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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Consignment store owner accused of burglaries in 3 Va. localities

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — The owner of a consignment store in Lynchburg is accused of burglarizing multiple homes in three localities. Media outlets report that 38-year-old Katie Carico Hyatt faces breaking and entering and grand…

  • Former Va. senator donates personal papers

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former state senator from Lynchburg is donating his personal papers to the Virginia Historical Society. Democrat Elliot Schewel served in the Senate from 1976 to 1995. He served on the…

  • Woman who defaced Va. memorial punished anew

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A judge has added to the sentence of a woman who broke off the bayonet of a Lynchburg statue paying homage to World War I veterans. Under a plea deal, Jessica…

  • Va. transgender woman wins name change on 2nd try

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A 24-year-old transgender woman in Lynchburg has won a second bid to legally change her name after a judge rejected her initial request. Joseph David Fialkowski had sought to have her…

  • Va events aim to introduce women to aviation

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Organizers of a series of events are hoping to introduce women and girls to aviation. The “Women Can Fly” events are set for May and June at various airports in Virginia,…

  • New Centra building in Lynchburg to open in 2015

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Centra is building a new $13 million building in Lynchburg that will consolidate patient services in the area. The building is scheduled to open in early 2015. It will include occupational…