More than 1M Virginians expected to travel over Memorial Day

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Officials expect more than one million Virginians to get away over Memorial Day weekend.AAA estimates that 2.6 percent more Virginians will travel this year over the holiday weekend compared to last year. The group says nearly 90 percent of Virginians traveling are expected to drive.Virginia State Police are urging drivers to buckle up and move over when they see lights flashing on the side of the road.Virginia law says drivers must change lanes when possible if emergency personnel, highway maintenance vehicles and tow trucks with flashing lights are on the side of the road.Nationwide, AAA says more than 39 million people will travel 50 miles or more away from home over the holiday weekend.

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Bethany Harrison on The Morning Line

Bethany Harrison, candidate for Commonwealth’s Attorney in Lynchburg, visits The Morning Line. bethany harrison (052317)

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Photos: Two sought for stealing $1,500 in basketball apparel from Lynchburg store

Lynchburg Police are looking for two men who stole about $1,500 worth of basketball apparel yesterday from Foot Action at River Ridge Mall. Police say the two ran off with goods that included many basketball jerseys and shirts.

From Lynchburg Police: The Lynchburg Police Department is seeking information regarding a Grand Larceny which occurred at Foot Action within the River Ridge Mall on May 22, 2017. It was reported that two males entered Foot Action, selected approximately $1,500 worth of basketball apparel to include multiple Jersey’s and Shorts. Both suspects ran out of the store with the merchandise.  Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Off. K. Mitchell at (434) 455-6060 x 587 with the Lynchburg Police Department 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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‘Shame’ spray-painted on Confederate monument in Virginia

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – The word “shame” has been spray-painted on a Confederate monument in Virginia.Media outlets report Norfolk police spokesman Daniel Hudson says officers were called to the vandalism site yesterday  morning.The Norfolk City Council decided in 2015 to keep the monument, despite pressure from a local civil rights group. At the top of the monument is a statue of a Confederate soldier also known as a Johnny Reb.

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Pharmaceutical company to expand in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A pharmaceutical company from India is expanding its Virginia operation thanks in part to state incentives.Gov. Terry McAuliffe yesterday announced that Granules India will spend $35 million to expand its operation in Fairfax County. The governor said the state beat out New Jersey for the project and the company’s announcement came after McAuliffe met with the company’s leaders in March.The expansion will create 102 new jobs and be partially supported by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s jobs program that provides consulting services and funding. The company spent $15 million in 2014 to establish operations in Fairfax, which created 75 jobs.

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UPDATE: Dearing Street break-in suspect is out of hospital and now in jail

Darrell Saunders, Jr.

One of two people who was shot while allegedly breaking into a Dearing Street home in Lynchburg last week now faces more than a half-dozen burglary, robbery and firearms charges. 18-year-old Darrell Saunders, Jr. had been hospitalized, but police say he been released from care and is now in jail. The other person shot during the break-in was killed.

From Lynchburg Police: On 05/22/2017 Darrell Jermaine Saunders Jr., age 18 of Lynchburg was arrested and charged with the following regarding this incident: – 18.2-89 – Burglary while armed with a deadly weapon – 18.2-26 – Attempted Robbery – 18.2-53.1 – Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony (burglary) – 18.2-53.1 – Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony (robbery) – 18.2-22 – Conspiracy to commit Burglary – 18.2-22 – Conspiracy to commit Robbery – 18.2-57 – Assault and Battery Saunders was transported to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail where he is being held without bond.

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More than 1,600 Virginia supermarket employees losing jobs

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – More than 1,600 supermarket employees in Virginia are set to lose their jobs this summer as Martin’s Food Markets stores are set to close.The layoffs are in addition to 1,100 lost jobs when other Martin’s stores closed.The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that officials at Martin’s announced last week that eight stores in the Richmond area and one store in Williamsburg will close in July and August.Publix Super Markets is buying 10 Martin’s stores and plans to renovate them before reopening them. Publix said it plans to open its first stores in the area this summer.

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Va. urging residents to register to vote ahead of primary

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The Virginia Department of Elections is urging Virginians to register to vote ahead of the June 13 primary elections. Today is the voter registration deadline for the primary. Eligible Virginians can use the department’s online voter registration system to check their registration status, update their information or register to vote for the first time. Virginians can register online through Monday at 11:59 p.m. They can also apply in person at their local voter registration office by 5 p.m. or mail a completed application to their local voter registration office with a postmark of Monday.

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Suspect arrested in connection to malicious wounding case

Raheem Jefferson

From the Lynchburg Police Department:On May 20, 2017 at 11:54 pm officers responded to 8108 Timberlake Rd, Golden Pond Apartments in reference to a report of malicious wounding. Upon officers arrival they located a female victim who had been shot in the arm and leg. The victim was transported to Lynchburg General by the Lynchburg Fire Department for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Officers on scene, within minutes, located the suspect who has been identified as Raheem Juan Jefferson a 20 year old male, resident of Lynchburg. Jefferson was taken into custody without incident. LPD Criminal Investigations Division and Forensic units responded to assist field officers. Jefferson has been charged with the following and is being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail without bond: – Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony – 18.2-56.1 Code of Virginia – Malicious Wounding – 18.2- 51 Code of Virginia – Unlawfully shoot or wound another person in the commission of a felony – 18.2-53 This appears to be an isolated incident and there is no additional known threat to the public.

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Another water line break from Pedlar Reservoir

For the second time in less than six weeks, a water line break from Pedlar Reservoir requires Lynchburg water officials to use a backup source from the James River. City officials say they’ll use the river to serve northern and eastern portions of the city until repairs are complete. All water goes through the same treatment process, and officials say water quality will not be impacted.  The first break occurred April 12.

From Lynchburg City: Due to a waterline break from the Pedlar Reservoir, the City will utilize the James River as a water source for the northern and eastern portions of the city while the southern and western portions of the city will continue to use the Pedlar Reservoir. The public will be notified when the repairs are complete and we have returned to the Pedlar Reservoir water source. For more information please contact Water Resources at (434) 455-4250.

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