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

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UPDATE: Van used in Lynchburg Arms gun thefts is found

Friday: The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Lynchburg Police Department, has identified a vehicle used in the burglary of the Lynchburg Arms & Shooting Range (113 Sunburst Road, Lynchburg.) The vehicle is a 2001 Dodge Caravan, burgundy in color. The vehicle was stolen from the Fort Avenue area of the City of Lynchburg on July 18 and recovered on July 20 near the intersection of Wise and 16th streets in Lynchburg. Anyone with any information regarding this vehicle is urged to contact the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, the Lynchburg Police Department or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers.

(Continue reading for previous Campbell County Sheriff’s Office news releases on the Lynchburg Arms & Shooting Range burglary.)

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Smith Mountain Lake water now flows to Forest

From the Bedford Regional Water Authority: Water from the newly-opened Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Facility  began flowing to Bedford Regional Water Authority customers located in Forest this week. The facility was built to provide water for Authority customers at the Lake, the Town of Bedford, and Forest. Customers in the Lake solely receive water from the new Facility, while customers in the Town of Bedford and Forest receive a mixture of water treated from Smith Mountain Lake and another source. Forest customers are now drinking water that is a combination of water bought from the City of Lynchburg (previously the only source of water they were receiving) and from the Smith Mountain Lake Facility.

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Amherst County rape suspect now in custody

Jaquan Andrews

UPDATE: Blue Ridge Regional Jail records show Andrews was taken into custody Thursday afternoon. He is currently jailed at the Amherst County Adult Detention Center.

From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: The office needs your help with locating Jaquan Tramain Andrews, 29, of Madison Heights. Andrews is currently charged with Aggravated Sexual Battery, Rape, and Object Sexual Penetration related to an incident with a juvenile on 07/15/2017 in Madison Heights. Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Clay Thompson at 434-946-9373 ext. 6.  Or you can remain anonymous by texting Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 274637 with your message.

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Former corrections officer charged with delivering drugs to Campbell County inmates

Benjamin Rackley

From Campbell County: On May 11, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office arrested Benjamin Joel Rackley, 25, of Brookneal, on one count of conspiracy to deliver drugs to prisoners, one count of delivery of drugs to prisoners, and two counts distribution of a controlled substance.  The arrest came as a result of a joint investigation conducted by the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office and the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority. The investigation began in February 2017, when information was developed that Rackley, a former correctional officer at the Campbell County Adult Detention Center, was delivering prescription type medications to inmates at the facility. The offense dates ranged between Aug. 1, 2016 and Feb. 1, 2017. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are anticipated against other individuals.

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Thefts from boats at Smith Mountain Lake: depth/fish finders, sonar units, fishing gear and more

From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: We are investigating several larcenies from boats in the Waterwheel area of Smith Mountain Lake. The larcenies occurred between April 2017 and July 2017. The victims report that their boats were either docked or in lifts when the larcenies occurred. Items stolen from the boats include electronic equipment such as depth/fish finders, sonar units and a large number of fishing poles and tackle boxes. Anyone with information on these crimes can call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900 or text 274637. Crime Stopper callers remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward up to $1,000.00.

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Amherst Co. drug bust: 272 pounds of marijuana seized, two men charged

From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: This office working together with the Virginia State Police, Central Virginia Drug & Gang Task Force, and Roanoke City Police Department made a substantial seizure of marijuana on Thursday afternoon. A total shipment of 272 lbs. of marijuana was intercepted and seized prior to its delivery to  subjects in Amherst County. The marijuana has an estimated street value of over $350,000. The investigation led law enforcement to a residence at 1624 Apt. B., Elon Road, in Madison Heights. As a result of this collaborative effort, David Jason Trail , 35, of Madison Heights and Cedrick Herman Stephens, 51, of Lynchburg have both been arrested. Both men are charged with § 18.2 – 248.1 , Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana .  In addition, (2) firearms and $1800 in U.S. Currency was seized.  The suspects were taken into custody without incident and transported to the Amherst Adult Detention Center, where they are being held on $15,000 bonds. Additional charges are pending.

David Trail

Cedrick Stephens

Amherst Co. Sheriff’s Dept. photo

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AMBER ALERT CANCELLED: 4-year-old Smyth County girl found safe

UPDATE from Virginia State Police: Virginia State Police has just been notified that Kimberly Long was safely located in the Rockingham County/Harrisonburg area…and Joel Long taken into custody without incident. For any additional information, you will have to contact the Smyth County Sheriff’s Office – as they are the lead investigative agency on the abduction.

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Northam calls for party unity after winning Dem nod for governor; Perriello promises to support him

Ralph Northam

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam called for unity as the Democratic party heads into the fight to keep the governor’s mansion, and the man he defeated says he fully supports his party’s nominee. Northam defeated Tom Perriello in Tuesday’s voting 56-44%. As WLNI’s Denise Allen Membreno reports, Northam says he’s the candidate to keep Washington politics out of the Commonwealth.

06-14 Dem gov wrap-WLNI-WEB

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