Lynchburg Sheriff's Office

Lynchburg Sheriff's Office history: The General Assembly established an Act in October 1786 stating that forty-five acres of land, the property of John Lynch, and lying contiguous to Lynch’s Ferry, in the county of Campbell, are hereby vested in…gentlemen trustees, to be laid off into lots of half an acre each, with convenient streets, and established a town by the name of Lynchburg. The Campbell County sheriff’s office provided law enforcement for Lynchburg until January 1805, when the Virginia General Assembly enlarged the town’s size and established its local government. The first recorded law enforcement officer for Lynchburg was John Davis, who was made City Sergeant. The common council then established a watch or patrol and a jail was built just beyond town limits, which would have been just to the rear of where the 'old courthouse' now stands. John Davis served as City Sergeant Following John Davis: John W. Hughes 1881-1882 E. P. McFadden 1883-1884 M.M. Day 1885-1886 M. J. Day 1887-1891 Samuel H. Johnson 1892-1911 Charles J. Tyree 1912-1933 Fauntleroy S. Tyree 1934-1941 Charles Watts 1942-1961 John A Wilkerson 1962-1974 * First elected Sheriff Lawrence Simpson 1974-2001 Ronald L. Gillispie 2002-2017 Donald T. Sloan 2017-Present

06/05/2020

VIRGINIA:
In the Supreme Court of Virginia held at the Supreme Court Building in the City of Richmond on Monday the 1st day of June, 2020.
IN RE: FIFTH ORDER MODIFYING AND EXTENDING DECLARATION OF JUDICIAL EMERGENCY IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 EMERGENCY
On March 12, 2020, Governor Northam entered Executive Order 51 (2020) Declaration of a State of Emergency Due to Novel Coronavirus COVID-19. This state of emergency became effective March 12, 2020, and is to remain in full force and effect until June 10, 2020, unless sooner amended or rescinded by further Executive Order. On March 16, 2020, the Chief Justice received a request from the Governor for a declaration of a judicial emergency in all district and circuit courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, pursuant to Va. Code § 17.1-330. The Chief Justice issued an order declaring a judicial emergency for all district and circuit courts of the Commonwealth, effective on Monday, March 16, 2020, to protect the health and safety of court employees, litigants, judges, and the general public (“First Order”). This First Order was effective through Monday, April 6, 2020.
After careful consideration and review, on March 27, 2020, the Justices of this Court unanimously extended the Declaration of Judicial Emergency for a second twenty-one day period, effective April 6 through April 26, 2020, for all district and circuit courts of the Commonwealth (“Second Order”). On March 30, 2020, the Governor, through Executive Order 55 (2020), required Virginia residents generally to stay at home until June 10, 2020, due to the public health threat. On April 22, 2020, the Court extended the Declaration of Judicial Emergency for a third twenty-one day period, through May 17, 2020, for all district and circuit
courts of the Commonwealth (“Third Order”). On May 1, 2020, the Court entered a Clarification Order Concerning Tolling of Statutory Speedy Trial Deadlines During the Judicial Emergency In Response To COVID-19 Crisis (“Clarification Order”). On May 6, 2020, the Court entered an Order modifying and extending the Declaration of Judicial Emergency through June 7, 2020 (“Fourth Order”). Paragraph 4 of the Fourth Order was amended on May 12, 2020 (“Amended Fourth Order”). On May 26, 2020, Governor Northam entered Executive Order 63 (2020), effective May 29, 2020, requiring, among other things and with some exceptions, that face masks be worn inside buildings.
Under the constitutional, statutory, and inherent authority of the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Court unanimously hereby MODIFIES and EXTENDS the declaration of judicial emergency and ORDERS the following:
l) As provided in the First, Second, Third, Fourth, and Clarification Orders, for all cases in district and circuit courts the statutes of limitation and, except as otherwise provided in this Order, all other case-related deadlines, excluding discovery deadlines, shall continue to be tolled during the ongoing Period of Judicial Emergency (currently March 16, 2020, through June 28, 2020) pursuant to Va. Code § 17.1-330. Consistent with this Court’s Fourth Order, in all civil cases, including jury trial cases that are currently suspended, deadlines and obligations arising out of Part Four of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia are not tolled and, upon notice to the parties or their counsel, courts may impose and enforce case related pre-trial deadlines. Litigants are encouraged to resolve as many pretrial matters as possible with or without the assistance of the courts.
2) Courts shall continue to prioritize emergency matters including, but not limited to, quarantine or isolation matters, criminal arraignments, bail reviews, protective order cases, emergency child custody or protection cases, civil commitment hearings, petitions for temporary injunctive relief, proceedings related to emergency protection of elderly or vulnerable persons, petitions for appointment of a guardian or conservator, and proceedings necessary to safeguard applicable constitutional protections.
3) Courts should continue to conduct as much business as possible by means other than in-person court proceedings. In all civil and criminal matters, courts are encouraged to continue and even increase the use of video conferencing, teleconferencing, email, or other means that do not involve in-person contact. These methods are preferred over in-person court proceedings.
