Police arrest man for the murder of transgender Lynchburg woman

Kenneth Kelly

Police say Kenneth Kelley Jr. is now in custody for the murder of a transgender Lynchburg woman in July. Investigators named Phineas Neville as the victim, but she went by Ebony Morgan. She was found in a residence on Rivermont Avenue with multiple gunshot wounds and later pronounced dead at Lynchburg General Hospital. Kelley Jr. is being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail with out bond.

Previously: 22-year-old Kenneth Allen Kelley Jr. has been charged in connection to the homicide of Phineas Neville. Kelley Jr has been charged with the following: 18.2-32–2nd Degree Murder, 18.2-53.1-Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony. Anyone that knows the whereabouts of Kelley is asked to contact the Lynchburg Police Department or Crime Stoppers.

Previously: On July 2, 2017, at approximately 1:07 a.m., the Lynchburg Police Department responded to 303 Rivermont Avenue regarding the report of a possible malicious wounding. When officers arrived on scene, they located a victim who had multiple gunshot wounds. The male victim was identified as 28-year-old Phineas Rufus Neville of Lynchburg. Neville was transported from the scene to the Lynchburg General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.
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UPDATE: Monroe man charged with shooting Amherst County sheriff’s deputy

Trevor Ewers

UPDATE from Virginia State Police:  The investigation remains ongoing into the two shootings that occurred in Amherst County Saturday night (Sept. 22, 2017). At the request of the Amherst County Sheriff, the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office is investigating the shooting of an Amherst County Sheriff’s Deputy and the subsequent officer-involved shooting that occurred during a traffic stop at the Monroe Post Office in Amherst County at approximately 11:30 p.m. According to a press release by the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office, “During the course of the stop a passenger in that vehicle produced a handgun and shot one deputy striking them in the head. Another deputy returned fire striking the suspect.” Late Saturday, Virginia State Police charged the passenger, Trevor D. Ewers, 22, of Monroe, Va., with one count of malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer, one count of using a firearm in the commission of a felony and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Ewers is still being treated at Lynchburg General Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

PREVIOUSLY from the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: Our office has had an officer-involved shooting. On 09/22/2017 at approximately 11:30 pm deputies initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle at the Monroe Post Office in Amherst County. During the course of the stop a passenger in that vehicle produced a handgun and shot one deputy striking them in the head. Another deputy returned fire striking the suspect. The deputy has been treated and released. The suspect is still being treated. The Sheriff’s Office has asked the Virginia State Police to investigate this incident in accordance with our policy. All other questions are to be directed to Virginia State Police.

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Lynchburg residents asked to take Main Street Bridge survey — and maybe win a restaurant gift certificate

Demolition of the Main Street Bridge in Lynchburg will begin in November. The city asks residents to participate in a survey to better understand their needs as far as Main Street Bridge. There are five questions, so the survey takes a relatively short time to complete. If you fill it out, you are entered into a drawing for a downtown restaurant gift certificate.

Click here to take the survey.

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Sweet Briar announces major curriculum changes; will reduce tuition by almost one-third

Some major changes are coming to Sweet Briar College one year from now — including a reset to the core curriculum and a tuition cut of almost one-third. Tuition next year will be about $34,000, compared to the current of about $50,000. Sweet Briar officials announced the future changes today, saying they follow a summer of deliberation.

(Continue reading for the full Sweet Briar College news release.)

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Police release surveillance video of Fast Auto Loans robbery

From Lynchburg Police: On September 2, 2017 at approximately 3:46 p.m., the Lynchburg Police Department responded to the Fast Auto Loans located at 2501 Memorial Avenue for a reported robbery. The officers were advised that an unknown dark skinned black male, approximately 20–30 years of age, 6’-1 – 6’2, with a skinny build, wearing a black baseball cap, a black long sleeved shirt, and baggie gray sweat-style pants entered the business armed with a Taser. The suspect then stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the business on foot. The incident remains under investigation by the LPD’s Criminal Investigations Division.
UPDATE 09/06/2017: The Lynchburg Police Department was able to obtain surveillance video from this incident.  Anyone with information regarding the identity of this suspect or information pertinent to this case is asked to contact the LPD or CrimeStoppers.
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McAuliffe signs executive order temporarily halting permits, demonstrations at Richmond Lee Monument

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From Governor McAuliffe’s office: Governor Terry McAuliffe today issued Executive Order Number 67 temporarily halting issuance of permits and prohibiting demonstrations at the Lee Monument until new emergency regulations have been approved and implemented by the Virginia Department of General Services.

