Bipartisan support to clarify cigarette butts are litter

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A bill that would clarify that cigarette and cigar butts count as litter is advancing at the Virginia General Assembly with bipartisan support. The legislation, sponsored by Democratic Del. Sam Rasoul, makes clear in Virginia code that the butts count as litter. Republican Del. Jackson Miller, a former police officer, said the legislation was needed because some judges are dismissing tickets for littering because they don’t consider cigarette butts as trash. The bill narrowly cleared a GOP-controlled House committee Wednesday, but still needs to pass the full House and the Senate before being sent to...

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Virginia lawmaker indicted on 2 felony child cruelty charges

(Information from: Daily Press, http://www.dailypress.com/) SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) — A grand jury has indicted Virginia Del. Rick Morris on four charges, including two felony counts of child cruelty. The Daily Press reports that an arrest warrant was issued for the Republican lawmaker Monday following the indictment. Morris is accused hitting his stepson with multiple objects, including a belt, a wooden spoon and a hose nozzle. In addition to the child cruelty charges, he is also facing two misdemeanor counts of assault and battery of a family member. Those two misdemeanors and one of the felony charges had been dismissed...

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Suspect arrested after shots fired at police cruiser

HERNDON, Va. (AP) — A Herndon man has been charged with attempted capital murder after authorities say he fired shots at a police officer. Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler said Tuesday at a press conference that 21-year-old Brian Landaverde was arrested after tips from the community led them to him. Police had sought the public’s help to investigate Sunday’s shooting. Police say an officer tried to make a traffic stop in Great Falls, but the driver sped away and made a U-turn to come back at the police cruiser. Someone inside the car then fired shots at the...

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Anti-Trump activists’ plan to block highway thwarted

(Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com) RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Protesters have twice blocked Interstate 95 in Richmond, Virginia, but on the night President Donald Trump was inaugurated, police managed to keep them off the highway. A police affidavit suggests how they did it. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that plainclothes officers observed a group of people at a vacant, overgrown lot (photo) next to the highway conducting “demonstration training” ahead of the inauguration after a construction company complained of stolen equipment there. An affidavit used to obtain a search warrant says investigators believed the attendees appeared to have been “role-playing...

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House passes ‘Tebow Bill’ on home-school sports

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill opposed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe that would allow home-schooled students to participate in high school sports. The chamber on Tuesday passed the measure widely known as the “Tebow Bill” after former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow. The vote was 60-38. The Virginia High School League currently prohibits home-schoolers from participating after eighth grade. The issue rose to national prominence in 2007 when ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” featured Tebow and several other home-schooled students across the country seeking access to high school athletics. Del. Rob Bell, R-Charlottesville, has...

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State Police gets new head of investigative branch

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police is getting a new head of its investigative branch. Maj. Gary T. Settle takes over as director of state police’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation on Wednesday. Settle has served as deputy director of the bureau since July 2015. He’s replacing Lt. Col. Rick A. Jenkins, who’s retiring on Feb. 1 after 38 years with state police. Settle initially joined state police in 1986, left to serve as Rappahannock County sheriff and rejoined the police force in 2000. Settle will be replaced by Capt. Timothy D. Lyon, who’s currently commander of the...

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Governor Announces Decrease in Commonwealth’s Unemployment Rate

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage point in December to 4.1 percent. Compared to one year ago, the seasonally adjusted employment rate was also down 0.1 percentage point.  Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues below the national rate of 4.7 percent.   The Governor also announced that initial claims filed in 2016 for unemployment insurance benefits were the lowest Virginia has seen in over 40 years – since 1973 when just over 86,940 claims were filed. The more than 178,400 initial claims filed in 2016 were lower than...

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ROUTE 610 TRAFFIC SHIFT

All lanes will remain open, but drivers should stay alert for a new traffic pattern on Route 610 (Garrisonville Road) near Onville Road FREDERICKSBURG – On Wednesday evening, Route 610 (Garrisonville Road) traffic in Stafford County will be shifted slightly onto new pavement just west of the Onville Road intersection. The traffic shift is part of a Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) project underway at Garrisonville Road and Onville Road to expand the intersection and add turn lanes. Two westbound and two eastbound lanes of Garrisonville Road will remain open during the traffic shift, which will begin at 8...

