulting pursuit ended near Rivermont Avenue and VES Road. Troopers say Camper’s car struck two other vehicles during the chase, but nobody was seriously hurt.

From State Police: A Florida man is in custody following a pursuit that started in Campbell County and concluded in City of Lynchburg. Virginia State Police arrested and charged Shawn M. Camper, 27, of Plant City, Fla., has been charged with two felony counts of hit and run, two felony counts of eluding police, two counts of reckless driving and resisting arrest. He was transported to Blue Ridge Regional Jail. At approximately 8:26 a.m., a Virginia State Police Trooper attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding – 83 mph in a 60 mph zone – on Route 29 and Airport Road in Campbell County. The vehicle refused to stop and a pursuit was initiated.

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Grassroots Local Market says funding is in place to open by summer

Lynchburg should once again be home to a downtown grocery store by next summer. Grassroots Local Market says it now has the funding needed to proceed with long-planned construction of a downtown co-op grocery at 1300 Main Street. The funding comes primarily through a $200,000 loan through the Lynchburg Economic Development Authority along with co-op membership sales.(Continue reading for the Grassroots Local Market news release.)

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AAA: Thanksgiving holiday travel will be busiest in ten years

Thanksgiving is still six days away, but for many people, the holiday travel season begins today. And AAA says if you are on the move in coming days, you can expect plenty of company. The agency expects the busiest highway travel in Virginia since 2007. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story:

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UPDATE: Police arrest, charge grand larceny suspects

UPDATE: Lynchburg police say tips to Crimestoppers helped them to first identify and today arrest the man and woman they seek as suspects in the theft of a generator this month from the Old Forest Road Walmart. Police say they are 28-year-old Brandon Powell and 29-year-old Shannon Casey.  Police say both are jailed.

PREVIOUSLY from Lynchburg Police: The suspects in this case have been identified as follows: Brandon Michael Powell – 28 year old male. Shannon Marie Casey – 29 year old female. Last seen operating a maroon Chevrolet S10 pickup bearing VA/ VGZ-5921. Both subjects are currently wanted for Grand Larceny. Thank you to all those who submitted tips through Crime Stoppers

Previously:

From Lynchburg Police: The Lynchburg Police Department is seeking information regarding a Larceny from Walmart on Old Forest Rd. On November 2, 2017 at approximately 11:00 am, a white male and white female entered Walmart and selected a Power Mate 2000 Watt Generator valued at $488.00. The suspects attempted to exit the store with the generator through the garden center however they were stopped by an employee who asked to see their receipt. The suspects then walked back through the store and exited the general merchandise doors, passing all points of sale and exiting without paying. The suspects left the scene in an unknown direction of travel. Officers responded to the scene and were able to obtain photos of the suspects. Anyone with information regarding this case or the identity of the suspects is asked to contact Officer A. Turner at (434) 455-6060 x 611 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Visit the updated Central Virginia Crime Stoppers Website at cvcrimestoppers.org or contact Central Virginia Crime Stoppers via TEXT, send “CVCS” plus your message to 274637.
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Garrett nears end of first year in Congress unhappy with inaction

Rep. Tom Garrett

As 6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte prepares for his final year at the Capitol, his next-door colleague in the 5th District is nearing the end of his first. And as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, Tom Garrett agrees with those who say things get done much better in Richmond than in Washington.

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GOP worries Northam may offer jobs to Republicans, flip party control

A Richmond newspaper reports Virginia Republicans are worried that Democratic Governor-elect Ralph Northam might offer a few GOP legislators administration appointments – and by so doing, potentially flip party control in both General Assembly houses to Democrats through special elections. As things stand now, Republicans hold very narrow majorities in both the State Senate and House of Delegates.

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Distracted driving license plate contest: $1,000 prize

A Virginia high school student will see his or her work appear on state license plates in coming years, part of state efforts to bring greater awareness to distracted driving. The state’s DMV is conducting the competition, a design for a “Take Action Against Distraction” license plate. The winner also gets a $1,000. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:

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With vote count now complete, GOP retains of House of Delegates control

Elections officials in Stafford County near Fredericksburg have certified the vote totals from last week’s election. The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star’s web site reports that with all the provisional ballots counted, the Republican candidate for House of Delegates won the seat by 82 votes, which means the GOP maintains House control 51 seats to 49. However, several of the closest races face recounts.

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NC woman killed in Campbell County US 29 accident

State Police say a North Carolina woman was killed last night when her car left US 29 in Campbell County and struck a tree. Troopers say it happened just outside Altavista, and 36-year-old Sarah Woods of Winston-Salem was pronounced dead at the scene. She was the only person in the car.

From Virginia State Police: Around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday (Nov. 12), Virginia State Police was called to the scene of a fatal, single-vehicle crash in Campbell County. A 2004 Mazda 6 sedan was traveling northbound on Route 29 about half a mile south of Route 714 when the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to run off the left side of the road and strike a tree. The driver – Sarah E. Woods, 36, of Winston-Salem, NC – was pronounced dead at the scene. She was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. There were no passengers in the sedan. The crash remains under investigation.

 

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Fire officials probe cause of TriTech fire in Appomattox

State Police and Appomattox County fire officials are working to determine the cause of last night’s fire at TriTech Solutions of Virginia in Appomattox. Officials say the front half of the industrial building was destroyed; that is the portion that houses the office area. The back half has smoke damage, but it was saved. No injuries are reported. TriTech is a metal fabrication business.

From the Appomattox Volunteer Fire Department: AVFD was dispatched to a commercial structure fire this morning at TriTech just outside the Town of Appomattox. First arriving unit’s found heavy fire coming from the front office and smoke coming from the warehouse. Members made an interior attack and stopped the fire from spreading from the office to the warehouse. Units on scene were Appomattox Engine 1, 2, and 3 as well as Appomattox Ladder 7 and Tanker 5 Appomattox Fire had 21 members on scene Concord Fire Dept. Provided mutual aid assistance bringing two trucks and 11 firefighters, in all 32 volunteers responded to this incident. Special thanks to DRT and the Appomattox Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.

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