Fire damages downtown Bedford businesses

From the Bedford County Fire Marshal’s Office: On January 27th at around 10:45 a.m. Bedford Communications received multiple 911 calls that reported a commercial structure on fire in the 100 block of South Bridge Street in the Town of Bedford.  Bedford Communications alerted the Bedford Fire Department, Forest Fire Department, Moneta Fire Department, Bedford County […]

Two inmates, including double murderer, escape Abingdon jail

Two inmates are on the loose after they escaped from jail in Abingdon yesterday. Authorities say 51-year-old Johnny Shane Brown and 31-year-old Albert Lee Ricketson escaped from a recreational yard. Ricketson is serving time for a double homicide.  Brown escaped from another jail, in Tennessee, last year. They’re both white men last seen wearing red […]

UPDATE: 14-year-old boy arrested for threatening phone call to EC Glass

UPDATE: A 14-year-old boy has been arrested for making a threatening phone call to E. C. Glass High School. Around 7:40 yesterday, someone called the school claiming to be armed and saying he was going to harm the  principal.   E. C. Glass was on lockdown for most of the school day with nobody allowed in or out. […]

Virginia Senate panel OKs gun bills after campus shootings

Summary RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Democrat-led Virginia Senate panel is advancing a range of gun control bills, including legislation meant to address recent campus shootings at the University of Virginia and a Newport News elementary school. The Senate Judiciary Committee signed off Monday on measures that would tighten Virginia’s gun storage regulations and ban […]

Gunshot victim is among two men charged in early morning Lynchburg shooting

Two men are under arrest after a shooting in the 6000-block of Edgewood Avenue early this morning.  Lynchburg Police went to the scene around 2:30 for a report of shots fired and found one suspect, 23-year-old Samuel Christopher Reeves with a gunshot wound to the leg. They said an occupied home and several unoccupied vehicles were also […]

UPDATE: Two more men charged in Timbers Apartments shooting; both still hospitalized

UPDATE: Two of the men who were shot at the Timbers Apartments in Lynchburg last week now face charges. 25-year-old Ardrius Kendrick Dews and 23-year-old Markeem Devante Dance were among four people shot when police say two groups of people fired at each other in the parking lot. Both men are both charged with malicious wounding, possession […]

Va. Senate Democrats kill effort to repeal electric car rule

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Senate Democrats have defeated several Republican efforts to repeal a law that aims to reduce carbon pollution through the adoption of California’s stringent rules for vehicle emissions. Tuesday’s committee vote marked a critical juncture in the GOP effort to repeal the 2021 law. While there are still similar measures expected […]

One person burned, family dog killed in Campbell County house fire

A house fire in Rustburg left one person injured and killed a family pet this morning. It broke out just before 8am in a single wide home at 216 Treadway Circle. Numerous fire crews responded and put out the fire by 8:20.  Two people were home at the time with multiple animals, and officials say […]

Lynchburg Police Department names officers involved in New Year’s Eve shooting

Lynchburg Police have released the names of three police officers who fired their weapons in a shooting on New Year’s Eve. Police have said the officers fired on 29-year-old Jonathan D. Poe after he nearly ran over two pedestrians on Main Street, led police on a chase, then began firing at them after he crashed […]

Youngkin promises more tax cuts in State of the Commonwealth Address

Governor Glenn Youngkin shared his vision of Virginia 2023 State of the Commonwealth address last night. Among the top items on his agenda is tax cuts:  Youngkin has proposed another $1 billion in tax cuts, beyond the $4 billion in tax relief he already signed into law.  He also gave a shoutout to Valor Farm […]