4) Notwithstanding the ongoing preference for conducting hearings by video conferencing or telephone, all courts may hear in-person non-emergency matters and non-jury cases if they determine it is safe to do so, and provided they comply with the guidance for transitioning from emergency to routine operations provided by the Office of the Executive Secretary in order to minimize the risk of the spread of COVID-19 from in-person court proceedings. Whether criminal or civil, whether the case is one that is handled in person or by video or telephone, it is not necessary for a party to obtain the agreement of any other party to bring a pre-trial motion before the court or set a non-jury trial. The parties are not relieved of notice requirements or other duties under pre-trial orders and compliance with applicable rules and statutes.
5) All courts and security personnel shall take reasonable measures to prohibit individuals from entering the courthouse if they have, within the previous 14 days:
i. traveled internationally;
ii. been directed to quarantine, isolate, or self-monitor; iii. been diagnosed with, or have had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with, COVID-19;
iv. experienced a fever, cough, or shortness of breath; or
v. resided with or been in close contact with any person in the
above-mentioned categories.
6) The court and security personnel shall direct such individuals to contact the
clerk’s office by telephone or other remote means to inform the clerk of their business before the court so they may receive further instruction regarding alternate arrangements for court access. Judges shall take reasonable steps to minimize the risk of the spread of COVID-19 through social and physical distancing. In doing so, it may be necessary to limit the number of people present in the courthouse or a particular courtroom at any given time to ensure that those present can remain six feet apart.
7) In order to further minimize the risk of the spread of COVID-19 in addition to recommended social and physical distancing, all persons aged 10 or over entering the courthouse must wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth. This includes judges, attorneys, deputy sheriffs, court reporters, employees, members of the public, contractors, and all others who work in or visit the courthouse. Within a courtroom, the presiding judge may authorize removal of a face mask to facilitate a proceeding. Individuals without a face mask will not be permitted to enter the courthouse except for those who cannot safely wear a face mask because of a health-related condition. The requirement to wear a face mask shall not apply to judges or magistrates to the extent they determine it inhibits their ability to effectively communicate, or to individuals who have difficulty breathing or who cannot remove a face mask without help or have other medical issues that make the wearing of a face covering unsafe. Court clerks are charged with ensuring that their offices remain open and functions continue.
9) As provided in the Clarification Order, deadlines imposed by the Speedy Trial Act, Va. Code § 19.2-243, are tolled during the ongoing Period of Judicial Emergency (March 16, 2020, through June 28, 2020).
10) All courts are authorized to accept pleadings, orders and other documents that are electronically signed, including those where the electronic signature is accomplished by scanning.
11) Continuances and excuses for failure to appear shall be liberally granted for any cause resulting from the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
12) It is ORDERED that, without exception and without regard to when any scheduling order was entered, all civil and criminal jury trials are suspended and shall be continued, and no jury trials shall occur in the Commonwealth for the duration of this order. Notwithstanding this suspension, upon notice to the parties or their counsel, courts may impose discovery deadlines, and other pre-trial deadlines in jury trial cases that are currently suspended. All jury trials scheduled for a date after June 28, 2020, are subject to a further period of suspension if the Declaration of Judicial Emergency is extended for additional periods as provided in Va. Code § 17.1-330(E).
13) Judges should continue to exercise their discretion with regard to holding grand jury proceedings.
14) To the extent that the content of this Order is different than the preceding orders, this Order shall control. This Order shall be in effect from June 8, 2020, through June 28, 2020. The Declaration of Judicial Emergency may be extended for additional periods as provided in Va. Code § 17.1- 330(E).
It is so ORDERED.
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CHIEF JUSTICE DONALD W. LEMONS

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05/29/2020

Please join Sheriff Sloan and the men and women of the Lynchburg Sheriff's Office in congratulating Lieutenant Scott Gillispie and Sergeant Keith Sandidge, our office Chaplain, on their retirements. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve alongside these men throughout their careers. We wish them the happiest of days ahead with family. God bless you both and thank you for your service to the city of Lynchburg.

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05/07/2020

Congratulations to Andrea Carper with Court Services for completing her Master’s from LU. When you can’t have a graduation ceremony during this pandemic, graduation is brought to you.

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05/07/2020

Congratulations to Andrea Carper with Court Services for completing her Master’s from LU. When you can’t have a graduation ceremony during this pandemic, graduation is brought to you.

