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NEWS RELEASE: The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating a car larceny involving communion items that occurred earlier this month. On August 13, 2019, the Lynchburg Police Department received a report of a larceny from vehicle from a volunteer with St. Johns Episcopal Church who was taking communion to a sick parishioner. The larceny took place sometime between 1:30 p.m. on August 12, 2019 and 8 a.m. on August 13, 2019 in the 200-block of Boston Avenue. The items taken include a communion box, silver chalice, paten, pyx, glass bottle, christened holy water, communion wafers, and communion wine.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Lynchburg Police Department at (434) 455-6041, or Crime Stoppers at (888) 798-5900. Enter a tip online at or use the P3 app on a mobile device.

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NEWS RELEASE:  The Lynchburg Police Department is searching for a suspect in connection with a malicious wounding that occurred in the 1100-block of Buchanan Street early this morning. Nicholas Jones, 37, of Amherst, is charged with malicious wounding, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and three counts of shooting into an occupied dwelling. He is described as a 5’5″ black male with short hair and a bushy beard. This is an ongoing investigation. Any additional information will be released as an update to this news release. Anyone with information related to the whereabouts of Nicholas Jones is asked to contact Det. Miller at (434) 455-6160 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 798-5900. Enter a tip online at or use the P3 app on a mobile device.

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — A suspect accused of assaulting and stealing the wallet of a 79-year-old man has been arrested after a chase in Virginia.

News outlets report Danville police took 43-year-old Jessie Jones into custody Thursday. Danville police said in a news release the 79-year-old was assaulted and robbed at Walmart. He was hospitalized for minor injuries.

Police identified Jones and his vehicle from the store’s surveillance video.

Officers found Jones at a house in Danville. Police say he began to run away when they approached. He was captured after a short foot chase.

Jones is being held in the Danville City Jail without bond. Police say he had an outstanding probation violation and is charged with robbery.

It’s unclear whether Jones had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

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A Martinsville man faces murder charges after reporting that his wife had committed suicide. Police say the call came Monday, and further investigation determined the shooting death of Amber Ives was a homicide, not self-inflicted. 25-year-old David Ives was arrested yesterday; he faces murder and firearms charges.

NEWS RELEASE: David Dillon Ives (DOB: 11/14/1993) was arrested on 8/15/2019 for the murder of his wife, Amber Ives. David Ives has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder, use of a firearm in committing a felony, discharging a firearm within an occupied dwelling, and reckless handling of a firearm. He is currently being held without bond.

On 8/12/19 Martinsville Officers responded to a reported suicide at 735 Onieda Street. Upon arrival, the officers found Amber Ives, age 25, with an injury consistent with a gunshot wound. The victim did not survive the injury and was pronounced dead at the scene. Information and evidence collected at the scene by officers and results from the medical examiner’s office determined that the case was not a suicide but a homicide. Further information obtained during the investigation by the Martinsville Police Department and the Virginia State Police resulted in charges against David Ives.

Although an arrest has been made, the investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time. If anyone has any information regarding this crime, contact Sergeant Richard Ratcliffe at 276-403-5331 or Crime Stoppers at 276-63-CRIME.



A guilty plea today – and an eight-year prison sentence – for a Lynchburg robbery in 2017 that turned fatal. One of the would-be robbers, Dedric Megginson was killed in the gunfire inside a Dearing Street home. Today, Darrell Saunders, Jr. pleaded guilty to his role in the botched robbery. Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Bethany Harrison says the plea agreement was reached at the insistence of victims in the case.

From Commonwealth’s Attorney Bethany Harrison: On August 15, 2019, Darrell Jermaine Saunders, Jr. pleaded guilty to Burglary,Attempted Robbery, Use of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, and Possession of aFirearm by a Violent Felon. The defendant received a total sentence of 28 years with 20 yearssuspended pursuant to a plea agreement. The plea agreement was reached at the insistence of the victims of the case who did not want to relive the traumatic events of May 15, 2017 and become the targets of negative attention.

