From State Police: We are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash which occurred on Route 460, east of the Town of Bedford at 11:52 a.m. The crash involved a dump truck loaded with gravel and a pickup truck, both of which were traveling east on Route 460. The dump truck was slowing or stopping in the right lane and was struck by the pickup truck in the rear. The road was blocked eastbound for several hours while the vehicles were removed and the crash was investigated, and reopened at 2:21 p.m. State Police are working to make notification to the next of kin at this time and will release more information after that notification has been made. Virginia State Police Accident Reconstruction was called to assist with the investigation.
House passes ‘Tebow Bill’ on home-school sports; McAuliffe has vetoed similar versions in past years
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia House of Delegates has passed a perennial bill that would allow home-schooled students to participate in public high school sports. The chamber on Tuesday passed the measure widely known as the “Tebow Bill” after former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, who was home-schooled and allowed to play football for his local high school. The Virginia High School League currently prohibits home-schoolers from participating after eighth grade. Governor McAuliffe has vetoed similar bills passed in each of the last two years.
Roanoke County Police have now charged a juvenile student at Northside High School with one felony count of “threats to commit serious bodily harm to persons on school property,” after a threatening message was discovered on a social media account this morning. That led to a shelter-in-place for several hours. No legitimate threat was discovered.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The GOP-controlled Virginia House of Delegates has given preliminary approval to a bill that would allow retired police officers to carry guns while working as school security guards.The House voted Monday to advance the legislation.Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a similar bill last year, saying he had concerns about whether the armed guards would have sufficient training.Republican Del. Scott Lingamfelter said he added new training provisions to this year’s bill in an attempt to allay the governor’s concerns. He said the bill was needed because we live in “very dangerous times” and schools need to be protected against “the unthinkable.”House Democrats voted against the bill, saying it would lead to more exceptions about who can carry guns on schools.
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Update from the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office: The missing juvenile reported to the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office on January 21, 2017 has been located and returned home safe. The Botetourt County Sheriff’s office was able to develop a lead on a possible location of the juvenile on Sunday January 22, 2017. This led Botetourt Deputies to contact Albemarle County Police Department who assisted in identifying a suspect who Botetourt Deputies believe assisted juvenile in disappearing. At approximately 8:00 pm on Sunday the juvenile was located at a home in Albemarle County. A suspect was placed in custody by Albemarle County Police on a Botetourt County warrant for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The suspect is identified as Garret Fitzgerald Coffman of Charlottesville VA. He is currently being held in the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail.
Previously: The Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a missing teen. Melanie Pritts, 15, of Troutville, was last seen Friday night. She’s 5’5” and about 115 lbs. Deputies say she told friends she was heading south. Pritts may have a long-haired black and white cat with her as well. If you know Melanie Pritts’ whereabouts, you’re asked to contact the Sheriff’s office at (540) 473-8631.