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  • Lynchburg College considers changing name to university

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Lynchburg College is considering changing its name to a university. President Kenneth Garren tells The News & Advance (http://bit.ly/1JmJFyW ) that possible options include University of Lynchburg and Lynchburg University. Another…

  • 1 dead, 2 injured in Lynchburg shooting

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy has died in a Lynchburg shooting that also left two injured. Police did not identify the deceased teenager or a possible suspect in connection with the Saturday night…

  • Replica of Lynchburg’s first public statue unveiled

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A replica of a historic downtown Lynchburg statue has been unveiled about three years after the 1883 artwork collapsed. Multiple media outlets report that the city’s newly cast form of an…

  • Ex-Lynchburg jail correctional officer faces sex charges

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A former correctional officer has been charged with having inappropriate sexual contact with an inmate at the Lynchburg Adult Detention Center. Media outlets report that a Lynchburg grand jury indicted 40-year-old…

  • 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…

  • 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…