More than 1,600 Virginia supermarket employees losing jobs

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – More than 1,600 supermarket employees in Virginia are set to lose their jobs this summer as Martin’s Food Markets stores are set to close.The layoffs are in addition to 1,100 lost jobs when other Martin’s stores closed.The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that officials at Martin’s announced last week that eight stores in the Richmond area and one store in Williamsburg will close in July and August.Publix Super Markets is buying 10 Martin’s stores and plans to renovate them before reopening them. Publix said it plans to open its first stores in the area this summer.

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Va. urging residents to register to vote ahead of primary

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The Virginia Department of Elections is urging Virginians to register to vote ahead of the June 13 primary elections. Today is the voter registration deadline for the primary. Eligible Virginians can use the department’s online voter registration system to check their registration status, update their information or register to vote for the first time. Virginians can register online through Monday at 11:59 p.m. They can also apply in person at their local voter registration office by 5 p.m. or mail a completed application to their local voter registration office with a postmark of Monday.

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Suspect arrested in connection to malicious wounding case

Raheem Jefferson

From the Lynchburg Police Department:On May 20, 2017 at 11:54 pm officers responded to 8108 Timberlake Rd, Golden Pond Apartments in reference to a report of malicious wounding. Upon officers arrival they located a female victim who had been shot in the arm and leg. The victim was transported to Lynchburg General by the Lynchburg Fire Department for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Officers on scene, within minutes, located the suspect who has been identified as Raheem Juan Jefferson a 20 year old male, resident of Lynchburg. Jefferson was taken into custody without incident. LPD Criminal Investigations Division and Forensic units responded to assist field officers. Jefferson has been charged with the following and is being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail without bond: – Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony – 18.2-56.1 Code of Virginia – Malicious Wounding – 18.2- 51 Code of Virginia – Unlawfully shoot or wound another person in the commission of a felony – 18.2-53 This appears to be an isolated incident and there is no additional known threat to the public.

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Another water line break from Pedlar Reservoir

For the second time in less than six weeks, a water line break from Pedlar Reservoir requires Lynchburg water officials to use a backup source from the James River. City officials say they’ll use the river to serve northern and eastern portions of the city until repairs are complete. All water goes through the same treatment process, and officials say water quality will not be impacted.  The first break occurred April 12.

From Lynchburg City: Due to a waterline break from the Pedlar Reservoir, the City will utilize the James River as a water source for the northern and eastern portions of the city while the southern and western portions of the city will continue to use the Pedlar Reservoir. The public will be notified when the repairs are complete and we have returned to the Pedlar Reservoir water source. For more information please contact Water Resources at (434) 455-4250.

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Lynchburg main jailed on 11 child pornography charges

Michael Rider

A Lynchburg man faces 11 counts of possessing or distributing child pornography. City police say they executed a search warrant at a residence in the Misty Mountain Road area and then arrested 43-year-old Michael Rider. Police say Rider is currently jailed without bond.

From Lynchburg Police: In May of 2017 the Lynchburg Police Department’s Forensics Unit was proactively investigating the online sharing of child pornography within the City of Lynchburg. During this investigation a search warrant was obtained and executed at a residence in the Misty Mountain Road area. During the course of the investigation by the Lynchburg Police Department’s Forensics Unit, Michael Allen Rider, 43 years old was identified as the possible suspect.

On May 19, 2017 Rider was arrested without incident and charged with 10 counts of possessing child pornography and 1 count of distributing child pornography. Rider is currently being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Lynchburg with no bond.

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Virginia man pleads guilty to trafficking cigarettes

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A Virginia man has pleaded guilty trafficking in more than $7 million worth of cigarettes without paying sales taxes.The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release that 60-year-old Bernard Ekelemu of Fredericksburg entered the plea Thursday in federal court in Richmond.According to his plea agreement, Ekelemu directed another person to buy as gas station and for which he got a certificate exempting business purchases from Virginia sales and use taxes.Prosecutors say Ekelemu bought more than $7 million worth of Virginia-stamped cigarettes and sold them to traffickers. Authorities say the traffickers sold the cigarettes on the black market in New York and other areas.Ekelemu faces a maximum of five years in prison at sentencing on Aug. 16

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UPDATE: Amber Alert canceled for missing 8 month old from Hampton

UPDATE:The Amber Alert for a missing 8 month old girl from Hampton has been terminated. Authorities say the alert for Chloe Johnson – who has been missing for more than a week- was terminated yesterday , but there is no word on whether she was found safely or the whereabouts of her mother Keir. Read the rest of this story »

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One dead, two injured in Bedford County crash

An 80-year-old man was killed and two others were injured in a three-vehicle crash in Bedford County. Authorities say Paul Amos, of Bedford died after his car was hit by a Chrysler 200 yesterday when Amos failed to yield the right-of-way at the intersection of Route 122 and Centerville Road. Amos was not wearing his seatbelt. Both the driver and the passenger in the Chrysler were injured. No word on their condition. The third car was hit by the Chrysler after the collision with Amos vehicle. No one in that car was injured.

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Northam leading TV spending, Republicans spending little

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Democrat Ralph Northam has outspent rival Tom Perriello by more than 2 to 1 on TV advertising in Virginia’s closely watched governor’s race with less than four weeks before the primary.Spokesman for both campaigns said yesterday their media tracking showed Northam had spent $1.2 million while Perriello has spent more than $500,000.On the Republican side, Ed Gillespie is the only candidate spending money on TV. He’s spent more than $235,000, according to media tracking company Advertising Analytics LLC.Gillespie has a huge fundraising lead over GOP rivals Corey Stewart and state Sen. Frank Wagner.The TV spending gives a glimpse of the relative financial strength of each candidate. The candidates don’t have report fundraising and spending for April and May until just before the June 13 primary.

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McAuliffe promotes new law to maintain historic black graves

Governor Terry McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is promoting a new law requiring the state to maintain and preserve historic black cemeteries at a level similar to what the state has done for Confederate soldiers.McAuliffe celebrated the new law yesterday on Capital Square with a ceremonial bill signing.The new law provides for payments to be made to charitable organizations and trusts to help preserve gravesites and monuments at two historically African-American cemeteries in Richmond. The state has previously allocated money for upkeep of Confederate cemeteries.The legislation was sponsored by Del. Delores McQuinn.McAuliffe said the law helps make Virginia more inclusive.

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