Bedford County Sheriff’s Office investigating death in Sheetz parking lot

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a death after a body was found at the Sheetz parking lot on East Lynchburg Salem Turnpike. A caller contacted police yesterday afternoon to report a man was in a car and appeared not to be breathing. Deputies are working to notify his next of kin. No foul play is suspected.

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Lynchburg man charged with stealing two cars and crashing them both

Christopher Houston

Lynchburg Police say a city resident stole two cars yesterday and crashed them both in hit-run accidents. Police say 38-year-old Christopher Houston first stole a vehicle from the Auto Connection on Lakeside Drive and crashed it later in the day Virginia Beach. At that point, say police, Houston stole a second vehicle and crashed that one as well in Virginia Beach. He faces multiple charges.

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Man charged with animal cruelty for shooting neighbor’s dog; dog’s owner also faces charges

More charges have been filed against a Bedford County man who authorities say shot a neighbor’s dog in front of children — and the dog’s owner faces her own charges. It surrounds an incident earlier this month in Goodview when a man told sheriff’s deputies he shot the dog after it bit his grandson. 60-year-old Fred Dooley was charged at the time with reckless handling of a firearm, and now, he faces an animal cruelty count. The sheriff’s office says Natasha Simpson is charged with failure to vaccinate for rabies and failure to register the dog.

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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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Now on line: a map that shows every accident location in Virginia — and the cause of each

You can now go on line and see exactly how many accidents have occurred on any Virginia roadway or intersection. You can search by street — or by accident cause like speeding, texting or alcohol use. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story;

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Click here for the DMV interactive accident map

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Mystery behind GOP Senate healthcare vote today draws concern

The Senate is expected to vote today on whether or not to repeal – or repeal and replace – the Affordable Care Act, but as WFIR’s Ian Price reports they won’t have any support from senators here in the commonwealth:

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Poll: Gillespie and Northam with 44% support each

A new statewide poll shows the race for Virginia governor is currently neck-and-neck. The Monmouth University Poll finds 44% of those questioned favoring Democrat Ralph Northam — and an equal 44% for Republican Ed Gillespie. It also finds that support for and opposition to President Trump has the potential to impact the fall election. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Click here for full Monmouth University Poll results and methodology.

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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

For more information on the AMI meters, visit www.appalachianpower.com.

 

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“Great American Eclipse” providing researchers a rare opportunity

While many are making plans to watch the eclipse next month researchers at Virginia Tech are preparing to study its effects. WLNI’s Ian Price has details:

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Photo: suspect sought in Forest tobacco store theft

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office hopes a surveillance photo will help  identify and find the man who broke into a Forest tobacco store over the weekend. Officials say it happened shortly before dawn Saturday at the Tobacco Express at Forest and Graves Mill Roads. The owner tells investigators the thief took off with 14 cartons of smokes.

(Continue reading for the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office news release.)

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