Archives for October 2016

How VA Students Fare on National Science Exam

Virginia students performed better on a national science exam than their peers in most other states. The Virginia Department of Education says that 50 percent of Virginia fourth graders met or exceeded the proficiency standard on the 2015 national science tests compared to 37 percent of fourth graders nationwide. Among eighth grade students in Virginia, 40 percent met or exceeded proficiency.

Animals Left in Home

Animal control officers are investigating who left more than 100 snakes, spiders, geckos, a turtle and cats inside a Gretna home. All but the snakes and spiders were found alive. The Cherrystone Veterinary Hospital in Chatham took in the cats, which are said to have fleas but are otherwise in good health. Reports suggest the property was set to be auctioned off on October 31st but it has since been delayed.

Roanoke shooting Names Released

Roanoke City police have released the names of the four victims in the shooting at FreightCar America. Fifty-six-year-old Daniel Brown of Montvale died at the scene, while Keith Law of Rocky Mount, Gary Koran of Roanoke, and Travis Valderrama of Catawba were all wounded. Police say the shooter, 53-year-old Getachew Fekede killed himself after the rampage Tuesday morning. The company had fired him earlier this year.

Trick or Treating Safety

DMV Encourages Parents to Include Safety Talk in Halloween Preparation Drivers Should Be Extra Cautious During Trick-or-Treating Hours. The (DMV) is asking parents and guardians to include safety in the celebration. And adults heading out for some of their own Halloween fun should make sure to select a sober driver. DMV recommends that motorists enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully, and stay below the posted speed limit, especially in residential areas. They should avoid passing other vehicles since they may be slowing down for trick-or-treaters and should look out for children darting out between vehicles.

Sink Hole Repair

Next Tuesday and Wednesday, there will be some road construction going on to repair a sink hole. The right lane of westbound Interstate 64 in Rockbridge County is scheduled to close for sinkhole repairs on November 1-2. The lane closure will be in place from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., from mile marker 52 to 50. The sinkhole was recently discovered along the right shoulder of westbound I-64, outside the guardrail near mile marker 51. Motorists should be alert for work trucks using the westbound off-ramp at exit 50. Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511.

Father Convicted in Attack on Sleeping Son

A man who police say attacked his sleeping son has been found guilty. 52 year old Rondule Dyson was charged with the attack on 18 year old Robbie Dyson who was in a recliner in the family’s mobile home in Greenville at 1am on the morning of March 22nd. During the trial, the son said he couldn’t recall how his head got sliced open that day. He had to get stitches for his injuries.

Man Hurt in Fall Down Ravine

Life threatening injuries for a man who fell down a ravine in Waynesboro Wednesday afternoon. Police got the call just before 3pm from the 100 block of DuPont Boulevard. Police say the 50 year old victim was walking when he slipped and fell about 25 feet. He hit his head on concrete near a creek bottom. He was airlifted to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville with life-threatening injuries.

Cats up for Adoption

Hundreds of kittens and cats will be up for free adoption this weekend at the Lynchburg Humane Society. The event is to find loving homes for its 400 felines currently there.

Energy Bills

Applications to receive help with your energy bills are now being accepted by the Campbell County Department of Social Services. You have until November 14th to fill out a form for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP. To qualify, you must have a maximum gross monthly income of no more than 1,287 dollars for a one person household and no more than 2,633 dollars for a household of four.

Credit Card Theft

Police in Lynchburg are looking for the man they say stole credit card information. Police say he used the stolen card numbers at the Kroger on Boonsboro Road. The thief is also believed to be involved in numerous credit card fraud cases in the Lynchburg area over the past few months.