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UPDATE FROM LYNCHBURG POLICE: The deceased has been identified as Trent Westray, 18, of High Point, North Carolina.

PREVIOUS: The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating after a fatal single vehicle crash on Carroll Avenue tonight. On September 12, 2019, at approximately 9:24 p.m., Lynchburg Police Department officers and members of the Lynchburg Fire Department responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash in the 2300-block of Carroll Avenue near Scaremare. Lynchburg Fire Department medics immediately rendered emergency care, however, an 18-year-old male passenger succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The driver and three other passengers suffered minor injuries.This is an ongoing investigation. Any additional information will be released as an update to this news release. Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call the Lynchburg Police Department Traffic Safety Unit at (434) 455-6047.

NEWS RELEASE:  Virginia State Police Senior Trooper W.I. Davis is investigating a single vehicle crash which resulted in a fatality.  The crash occurred Sunday (Sept 8) at 12:32 a.m. on Whitmell School Road, 3 miles north of Mt. Crossroad in Pittsylvania County.

A 1996 Ford F-150 pickup was traveling north on Whitmell School Road, when the vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned.

The Ford was driven by Cody Lee Barber, 19, of Dry Fork, Va.  Mr. Barber and two other passengers, which were riding in the passenger area of the vehicle, were not wearing seatbelts and were injured.  They were transported to Danville Sova Health Medical Center.

Three individuals were riding in the bed of the truck and were ejected. One was transported to Danville Sova Medical Center.  Another was taken by helicopter to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries.  The third, De Andre Najee Smallwood Davis, 19, of Danville, Va. died at the scene.

Speed and alcohol are believed to be a factor in the crash.  Charges are pending.

Senior Trooper Davis is working to obtain more information on the passengers involved in the crash.

The information in this release is all that is available at this time.

The crash remains under investigation.

NEWS RELEASE: The rising cost of college is a concern for all college-bound high school students and their families. In an effort to bring more clarity and transparency to our pricing, today Randolph College announced a reduction of approximately 35 percent in our tuition, room, and board. Tuition will drop from $40,521 to $25,000, and room and board will decrease from $13,580 to $11,000.

 “The cost to attend Randolph College after grants and scholarships is already competitive with all of Virginia’s top colleges and universities, both public and private,” said Randolph President Bradley W. Bateman. “Today’s change will narrow the gap between our ‘sticker price’ and what students and their families actually pay for a Randolph education.”

The change will begin with the fall 2020 incoming class, and the College is working to ensure there will be no negative impact on current students’ net tuition and fees.

“The personalized approach to college education that Randolph students enjoy is a transformative experience,” Bateman said. “At a small college like ours, everyone is seen; everyone is important; everyone has a part to play. Randolph is a community that welcomes every student, and the opportunities that a Randolph education provides are limitless.

“But as college costs continue to rise, private colleges are viewed by many as overpriced and available only to a select few,” he added. “As a result, our message isn’t getting through to some families, who understandably won’t even consider a college whose advertised price seems well out of their reach.”

The fact is that for most private colleges, this “sticker price” is just a starting point. Most private colleges practice a “high-tuition/high-discount” model, offsetting high tuition costs with large financial aid packages. In fact, most private colleges only charge half of their “sticker price” after the financial aid packages have been awarded.

But most families don’t know this—and as a result, the admissions process tends to favor families with the knowledge, time, and resources to navigate the system. Randolph believes this model is both unfair and unsustainable. By resetting tuition, room, and board to be closer to what families actually pay for a Randolph education, the College is doing its part to change it.

“With this tuition, room, and board reset, and our generous financial aid policies, our message is simple,” Bateman said. “If you’re interested in a high-quality education at a place where every student gets personalized attention from outstanding professors, Randolph College can make that kind of education affordable for your family. We offer a lifetime of opportunity at a very affordable price.”

The news of this price reset is just one of many exciting things happening this year at Randolph. In addition to a major technology upgrade this summer, the College has made numerous other improvements on campus. The gymnasium received extensive renovations, and the stadium turf and tennis courts were refurbished. In addition, Randolph looks forward to the ongoing renovation of the athletic building over the coming year. The M.F.A. program continues to grow dramatically and is drawing talented students and esteemed faculty from all over the nation. The College also added a new data science minor, and thanks to a grant from the Endeavor Foundation, began a new college transition program for first-years this summer.

“There is much going on, and even more to be proud of here at Randolph,” Bateman said.

NEWS RELEASE: Virginia State Police Trooper N.A. Keister is investigating a two vehicle crash which resulted in a fatality.  The crash occurred Thursday (Sept 5) at 3:45 p.m. on Route 29, two tenths of a mile north of Route 29 Business in Pittsylvania County.

