Author: Terry Brooks

Gang arrests in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Federal authorities say they’ve disrupted a gang, including prison guards, selling drugs inside Virginia state prisons. Federal law enforcement officials said Friday that they’ve charged 20 members and associates of the Mad Stone Bloods with racketeering and other charges. Prosecutors say three former employees at the Department of Corrections who were members or associates of the gang conspired to smuggle drugs into Virginia prisons. Authorities say a fourth former Department of Corrections employee who worked as an inmate counselor smuggled contraband in for a gang leader with whom she had a sexual relationship. The Mad...

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Virginia’s Forward Progress on Transportation

Yesterday, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that, thanks to recent reforms and a change in the Commonwealth’s approach to public-private partnerships (P3’s), Virginia will save $2.5 billion on the Transform I-66 Outside the Beltway project over initial financial estimates. That victory for taxpayers and commuters is just the latest example of the sea change that Governor McAuliffe and his transportation team have brought to how Virginia selects, finances and executes transportation projects. When Governor McAuliffe took office, Virginia’s transportation governance was a mess. Projects were selected based on politics instead of what was best for Virginia commuters and its economy....

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Metro-Richmond Residents Join Virginia State Police Ranks

WYTHEVILLE – Early Monday (Nov. 7, 2016), 44 new Virginia State Police troopers reported to their respective Division Headquarters to begin the final phase of training. The 124th Basic Session celebrated their graduation Friday (Nov. 4, 2016), at the state police Academy in North Chesterfield County. Upon receiving their diplomas, the new troopers finished a rigorous 27-week training session. They received instruction in more than 100 different subjects spanning hundreds of hours. Academy training includes such areas as crime scene investigation, survival Spanish, judicial procedures, self- defense, cultural diversity and firearms. Three from the Metro-Richmond are staying close to...

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Bank of Lancaster and Virginia Commonwealth Bank plan to merge; combined headquarters to be in Richmond

By CAROL HAZARD Richmond Times-Dispatch The parent companies of Bank of Lancaster and Virginia Commonwealth Bank said Thursday that they plan to combine in a strategic merger of equals and relocate the headquarters for the combined company to the Richmond area. Kilmarnock-based Bay Banks of Virginia Inc., which owns Bank of Lancaster, and Petersburg-based Virginia BanCorp Inc., the holding company for Virginia Commonwealth Bank, said the combined company would have about $794 million in assets and $633 million in deposits. The combined holding company will be called Bay Banks of Virginia and its operating subsidiary will use the Virginia...

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Waterfowl sanctuary polluted

RICHMOND, VA (AP) – The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has proposed fining Dominion Virginia Power about $260,000 for two oil spills that fouled public waters in January.  The Washington Post reports that the two spills consisted of a 13,500 gallon spill that polluted a waterfowl sanctuary and the Potomac River, as well as a 9,000 – gallon spill in Staunton.  A Dominion spokesman said the company would comply with the...

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all-day King & Queen County Community Pr... @ King & Queen Central High School
King & Queen County Community Pr... @ King & Queen Central High School
Oct 21 all-day
King & Queen County will be holding Community Pride Day on Saturday October 21. A parade will begin at the courthouse at 10am and end at Central High School. Local vendors and children’s activities will[...]
5:30 am Run for Life @ Northumberland High School
Run for Life @ Northumberland High School
Oct 21 @ 5:30 am – 6:00 pm
The Northumberland Cross Country Teams partnering with the Red Cross are sponsoring a “Run for Life” 12 Hour Fun Run event. The fundraising event will take place on Saturday October 21st from 6am to 6pm[...]
7:00 am Hazardous Waste Collection Day
Hazardous Waste Collection Day
Oct 21 @ 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
The counties of Westmoreland and Richmond, in partnership with the Northern Neck Soil & Water Conservation District and Virginia Cooperative Extension will host 2 household hazardous waste events on Saturday, October 21. The Westmoreland collection[...]
3:30 pm Smyrna Church Fall Festival @ Smyrna Christian Church
Smyrna Church Fall Festival @ Smyrna Christian Church
Oct 21 @ 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Smyrna Christian Church in Bruington is holding a Fall Festival on Saturday, October 21 from 4-8pm. Activities include a Hayride, Pookey the Clown, face painting, pumpkin carving, corn hole, trunk-or-treat and more. Live music will[...]
4:30 pm Disaster Relief Fish Fry @ Afton United Methodist Church
Disaster Relief Fish Fry @ Afton United Methodist Church
Oct 21 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Afton United Methodist Chruch in Ophelia is holding a Disaster Relief Fish Fry on Saturday, October 21 from 5 – 7pm. Cost is by donation and 100% of the proceeds will go to those affected[...]

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