Va Democrats lay groundwork for changes to sentencing, parole laws

Democrats in Richmond are laying the groundwork for changes in Virginia criminal justice laws when they meet next month in special session. Two House of Delegates committees conducted an on-line  hearing today focusing on sentencing and parole, subjects that included current minimum sentences in Virginia for hundreds of felonies and a lack of discretionary parole. […]

Lynchburg man charged with stealing clothing from woman’s home

NEWS RELEASE: LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating after burglaries involving women’s clothing. On July 27, 2020 at 10:54 a.m., officers responded to the 400-block of Three Creeks Court for a report of a burglary in progress. The victim returned home and found a male in her residence. After investigation, officers and […]

Police seek man who broke into Lynchburg home

NEWS RELEASE: LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating a breaking and entering that occurred overnight. On July 25, 2020 at 10:45 p.m., officers responded to the 6200-block of Old Mill Road for a report of a breaking and entering. After investigation, officers determined an individual entered a residence through a window before fleeing on foot. Anyone with information about this incident, or who […]

Va. Democrats promise action next month on police-related laws

Virginia Democrats in the General Assembly are making it clear – they plan to enact major legislation next month involving police conduct and criminal justice laws. Ahead of that, the process is already underway, as two House of Delegates committees combined yesterday for an on-line hearing. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones: 07-24 Policing Laws-WLNI WEB […]

Suspect captured in Campbell County after a vehicle pursuit

(Sheriff’s office release) RUSTBURG, VA – On July 21 the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office responded to multiple calls describing the reckless handling of a firearm in the 1400 block of Hat Creek Road area (Brookneal) of Campbell County. Upon investigation of these concerns, law enforcement officials received information that the suspect had been exhibiting peculiar […]

Virginia Democrats vow sweeping changes in criminal justice

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Democrats say they are looking to make transformational change to the state’s criminal justice system — just a few months after taking a far less ambitious approach. The killing of George Floyd and widespread protests over police violence have prompted lawmakers and their allies to promise sweeping changes to a […]

Employment commissioner defends agency’s work amid pandemic

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The head of a Virginia agency that has come under scrutiny for its handling of unemployment benefits countered criticism from dozens of Democratic lawmakers, saying that “while there is room for improvement,” her staff has performed “admirably” during unprecedented times. Virginia Employment Commissioner Ellen Marie Hess responded late Thursday to a letter sent […]

No entry to Virginia liquor stores without a mask

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s state-owned liquor stores say they won’t let anyone not wearing a mask into their stores starting Monday as part of an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority will have greeters at the front of stores to prevent people without […]

$2,000 reward offered for info on who fired at Lynchburg Police

NEWS RELEASE: LYNCHBURG, Va. – An anonymous donor is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) who fired shots at Lynchburg Police Department Officers the night of June 1, 2020. On June 1, 2020 at 10:42 p.m., two officers were patrolling the area of Park Avenue and […]