UPDATE: Suspect arrested for January Neighborhood Market robbery

UPDATED April 26 from Lynchburg Police: On April 26, 2017, Damian Cordero Martin, a 29 year old male, resident of Lynchburg was arrested and charged with the following related to the Armed Robbery of the Neighborhood Market on Park Ave. Robbery – 18.2-58, Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony – 18.2-53.1, Possession of a Firearm by a convicted Felon – 18.2-308.2 and Wearing a mask in public – 18.2-422 Martin is being held without bond at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.

PREVIOUSLY: 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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Amherst County man faces rape, abduction, firearms charges

Harvey Womack

From Lynchburg Police: On 04/25/2017, the Lynchburg Police Department responded to a report of an Abduction and subsequent Assault. The adult victim stated that on the evening of April 24th they met with a male acquaintance on Wards Rd in the city of Lynchburg. The suspect would not allow the victim to leave and produced a semi-automatic handgun threatening the victim, the victim was eventually able to get away from the suspect and report this incident to the police. Officers and Detectives began to investigate and were able to identify the suspect as Harvey Eule Womack, 47 year old male, resident of Amherst County. Detectives were able to obtain multiple arrest warrants for Womack. Amherst County Sheriff’s Office assisted in a safe and successful apprehension of this suspect in this case.

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UPDATE: Police ID driver allegedly driving stolen car that struck pole in Rivermont area

UPDATE from Lynchburg Police: The adult male driver was identified as 19-year-old Jamel Malik Jennings of Lynchburg. Jennings was charged with Grand Larceny, Felony Eluding Police, Reckless Driving, and Driving While Having a Suspended License. Jennings is being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.

Previously: Just before 7:00 a.m. this morning, the Lynchburg Police Department (LPD) took a report that a Black 2005 Kia Amanti had been stolen from the 2100 block of Rivermont Avenue. At that time, Officers were unable to locate the vehicle. Just after 9:00 a.m., the LPD received information that the vehicle was recently observed in the Rivermont Avenue area. Within minutes, Officers patrolling in that area observed the vehicle near Rivermont and Bedford Avenue and attempted a vehicle stop. The driver fled and lost control in the 1500 block of Monsview Place and struck a telephone pole. Both the pole and vehicle suffered extensive damage. The adult male driver was not injured and was taken into custody. At this time, the investigation is continuing and information about potential criminal charges is not available.

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“Multiple firearms” stolen from downtown Lynchburg pawn shop

From Lynchburg Police: On April 15, 2017 at approximately 3:45 a.m., the Lynchburg Police Department responded to an alarm at 909 Main St. L. Oppleman. Upon arrival officers found that the front door to the business had been broken. Once the business was secured, owners of the business responded to the scene and it was determined that an unknown subject entered L. Oppleman wearing dark clothing and stole multiple firearms. After taking the firearms, it was determined that the suspect fled the scene on foot. LPD Criminal Investigations division responded to assist. Additionally, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms was notified and responded to the scene. This investigation is ongoing.

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UPDATE: Missing Arlington County Woman found

Olga Price

Update: The Senior Alert has been canceled, Olga Price has been found safe.

THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE HAS ISSUED A SENIOR ALERT ON BEHALF OF THE ARLINGTON COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT ON APRIL 15, 2017, AT 0600 HOURS. THE ARLINGTON COUNTY POLICE DEPT IS LOOKING FOR OLGA ANN PRICE, W/F, 84 YOA, HGT/5’4″ WGT/180 EYE/GRN HAI/GRY.  HER CLOTHING DESCRIPTION IS NOT KNOWN.  SHE SHOULD BE ADORNED WITH A GOLD WEDDING RING, A GOLD NECKLACE AND WEARING A RED WASHINGTON CAPITALS BASEBALL CAP. SHE IS BELIEVED TO BE IN DANGER AND WAS LAST SEEN ON APRIL 14, 2017, AT 2030 HOURS, AT 1910 NORTH RANDOLPH STREET, ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA. SHE SHOULD BE DRIVING A 2003 TOYOTA CAMRY, BEIGE IN COLOR, WITH VIRGINIA LICENSE PLATES JGR-5815. PLEASE CONTACT THE ARLINGTON COUNTY POLICE DEPT AT 703-558-2222 WITH ANY INFORMATION.

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Lynchburg Man Sentenced on Bankruptcy Fraud Charge

From the U.S. Attorney’s office: A Lynchburg man, who previously pled guilty to a federal bankruptcy fraud charge, was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Lynchburg, Acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced. Randall K. Falwell, 56, of Lynchburg, previously pled guilty to one count of bankruptcy fraud. Today in District Court, Falwell was sentenced to three months in prison, followed by a two-year term of supervised release. In addition, the Court ordered Falwell to pay a fine of $10,000 and to pay more than $17,000 in restitution to the bankruptcy estate as compensation for harm caused by his fraudulent conduct. According to evidence presented at previous hearings by Special Assistant United States Attorney Kari Munro, Falwell knowingly and fraudulently made false statements under oath in two separate bankruptcy proceedings. Specifically, Falwell claimed that he owned partial interests in real property without disclosing to the bankruptcy trustee that he had sold the properties some months earlier. The investigation of the case was conducted by United States Trustee’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jennie L. M. Waering and Special Assistant United States Attorney Kari Munro prosecuted the case for the United States.

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POLL: Virginians want politicians to support government action on environment

A poll released this morning by the Wason Center at Christopher Newport University says Virginia voters see progress on environmental policy and are opposed to a rollback of clean air and water laws. WFIR’s Ian Price has details:

04-05 CNU Environment Poll WLNI-WEB-WRAP

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Lynchburg police seek man reported missing for six weeks

Bradley Franklin

From Lynchburg Police: The Lynchburg Police Department is asking for assistance in locating the following missing person: Bradley James Franklin, W/M, 28 years of age, approximately 5’11” and 170 lbs. He was been reported missing from the Lynchburg area about six weeks ago. Anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts is asked to contact Det. R. Miller in the Criminal Investigations Division. Photo Attached. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective R.G. Miller at 434-455-6160 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. 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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Virginia State Police investigating fatal crash in Wythe County

From Virginia State Police:At 10:04 p.m. Friday (March 31), Virginia State Police Trooper J.J. Graham responded to a fatal crash in Wythe County. The three-vehicle crash occurred on Interstate 81 at the 83 mile marker. Read the rest of this story »

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Campbell County: Altavista EMS no longer operational as of Friday noon

Statement from Director of Campbell County Public Safety Tracy Fairchild: We received notice that Altavista EMS will not be operational as of noon tomorrow, March 31. The Campbell County Department of Public Safety is and always has been committed to ensuring the health and safety of the citizens in the area that Altavista EMS serves. Campbell County Department of Public Safety is already prepared to answer all calls of service in that area. The public should see no difference in service delivery.

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