Liberty football is moving to NCAA’s top division

From Liberty University: Liberty received notification today that the NCAA has approved its request to enter into the Football Bowl Subdivision reclassification process. Liberty University submitted the waiver with the NCAA in January, requesting relief to enter into the two-year FBS reclassification process without an invitation to join a FBS conference. The NCAA academic and membership affairs staff approved the request after seeking feedback from the NCAA Division I Strategic Vision and Planning Committee, the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee and the NCAA office of legal affairs. The NCAA waiver approval was based upon Liberty providing substantial information demonstrating its readiness to begin the reclassification process, Liberty’s ability to follow current FBS institutions who have demonstrated viability without a conference affiliation and the university’s ability to satisfy FBS requirements. Starting with the 2017-18 academic year, Liberty’s football program will begin the two-year FBS reclassification process. Liberty will compete as a FBS independent during the 2018 season, which includes having three FBS home games. The football program will be bowl eligible starting with the 2019 season and will be required to play at least five home FBS opponents.

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Man sought in Lynchburg, Campbell County for assault, escaping custody

Rondell Dews

From the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office: Rondell Desmond Dews is wanted by the Lynchburg Police Dept. and the Campbell Co. Sheriff’s Office. Lynchburg is:  #1 charge for escape custody.  Campbell Co. Charges are: #1 Probation violation for Distribution of Cocaine and #2 Assault.  Total of three warrants. Rondell Dews is a black  male 30 years old.  Dews should be considered  armed and dangerous.   Anyone with  information regarding this incident is asked to contact Inv. T.A. Emerson 434-332-9580 or call Crime Stoppers at 888-798-5900. Visit the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers website at www.cvcrimestoppers.org to enter a web tip or text CVCS plus your message to 274637.

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Lynchburg man charged with child porn, growing marijuana

Keith Cash

From Lynchburg Police: In January of 2017 the Lynchburg Police Department’s Forensic Unit was proactively investigating the online sharing of child pornography within the City of Lynchburg. During this investigation a search warrant was obtained and executed at a residence in the Tulane Street area. During the execution of the search warrant a marijuana grow operation was also located. During the course of the investigation by the Lynchburg Police Department’s Forensic Unit, Keith Whitten Cash (29 yoa) was identified as the possible suspect. On January 27, 2017 Cash was arrested and charged with distribution of marijuana and manufacture marijuana by the Lynchburg Police Department’s Vice / Narcotics Unit. On February 7, 2017 Keith Whitten Cash was arrested and charged with 10 counts of possessing child pornography by the Lynchburg Police Department’s Forensic Unit. Cash is currently being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Lynchburg with no bond.

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Officials warn of census scam

From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: We have received reports of a paper based census type scam. Individuals have received an envelope marked “Official Business” from an address containing Census Bureau in the title. Inside the envelope was a multipage survey style document that asked for identifying information such as social security numbers and names of all individuals in the household. This is a scam. Please do not respond to this correspondence.

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UPDATE: Lynchburg man charged with Captain D’s burglary

UPDATE from Lynchburg Police: On January 27, 2017, Brandon J. McDaniel, a 21-year old resident of Lynchburg, was taken into custody for his involvement in the breaking and entering of Captain D’s Seafood on January 15th. This case is still under investigation. Any individual having information pertaining to McDaniel’s involvement or his accomplice is asked to contact Detective Blomquist at (434)485-7267 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.
PREVIOUS: On January 15, 2017 at approximately 2:02 a.m., an unknown subject entered Captain D’s restaurant at 7801 Timberlake Rd wearing all black clothing. They entered by breaking through the glass on the Timberlake Rd side. After taking an undisclosed amount of cash they fled the scene on foot.

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UPDATE: Suspect arrested in armed robbery at Sunshine Market in Lynchburg

 

Oscar Orlando Floyd Jr.

UPDATE – From Lynchburg Police Department: On January 25, 2017 at 7:30pm, Detectives of the Lynchburg Police Department arrested Oscar Orlando Floyd Jr. Age 20 of Lynchburg without incident in reference to the Armed Robbery at Sunshine Market # 2 on Campbell Ave. Floyd was charged with the following: – Abduction – Armed Robbery – Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony – Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon Floyd is being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail without bond.

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Fatal accident on US 460; pickup, loaded dump truck collide

From State Police: We are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash which occurred on Route 460, east of the Town of Bedford at 11:52 a.m. The crash involved a dump truck loaded with gravel and a pickup truck, both of which were traveling east on Route 460.  The dump truck was slowing or stopping in the right lane and was struck by the pickup truck in the rear. The road was blocked eastbound for several hours while the vehicles were removed and the crash was investigated, and reopened at 2:21 p.m. State Police are working to make notification to the next of kin at this time and will release more information after that notification has been made. Virginia State Police Accident Reconstruction was called to assist with the investigation.

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Police: student brings BB pistol to Dunbar Middle

From Lynchburg Police: On January 23, 2017 at approximately 9:32 a.m., School Resource Officers investigated an incident at Dunbar Middle School in which a student was allegedly in possession of a handgun on school property. An investigation has revealed that the handgun was actually a BB pistol which was located in a backpack. The backpack had been brought to school by a 13-year-old student. This student did not display, brandish, or otherwise use the BB pistol in a manner that was threatening to others and it was not brought openly to school. At this time, it appears this is an isolated incident and it is not believed there is any danger to faculty or students as related to this incident. At this time, no charges are being filed and the Lynchburg City School administration will be working with the School Resource Officers to determine an effective resolution to this investigation.

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Authorities investigating Neighborhood Market armed robbery

From Lynchburg Police Department:On 01-22-2017 at approximately 7:33 p.m. Officers with the Lynchburg Police Department responded to the Neighborhood Market located at 1531 Park Avenue (in the City of Lynchburg) for an armed robbery. Upon arrival Officers were advised by the clerk that an unknown male entered the store and brandished a dark handgun and demanded money. The suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect is described as approximately 5’6” – 5’10”, medium build, wearing dark clothing and dark heavy jacket with a hood. The suspect was also wearing some type of mask covering the face and gloves.

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Madison Heights Convenience store robbed; clerk “shaken”

From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: We are investigating a robbery that took place Friday night at the Lee & Moss Convenience Store in Madison Heights. Deputies responded to the store on Old Wright Shop Road, after a black male dressed in a dark blue hoodie and dark pants had left the store with an undetermined amount of cash. The male subject had entered the store around 10:00 pm and threatened the store clerk with physical harm and the use of a gun. He then fled on foot behind the store in the direction of Wright Shop Rd and N. Hillcrest Drive. The clerk was unharmed but shaken from the incident. If you have any information about this incident, please contact Inv. Clay Thompson at 434-946-9373 opt 6 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900

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