Hillcats mourn loss of Director of Ticketing at age 24

Skylar Spencer

The Lynchburg Hillcats family is mourning the loss of its Director of Ticketing. Skylar Spencer was 24. There are no details regarding the cause of death, other than it was sudden.

Here is the Hillcats news release: Our hearts are heavy, and we are deeply saddened by the passing of Skylar Spencer at the age of 24. Skylar spent part of the 2016 season as an intern and earned a full-time job as our Director of Ticketing. He was a valuable and important member of our organization and will be missed by everyone who knew him and worked with him. Not only was he a colleague, he was also a friend to all of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the many people he impacted in his life. We kindly ask that you respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time. Donations to help in this time of need can be made here.

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Perriello opposition may turn proposed pipelines into big governor’s campaign issue

Tom Perriello

Two proposed natural gas pipelines may be turning into a hot-button issue in this year’s campaign for governor. Democratic candidate Tom Perriello has announced his opposition to both, breaking with the current governor of his own party. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more.

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(Continue to see the full Perriello video statement and to read the full Atlantic Coast Pipeline response.)

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Proposal to end governor’s authority to restore felons’ right advances in Richmond

The General Assembly is one step closer toward taking away a Virginia governor’s power to restore felons’ rights. A bitterly-divided State Senate yesterday approved a proposed Constitutional amendment. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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UPDATE: new information released on Timberlake-area home invasion suspect

UPDATED February 7: The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office is providing new information on an attempted home invasion last month at Moss Creek apartments in the Timberlake area. They say one of the suspects had a head injury and was bleeding as he ran off.  Authorities say he called a cab to pick him up nearby, and the taxi delivered him to the Meadows apartments near E.C. Glass and the Centra complex.

(Continue reading for the full Campbell County news release.)

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“Sanctuary Cities” bill spurs debate in Richmond

The State Senate has passed a bill that would permit communities to be sued if they choose to act as “sanctuary cities” — but not without opposition from every Democrat. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Sweet Briar College names next president

Meredith Woo

Sweet Briar College has named its next president. Meredith Woo has a background that includes being Dean of the University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She will succeed Phillip Stone, who led Sweet Briar through the transition after the previous board of trustees had planned to close it down. Woo says she is fully aware of Sweet Briar’s ongoing challenges:

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Sweet Briar Board Chair Teresa Pike Tomlinson says Woo is an excellent fit:

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Meredith Woo begins a transition period at the college in April. She will become Sweet Briar’s next president in May.

Click here for the full Sweet Briar College news release.

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Police seek gunman who robbed Bedford Dollar General

Bedford Police are looking for the person who held up the Dollar General store just off Blue Ridge Avenue. Police say a man walked in last night, pointed a gun at the clerk, and demanded a phone and money. There is no word on how much was taken. If you have any information regarding this crime, contact the Bedford Police Department at (540) 587-6011 or call 911.

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Man charged with residential break-in, burglary; about $2,000 in items taken

Harley Sevik

Lynchburg Police have made an arrest for a residential burglary earlier this week in the Clayton Avenue area. Police say close to$2,000 worth of items were stolen. 22-year-old old Harley Sevik was arrested yesterday and faces charges that include Grand Larceny.

From Lynchburg Police: On January 30, 2017 Officers with the Lynchburg Police Department responded to a residential burglary in the Clayton Avenue area. When officers arrived, they found that the residence had been broken into and approximately $2,000 of items had been stolen. During the course of the investigation by the Lynchburg Police Department’s Crime Scene Unit and Digital Evidence Recovery Unit (DERU), Harley David Sevik (22 yoa) was identified as the possible suspect. On February 2, 2017 Harley David Sevik was arrested without incident and charged with Breaking and Entering and Grand Larceny. Sevik is currently being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Lynchburg with no bond.

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Brookneal woman dead, Madison Heights truck driver charged after fatal 460 accident

State Police say an Amherst County truck driver faces charges after a fatal accident today on US 460 in eastern Bedford County, one that killed a Brookneal woman. Troopers say Robert Perry of Madison Heights was driving his rig in the right lane when he started making an improper left turn onto a crossover — and a car traveling in the same lane crashed into the rear of his logging truck. The car’s driver, 56-year-old Susan Myers, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Gillespie, Northam hold early leads for governor; Perriello makes immediate impact

Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam hold the early leads of their primary contests for Virginia governor. But a Wason Center Poll at Christopher Newport University finds most Democrats and Republicans are undecided. The poll finds Gillespie with a better than three-to-one lead over all other Republicans. On the Democratic side, Northam has 26% support, while Tom Perriello, who just entered the race, has 15% per cent.

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