Governor McAuliffe determined that following the events of the Unite the Right rally on August 12th in Charlottesville, and subsequent deaths of three individuals, to develop a comprehensive set of fair and consistent rules to both protect first amendment rights and prevent threats to public safety. The Governor believes that this suspension is necessary to give state and local officials breathing room to make thoughtful and informed decisions on managing the new reality of the potential for civil unrest.

“In spite of weeks of preparation, the city of Charlottesville was the target of an act of domestic terrorism that cost one woman her life, and had a helicopter accident lead to the deaths of two state troopers,” said Governor McAuliffe. “In the aftermath of this tragedy, several groups have requested permits to hold similar-styled events at the Lee Monument in Richmond. State and local officials need to get ahead of this problem, so that we have the proper legal protections in place to allow for peaceful demonstrations, but without putting citizens and property at risk. Let me be clear, this executive order has nothing to do with infringing upon first amendment rights. This is a temporary suspension, issued with the singular purpose of creating failsafe regulations to preserve the health and well-being of our citizens and ensuring that nothing like what occurred in Charlottesville happens again.”

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FBI establishes tip lines to report Charlottesville violence

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From the FBI: Following the events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, the weekend of August 11-August 13, 2017, many citizens have proactively contacted law enforcement to provide information and video captured of possible criminal activities and persons during that time frame.  Due to the volume of information that is being shared, the FBI established a tip-line and link for those who wish to voluntarily submit any photos, video or information surrounding these events.

Tip-Line Information:      1-800-CALL FBI  (1-800-225-5324)

Select the option for “Recent Events in Charlottesville, Virginia”

Digital media tips webpage – https://www.fbi.gov/charlottesville

The Civil Rights Division, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia and the Richmond Division of the FBI appreciate the assistance that has been provided thus far and encourages continued cooperation with law enforcement.

The Richmond FBI Field Office, the Civil Rights Division, and the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia have opened a civil rights investigation into the circumstances of the deadly vehicular incident that occurred earlier Saturday morning. The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence, and as this is an ongoing investigation we are not able to comment further at this time.”

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Man dies in Campbell County house fire

From Campbell County: Campbell County Public Safety Director Tracy Fairchild has released the following information about a house fire that happened in Campbell County on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017: The single-family house fire was at 317 Pleasant Hill Road, Lynchburg, in Campbell County. Public Safety received calls about the fire at approximately 6:56 p.m. from both a neighbor and a Campbell County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was in the area. It was reported that there was a male subject in the basement of the house who was unable to get out of the house. It was also reported that the back of the house was on fire and flames could be seen. The fire resulted in one fatality, a man. His name cannot be released at this time. The fire also resulted in the transport to the hospital of a female occupant of the house and a firefighter, both with non-life threatening injuries. Campbell County Public Safety, the Rustburg Volunteer Fire Department, and the Lyn-Dan Heights Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire. The Campbell County Fire Marshal and the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the fire.

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Photos: Campbell County Sheriff’s Office seeks grocery thieft

From the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office: On Sunday, July 23, between 3:30 and 4 p.m., an unidentified man with a basket of groceries walked out of the Walmart on Timberlake Road without paying for them. The man is shown in the surveillance video. He appears to have a tattoo on his cheek. He is believed to have gotten into a white Chrysler 300, also pictured in the surveillance video. If you have any information about this incident, please contact the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office at 434-332-9580.

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Apco begins installing its first Virginia upgraded meters in Lynchburg

From Appalachian Power: ROANOKE, Va., July 24, 2017 – Appalachian Power today began installing upgraded meters in Virginia. The installation is part of a routine service upgrade that will provide multiple benefits for customers. Plans are to install 54,000 Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) meters in the Christiansburg, Blacksburg, Lynchburg and Lovingston areas. There is no charge to customers for the AMI meters, and the upgraded meters will not affect customers’ bills or electric rates.

An authorized contractor for Appalachian Power today began installing the first meters in the Lynchburg area. Installation generally takes less than 15 minutes. Customers will experience a brief power outage as the field technicians’ safety complete the work.

AMI meters are equipped with technology for remote meter reading. Appalachian Power currently uses radio frequency meters, which require an employee in a company truck to drive by a home or business to obtain meter readings. AMI meters use radio frequency in combination with cell phone technology to transmit meter readings directly to the company, eliminating the need for an employee to drive by the residence.

The new meters also provide other benefits. As college towns, the Christiansburg/Blacksburg and Lynchburg/Lovingston areas experience a high number of connects and disconnects due to student housing moves. With the new meters, connects and disconnects, as well as some other service needs, can be accomplished remotely, speeding service to customers. In addition, the new meters will allow Appalachian Power to more quickly detect when an outage occurs; thus, can more quickly dispatch a crew to the

For more information on the AMI meters, visit www.appalachianpower.com.


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