Lynchburg: Avoid driving through standing water

From News Release: Due to the recent rain in Lynchburg and more in the forecast, residents are being strongly advised to avoid driving through standing water and to exercise caution when driving on low lying roads. Additionally, do not go around or remove barricades, and avoid flooded spaces in the City parks and other areas.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management offers these suggestions:

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Historic Albemarle inn searched for paranormal activity

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Despite being a believer in the paranormal since childhood, Terry Petrovits, owner and manager of the Silver Thatch Inn in Albemarle County, has never encountered a spirit. However, over the nearly 20 years she has managed the inn, Petrovits has heard more than her share of ghost stories from guests.

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Perriello launches new PAC to help Democrats

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Former gubernatorial candidate Tom Perriello is starting a new political action committee he says will help a new generation of progressive leaders.
Perriello said Thursday the New Virginia Way PAC’s first project will be to re-elect freshman Democratic state House members. Democrats harnessed voter antipathy of President Donald Trump to make major gains in the state House last year.
A former congressman and State Department official, Perriello mounted an unsuccessful insurgent campaign against now-Gov. Ralph Northam in last year’s Democratic primary.
Northam also has a PAC that will likely raise money to support Democratic candidates.
The next statehouse elections are set for 2019, when both House and Senate seats will be contested.

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UPDATE: Missing Lynchburg man is found

UPDATE from Lynchburg Police: On February 1, 2018 Detectives with the Lynchburg Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit were able to locate Steven Gerald Atkinson in Lynchburg. He was found to be in good health.The Lynchburg Police Department is seeking information in reference to a reported missing adult.

PREVIOUS: On January 31st, family members of Steven Gerald Atkinson reported him missing to the Lynchburg Police Department. Atkinson is described as a 59 year old black male, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing approximately 180 pounds. Officers responded to Atkinson’s home and have been unable to locate him. Atkinson last spoke to family on January 27th. Atkinson went to work on January 29th and worked his normal shift leaving work at 12:30 pm. Atkinson has not returned to work since. Mr. Atkinson’s normal mode of transportation is a bicycle which was not at his home and has not been located at this time.

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Evington man wanted for shoplifting alcohol in Bedford Co. shopping center

From Press Release: Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies have obtained an arrest warrant for Stephen M. Sutphin, age 37, of Evington. The warrant charges him with shoplifting a bottle of alcohol from the ABC Store located in the Graves Mill Shopping Center on January 24, 2018. The warrant in a felony for third of subsequent offence of larceny.

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Trump signs bill giving recognition to 6 Virginia tribes

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law granting federal recognition to six Native American tribes in Virginia.
The law gives the six tribes access to federal funds for education, housing and health care.
The congressman who introduced the bill, U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Virginia, says in a press release it will also allow the tribes to pursue repatriation of historical and cultural artifacts, among other powers. The six tribes – Monacan, Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy, Nansemond and Upper Mattaponi – have sought federal recognition for about 20 years. They already had state recognition.
Trump’s Monday signing of the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017, also known as H.R. 984, follows years of lobbying from U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner of Virginia.

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Ex-Virginia state trooper sentenced in forgery case

ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) – A former Virginia state trooper who admitted writing summonses for nonexistent offenses has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service.
Forty-three-year-old Johnny Godwin was originally charged with six felony counts of forging public records and signing names on three of them. The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that Godwin pleaded guilty on Friday to three downgraded misdemeanor charges of making false entry of records by an officer.

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Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax protests Confederate general honoring

This past Sunday was the birthday of a long-celebrated Confederate General. But not all are eager to honor the legacy of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. WLNI’s Lillian Boyd with the latest.

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Failed hospital bill revived by Virginia Senate committee

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A failed bill seeking to help reopen a shuttered hospital in Virginia has been given another chance by a state Senate committee.
The Roanoke Times reports the Senate Education and Health panel passed the refiled bill by Republican Sen. William Stanley 11-to-0 on Thursday. The emergency legislation was short of the supermajority needed when a vote on Tuesday was 30-to-10 with all 21 Republicans, along with nine Democrats, for it.

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Three men charged in Lynchburg for launching paintballs at buildings and cars

Between January 5th and January 12th The Lynchburg Police  Department has taken dozens of reports of vehicles, residences, businesses and billboards being struck by paintballs.
On January 12th between 9:00 p.m. and 9:10 p.m., officers with the Lynchburg Police Department received multiple reports of individuals launching paintballs from a moving vehicle at other moving vehicles, residences and businesses in the area of Wards Rd and Fort Ave.

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