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UPDATE: Police say Tykiem Hurt is now in custody.

PREVIOUS: Lynchburg Police are seeking a man suspected of robbing victims who think they are meeting him to purchase a used cellphone. Tykiem Hurt allegedly arranges the scams through Facebook. Police encourage you to conduct business only through verified businesses or people you know you can trust. And if you do meet someone to conduct a transaction, you are urged to do so in a well-lit, public place – and have someone with you.

NEWS RELEASE: LYNCHBURG, Va.  – The Lynchburg Police Department is attempting to locate Tykiem Hurt. He is wanted for robbery and grand larceny related to his involvement in scams related to the sale of used phones set up via Facebook.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of this individual, or knowledge of these incidents, is asked to contact Det. Dubie at (434) 455-6102 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 798-5900. Enter a tip online at http://p3tips.com or use the P3 app on a mobile device.

This is an ongoing investigation. Any additional information will be released as an update to this news release.

The LPD encourages citizens to conduct business only with verified businesses or trusted individuals. If individuals choose to meet in person to conduct a business transaction, the LPD recommends meeting in a well-lit, public place. Do not meet an unknown person alone.

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The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says murder suspect Michael Brown was hiding in the attic of his mother’s home when he was taken into custody on Monday of last week. Officials say new information led to a new search of the residence, and as officers prepared to enter the attic, Brown crawled out and was apprehended without incident. Officials say Brown never contacted law enforcement to turn himself in.

From the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office:  There have been numerous media inquiries about the apprehension of Michael Brown. For clarification the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will provide the following statement.  On November 27, 2019, in the early morning hours, the investigation led law enforcement authorities including the U. S. Marshals, the Virginia State Police and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, back to the residence of Rodney Brown on Woodthrush Cir. in Franklin County. Officers were searching the residence for Michael Brown. As officers prepared to enter the attic space of the residence, Michael Brown crawled out of the attic and was apprehended by law enforcement without further incident. At no point did Michael Brown contact law enforcement and make arrangements to surrender or turn himself in.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia are warning people to watch their home deliveries or find other ways to receive packages in the mail.

The Daily Progress in Charlottesville reports that police expect thefts of mail packages from homes to increase with Black Friday and beyond.Albemarle police officer Joe George said such thefts are “problem everywhere,” including rural and more urban areas during the holiday season.

Research firm Edelman Intelligence estimates that 23 million Americans have had at least one holiday package stolen since 2014. Most were taken from porches while residents were at work.

People can avoid thefts by having packages delivered to their work. Amazon customers can have packages delivered to Amazon package hubs, which can include places like Whole Foods. Some people buy package lockers for their porches.

(From Lynchburg PD)  The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating a burglary that occurred at the Memorial Avenue Burger King. Officers responded to Burger King at 2424 Memorial Avenue for a report of a burglary. Sometime between November 28 and the morning of November 29, the restaurant was broken into and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken.   Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. R. G. Miller at (434) 455-6160 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 798-5900. This is an ongoing investigation. Any additional information will be released as an update to this news release.

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(from Virginia State Police) Virginia State Police Senior Trooper A.B. Absher is investigating a two vehicle crash which resulted in a fatality.  The crash occurred Wednesday (Nov 27) at 3:14 p.m. on Route 619, three tenths of a mile west of Pedigo Road in Bedford County. A 2005 Nissan Altima was traveling east on Route 619, when the vehicle crossed over the center line and struck a 2001 Daewoo Leganza, which was traveling west on Route 619; head-on. The Nissan was driven by Kendra C. Shepherd, 19, of Hardy, Va.  Ms. Shepherd was not wearing her seatbelt and was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where she later died. The 2001 Daewoo was driven by Amoni M. Logan, 18, of Goodview, Va.  Ms. Logan was wearing her seat belt and was transported to the hospital for injuries received in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

Jens Soering (AP photo)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — U.S. immigration officials have taken into custody a German diplomat’s son who was paroled after serving more than 30 years in prison for slaying his former girlfriend’s parents in Virginia. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement received Jens Soering from state custody Tuesday. ICE spokeswoman Carissa Cutrell declined to say when he might be sent back to Germany. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said previously that Soering as well as former girlfriend Elizabeth Haysom will be deported.

Haysom was serving a 90-year sentence after pleading guilty to being an accessory to murder. She’s originally from Canada.

Haysom and Soering were granted parole Monday. Soering was serving a life sentence.

Soering initially confessed to the 1985 killings but later recanted, saying he was covering for Haysom.

A Lynchburg man is dead after a shooting near Altavista in Campbell County. The sheriff’s office says it happened yesterday in the River Bend Road area, and the body of 26-year-old- Christopher Tench was later found in Pittsylvania County. Investigators say they received reports that the shooting followed a dispute, but they are asking for helping in learning more. At last word, there are no arrests.

NEWS RELEASE: The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting fatality which took place on Monday, November 25, 2019 on/around the River Bend Road area in the town of Altavista (Campbell County).

