Author: Jay Atkins

Outcry grows over Virginia Tech’s plan to honor Michael Vick

(Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com) BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Public opposition is growing against the planned induction of former football star Michael Vick into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame. The Roanoke Times reported Tuesday that two online petitions at change.org had received more than 90,000 combined signatures against the September induction. The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine has also announced its opposition. The university in Blacksburg has continued to defend its recent decision, noting that some believe Vick is the greatest athlete in school history. Vick served 19 months in federal prison on 2007 dogfighting convictions. He...

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Drug investigation results in 50 indictments in Virginia

ACCOMACK, Va. (AP) — Authorities say 50 people have been indicted after a 16-month undercover drug investigation in Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The indictments are the result of “Operation Firecracker” conducted by the Eastern Shore Drug Task Force. The task force consists of members of the Accomack and Northampton County Sheriff’s Offices and Virginia State Police. The task force says the investigation ended in 50 indictments on drug-related charges in Accomack and Northampton County. The suspects face charges including including distribution of heroin, cocaine and prescription drugs. Authorities are still looking for three of the suspects. The task force says...

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Man shot by cops dealt with ‘mental issues’

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The mother of a man killed by police in Virginia says he dealt with “mental issues” but was not the kind of person who would harm anyone. Police say officers fatally shot Alexander Schoessel on Tuesday after he attacked an officer with a small ax. Schoessel’s mother told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the 23-year-old was known by his all of his friends as a “sweet, gentle young man.” Richelle Tucker said Schoessel dealt with “mental issues” in the past, but she declined to elaborate. Tucker said her family is struggling to deal with...

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College student dies from acute alcohol intoxication

(Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com) HAMPDEN SYDNEY, Va. (AP) — Officials in Virginia say a Hampden-Sydney College freshman found dead in a dorm room died from acute alcohol intoxication. Jeannette Collins with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner says 18-year-old Harrison Carter Cole’s death has been ruled an accident. Authorities say Cole was found dead at about 9 a.m. on March 25. Further details relating to his death have not been released. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Cole was a member of Alpha Chi Sigma, a professional fraternity focused on chemical sciences. The fraternity’s CEO, Jonathan Wenzel, says the...

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Trial set for man accused of killing Virginia special agent

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A man accused of killing a Virginia State Police special agent is scheduled to go on trial next year. News media outlets report that Travis Ball is scheduled to go on trial in October 2018. Ball is charged with capital murder in the death of 45-year-old Special Agent Michael Walter. Authorities say Ball shot Walter in the head while the officer was patrolling in a Richmond public housing complex. Police say 27-year-old Ball then fled the scene and was arrested after an overnight manhunt. Walter was an 18-year Virginia State Police veteran and a father...

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10:30 am Summer Reading Picnic and Swim @ Northumberland YMCA
Summer Reading Picnic and Swim @ Northumberland YMCA
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Northumberland Public Library and YMCA Summer Reading Picnic and Free Swim, July 28th 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. All ages but must be accompanied by an adult. Includes water safety demonstrations and more. Bring swimsuit,[...]
5:00 pm Baked Potato Supper Fundraiser @ Carmel United Methodist Church
Baked Potato Supper Fundraiser @ Carmel United Methodist Church
Jul 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Carmel Church United Methodist Women will sponsor a Baked Potato Supper at the Church in Hague on Friday, July 28th from 5 to 7pm.  There will be a multitude of toppings for your spuds plus[...]
7:00 pm Faithful Connection in Concert @ Beale Memorial Baptist Church
Faithful Connection in Concert @ Beale Memorial Baptist Church
Jul 28 @ 7:00 pm
Beale Memorial Baptist Church, Tappahannock will host a concert featuring “FAITHFUL CONNECTION” on Saturday, July 28th at 7pm. Faithful Connection is a contemporary gospel group based out of Fredericksburg. They are a group of young[...]
7:00 pm Summer Concert @ Beale Memorial Baptist Church
Summer Concert @ Beale Memorial Baptist Church
Jul 28 @ 7:00 pm
Beale Memorial Baptist Church’s Summer Concert Series continues with “Faithful Connection” performing on Friday, July 28th at 7pm. They are a contemporary gospel group based out of Fredericksburg VA. They won Group of the Year[...]
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8:00 am Golf Tournament Fundraiser @ Hobbs Hole Golf Course
Golf Tournament Fundraiser @ Hobbs Hole Golf Course
Jul 29 @ 8:00 am
The 2nd Annual Richmond County Little Legue Golf Tournament will be held on Sat., July 29th at Hobbs Hole Golf Course.  Registration begins at 8am.  T-off at 9am.   The cost is $70 per player[...]

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