UPDATE: Third suspect charged with latest L. Oppleman burglary

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.

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Easter tragedy: Madison Heights boy killed in traffic accident

A three-year-old Madison Heights boy died over the weekend when a pickup truck driven by his dad struck a tree. State Police say 24-year-old Timothy Fuller of Abingdon was driving Easter Sunday afternoon on Leesville Road a little south of Route 460 when the pickup left the road and hit the tree. Troopers say Noah Fuller was in a child safety seat, but the collision occurred on the passenger side, and the boy died at Lynchburg General Hospital. His father’s injuries are described as minor. Police say alcohol was not a factor.

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Tax deadline is midnight tomorrow; IRS really hopes you file electronically

The federal tax deadline is approaching — but you still have two days left to file your returns on time and avoid any penalties. The IRS urges you to do so electronically, because it is much likely to avoid errors. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more.

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Report: Liberty University is safest Virginia campus

A report from home security company ADT lists Liberty University as the safest college campus in Virginia. The company took serious crime statistics from each college and university and divided it by campus enrollment. The report lists Regent University in Virginia Beach and Virginia Union University in Richmond as runners-up.

Click here to see the ADT campus safety report.

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Kaine recalls the first decisions he made as governor after the Virginia Tech shootings

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Senator Tim Kaine will be among those speaking Sunday when Virginia Tech commemorates the mass shootings 10 years ago. Kaine was half a world away when he got the news and recalls some of the first decisions he made. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more.

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Lynchburg to use James River as temporary water source; no water quality issues expected

Lynchburg water officials say a water line break from the Pedlar Reservoir means a portion of the city will use the James River as a water source until that break is repaired. But officials tell us all water will still be treated, and while you might notice a change in city water in coming days, there will be no water quality issues.

From Lynchburg City: Due to a waterline break from the Pedlar Reservoir, a portion of the city will be using James River as a water source until the break is repaired. Businesses in the affected area have been notified. Water customers may not notice any change in their water for several days. We will alert the public when the repairs are complete and have returned to the Pedlar Reservoir water source.

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The big leader right now for Virginia governor is “undecided”

A new statewide poll shows Tom Perriello now leading Ralph Northam for governor among Virginia Democrats — and on the Republican side, Ed Gillespie maintains a strong lead over Corey Stewart and Frank Wagner. But the Quinnipiac University poll finds about half of those questioned in both parties are still undecided. The poll shows both Perriello and Northam with a current double-digit lead over Gillespie if the election were held right now.  WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Virginia Democrats hope anti-Trump activism boosts House of Delegates numbers

Virginia Democrats hope that anti-Trump activism in the state can help them gain many more seats this year in the House of Delegates. But they have a long way to before there’s any chance of gaining a majority. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Lynchburg man charged with child porn after police search his home, workplace

Justin Reid II (Photo from LPD)

Lynchburg Police say a Campbell County resident faces child pornography charges after a search of his Timberlake-area home and Lynchburg workplace. Officials say they began investigating 56-year-old Justin Reid II after receiving word from authorities in Oklahoma of child porn being distributed from the Lynchburg area. Police say Reid faces 10 counts, and he is currently jailed without bond.

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NW 611 begins third season of passenger excursions this weekend

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The Norfolk and Western 611 steam locomotive is set to begin another season of passenger excursions this weekend — but you won’t be able to board one in Lynchburg until next month.  For April, they are based in North Carolina, where the restored locomotive has undergone maintenance and federal inspections. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more.

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