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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | July 18, 2012
A Campbell County man is recovering after his home blew up. The fire happened Tuesday afternoon in the Twin Oaks Mobile Home Park near Rustburg. Jeffrey Bryant was home with his son when a propane tank behind their trailer exploded.  Both got out, but their home is destroyed. The flames were so intense at one point, firefighters had a tough time getting close enough to the home to put the fire out. Bryant is in intensive care at a Lynchburg hospital.  His son wasn't injured.
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June 26, 2012
The accident has been cleared. ----------------- A vehicle fire has closed part of Route 43 in Campbell County. The fire is near mile marker 8 in Campbell County. The north and south lanes are closed. Traffic is being detoured onto Route 628, then back onto Route 43. Check back soon for more updates.    
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Web Staff | April 23, 2011
UPDATED 11:45 p.m. Sunday: The phone line is back up and working. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A line down between South Boston and Lynchburg is affecting communications in Campbell County. Dispatchers are asking residents there to dial 911, even for non-emergenices. No word how long the repairs will take.
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June 2, 2011
The outage that was affecting communications services in Campbell County has been restored, according to the county's emergency services director. ------------------ An outage is affecting 911, phones and internet services in parts of Campbell County. Residents with a 332 exchange may notice their services have been disrupted.  If you have an emergency, you should call 434-283-9574 or 434-592-9574 until further notice.  
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | February 16, 2013
Sat., 2/16 4:45 p.m.: Investigators have released the identities of the two people found dead in a home in Campbell County. John Philbrook, age 73 and Virginia Philbrook, age 71 were found inside their home on Sleepy Hollow Road, according to Major LT Guthrie of the Campbell County Sheriff's Office. Authorities say the Philbrooks were murdered. ============================ 4:30 p.m. Friday : The two people found dead in Campbell County on Friday were an elderly couple, according to Major LT Guthrie of the Campbell County Sheriff's Office.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | October 10, 2012
A Forest man died in a car accident Tuesday night in Campbell County. 59-year-old Jerry Payne was killed when his SUV went off Route 683 and hit a tree, and then flipped. The accident happened around 8:30 p.m., less than a mile north of Route 691. Payne was pronounced dead before he could be taken to the hospital. No other cars were involved in the accident.
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | December 6, 2012
Some artists in Campbell County are making sure no one goes hungry this Chirstmas. They've created handmade pottery for a fundraiser called "empty bowls. "  For just $10.00, people are buying ceramic bowls and filling them with soup. All of the profits will go to Campbell County's Rural Emergency Assistance Program, or "REAP", which helps hungry families. "REAP uses the money to buy food and food items necessary for families that find themselves in dire circumstances and it's especially needed at this time of year," said Jenna Brubaker, an artist based in Concord who helped organize this year's event.
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March 15, 2012
An Appomattox man was killed in an accident Thursday morning on Route 24 in Campbell County. 47-year-old Kenneth Canter was killed after his truck ran off the road and hit a tree around 6:40 a.m. He was wearing a seat belt. No one else was in the truck. The road reopened around 8:45 a.m. ------------------- The accident has been cleared, and traffic is moving again. ------------------- The Department of Transportation says a car wreck is tying up traffic in Campbell County.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | January 28, 2013
A fire at a Campbell County nail salon is now under control. The fire started around 3 p.m. in the ceiling of Nail Time. The business is at the intersection of Beechwood Drive and Timberlake Road in Campbell County. The fire was hard to get to because of its location, according to investigators. Two streets in the area are blocked off. A firetruck is in the middle of the road with the ladder extended, making the the hot spots are out. Another business, Twice As Nice Consignment Shop, is also located in the building.
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NEWS 7 Web Staff | January 3, 2012
A Campbell County school bus rear-ended a pickup truck Tuesday morning, just outside of Brookneal. None of the students on the bus were hurt. The driver of the pickup truck had minor injuries. The accident happened in the 1600 block of Brookneal Highway (Route 501). State police say the bus driver's visibility was limited because of the sunlight. The driver has been charged with following too closely. Here is the news release from state police: At 7:53 a.m., Virginia State Police Sr. Trooper C.L. Thomas was called to the scene of a two-vehicle crash in the 16000 block of Brookneal Highway/Route 501 just outside the town of the Brookneal in Campbell County.