04/27/2020
Lynchburg Police Department

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Today members of the Lynchburg Police Department, Amherst County Sheriff's Office, Bedford County Sheriff's Office VA, Bedford VA Police Department, Campbell County Sheriff's Office, Forest Volunteer Fire Department, Lynchburg Sheriff's Office, and many retirees and friends took part in a parade to support former LPD Commander 3 Dave Weeks. He is courageously fighting cancer and we want to show him love in this time of social distancing. Thank you to West Lynchburg Baptist Church for organizing this amazing drive through.

04/23/2020
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VIRGINIA:
In the Supreme Court of Virginia held at the Supreme Court Building in the City of Richmond on Wednesday the 22nd day of April, 2020.
IN RE: THIRD ORDER EXTENDING DECLARATION OF JUDICIAL EMERGENCY IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 EMERGENCY

Having received a request from the Governor pursuant to Va. Code § 17.1-330, on March 16, 2020, the Chief Justice entered an Order declaring a judicial emergency for a period of twenty-one days, through April 6, 2020, for all district and circuit courts, recognizing the need to protect the health and safety of court employees, litigants, attorneys, judges, and the general public (“First Order”). After careful consideration and review, on March 27, 2020, the Justices of this Court unanimously extended the Declaration of Judicial Emergency for a second twenty- one day period, through April 26, 2020, for all district and circuit courts of the Commonwealth (“Second Order”). On March 30, 2020, the Governor, through Executive Order 55 (2020), required Virginia residents generally to stay at home until June 10, 2020, due to the public health threat. The Court unanimously extends the Declaration of Judicial Emergency for a third twenty- one day period, through May 17, 2020, for all district and circuit courts of the Commonwealth (“Third Order”). The First, Second and Third Orders shall be collectively referred to as the “Emergency Declaration Orders.” The period of time encompassed by these three Orders, from March 16 through May 17, 2020, shall be referred to as the “Period of Judicial Emergency.”
As the Declaration of Judicial Emergency has been extended from March 16 to May 17, 2020, without interruption, it is ORDERED that:

1. The terms and requirements of this Court’s First and Second Orders, as amended and clarified, shall continue in full force and effect through May 17, 2020, as if fully set forth herein.

2. As recognized in the First and Second Orders, in district and circuit courts the statutes of limitation and case related deadlines are tolled during the Period of Judicial Emergency pursuant to Va. Code § 17.1-330. For example, if a two-year statute of limitations would expire on a plaintiff’s personal injury claim on April 16, 2020, the Period of Judicial Emergency (currently March 16 through May 17, 2020) would not be counted for purposes of the statute of limitations. Due to the tolling of the limitations period as a result of the Declaration of Judicial Emergency, once the emergency ends (currently May 17, 2020), the plaintiff will have an additional thirty- two (32) days to file suit.

3. In appeals from the circuit court to this Court for the Period of Judicial Emergency, with the exception of matters enumerated in this paragraph, the Emergency Declaration Orders toll the deadlines for filing the notice of appeal in the circuit court under Rule 5:9 and all filing deadlines in the circuit court pertaining to transcripts and written statements of fact as set forth in Rule 5:11, and for filing the petition for appeal in this Court under Rule 5:17(a)(1), for the total number of days of the Period of Judicial Emergency.* Appellate deadlines for filings in Part Five of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia that are not calculated in reference to a circuit court filing, such as the brief in opposition under Rule 5:18, the reply brief under Rule 5:19,

* The Period of Judicial Emergency shall not be counted for purposes of calculating the deadline. See Black’s Law Dictionary 1448 (6th ed. 1990) (defining “toll” as “[t]o suspend or stop temporarily”). If, for example, the circuit court entered final judgment on March 10, 2020, six days before the Judicial Emergency was declared, then the total number of days of the Period of Judicial Emergency shall not count toward the 90-day deadline for filing the petition for appeal under Rule 5:17(a)(1), and this deadline would be extended for a period of 84 days after the Judicial Emergency ends. 2 and briefs filed in granted appeals under Rule 5:26(c), are not tolled. The Emergency Declaration Orders do not toll the filing deadlines in this Court for appeals governed by Rules 5:21 or 5:22. Nor do the Emergency Declaration Orders toll filing deadlines for appeals from the Court of Appeals to this Court under Rules 5:14(a) and 5:17(a)(2), regardless whether such appeal was an appeal of right in the Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals’ Order of March 18, 2020, remains in effect. Further, the Court’s statement regarding “Tolling of Appellate Deadlines” in the Court of Appeals available in the COVID-19 Appellate and Local Court Information document on Virginia’s Judicial System website (http://www.vacourts.gov) is unchanged by the Emergency Declaration Orders, and parties may continue to seek extensions in the Court of Appeals if that is the appropriate Court under the Rules.

