Author: Jay Atkins


Route 30 traffic will be stopped in both directions overnight for 15-minute intervals for drawbridge maintenance   FREDERICKSBURG – Route 30 traffic crossing the Eltham Bridge at West Point will be stopped in both directions for 15-minute intervals overnight on Thursday, Feb. 9.   Starting at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, traffic will be stopped for 15 minutes at a time to allow crews to open the drawbridge. Crews will be performing maintenance to the drawbridge’s lift span brake system.   After every 15 minute opening, the drawbridge will close and allow all waiting traffic to proceed. Crews...

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Senate bill would allow victims to sue ‘sanctuary cities’

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia communities that don’t cooperate with federal immigration authorities could be sued for crimes committed by people living in the country illegally under a measure approved by the state Senate. The chamber voted 21-19 Monday on the measure from Republican Sen. Dick Black designed to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities. Black says victims of crimes committed by people in the country illegally often have little recourse, and the bill would fix that. But several Democrats who spoke against the bill said it would leave taxpayers on the hook for something that shouldn’t be their...

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Child Pornography-Sentence

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who forced an 11-year-old into child pornography has been sentenced to 17 years in prison. Federal authorities said Monday that 43-year-old Robert Lee Petty must also spend the rest of his life on supervised release once he gets out. Prosecutors said the Virginia Beach man viewed the pornography he forced the child to produce. It allegedly went on for five years. This case was part of a nationwide initiative launched by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual...

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Voters head to polls in some parts of Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Voters in some parts of Virginia are headed to the polls for a handful of special elections. Two special elections are scheduled for Tuesday. Three candidates are vying for a vacant state House seat in the Richmond area, and three people are running for mayor of Fairfax City. The House seat is vacant because former Del. Jennifer McClellan recently won a seat in the Senate. Former Mayor R. Scott Silverthorne resigned last year after he was arrested for what police said was an attempt to trade drugs for sex in a sting...

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Man accused of shooting family can stand trial

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has been ruled competent to stand trial on charges he killed his younger brother and police-officer father. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the ruling follows a doctor’s evaluation of Zachary Toothman. A court hearing is now set for Tuesday in Chesapeake to schedule a preliminary hearing. Authorities in August charged the 20-year-old with shooting and killing his 17-year-old brother Matthew and his father, Detective Michael Toothman. He also allegedly shot and injured his mother, Susan Toothman. The violence shocked neighbors in this city of 200,000 where the elder Toothman served on the police...

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all-day Wine & Design Hosts Needed
Wine & Design Hosts Needed
Aug 17 all-day
  Interested in giving back to your community, but don’t have the time to commit to volunteering regularly? Host a Wine & Design party! Wine & Design is a mini-fundraiser for The Haven where a[...]
8:00 am Veterans Mobil Service Office
Veterans Mobil Service Office
Aug 17 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
So many veterans feel confused about benefits and services they’ve earned. There’s so much to know…and so many changes from one year to the next. That’s why the nonprofit D-A-V (Disabled American Veterans) offers help.[...]
12:00 pm Caroline County Blood Drive @ Caroline County YMCA
Caroline County Blood Drive @ Caroline County YMCA
Aug 17 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage. A Blood Drive will take place in Caroline County on Thursday, Aug.[...]
1:00 pm Rappatomac Writers Critique Group @ Java Jacks Cafe
Rappatomac Writers Critique Group @ Java Jacks Cafe
Aug 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Rappatomac Writers Critique Group will meet Thursday, August 17th, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Tappahannock at Java Jacks Cafe, 504 S Church Lane. Join us for lunch at noon and share your creativity.[...]
1:46 pm Back to School Supply Drive @ The Haven Office
Back to School Supply Drive @ The Haven Office
Aug 17 @ 1:46 pm – 2:46 pm
  This month the Haven is collecting school supplies for local students. Any and all materials for school are welcome. Items can be dropped off until Friday, August 28th at their office located at 5726[...]

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