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | June 14, 2013
Wind damage didn't keep one Campbell County church down for long. The steeple on Ebenezer Baptist Church in Naruna was nearly knocked off the building during Thursday afternoon's storm.  A WDBJ7 viewer sent us a photo of the leaning steeple. Our newsroom sent a crew to get video of the damage, but fast acting church members had the problem fixed by the time we arrived Friday morning.   They brought in a bucket truck and spent several hours repairing the damage Thursday night.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | June 11, 2013
A grand jury will now hear the case of a man from our area who's accused of killing his grandparents. A preliminary hearing was held for Robert Philbrook on Monday. The judge approved second degree murder charges against him. Prosecutors showed video of Philbrook at a Lynchburg pawn shop on February 12 with jewelry that belongs to his grandparents. That's the last day anyone had heard from John and Virginia Philbrook. "My recollection is of him saying his grandparents had recently died, that he had come into this as an inheritance, and that there was a lot more at home for him to go through,” Cheryl Carter, an employee of the pawn shop said.
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WDBJ Web Staff | June 8, 2013
Virginia State Police are investigating the cause of a two-vehicle fatal crash that occurred June 7th in Campbell County. The crash happened at 3:50 p.m. on Route 501, approximately 100 ft. north of Mollies Creek Road.   A 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe was southbound on Route 501, when it it swerved to the left to avoid a braking vehicle in front of it. When the Tahoe swerved left, it crossed the centerline and struck a northbound 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The driver of the Tahoe, Deprincia Burford, 28, of Monroe, Va. and her passenger, Matthew Elam, 30, of Campbell County, were transported the Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | May 25, 2013
We now know the name of the driver that was killed in a car wreck on Route 460. According to a news release, the wreck happened around 9:30 Friday night on the Campbell/Bedford County line. Virginia State Police were conducting a DUI checkpoint there when Emerson Evans, 25, of Barboursville rear-ended a pickup truck stopped for the checkpoint. Evans died at the scene. The driver of the truck, Huddleston resident Michael Heflin, and his wife were taken to the hospital but are expected to be okay.
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | May 8, 2013
A Campbell County jury has acquitted a former sheriff's deputy of several serious charges. Samuel Candler, 27, was indicted last September on counts of rape, buying alcohol for a minor, and using an animate object for sexual penetration. According to Campbell County Sheriff Steve Hutcherson, the department was made aware of the allegations on February 3, 2012. Candler resigned from the department later that month. Candler's victim testified in court Tuesday that he raped and inappropriately touched her after giving her alcohol at a party in December, 2011.  She was 20 at the time of the alleged offense.
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WDBJ7 Staff Writer | May 7, 2013
Crews are working to tow the tractor-trailer. Officials are hoping the accident will be cleared shortly. ================================== There is an accident on Route 460 at the Mt. Athos ramp involving a tractor trailer. Drivers should avoid the area, if possible. The Virginia Department of Transportation says the east left lane and right lane are closed. Drivers can expect potential delays. Westbound traffic has been reduced to one lane. Drivers traveling eastbound are being diverted onto one of the westbound lanes.
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Teri Jones and Producer | April 27, 2013
The Campbell County Sheriff's Office is investigating a murder. It happened early Saturday morning in Gladys.  Deputies responded to the 400 block of Long Island Road around 2 a.m.  They found a man that had been shot in the torso. 24-year-old Ryan Daniel died at scene.  A few hours later, deputies arrested 23-year-old Joshua Graves.  Investigators say he is charged with second degree murder.    
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | March 26, 2013
A plan to consolidate Campbell County's middle and high schools is moving forward. School board members voted 7 to 2 Monday in favor of a long-term plan, which would result in the construction of two new school campuses over the next 30 years. Under the plan, the current middle and high schools in Rustburg would consolidate with William Campbell Combined School in Naruna to form a new "eastern" school.  Altavista and Brookville middle and high schools would consolidate to form a "western" school.
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Justin Ward and WDBJ7 Reporter | February 27, 2013
Southern Virginia's first wildlife rehab center is now open after a year long battle with local government. "I can kiss all over this possum and love all over this possum. You should never be able to do that with a possum," Tanya Lovern, said with an opossum named Lucy on her shoulder. She says the wild animal was raised indoors. "She would sleep in beds with people and she basically thinks that she's a domesticated pet," Lovern said. The animal is now part of Lovern's wildlife center which opened recently in Danville.
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | February 22, 2013
Many parents will tell you, a car accident involving their child is their worst nightmare. Beth Worth has a 17-year-old daughter and worries every time she gets behind the wheel. "We have very open and frank discussions about the perils of alcohol and what she should be aware of," said Worth, who works as a public information specialist for Campbell County. Many parents aren't having that discussion with their children and that could be why so many accidents involve teenagers who drink and drive.
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