Archives for August 2016

Child alone in car

Chesterfield police are crediting a citizen for alerting them to a seven-year-old child alone in a park and a daycare worker could face charges. Police say it happened around 1 p.m. Friday at the 170-acre Garland Dodd Park. Police say the situation is under investigation, and is a case of child abuse and neglect charges are pending.

Petersburg struggling

The city of Petersburg is struggling to find a way to come out of a twelve-million-dollar debt and a city employee is promoted and given a nearly 20-thousand-dollar raise. Sabrina Everson was promoted from a 33-thousand-dollar-a-year position to one making 52-thousand-dollars a year. Councilman Brian Moore says he’s frustrated by the news. Last week, a consultant recommended ten-percent employee pay cuts. In addition, it’s been suggested to cut the city’s youth programs.

Petersburg couple steals cigs

A Petersburg couple is facing charges in connection with the theft of cigarettes from a North Stafford grocery store. Court records show that Michael Wayne Scott Junior allegedly stole several cartons of cigarettes from Shoppers food and Pharmacy around 3 o’clock in the morning on August 14th. Authorities say their investigation led them to a residence in Petersburg where they found Scott and Tierra Chante Branch along with the stolen goods. Scott and Branch are also tied to several burglaries and stolen checks in Stafford County.

Petersburg School

The school year kicked off In Petersburg yesterday with a convocation in the high school auditorium. Gov Terry McAuliffe and the first lady sent words of encouragement, the school marching band played and the Pledge of Allegiance was said. Mosts folks are are concerned about budget woes. One other thing, is residents are a bit uncomfortable with the high turnover rate, including teachers. School starts for Petersburg students on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Hopewell gathers

Heroin related deaths have increased throughout the Commonwealth. The Virginia State Police have formed a task force to help with the epidemic. Neighbors in Hopewell are getting together as a community to show how much they care. Tomorrow neighbors will gather at Crystal Lake park in Hopewell from 6 pm to 8:30, to demand more resources for fighting the epidemic and support recovering addicts. The community will hear from those who struggled with heroin use. There will also be a balloon release for those who have passed away from drug use.

Woman who smothered baby faces charges

Brianna Tyrrell, 21, the Chesterfield mother who smothered her child with a pillow will face felony charges. Tyrrell will face felony child abuse and neglect charges stemming from an incident on July 21st. CPS contacted Police about an injured 10 month old baby boy. She put a pillow over the infant’s face and the baby stopped breathing.

President at Park Forewt

The President and the first family were at Prince William Forest Park yesterday. The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial. The president has marked the week by creating a national monument in Maine and expanding a monument off Hawaii.

Fresh food from a truck

A farmer, Ben Harder, and his business partner, Darrell Russell are bringing fresh food from Floyd to Blacksburg to Christiansburg for folks who want a good meal. They do it all from their food truck, “Till and Grill”, four days a week. It’s kinda cool, they make the menu around what is being produced on Ben’s Montgomery County Farm, so it’s always fresh and local. Harder sells produce at the Christiansburg market, and both the Blacksburg farmers market, he loves farming.

Petersburg budget woes

Petersburg’s budget woes may shutter the city’s museums and tourist centers. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports ( that the city’s financial consultants have advised the city council to close all three of Petersburg’s museums and two tourism centers indefinitely. It’s part of the city’s 19-step plan to fill a $12 million budget gap.

Hepatitis outbreak

A class action lawsuit is being filed against Tropical Smoothie Cafe in connection with a hepatitis A outbreak in Virginia. So far there 28 cases of Hepatitis A linked to frozen strawberries from Egypt and used at the cafes. The law firm, Marler Clark, has already filled a lawsuit on the behalf of defendant, Constantinos A. Raptis, who became ill after consuming a tainted smoothie. The Seattle-based law firm that specializes in food safety says a separate class action suit representing all of the victims is expected to be filed today.