On November 25, 2019, Campbell County Sheriff’s Office received information about a possible shooting on River Bend Road in Altavista. The report indicated that a male subject was shot during a dispute; however, the alleged victim’s condition and whereabouts were unknown at the time the information was received. Investigators conducted efforts to locate the alleged victim and check his welfare.

During the course of the preliminary investigation, information was provided that led to the location of the victim. The victim was located on private property in Pittsylvania County, VA.

The victim, identified as 26 year old Christopher James Tench of Lynchburg, VA, was deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. The body was recovered and transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke VA.

This is an ongoing homicide Investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Investigator Stuart Herndon with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office at (434) 332-9574 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.

Enter a tip ONLINE at http://p3tips.com or use the P3 app on your mobile device.

Rep. Ben Cline

NEWS RELEASE: Congressman Ben Cline (VA-06) released the following statement regarding the Virginia State Parole Board’s decision to parole Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom. These two individuals were convicted for their roles in the 1985 double murder of Derek and Nancy Haysom in Bedford County.

“I am shocked and appalled by the Virginia State Parole Board’s decision to grant parole to Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom, who are imprisoned for their roles in the gruesome 1985 double murder of Derek and Nancy Haysom in Bedford County,” Cline said.  “The impact of the Haysoms’ murder is still felt by the Bedford community today. This decision, based not on any remorse by the murderers for their crimes, but instead on some supposed cost-benefit to Virginia, is an insult to the families of the victims and to the principles of justice and the rule of law.”

Jens Soering (AP photo)

Convicted killers Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom were granted parole today.  Both were convicted for the 1985 slayings of Haysom’s parents in their Bedford County home in a case that received international attention at the time — and to some extent, still does. Soering was the son of a German diplomat; the murders were gruesome by almost any definition, with both victims stabbed multiple times and their throats slashed. Haysom pleaded guilty as an accessory to the killings and testified in Soering’s trial.

Both were convicted before parole was abolished in Virginia, and both have made multiple earlier requests to be released; today was the first time those requests were granted.

Soering will be released to immigration officials for deportation to Germany; Haysom will return to her home country of Canada.

Soering has maintained for decades that he was innocent despite signing a confession early in the investigation. TheVirginia State Parole Board, which looks into such requests, turned that down, but a spokesperson tells the Times-Dispatch that parole and deportation are appropriate given “their youth at the time of the offenses, their institutional adjustment and the length of their incarceration.”

Soering was 18 years old at the time of the murders, and Haysom was 20.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Virginia granted parole on Monday to a German diplomat’s son who was serving a life sentence for the 1985 killings of his girlfriend’s parents.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s office said the state parole board granted Jens Soering parole for the murders of Nancy and Derek Haysom. The board had rejected his 14 previous parole requests.

Soering’s lawyer, Steven Rosenfield, said he had not received notice of the parole board’s decision and declined further comment. In previous parole applications, Rosenfield said his client had been a model prisoner and planned to live in Germany if paroled.

Soering initially confessed to the killings but later recanted, saying he was covering for girlfriend, Elizabeth Haysom. She also was granted parole Monday.

German officials have sought Soering’s release. Multiple governors, including Northam, rejected his bids for pardons or clemency.

Northam’s office says both Soering and Haysom will be deported and unable to return to the U.S.

Northam “respects the Parole Board’s expertise and appreciates their work on this and all other cases,” the governor’s office said in a statement.

Virginia abolished parole in 1995, but those who were convicted before then are still eligible to seek parole.

In his pardon applications, Soering and his lawyers said DNA evidence unavailable at the time of his conviction pointed to his innocence. The DNA analyses showed that some of the Type O blood found at the scene did not belong to Soering. Nor could it have belonged to Elizabeth Haysom, who has Type B blood.

In 2010, as he was leaving office, then-Gov. Tim Kaine submitted a plan to the Justice department that would have allowed Soering to serve the remainder of his sentence in Germany. Under the plan, Soering would have been eligible for release in Germany after two years there.

But Kaine’s successor, Bob McDonnell, revoked the request.

The parole board most recently denied Soering’s parole request in January. At the time, it cited the seriousness of his crime and said “Release at this time would diminish seriousness of crime,” according to board documents.

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ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man has been arrested in the 1980 homicide of a young Virginia woman whose husband was deployed as a U.S. Navy pilot at the time of her death.

Authorities say 70-year-old Dennis Bowman was arrested Friday in Allegan County, Michigan, where he lives, 175 miles (281 kilometers) west of Detroit.

Kathleen Doyle was 25 years old when she was killed in her Norfolk, Virginia, home in 1980. Investigators say forensic evidence led to Bowman’s arrest, although no other details were released.

Norfolk police Chief Larry Boone says, “No victim is ever forgotten.”

It’s not known if Bowman has a lawyer who could comment on the case. The next step is extradition to Virginia.

Police say Bowman’s 14-year-old adoptive daughter disappeared in Michigan in 1989. She hasn’t been found.

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