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Jeffery Thomas Caldwell

Jeffery Thomas Caldwell

From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: At 4:20 p.m. Sunday May 10, 2015, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call reporting a shooting at 961 Summit Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge. Bedford County deputies arrived on the scene at 4:38 p.m. and found a deceased white male lying in the driveway of the residence. It appeared the victim had been shot. The victim was identified as Gary Hamilton, age 45, 961 Summit Ridge Road, Blue Ridge. The body was transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke.  Sunday night, investigators arrested Jeffery Thomas Caldwell, age 52, 208 Summit Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge, Va. Caldwell was charged with Second Degree Murder and is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center without bond.

Undated file image from the  Centers for Disease Control  (CDC) shows Ebola virus

Undated file image from the
Centers for Disease Control
(CDC) shows Ebola virus

House Judiciary Committee Chairman and 6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte, of Roanoke County, says he wrote a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Transportation seeking answers about the Ebola outbreak.

(Continue reading for news release from Congressman Goodlatte and text of letter)

Click HERE to read story on the letter to President Obama and that news release from Congressman Goodlatte.

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Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)

House Judiciary Committee Chairman and 6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte, of Roanoke County, wrote a letter to President Barack Obama asking that he use his authority to temporarily ban individuals traveling to the U.S. from affected West African countries.

(Continue reading for news release from Congressman Goodlatte, including letter to President Obama)

Click HERE to read story on the letter sent to several federal government agencies and that news release from Congressman Goodlatte.

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STATE-NEWSMIDDLETOWN, Va. (AP) _ More than 180 acres of the Cedar Creek Battlefield will be preserved through two recent land acquisitions. Media outlets report that the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation and a coalition of community groups have acquired a conservation easement protecting 179 acres in Strasburg known as Island Farm. A Confederate division crossed the land’s southern border in a surprise attack during the Battle of Cedar Creek on Oct. 19, 1864. The Civil War Trust has acquired 6.7 acres of the battlefield north of Middletown. The land is the site of a defensive stand by Union forces during a Confederate counterattack. The land borders Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park. Park ranger Eric Campbell says the trust plans to eventually transfer the land to the park.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)Updated: Tues., 10/14/14 8:22 a.m.

From the Virginia Department of Transportation:


SALEM — The Virginia Department of Transportation will reschedule the previously announced public hearing for a proposed project to replace the Route 668 (Goode Road) bridge over the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks in Bedford County.  VDOT had announced that the hearing would be held on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Goode Volunteer Rescue Squad located at 9261 Forest Road in Goode.  VDOT will reschedule the hearing sometime in 2015 to allow for further evaluation of design options.

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Fire-ImageThurs., Sept. 25 7:44 a.m.

There is another fatality from last Friday’s fire at an unlicensed home-based day care. Lynchburg Fire Department Battalion Chief Jason Campbell tells WDBJ7 that a child still in the hospital died Wednesday night. Another child died on Sunday and at last check, a third child remained in critical condition at UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville. Earlier this week, Campbell said cooking started the fire. Officials originally believed a kitchen appliance caused it, but now say they do not believe the appliance had a short. The Lynchburg commonwealth’s attorney is waiting for results from a joint investigation by the fire and police departments. He then will decide if the operator of the day care will face charges. The woman did not have a state day care license or a city business license. Social services also is investigating.

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Major Mike Donahue (Liberty Univ. provided)

Major Mike Donahue
(Liberty Univ. provided)

Liberty University says a graduate and former ROTC professor was killed this week in Afghanistan, the result of Taliban attack. The university issued a news release saying that Major Michael Donahue, 41, died from wounds suffered in a suicide bombing at a base outside of Kabul. Donahue’s numerous decorations include the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and the Senior Parachutist Badge. Donahue is survived by his wife, Sherri, and their children Victoria, Seamus, and Bailey.

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Daniel Franklin Janney (Blue Ridge Regional Jail)

Daniel Franklin Janney
(Blue Ridge Regional Jail)


A Campbell County man charged with trying to remove tattoos from two young girls with a razor blade has pleaded guilty. Daniel Janney, 32, pleaded guilty on Thursday to a pair of lesser charges just as his trial was set to begin. A Campbell County judge then sentenced Janney to 14 months. The girls’ mother is already serving 18 months for making no effort to stop the removal. The man accused of tattooing the girls still awaits trial.

humanesocietyThe Lynchburg Humane Society is one of three finalists in the running to win the $25,000 Community Engagement Award in the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals announced Wednesday the other finalists as Clay County Animal Care & Control in Green Cove Springs, Fla. and Kansas City Pet Project in Kansas City, Mo. All three also are in the running to win the $100,000 grand prize. The winners for the national event will be announced on October 7, 2014. Roanoke’s Angels of Assisi also had been competing for the prize in the contest that ran from June through August of this year.

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Michael A. Wood, Jr. (photo provided)

Michael A. Wood, Jr.
(photo provided)

A Bedford County man is charged with attempted abduction, three counts of assault and battery, as well as other charges, after several incidents on Monday. The Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of the attempted abduction and assault of a 13-year-old boy at a bus stop in Forest. While on that call, dispatchers received two other calls about the assault of a man and assault of a woman, both at Westwood Apartments in Forest. Deputies identified the suspect in all three incidents as Michael A. Wood Jr., 48, who also lives at Westwood Apartments. He’s being held without bond. He’s due in court Monday.

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