From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: At 8:03 p.m. Tuesday night, July 29, 2014, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from 1554 Stewartsville Road, Moneta. The caller reported that she was home alone and was in the shower, when a male broke into her home. He grabbed her and pulled her out of the shower while holding a hand gun to her head. He demanded she give him her car keys. When she did not, he tried hot wire her vehicle. When his efforts to start the car failed he left the victims home riding what she described as a moped and traveled west on Stewartsville Road. At 8:50 p.m., Bedford County sheriff’s deputies observed a male on a dirt bike near the intersection of Stewartsville Road and Harveys Creek Road. Attempts to stop the bike failed due to it going off the road and through fields.
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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) _ A teenager has been sentenced to serve up to four years in a prison program for young offenders in a November crash that killed two passengers. Seventeen-year-old Dominique Lorenzo Young was sentenced Tuesday in Roanoke County Circuit Court on two counts of involuntary manslaughter. The Roanoke Times reports that under state law, the incarceration will be reviewed by the Virginia Parole Board to determine when he’s fit for release. Court records show the youth got into his mother’s car without permission on Nov. 11 and picked up a group of friends. He was driving on a learner’s permit that had been suspended five days before due to another crash. Killed in the Nov. 11 accident were 20-year-old Jefferson Cody Elliott and 18-year-old Danial Wayne Buckner.
BEDFORD, Va. (AP) _ A Bedford man accused of waiting several hours to report the death of his 2-year-old son in order to clean up a meth lab in his home has pleaded guilty to child abuse and methamphetamine manufacturing. Media outlets report 26-year-old Michael Anthony Smith entered the plea Tuesday in Bedford County court. The child’s mother, 24-year-old Shana Marie Witt, is charged with first-degree murder.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia is giving shoppers a break on buying back-to-school supplies. Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office says the annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will begin Friday and run through Sunday. During the three-day holiday, shoppers at retail stores statewide won’t have to pay sales tax on notebooks, pens, calculators, binders and other school supplies priced up to $20. Shoes and most clothing items priced up to $100 also will be exempt from the sales tax. The Department of Taxation has posted a list of eligible items and guidelines on its website, http://www.tax.virginia.gov.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Lawyers defending former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife against corruption charges say the couple couldn’t have been scheming together to accept bribes from a businessman because their marriage was falling apart.
The attorneys said the couple had a long-broken marriage and that Maureen McDonnell had developed a crush on a businessman who is the prosecution’s star witness.
The McDonnells are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in loans, designer clothes, vacations and a Rolex watch from Jonnie Williams, the CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific. Prosecutors say that in exchange, they helped to promote Williams’ business. If convicted, they could face decades in prison.
The trial is set to resume Wednesday morning with the continued testimony of Williams’ assistant, Jerri Fulkerson.
Roanoke City Council has taken the lead in sponsoring a “Youth Summit” this Saturday at William Fleming High School … its billed as a place where 8th through 12th graders and their parents or guardians can learn about various services available to youth and families. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has the story:
Former Roanoke Congressman Caldwell Butler is being remembered for his political courage during the Watergate era. Butler died two nights ago at age 89. He is best known as a Republican who, in his first term, voted for President Richard Nixon’s impeachment, and as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports, Butler went to some unusual lengths before reaching his decision.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ An attorney for the wife of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says during the couple’s corruption trial that their marriage was broken and the former first lady developed a crush on a businessman who gave the McDonnells gifts and cash. The McDonnells are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams in exchange for helping promote his dietary supplements company.
Maureen McDonnell’s lawyer William A. Burck said Tuesday during opening statements that the former first lady was “duped” by Williams into thinking he cared for her. Burck said Williams also fooled the Department of Justice and has received immunity from a $10 million stock fraud investigation in exchange for testifying against the McDonnells. The former governor’s lawyers’ opening statements are to follow.
Earlier in the day, a federal prosecutor said the government will prove Virginia’s former governor and his wife illegally lined their pockets with gifts from a businessman who sought their influence to promote his company. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Aber delivered the government’s opening statement Tuesday. Aber said Jonnie Williams will testify under immunity that he initially lied to investigators when he said he was a personal friend of the McDonnells and wanted nothing in return for his generosity.
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) _ Caldwell Butler, a five-term Republican congressman from Virginia who voted for President Richard Nixon’s impeachment, has died. Former Virginia attorney general Richard Cullen and officials with Oakey’s Funeral Service in Roanoke say Butler died Tuesday. The Roanoke resident was 89. An attorney, Butler represented Virginia’s 6th congressional district in the U.S. House from 1972 to 1982. Watergate unfolded during his first term. He helped the House Judiciary Committee draft the Nixon impeachment articles and later voted for them, admitting it took a toll on his political career. Nixon resigned in August 1974 before the full House debated his impeachment. Cullen served as Butler’s press secretary during the impeachment proceedings. Oakey’s is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete. Butler’s wife, June, died last month.