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Jury finds alleged MS 13 gang member guilty in connection to murder of Lynchburg teen

BEDFORD Co., Va. (WSET) -- A jury has decided that an alleged MS 13 gang member charged in connection to the brutal murder of a Lynchburg teenager is guilty. The Medical Examiner testified how 17-year-old Raymond Wood died on the night of March 27, 2017. One of the six currently charged in his death

WSET - 2018-10-19 14:10:35

City of Lynchburg to refill College Lake

LYNCHBURG, Va.- The City of Lynchburg is temporarily refilling College Lake. The lake will be refilled to full pond until a new bridge is built for Lakeside Drive, and the current dam is removed.

WSLS - 2018-10-19 14:44:40

DSS: All policies and procedures followed prior to death of Lynchburg toddler

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) -- The Department of Social Services says they followed proper procedure leading up to the death of a Lynchburg toddler. Fantasia Lane is charged with killing her nearly 2-year-old daughter back in August. On Thursday, DSS board members met for the first time since the child

WDBJ7.COM - 2018-10-19 04:35:00

Madison Heights store sells most Mega Millions tickets in Virginia

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- TheMega Millions jackpothas soared to $1 billion, as the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

WSET - 2018-10-19 17:11:36

No injuries in morning plane crash in Lynchburg

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LYNCHBURG NEWS AND ADVANCE - 2018-10-18 16:03:00

Charges certified in Madison Heights shooting at Sheetz

Joel Matthew Wright Jr., 28, is charged with one count each of malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony in connection with the July 7 incident. When deputies arrived shortly after 11 p.m. they located the injured man, who suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and was transport

LYNCHBURG NEWS AND ADVANCE - 2018-10-18 21:37:00

Lynchburg's new police chief sworn in

Longtime Lynchburg Police Department veteran Ryan Zuidema officially was sworn-in as the city's 15th police chief Friday. Zuidema, who was named chief earlier this month, took the oath at City Hall before a crowd of more than 100 city officials, retired and active law enforcement officials and famil

LYNCHBURG NEWS AND ADVANCE - 2018-10-19 22:16:25

UPDATE: Officials to investigate cause of Liberty University-owned airplane at Lynchburg airport; no one injured

Stevens said the airplane, a Cessna 172 Skyhawk, was being piloted by a School of Aeronautics student at the time of the crash. A university-employed instructor also was on board.

LYNCHBURG NEWS AND ADVANCE - 2018-10-18 16:03:00

Trial day 2: Bedford County investigators detail evidence found the night Raymond Wood died

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7)-- Victor Rodas appeared in court today for his second day of trial in connection to a Lynchburg teen's death. Raymond Wood was found on Roaring Run Road in Goode last year with 29 stab wounds. Rodas is facing four charges including abduction and first degree murder of Woo


Bedford County jury trial begins in case of slain Lynchburg teen

It marks the beginning of what attorneys expect will be a seven-day trial for Victor Arnoldo Rodas, 21, who also is charged with abduction for pecuniary benefit and robbery in connection with the March 27, 2017 death of 17-year-old Raymond Wood.


'We're struggling'; Daughters of woman murdered in Bedford Co. trying to cope

The sheriff's office said they determined that 29-year-old Travis Howell called 911 and told them his father, 51-year-old Timothy Howell, had broken into his home.


MS-13 gang member testifies as Victor Rodas trial continues

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va.- The prosecution continues to present its case against Victor Rodas, one of the six people charged in connection with Raymond Wood's death. The 17-year-old's mutilated body was found in Bedford County last March.Bedford County Sheriff's Office Investigator Jon Maddox returned to


Texts show path to slaying of Lynchburg teen

The 14 members of a Bedford County jury saw on Wednesday text messages investigators believe Victor Arnoldo Rodas, 21, sent 17-year-old Raymond Wood about marijuana deals — the last of which prosecutors say was a set-up for his murder.


Lynchburg police searching for man who stole two computers

BEDFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) --Lynchburg Police released a press release that they are currently searching for a man who stole two computers from a Walmart in Bedford.The Lynchburg police described the man as a white male.The male was able to get away with the computers by taking bolt cutters to the chain l


Photos: 150 years of visual history in the Lynchburg area

In the wake of the Civil War, the newspaper that eventually would become The News & Advance printed its first edition Jan. 15, 1866, marking the beginning of 152 years, and counting, of covering the triumphs and tragedies, the celebrations and heartbreaks that have made Central Virginia what it is t


Sweet Briar to host author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Best-selling author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will visit Sweet Briar College for a reading and lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in Murchison Lane Auditorium in the Babcock Fine Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public, though seating will be limited. A book signing will follow.


Popular boutique in Lynchburg reopens on Fifth Street

The new owner, Paula Pekic, said construction played a factor in closing the store originally, but she hopes the current construction won't deter shoppers.


Murder trial for Lynchburg teen begins

BEDFORD, Va,- For the first time, jurors heard details about the alleged gang killing of a Lynchburg teenager. Victor Rodas is one of six charged in connection to Raymond Wood's death. The 17-year-old's badly mutilated body was found in Bedford County last March.


Police: Man steals 2 computers from Walmart after leaving them in garden section

Employees told police that a man entered the store around 12:41 a.m., selected two Hewlett Packard (HP) computers, and then left them in a cart in the garden section.


Lynchburg mayor proclaims YWCA Week Without Violence

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Lynchburg Mayor Treney Tweedy proclaimed this week to be a week without violence.Tweedy read the proclamation outside the YWCA Tuesday as they commemorated National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.The proclamation calls for action against violence based on gender, sexual o