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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Recent attempted telephone scams have been reported in the Northern Neck. If someone claiming to represent Northern Neck Electric (NNEC) calls, demands immediate payment of your electric bill, and threatens to cut your power off within an hour, hang up. Do NOT call any number the scammer gives you! Currently one scam is asking potential victims to call 800-360-6950 to pay the late electric bill. This is NOT NNEC’s phone system or number! NNEC is issuing this warning to prevent a member from becoming a victim of this type of crime. “We want all of our members to be...

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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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Prosecutor: Virginia officer shot teen in self-defense

(Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com) NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A prosecutor in Virginia has concluded that a police officer was justified in shooting a 15-year-old boy last year because the teen had charged the officer with a knife. Citing a letter from Commonwealth’s Attorney Greg Underwood, The Virginian-Pilot reports that Norfolk officers Christopher Kiene and Ashlea Pittman went to an apartment on July 20, 2016 because the 15-year-old had stabbed his mother and was threatening to burn down the building. Underwood says that as the officers entered the building, the teen rushed out of a doorway and charged Kiene. He...

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Auto shop worker stable after shooting

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — An auto body shop worker who was shot multiple times in Virginia has been listed in stable condition. The shooting suspect has been charged with attempted murder. York-Poquoson Sheriff Danny Diggs said in a statement Tuesday that 40-year-old Michael Sean Taylor shot the unidentified victim over an undisclosed dispute. The shooting occurred shortly before 9 a.m. at Ebby’s Auto Painting & Collision Repair in Williamsburg. Fellow employees rushed the victim to a parking lot. Sheriff’s deputies and EMS personnel provided first aid and took him to a hospital. Taylor allegedly barricaded himself inside the shop...

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Officers kill man carrying knife, ax in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Authorities say police fatally shot a man carrying an ax and a long knife in Virginia’s capital city. Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham told reporters that authorities received calls Tuesday morning about a man walking through the downtown with weapons and making threats. Durham said officers encountered the man around 10 a.m. and tried to get him to drop his weapons. They deployed a Taser, but he still wouldn’t drop them. The police chief said his officers then shot the man, who was pronounced dead at a hospital. Durham said one officer was hit in...

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Annual Chincoteague pony swim set for Wednesday

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) — The 92 annual Chincoteague pony penning is set for Wednesday. Organizers say the wild ponies of Assateague Island will swim across to Chincoteague sometime between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. The event draws thousands of tourists each year and was memorialized in Marguerite Henry’s novel “Misty of Chincoteague.” An auction of a portion of the herd benefits the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire...

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Guilty Plea in Fatal Gloucester Shooting

A 19-year-old Dijon Lamour Whitter of Yorktown pleaded guilty yesterday (Tuesday) to shooting and killing another teen in a car full of friends last year. The fatal shooting of 18 year-old Joshua Steven Morrison of Yorktown occurred on Jan. 17, 2016, in the Ware Neck area of Gloucester County when six young people were headed to a party. A 15-year-old girl from Yorktown and two 20-year-old men were wounded. Whitter plead guilty to a charge of second-degree murder, two counts of malicious wounding, one count of aggravated malicious wounding and four counts of use of a firearm in the...

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Multi-Award Winning Recording Artist, Ivan Parker To Be Featured In Concert

The encouraging sounds of Gospel Music will ring loudly on Friday, July 28, at the Bethel Baptist Church, located at 1100 Huguenot Springs Road in Midlothian, VA,  as popular Christian recording artist, Ivan Parker (pictured in attached jpg) will be featured during this exciting concert event, beginning at at 7:00pm. Joining Parker for this special music event will be talented quartet, The Harvesters.  Ivan Parker’s career has been marked by numerous honors and accolades. With more than two dozen recordings to his credit, Parker’s passion is most evident in his inspiring music, including his latest release, Dancing In The Rain. His recordings have been...

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On Wednesday, July 26, Route 30 traffic crossing the Eltham Bridge over the Pamunkey River at West Point will be stopped in three 15- minute intervals between 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. During the three 15-minute traffic stops, VDOT bridge crews will be conducting routine maintenance on the bridge. The work is expected to be complete by 8 p.m. 511Virginia Motorists can find real-time information on work zones, traffic, incidents and lane closures on 511Virginia. Download the  free mobile 511Virginia app for Apple and Android devices to stay connected, or visit www.511Virginia.org. Motorists also can reach 511Virginia by calling...

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Regional Rural Caucus Meeting Highlights Plans to Drive Broadband, Clean Energy and Economic Development

TAPPAHANNOCK, Va. July 24, 2017 – At last Thursday night’s Regional Rural Caucus meeting in Tappahannock, state and local officials shed light on collaborative initiatives designed to boost economic development and job growth locally and across rural Virginia. State Senator Ryan T. McDougle and Delegate Keith Hodges co-hosted the meeting, with discussions that also touched on new developments in rural broadband internet access availability and how solar has become an increasingly competitive clean energy alternative. The meeting was organized by the Virginia Rural Center and included participants from the GO Virginia District 6 region, a group of business and...

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VDOT work, Route 360 near Downing Bridge

(New) Wednesday, July 26th ˗˗ Thursday, July 27th 9 a.m. ˗˗ 3 p.m. Route 360 in Richmond County will be reduced to a single lane with alternating traffic just north of the Downing Bridge over the Rappahannock River. Crews will be installing a guardrail along Route 360 on Wednesday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists should anticipate travel delays leading up to the work zone in Richmond County, and may experience congestion on the Downing Bridge and in the Town of Tappahannock. Message boards will be posted on both bridge approaches to notify travelers. If inclement...

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10:30 am Summer Reading Picnic and Swim @ Northumberland YMCA
Summer Reading Picnic and Swim @ Northumberland YMCA
Jul 28 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
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[...]
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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