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Northern Neck Ferries Out of Service

  FREDERICKSBURG – Service on the Merry Point Ferry and Sunny Bank Ferry has been suspended today due to elevated water levels at high tide.   Travelers can check 511Virginia for real-time updates on ferry operating status for tomorrow. The Merry Point Ferry is located on Route 604 in Lancaster County and crosses the western end of the Corrotoman River. The Sunny Bank Ferry is located on Route 644 in Northumberland County and crosses the Little Wicomico River. 511Virginia Motorists can find real-time information on ferry service, lane closures, traffic and incidents on 511Virginia. Download the  free mobile 511Virginia...

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Richmond County-Fatal Crash

RICHMOND COUNTY – One person was killed Monday afternoon (January 23) when the car she was driving ran off the road and struck a tree. The crash occurred at approximately 4:23 p.m., on Route 360 west bound, near the Richmond County end of the Downing Bridge. Virginia State Police Trooper E. D. Haynie is investigating the crash. A 2004 Oldsmobile Alero was traveling west on Route 360 when it ran off the road to the left and struck two trees. The driver of the Oldsmobile, Gwendolyn M. Gaines, 79 of Callao, Virginia died at the scene; she was wearing...

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Fluvanna-Fatal Crash

  At 9:09 a.m. on January 23rd, Virginia State Police Trooper R.A. Johnson responded to a two-vehicle crash in Fluvanna County. The crash occurred in the Bremo Bluff community on Route 15 near Route 656 – near the Fluvanna County and Buckingham County line.   A tractor-trailer loaded with sand was traveling south on Route 15. As it came downhill and through a curve, the trailer crossed over the centerline and struck a northbound 2015 Honda sedan. The impact of the crash caused the tractor-trailer to overturn.   The Honda’s driver, Roderick V. Manifold, 69, of Lake Monticello, Va.,...

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NEW DATES FOR OVERNIGHT I-95 LANE CLOSURES

Due to inclement weather, double lane closures on I-95 northbound and southbound have been moved to Tuesday, Jan. 24 ˗˗ Wednesday, Jan. 25   FREDERICKSBURG –  The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has adjusted this week’s schedule for double lane closures on Interstate 95 in the Fredericksburg area due to inclement weather.   Motorists can still anticipate overnight travel delays and lane closures on Tuesday, Jan. 24 and Wednesday, Jan. 25.   I-95 lane closures scheduled for tonight were canceled due to rain.   Beginning Tuesday night, crews will install new guardrail and remove temporary construction barriers at the...

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Del. Ransone 2017 General Assembly Update – Week 2

This was the first full week of the 2017 session, and a few of my bills were heard and advanced in various committees this week. Short summaries and links are provided below. HB 1844 – Requires Virginia’s court system to maintain a free online database of Circuit, District, and adult cases in Juvenile & Domestic Relations Courts that is searchable by name across the Commonwealth. HB 1727 – Provides that Northern Neck school divisions are not subject to the prohibition against hiring school division employees who are related to a member of the school board. HB 1728 – Convenes...

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CHASE-FATAL CRASH

2 passengers killed after Va. driver flees traffic stop ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Authorities say two passengers were killed after a speeding driver tried to flee a traffic stop in Sterling and crashed into a tree. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office says in a statement that the crash occurred around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. The statement says the vehicle burst into flames after hitting the tree. A deputy pulled the driver out but two passengers died on the scene. The driver was identified as 25-year-old David Brown of Ashburn. He’s been charged with reckless driving, and police say more charges...

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CARRIER DEPLOYS

George H.W. Bush carrier group deploys NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Nearly 6,000 sailors attached to the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike group have deployed to the Middle East and Mediterranean. Media outlets report that hundreds of friends and family waved goodbye Saturday to the thousands onboard, many of whom lined the rails. The strike group includes the USS George H.W. Bush, Carrier Air Wing 8, Destroyer Squadron 22 along with guided-missile destroyers USS Laboon, USS Truxtun. It also includes Mayport, Florida- based guided-missile cruisers USS Philippine Sea and USS Hue City. Delays during maintenance pushed the Bush’s expected deployment...

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