A 2017 Peterbilt 330 transport truck was traveling south on Route 29, when it ran off the right side of the road and struck the guardrail.  The Peterbilt then crossed the southbound lanes, then ran through the median and struck a 2014 Nissan Rogue; which was traveling north on Route 29.

The driver of the Nissan was identified as Josephine Gee, 63, of Chatham, Va.  Ms. Gee was wearing her seatbelt and died at the scene.

The information for the driver of the Peterbilt is not available at this time and charges are pending.

The crash remains under investigation.

NEWS RELEASE: Virginia State Police Trooper M.C. Scott is investigating a fatal crash in Appomattox County. The crash occurred Sept. 5, 2019 at 5:23 p.m. on Route 727 (Red House Road), less than a mile south of Route 644.  A 2007 Hyundai Elantra was traveling along Route 727 when it ran off the left side of the road and overturned.

The driver, Angel D. Mosher, 20, of Appomattox, Va., was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. Mosher died at the scene.  The crash remains under investigation.


FROM LYNCHBURG POLICE: We have received several reports of romance scams over the past few weeks. In these scams, the scammer poses as an interested party and will befriend the victim by saying nice things. The scammer slowly gains the victim’s trust and starts asking for small favors such as a little money or a gift card or for the victim to forward a package for them. It then escalates to larger and larger sums and gaining personal information about the victim, including SSN and banking information. The scammers always promise the money is for things like a phone bill, a plane ticket, medical bills, or an emergency to keep talking to the victim. There is always another excuse or another disaster. If you don’t know someone, it’s a good idea to verify them in person before giving them anything – including money or gift cards. If you think you’ve been the victim of a scam, please reach out to us at (434) 455-6041. Below are some tips on keeping yourself safe from scammers.

NEWS RELEASE: LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating a sexual assault that occurred on August 29, 2019 at a business in the 2100-block of Wards Road. The suspect is described as a white male, between 30-40 years old, who has black hair with gray in it, a goatee, and black framed glasses. The suspect also had a piercing or beard jewelry in his goatee near the chin and displayed a tattoo on his forearm of an animal, possibly resembling a duck. This is an ongoing investigation. Any additional information will be released as an update to this news release.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. Duncan at (434) 455-6178 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 798-5900. Enter a tip online at or use the P3 app on a mobile device.

NEWS RELEASE: (Richmond, Va.) – The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is advising consumers not to purchase or use a product sold under the name V8, which is a supplement promoted for male sexual enhancement. As of Aug. 21, 2019, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) had received three reports in the metro Richmond area of patients experiencing severe hypoglycemia (very low blood sugar) after taking V8 pills. The patients required emergency care.

Symptoms of hypoglycemia include irritability, anxiety, shakiness, hunger, profuse sweating and/or a racing heartbeat. Anyone experiencing severe hypoglycemia should seek immediate medical attention. Individuals and healthcare professionals should contact one of Virginia’s three Poison Control Centers at 800.222.1222 about adverse events and side effects to products.

Preliminary laboratory analysis has identified several compounds within the pills that could result in severe hypoglycemia. Testing is ongoing. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported an emerging trend of over-the-counter products containing hidden active ingredients that are harmful.

VDH, VDACS, the VCU Poison Center and the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services are collaborating on this investigation. VDACS Food Safety Specialists are actively seeking this product at convenience stores and other retail locations and will remove and destroy any product located.

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NEWS RELEASE: The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating a car larceny involving communion items that occurred earlier this month. On August 13, 2019, the Lynchburg Police Department received a report of a larceny from vehicle from a volunteer with St. Johns Episcopal Church who was taking communion to a sick parishioner. The larceny took place sometime between 1:30 p.m. on August 12, 2019 and 8 a.m. on August 13, 2019 in the 200-block of Boston Avenue. The items taken include a communion box, silver chalice, paten, pyx, glass bottle, christened holy water, communion wafers, and communion wine.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Lynchburg Police Department at (434) 455-6041, or Crime Stoppers at (888) 798-5900. Enter a tip online at or use the P3 app on a mobile device.

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NEWS RELEASE:  The Lynchburg Police Department is searching for a suspect in connection with a malicious wounding that occurred in the 1100-block of Buchanan Street early this morning. Nicholas Jones, 37, of Amherst, is charged with malicious wounding, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and three counts of shooting into an occupied dwelling. He is described as a 5’5″ black male with short hair and a bushy beard. This is an ongoing investigation. Any additional information will be released as an update to this news release. Anyone with information related to the whereabouts of Nicholas Jones is asked to contact Det. Miller at (434) 455-6160 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 798-5900. Enter a tip online at or use the P3 app on a mobile device.

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