4. In district and circuit courts, the court may, in its discretion, hear any non-emergency matters, upon agreement of all parties, attorneys and witnesses, by two-way electronic audio-visual communication system using a secure communication platform such as Polycom or WebEx, or by telephone. Requests to participate by telephone should be liberally granted.

5. The court shall continue all in-person ceremonies, such as specialty court graduations and juvenile licensing ceremonies, unless, in the discretion of the court, such ceremonies can be conducted via a secure two-way electronic audio-visual communication system such as Polycom or WebEx, or by telephone, while protecting the health and safety of the participants and court personnel.

6. In any matter heard or considered and any ceremony conducted, either by secure two- way electronic audio-visual communication or by telephone, the court shall prohibit
3 in-person gatherings of ten (10) or more individuals at all remote sites and require physical distancing at those sites.

7. In any criminal case where the defendant is charged with a crime that carries a penalty of incarceration or in any case where the court is considering or reconsidering a sentence including some period of incarceration, before sentencing a defendant to incarceration or modifying or vacating such a sentence, the court shall in the exercise of the court’s lawful discretion, consider (i) the potential health risks of the COVID- 19 public health emergency, and (ii) any appropriate alternatives to incarceration.
This Order and the Period of Judicial Emergency may be extended for additional periods as provided in Va. Code § 17.1-330(E). It is so ORDERED.
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CHIEF JUSTICE DONALD W. LEMONS

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Lynchburg sheriff's office overview The Lynchburg Sheriff's Office is responsible for a wide range of criminal justice related activities including inmate transportation, court services and law enforcement Primary Duties Courtroom Security: The Sheriff’s Office shall ensure that the courthouses and courtrooms within his jurisdiction are secure from violence and disruption. All persons entering the courthouse are screened using stand up as well as hand held metal detector devices. Deputies are also assigned to each courtroom whenever court is in session. Civil Process Service: The Sheriff’s Office serves all summons, subpoenas, and other documents issued by the courts within its jurisdiction. Writs/Levies: The sheriff may execute an order or writ of possession for personal, real or mixed property, including an order or writ of possession arising out of an action in unlawful entry and detainer or ejectment. Evictions: Upon request of the landlord, sheriff's deputies will arrive at the property to be vacated on the date and at the time specified on the notice served the tenant. The deputies are only there to keep the peace, not to move the tenant out. Transportation: The Sheriff’s Office is responsible for the transportation of any defendant or witness, being held in a correctional facility outside of the Lynchburg City limits, summoned to court in our jurisdiction. Juror Summons: The Sheriff’s Office issues summons for jurors to report to the Circuit Court based on a list provided by the Circuit Court Clerk. The sheriff shall notify the jurors on the list, or such number of them as the judge may direct to appear in court on such day as the court may direct. Other Duties Temporary Detention Orders (TDO): When a TDO is issued by the magistrate it is often necessary for the individual served to be transported to a facility outside of the City of Lynchburg limits. While the Lynchburg Police Department retains the primary responsibility for TDOs, the Lynchburg Sheriff's Office has provided deputies on numerous occasions to transport these patients. This therefore allows Lynchburg Police Officers to remain on the streets to answer calls for service. This is just one more example of the Lynchburg Sheriff's Office going above and beyond its mandated duties. Funeral Escorts: Upon request, the Lynchburg Sheriff’s Office may assist with funeral escorts. Please call Major Scott Gillispie at 434-847-1301 for more information. Law Enforcement: The Lynchburg Sheriff’s Office will assist LPD and other agencies when needed.

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Sadly me and my husband met the bad cops head on collusion in 2018 To level they almost allowed the thugs to destroy our home from inside to outside and still repairing our home . If you call the police one more time the home owners become arrested . To point we showed the weapon trying to kill us with laughed in my face . Here it is 2020 and no official apology has become received But we keep our door open willing to meet at the table etc ... For positive change as surely needs to happen . Yes they know how to reach out to us Sadly so far refuse to do so Prayerfully this negative bring to the table Amen \0/ **** We have forgiven moved on with our lives in the Lord's army *****
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Today I received a call from a person identifying themselves as Lt. Lance Watson from the Lynchburg Sheriff's Department. Since I could not find anyone in the directory to match this name, it could be a scammer.
do y'all have a Deputy Hall working there? Somebody called Sunday afternoon and Id'd himself as Deputy Hall of Lynchburg Sheriff having urgent legal documents for my wife...called from 434-208-1015. Sounds like a prank maybe! Thanks
Thank you, Lynchburg Sheriff's Office, for all you do to keep Lynchburg safe. You are so appreciated.
Thank you guys for taking time out yesterday to take this picture with my daughter carmen,she absolutely enjoyed herself and was extremely excited about taking the picture as you can see....again THANKS