Around 9:30 p.m. on May 15, 2017, Saunders and his friend Dedric Megginson went to the back door of a home in the 800 block of Dearing St. in Lynchburg, Virginia. Saunders knocked on the back door of the home which was answered by the victim. Saunders was known to the victim and asked the victim to retrieve a phone number for him. As the victim looked down to get his phone from his pocket, Saunders , who was still standing in the doorway, pushed the victim further into the home. Saunders called out for Dedric Megginson to enter the home where both men assaulted the victim and reached into the victim’s pockets. The victim had a handgun in his waistband which he retrieved and fired at his attackers. Saunders was shot through the lower torso and fell to the ground. Megginson overpowered the victim, took the victim’s gun, then hit the victim in the head with the gun. At this time, another adult male in the home came downstairs where he saw Saunders on the ground and on top of the victim. Megginson was in the process of standing up with a gun pointed at the adult male. The adult male fired three shots at Megginson. Megginson ran out of the back door of the home.
When Lynchburg Police Department officers arrived at the home, they found Megginson in the backyard unresponsive with gunshot wounds to his head and chest. A silver .22 caliber handgun was found near Megginson in the backyard. The victim’s handgun was found on the ground a short distance away from Megginson in the backyard. Megginson died from his injuries.
Darrell Saunders, Jr. was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital to be treated for his gunshot wound. While at the hospital, he told detectives that he went to the home to pick up marijuana from the victim. He claimed as he attempted to smell the marijuana the victim shot him. At that time Megginson came into the home and was also shot. Saunders admitted that the .22 caliber gun was his. He brought it to the house but believed he left it in an alley or the backyard. He said he told Megginson to stand around the corner to wait as Saunders went to the back of the house as he knew it would be bad and he could get shot.
This case was prosecuted by Commonwealth’s Attorney Bethany Harrison. The defense attorney for Darrell Saunders, Jr. was E. Gordon Peters, Jr.

Lynchburg Police hope restaurant surveillance photos help them find two men wanted for stealing a woman’s wallet last month at the Old Forest Road McDonald’s. Police say it happened during the noon hour on July 25th – the woman left the wallet on the counter and the two suspects picked it up and took off.

From Lynchburg Police Facebook page: Do you recognize these men? We are looking for them after they stole a wallet from the McDonald’s on Old Forest Road last month. A woman left her wallet on the counter at the restaurant around 12:30 p.m. on July 25, 2019, and the two men pictured picked it up and left with it. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the LPD at (434) 455-6041 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 798-5900. Enter a tip online at or use the P3 app on a mobile device.

Lynchburg Police are looking for the person who robbed a taxi driver overnight. Police say it happened around Park Avenue and Fillmore street;  the robber held the cabbie at gunpoint and took off on foot with the money. Anyone who might have information on the robbery is asked to contact Lynchburg Police.

NEWS RELEASE: LYNCHBURG, VA (August 15, 2019): The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred near Park Avenue and Fillmore Street this morning.On August 15, 2019 at 2:12 a.m., officers responded to the area of Park Avenue and Fillmore Street for the report of an armed robbery. A black male held a cab driver at gunpoint and obtained an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing the scene on foot. The suspect is approximately 20 to 30 years old, between 5’8” and 6’1” and under 200 pounds. At the time of the incident, he was wearing blue jeans, a black t-shirt, and a flat-brim hat. This is an ongoing investigation. Any additional information will be released as an update to this news release. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. Dubie at (434) 455-6102 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 798-5900. Enter a tip online at or use the P3 app on a mobile device.

NEWS RELEASE: The Lynchburg Police Department is ensuring the safety of all city employees and buildings after an arrest outside City Hall this morning. At 8:56 a.m. on August 14, 2019, officers responded to 900 Church Street for a report of a man in the restroom with a gun bag. After questioning, officers determined Luther Scott, 52, of Lynchburg, is a homeless man who entered City Hall to use the restroom. Officers took Scott into custody and charged him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He now is barred from all city buildings. Scott is being held at the Lynchburg Adult Detention Center without bond. No further information will be released except as an update to this news release.

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