Archives for December 2016

Free admission to State Parks New Years

When celebrating the new year, there may be no better place to do it than out in nature. That’s why Virginia is offering free admission to all their state parks on New Year’s Day. State Park officials will offer scheduled hikes and other programs that day. Visitors are also encouraged to take pictures on Sunday and upload it to the State Parks’ website or Facebook page.

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

Lynchburg police are taking part in a pilot program that’s helping older residents in the community receive the food they need. The officers delivered ten pound boxes of food to seniors Wednesday at the Hillcrest Apartments off Birchwood Drive. It’s part of an ongoing partnership with the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. It started in April as part of the LPD’s larger community policing initiative.

Smoke forces Evacuation

Smoke forced the evacuation of the Old Navy store in Lynchburg Wednesday morning. It happened around 11:30 a.m. when customers noticed smoke in the store. Officials say a light fixture malfunctioned causing the smoke, but no fire. They reopened just after 1:00 in the afternoon.

Grandma Found

A man finds a missing 71-year-old woman and her five-year-old great granddaughter alive and safe Wednesday afternoon in Dinwiddie County. Authorities say the man was walking in a wooded area in rural Virginia when he came across Barbara and La’Myra Briley of New Jersey. The two left the Garden State on Christmas Eve to visit relatives in North Carolina but never arrived. They were last seen at a gas station north of Richmond.

Missing Grandma found

A missing 71-year old New Jersey woman and her five-year old great-granddaughter have been found safe in Dinwiddie County. Virginia State Police Sergeant Stephan Vick says that a private property owner found Barbara Briley and LaMyra Briley of Hamilton Township, New Jersey near their silver Toyota Rav 4 on a dirt path in the woods about a mile from Nash Road. Barbara Briley was flown to VCU Medical Center in Richmond. LaMyra was said to be dehydrated and taken by family to the hospital for evaluation. The two had not been seen since Christmas Eve at a gas station in Ruther Glen as they were making their way to Morven, North Carolina.

Bank Robbery

Police in Roanoke are looking for the man who held up a SunTrust bank Tuesday morning at gunpoint. The robbery happened just after 10:15 a.m. at the bank branch on McClanahan Street. Police say the robber made off with some cash after brandishing a gun. No one was injured.


A 20-year-old man is behind bars in connection with a stabbing Tuesday evening in Lynchburg. Police say Alonso Hamlett surrendered to authorities not long after the incident and is now charged with malicious wounding. He’s accused of stabbing Tre-Zhon Reid multiple times at a home on Wadsworth Street. Reid remains at a hospital and is expected to be okay.

Tractor Trailer

Police say a flatbed tractor-trailer ran off the road Tuesday afternoon in Campbell County, killing the 72-year-old driver. It happened at the intersection of Spring Mill and New Chapel roads in Concord around 4:30 p.m. Authorities identify the driver killed as Henry Rush of Rustburg.

Councillor Under fire

The embattled Charlottesville city councillor who came under fire over a series of offensive tweets is resigning from his teaching position at Albemarle High School. Wes Bellamy announced his plans in a statement on Monday. In late November, a local blogger revealed a number of Bellamy’s disparaging tweets between 2009 and 2014, forcing him to step down from his seat on the Virginia Board of Education. Currently, there’s a petition circulating for Bellamy’s removal from his council post.

US Attorney

The U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia is stepping down. U.S. Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. said in a statement Tuesday that he will resign early next month. He says he will be returning to private practice.