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WDBJ7 Web Staff | May 9, 2012
An Amherst County road has reopened, after being blocked for several hours by a truck accident. The crash happened around 2:50 p.m. Wednesday.  A tractor-trailer carrying a crane tipped on its side, blocking both lanes of traffic.  The driver of the truck was taken to the hospital, but his injuries are not life threatening. Hydraulic fluid spilled from the crane and crews are working on cleaning it up. The accident is just west of Elon.  Route 130 is expected to be closed until around 7 p.m. Cars are being detoured.
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Web Staff | May 11, 2011
The Amherst County Sheriff's Office is investigating several reported scams involving senior citizens. On Tuesday May 3, an elderly couple in the Izaak Walton area of Amherst County had roof repairs made to their home.  A contractor approached them and offered to make the repairs for one price.  He and an employee then did some limited work on the roof.  The couple asked the contractor to write the check because they couldn't see to...
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WDBJ Web Staff | September 4, 2012
Authorities are issuing a warning to parents in Amherst County. They say early Friday morning, a 16 year old student in the Vesuvius area was approached by a man who was asking for directions to Lexington.  The man got out of his truck and asked for further information.  As he did so, he pulled a hoodie he was wearing down over his face. He got back into hus truck and left when he saw a school bus approaching. While the man's intentions weren't known, they were suspicious, and authorities are urging parents to take notice of any strangers who may be in your neighborhood.
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | August 15, 2012
Someone is vandalizing cars, homes, and churches in Amherst County. In the last two weeks, deputies have received 25 different complaints about destruction in Madison Heights and Monroe. A few days ago, someone spray painted the numbers "666" and satanic symbols on a sign in front of Peoples Baptist Church. Investigators tell us they don't think this is a hate crime.  They believe the same person spray painted graffiti on nearby cars and houses. Deputies are pretty sure a teenager is behind the crimes.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | March 29, 2012
Investigators in Amherst County are looking for a man who robbed a convenience store early Thursday morning. Investigators say a man wearing a black stocking cap jumped over the counter, opened the cash register and stole money. It happened around 12:25 a.m. Thursday at the Quickie Store in the Madison Heights part of Amherst County. Here is the news release from the Amherst County Sheriff's Office: The Amherst County Sheriff's Office is investigating a Robbery that occurred early this morning in Madison Heights.
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David Seidel and Assignment Manager | September 8, 2010
Wesley Earnest's murder retrial has been moved from Bedford County.  The trial will take place in Amherst County in November.  Potential jurors will be brought in from Nelson County. Judge Jim Updike granted the change of venue request Tuesday.  Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Wes Nance said prosecutors had asked Judge Updike to try to seat a jury in Bedford County first and then move the trial if that failed.  Nance said he understands why the decision was made.  He noted that guaranteeing a fair trial for Earnest is a necessary component of the legal process.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | June 4, 2012
Investigators are looking into what caused a plane to crash-land Saturday in Amherst County. The pilot was not hurt. He reported that he was en route from Charlotte to Pennsylvania when the engine sputtered and shut off. The pilot was unable to make it to Lynchburg Airport, so he put the plane down in a field. The pilot, Jon Green of Zionsville, Indiana, refused medical treatment. The plane was an ultra-light aircraft. Virginia State Police are looking into what caused the engine to shut off.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | May 8, 2013
A man accused of killing two people in Alabama was arrested in Amherst County on Sunday for driving 100 miles per hour. Cameron Rayford, 29, was free on bond in Alabama after being charged with two counts of capital murder. He was not supposed to leave the state. Amherst County deputies clocked him driving 100 miles per hour on Route 29 on Sunday. Rayford was charged with being a fugitive from justice and reckless driving. Records show that Rayford is charged with killing two people in Alabama.
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September 7, 2012
AMHERST, Va. (AP) -- Three hikers missing since Thursday night along the Appalachian Trail in central Virginia have been found. The Virginia State Police say the women were found around 10 a.m. Friday and are in "fine" condition. Additional details were not immediately available. The hikers are ages 50, 70 and 80. The hikers were reported missing at 9 p.m. Thursday when they didn't return to their camp at the Otter Creek Campground in Amherst County after a hike. While the Amherst County Sheriff's Department was the lead agency in the search, a state police helicopter and troopers on the ground assisted in the search.
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