Lloyd Welch Jr. sentenced for murder of the Lyon sisters, 40 years after their disappearance

The man charged with killing the Lyon sisters more than 40 years ago entered guilty pleas yesterday in Bedford County Court. Lloyd Welch Junior was then sentenced to 48 years in prison. Welch is accused of kidnapping the 10 and 12-year-old sisters from a Washington D.C.-area shopping mall, then burning their bodies  in Bedford County. The girls’ remains were never recovered.

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Lynchburg pastor briefly returns to church after riding out Hurricane Irma in Caribbean

Thomas Road Baptist Church Pastor Jonathan Falwell and his wife returned home after riding out Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean last week. The Falwells landed in Puerto Rico on Friday with the help of Samaritan’s Purse, according to the pastor’s tweet. The organization had sent relief to the island of St. Martin – where the couple had stayed to celebrate their anniversary. Pastor Falwell spoke yesterday on his experiences staying in the shelter during the Category 5 storm.

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Goodview man charged after fatally shooting neighbor’s dog

A Goodview man accused of fatally shooting a dog this week has been charged with reckless handling of a firearm. According to the Bedford Sheriff’s Office, Fred Dooley called authorities on Wednesday and said a neighbor’s dog bit his grandson and he was requesting an ambulance. Dooley told authorities that after the dog bite, he went inside to grab a shotgun, found the dog and shot it twice.

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McAuliffe invites McConnell to health clinic for poor

Governor McAuliffe is extending an invitation to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to visit a free health clinic for the low income patients later this week. McAuliffe, a Democrat, said the Republican majority leader could hear firsthand stories from people who struggle to obtain adequate health care.

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Ed Page entrance of Blackwater Creek Trail to be closed next week

The Ed Page entrance to Lynchburg’s Blackwater Creek Trail will be closed to vehicles, pedestrians and bike riders next Tuesday for maintenance. Old Langhorne Road will remain open for on-street parking as well as other nearby entrances.

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Appomattox County man dies after accidental fall in Lynchburg

An Appomattox County man was killed in an accidental fall at a Lynchburg residence. Police responded shortly after noon yesterday and found a man unresponsive in the backyard. Officials identified the man as Leroy Jordan.

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Lynchburg police name person of interest in murder of transgender woman

Police have named Kenneth Kelley Jr. as a person of interest in the murder of a transgender Lynchburg woman. Ebony Morgan died early Sunday morning from multiple gunshot wounds after police responded to shots fired near the 300 block of Rivermont Avenue. Lynchburg authorities are referring to her by her legal name, Phineas Neville.

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Lynchburg police arrest man for driving drunk and hitting three pedestrians

Three people in Lynchburg were hit by a car. Emergency personnel responded early Sunday morning to the 3100 block of Fort Avenue. One remains hospitalized in stable condition, while the other two have been released. The driver, Landon Parks, was charged with a DUI.

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UPDATE: Bedford County authorities locate man who resisted arrest and ran

UPDATE: Cameron Duckworth was located and arrested in Campbell County early this morning.

Earlier today: The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office needs help locating 24-year-old Cameron Duckworth. Deputies have arrest warrants for fraud, possession of stolen property and resisting arrest. When authorities tried to arrest him yesterday morning, he ran. Duckworth is a white man with brown hair, brown eyes, 6-foot-4-inches and weighs about 185 pounds. He was last seen near Cottontown Road and Forest Road wearing a gray sweatshirt and dark pants.

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