Report: Lloyd Welch prepares to enter guilty in Lyon sisters murders

Katherine & Sheila Lyon

The Washington Post reports the man charged with murdering the Lyon sisters in 1975 is preparing to enter a guilty plea with prosecutors. Lloyd Welch, Jr. is scheduled for a court appearance next week in Bedford. Police say he abducted Katherine and Sheila Lyon from a Washington D.C.-area shopping mall before killing them. Prosecutors and Welch’s attorneys declined to comment, citing a gag order issued by the judge.

Click here to read the Washington Post article.

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Thomas Road Baptist Church works to help Falwells return from devastated island

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Thomas Road Baptist Church is making efforts to help bring Senior Pastor Jonathan Falwell back home as quickly as possible. Hurricane Irma heavily damaged the airport along with everything else on on St. Martin, and at last word, no planes were able to get in or out. Falwell and his wife Shari had to wait out the hurricane in a shelter. Jason Schonfelder is the church’s executive pastor, and he spoke with us today on the Morning Line:

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The Falwells were unable to leave the island before the hurricane struck, and they are witness to the devastation and impacts to the people who live there.

Here is the entire Morning Line Conversation with Jason Schonfelder:

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Falwells are safe in St. Martin but say services are down and destruction is widespread

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It happens yet again: loaded handgun found at Lynchburg airport checkpoint

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It’s happened yet again at Lynchburg Regional Airport: a passenger cited for bringing a loaded handgun in carry-on baggage. The TSA syas a Goode man was arrested after the handgun and 13 bullets were found during routine screening. By our count, this is the sixth such incident at the airport since April of 2014. The Transportation Security Administration says a Goode man was cited yesterday after the gun was spotted while going through the conveyor belt x-ray. The TSA has reported previous citations at Lynchburg’s airport in June of this year, September 2016, March 2015 and twice in April 2014.

From the Transportation Security Administration: LYNCHBURG, VA—Transportation Security Administration officers prevented a Bedford County, Virginia, man from bringing a loaded handgun on board an airplane at the Lynchburg Regional Airport checkpoint yesterday, Tuesday, September 5. The man was stopped by TSA officers at the checkpoint with a 9 mm handgun loaded with 12 bullets, including one in the chamber. An additional magazine contained 13 more bullets.  TSA officers detected the gun as the man’s carry-on bag was passing through the conveyor belt in the checkpoint x-ray machine. TSA officers immediately contacted the Lynchburg Regional Airport Police, which responded, confiscated the gun and arrested the man, a resident of Goode, Virginia, on a state weapons charge. There was no impact to airport operations.

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Goodlatte: second special prosecutor needed, this one to investigate Hillary Clinton

Congressman Bob Goodlatte says he has no problem with the special counsel’s probe into alleged collusion last year between the Trump campaign and Russia, but he says a second special counsel should be appointed to look into Hillary Clinton. Areas would include alleged leaking of classified information and ties to foreign governments along with her private e-mail server.

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Click here to read Goodlatte’s op-ed piece in Sunday’s Roanoke Times

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With Labor Day behind us, here comes the campaign ad barrage

With Labor Day now past us, this is the time that campaigns typically get into full swing in the weeks leading up to election day. Our political analyst says this year’s race for governor is likely to be the most expensive ever in Virginia. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Gas Buddy: pump prices may not return to normal levels until mid-October

If you had to fill up over the weekend, you know how much prices have risen in the last week or so. Experts say it may take more than a month before those prices return to levels we have seen for most of the year. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Gulf gasoline pipeline shuts down; may impact prices here

One of the major pipelines that sends gasoline to our region from the Gulf Coast has temporarily shut down because of disruptions created by Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath. The Colonial Pipeline extends from Houston to the New York area, and includes the terminal at Montvale. But as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, there is no indication yet that our region will encounter any gasoline shortages.

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Lynchburg radio, TV stations team up for Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief effort

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From Wheeler Broadcasting at WFXR-TV: (Roanoke and Lynchburg, VA)  Thursday morning on WFXR News Good Day Virginia, on WWCW and K92, Star Country, Q99, the Vibe, WFIR, and WLNI as well as the teams community online and social media networks will present the Virginia Gives Back a 26- hour Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Community phone, online and in person fund raising drive to raise critical funds for ongoing American Red Cross Relief efforts in Texas.  Starting at 7am, the combined power of the broadcasters and their digital properties will engage the public to make a contribution.  The Red Cross, Chambers and other community organizations will also join forces to help raise dollars for relief efforts.  Donations can be made in person, by phone, by text or through various online websites.

The community is encouraged to help:

  • Visit: Red Cross Virginia Gives Back Donation Sites
  • Call: 540-512-9099 from 7am-11pm on Thursday 8/31 and 7-9am Friday 9/1 and a member of the phone bank can take your donation
  • Click: virginiafirst.com, k92radio.com, 949starcountry.com, q99fm.com,virginiagivesback.com or redcross.org to make a donation of any size
  • Text: REDCROSS to 90999 and donate $10 through your wireless provider

According to recent updates, the threat from Hurricane Harvey is far from over as rescue and relief efforts will be a long term Red Cross commitment that started last week before the first drop of rain from the storm.  Getting help in some areas will be challenging for some time due to devastating floodwaters and closed roads. This is a heartbreaking and challenging situation for those in the storm’s path and the American Red Cross is working around the clock to provide safe shelter and comfort for the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by this disaster. The Red Cross has mobilized hundreds of trained Red Cross disaster relief workers, truckloads of kitchen supplies as well as tens of thousands of ready-to-eat meals to support this response effort.  Trailers full of shelter supplies including cots and blankets—enough to support more than 20,000 people have already arrived in Texas.

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Our gasoline comes from Gulf Coast refineries, so much disruption may Harvey cause here?

Virginia does not appear to face any potential gasoline disruptions from Hurricane Harvey — that from the organization representing the state’s petroleum industry. But it presumes things don’t get any worse along the Gulf Coast. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones:

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