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  • Report: Loudoun County paramedic made inappropriate contact with minor

    WASHINGTON – A volunteer paramedic was arrested Friday night after making inappropriate contact with an underage girl, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday. Timothy Ward, 31, Sterling, Virginia was charged with indecent liberties with a…

  • Lynchburg woman pleads guilty to student loan fraud charges

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A Lynchburg woman has pleaded guilty to several federal fraud charges in a scheme to defraud a student loan program and insurance companies. The News & Advance reports (http://bit.ly/1LkVSkw) 43-year-old Melinda…

  • Woman sentenced to 35 years in drive-by shooting death

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A woman will spend the next 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to the death of a man in a drive-by shooting. The News and Advance (http://bit.ly/1cMAnNt ) reports 23-year-old…

  • Task force outlines train derailment response improvements

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A state task force says Virginia currently doesn’t have the specialized training, expertise and equipment necessary to deal with a “worst-case scenario” involving train derailments. The task force’s report released Friday…

  • Friends of man killed by train ordered to be in safety video

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A judge has ordered four friends of a man killed by a train to participate in a video about the consequences of trespassing on tracks and trestles. Police say Esther Tawi…

  • 3 Lynchburg women charged with student loan fraud

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Three Lynchburg women are charged with submitting fraudulent student aid applications for Liberty University online classes. The indictment was unsealed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Roanoke. It charges 42-year-old Melinda…

  • Indianapolis VA Hospital Under Fire for Email Making Fun of Veterans

    (INDIANAPOLIS) — The Department of Veterans Affairs took another hit Monday as news surfaced that an email had been circulated to staffers at an Indianapolis VA hospital making fun of the mental health problems suffered…

  • Former Roanoke woman sentenced for mortgage fraud

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A former Roanoke woman has been sentenced to eight years in prison for operating a Smith Mountain Lake mortgage fraud scheme. Susanne Helbig, who now lives in Georgia, also was ordered…

  • No jail for Va. day care operator where 2 died in fire

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — The operator of an unlicensed day care center in Lynchburg where two children were killed in a fire has received a suspended jail sentence. Media reports say Doris Diggs Lee Thompson…

  • Va. fines CSX $361,000 for Lynchburg derailment in 2014

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia environmental officials are proposing a $361,000 fine against CSX Transportation for an April 2014 train derailment that dumped nearly 30,000 gallons of Bakken crude oil into the James River in…

  • Martinsville had highest jobless rate in November

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The city of Martinsville had the highest jobless rate in Virginia in November. The Virginia Employment Commission says the city’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 9.9 percent. That’s down from 10.1…

  • Study: Liberty U. generates $1b in economic activity

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A new study says Liberty University is a big contributor to the Lynchburg area’s economy. The study by consultant Fletcher Mangum estimates Liberty was responsible for $1 billion in economic activity…

  • Museum offers Culpeper version of Monopoly

    CULPEPER, Va. (AP) — Monopoly fans in Culpeper can now play a local version of the game. Culpeper Opoly was developed by Sophie Hudson with Kash Design. The game board features historic images of the…

  • Feds investigate possible thefts at Va. hospital pharmacy

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating possible thefts at Lynchburg General Hospital’s pharmacy. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents served a warrant at the pharmacy on Wednesday. Special agent in charge Gregory Cherundolo tells…

  • Virginia military family gets holiday home makeover

    A military family in Alexandria is getting a big surprise ahead of
    Christmas. Before their father deploys, Operation Homefront is giving them
    a
    home makeover.