UPDATE: Missing senior safely located

Wallace Newell, Jr.

UPDATE: State Police say Wallace Newell, Jr. has been safely located in northern Virginia.

Senior Alert:  Newell, Jr., Wallace. Missing from UVA Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA on April 28, 2017, at 8:30am.  Wallace Newell, Jr., suffers from a cognitive impairment and physical safety may be in danger.  May be driving a White Oldsmobile Bravado with Ohio Registration FKL7870. Age:  74 Years HGT:  6’01” WGT:  190 Clothing:  Purple or possible red short sleeve T-shirt, Khaki pants, possible white sneakers, blue or denim light jacket or long sleeve shirt. Date Missing:  April 28, 2017 Vehicle:  Oldsmobile Bravado Color:  White Registration:  FKL7870 Investigating Law Enforcement Agency: University of Virginia Police Department (434) 924-7166

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Attorney general aims to boost re-entry services in jails

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Attorney General Mark Herring is meeting with law enforcement officials, mental health advocates and others to discuss ways to improve re-entry services for people preparing to leave local and regional jails.The attorney general’s office is hosting five training sessions on re-entry programs this month for local law enforcement agencies, service providers and others stakeholders. The attorney general’s office says the sessions are designed to help localities implement more effective services that help offenders succeed when they go back into the community.The first conference will be held today at the John Tyler Community College campus in Chester. Other training sessions will be held this month in Virginia Beach, Woodbridge, Lynchburg and Abingdon. Herring says re-entry programs are a “win-win investment” that makes communities safer and saves taxpayer dollars.

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House ignores McAuliffe’s budget vetoes

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Republican lawmakers are rejecting pro-labor and pro-Medicaid expansion tweaks Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe tried to make in the state budget through vetoes.House Speaker William J. Howell said yesterday that he’d directed the House clerk not to include the attempted vetoes in the final enrolled version of the budget, saying they were invalid.McAuliffe tried to veto a budget section he said “could preclude” unionized
construction contractors from taking part in public-private transportation projects and a section prohibiting him from expanding Medicaid. Republicans oppose Medicaid expansion and said they’re trying to make sure non-unionized companies aren’t unfairly excluded from major construction projects.Howell took similar action last year on attempted Medicaid-related veto last year. Brian Coy, a spokesman for McAuliffe, said the governor is reviewing the House’s actions.

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Police release surveillance video of suspected Sprint store iPhone thieves

UPDATED MAY 3: Lynchburg Police have released surveillance video taken outside the Sprint store on Wards Road early Tuesday morning. Police say it shows the suspects leaving the store with the stolen iPhones. Police ask anyone who can offer any information to contact them.

PREVIOUSLY: Lynchburg Police are looking for the person or persons who broke into the Sprint store on Wards Road overnight and stole 20 to 30 iPhones. Police say whoever did it got in by breaking a glass front door. Officials ask anyone who may have been in the Wards Road area around 3:30 this morning and may have seen anything suspicious to contact Lynchburg Police.

From Lynchburg Police: At 3:37 a.m., Officers responded to the Sprint store at 4018 Wards Road for an alarm which had been activated during a burglary. Officers arrived to find the front door glass broken out. Multiple areas of damage were found inside and according to management 20 – 30 iPhones were stolen. The suspects were not located and the LPD Crime Scene Unit responded and collected evidence from the scene. The Lynchburg Police Department is continuing to investigate. To gain as much information as possible, we are asking that members of the community who may have been around the Wards Road area during the time of this burglary, and who may have seen anything suspicious, to please contact LPD Detective Terry Wecker at 455-6178 or Crime Stoppers at the number listed below.

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As 611 returns for Lynchburg excursions, concerns that local demand may be waning

The Norfolk and Western 611 excursions are set to run again this month out of Lynchburg and Roanoke, but as they do, the Virginia Museum of Transportation is dealing with the possibility of a waning local demand. It hopes to run more of the excursions in coming years where the 611 has been less seen — and where the demand for seats may now be greater. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Cities decry federal requests to hold immigrants

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – Cities in Virginia’s Hampton Roads region say they risk being labeled “sanctuary cities” for illegal immigrants. But local officials say they’re doing nothing wrong and are following the Constitution.That’s according to an investigation by WAVY-TV .Federal agents are asking jails to hold inmates of questionable immigration status for 48 hours beyond their release date. But sheriffs say such detainer requests require a judge’s signature. Otherwise, they say a person’s rights to due process are being violated.Law enforcement officials in all seven cities said they communicate clearly and cooperate fully with federal immigration agents. They say they notify agents when a non-citizen is in custody and prior to the inmate’s release date.President Donald Trump has warned that so-called “sanctuary cities” risk losing federal funding.

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John Romano on Buddy Wade scandal

John Romano calls out opponent Don Sloan regarding handling of Capt. Buddy Wade scandal. 05-02 Romano Wrap-WLNI

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Tim Griffin receives endorsement from Gov. George Allen

Lynchburg Republican primary candidate for Commonwealth Attorney, Tim Griffin, announces endorsement from Governor George Allen. 05-02 Griffin Wrap-WLNI

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AAA stresses road improvements to Trump administration

A new report is urging the Trump administration to make repairing and maintaining America’s roadways a top priority. More from WLNI’s Ian Price:

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Synthetic opioid fentanyl becomes Virginia’s deadliest drug

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A synthetic opioid was the deadliest drug in Virginia last year.The Richmond Times-Dispatch this week reports fentanyl-related fatalities surpassed those related to heroin and prescription painkillers last year.Of the 1,133 people who died due to opioid overdoses in 2016, fentanyl contributed to 618 deaths. Heroin contributed to 448, and prescription opioids contributed to 469 deaths.Rosie Hobron is a forensic epidemiologist with the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. She says fentanyl is being used as a partial substitute for heroin and many people are overdosing because they don’t know what they’re buying.It’s cheaper to get fentanyl, which is typically developed in a warehouse. Heroin requires acreage to grow the necessary poppies.The opioid crisis was declared a Virginia public health emergency in November.

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