Archives for December 2016

Traffic Fatalities over Holidays

State Police say 10 people died in traffic crashes across Virginia during a four-day period over the Christmas holiday. Spokeswoman Corinne Geller said in a statement Tuesday that preliminary reports show three of the people killed were pedestrians. Of the drivers and passengers who died, four weren’t wearing seat belts. The agency will have an increased presence across the state over the New Year’s holiday.

Fire in Lynchburg

Fire chased a family from its home in Lynchburg on Monday. Officials say the fire broke out in the basement of the home on Narragansett Drive. The family inside escaped without injury. No word on what caused the fire.

Barbara Briley

The search is on for a woman and her great-granddaughter who were last seen on Christmas Eve at an Exxon gas station in Ruther Glen. Police say Barbara Briley and five-year-old La Myar Briley are from New Jersey but could be in Virginia. The Anson County Sheriff’s Office says Briley was driving a 2014 silver Toyota RAV4 with the Jersey tag C-8-0-E-L-S.

Wrongfully Convicted

A Virginia lawmaker is introducing a bill that will speed up the process of helping the wrongfully convicted without them having to waive their rights to sue the Commonwealth. Delegate Richard Sullivan drafted the measure after assisting Michael McAlister, who was freed after being exonerated of abduction and attempted rape. In Virginia, the legislature awards compensation for wrongful imprisonment.

Fog led to big Crash

Fog is suspected to have led to four chain-reaction accidents on I-77 in Carroll County late Monday morning. Virginia State Police say the crashes involved between three and seven vehicles each in both the northbound and southbound lanes of the interstate. The say extreme fog on Fancy Gap Mountain limited visibility to about 200 feet. There was only one minor injury reported in the wrecks.

Severance Granted Appeal

Charles Severance, the man convicted of killing three prominent Alexandria residents, is being granted an appeal. Severance’s trial defense lawyer says at issue are sufficiency of the evidence, whether the three cases were connected and whether Severance could be subject to two capital murder sentences for the commission of two murders within three years. Severance is serving three life sentences in the murders which happened over the course of a decade and an oral argument in the appeal is expected early next year.

Christmas Cheer

Members of Mammoth Crown music production didn’t come down chimneys, but did knock on doors to bring Christmas cheer to several children in Lynchburg neighborhoods. The group for the second year decorated a U-Haul, filled it with toys and delivered the gifts to nearly 250 children in the Birchwood, Dearington, Langview, Millwood, Burton Creek and College Hill neighborhoods.

Police looking for Suspect

Police in Lynchburg are investigating a robbery at the Econolodge at 2400 Stadium Road on Christmas Eve. Officials say they’re looking for a possible female suspect, between 5’8″ and 5’10” with a medium build. They say she entered the hotel drew a knife and demanded money before making her getaway.

Radford University

Radford University is lifting the suspensions of three of the four fraternities after clearing them of any wrongdoing in the possible abuse of a goat. Delta Chi, Sigma Pi and Pi Lambda Phi have been reinstated while Alpha Sigma Phi remains suspended as the investigation continues. The allegations of animal abuse surfaced earlier this month after an Instagram post. City police and university officials say the goat, nicknamed Phillip, is still missing.

Housing Shortage

The Botetourt County Board of Supervisors is approving a rezoning request to address a housing shortage that’s expected to get worse. The request is for the development of a subdivision of up to 36 patio-style homes off Sanderson Drive. The board last night also revised the zoning ordinance to allow upper-floor apartments above businesses or offices in certain areas.