Archives for February 2017

Sheriff Warns Of Scammers

Prince Edward County Sheriff Wesley Reed is asking everyone with elderly parents to speak to them about the danger of scammers. Reed says scammers are targeting the elderly, trying to get their personal information including their social security number and their date of birth.

Brush Fire Burns Ten Acres In Buckingham County

No one was hurt in a brush fire that burned up to ten acres in Buckingham County on Saturday. Volunteer firefighters battled the flames for hours, including volunteers from Glenmore, Dillwyn and Arvonia volunteer fire departments. The fire was in the 99-hundred block of South Constitution Route.

More Money Sought For Salaries In Mecklenburg County Schools

Teachers in Mecklenburg County schools may have a raise coming. Superintendent Paul Nichols has asked the Board of Supervisors for a five percent salary hike for all school employees and an additional ten percent increase for school maintenance. He unveiled his nearly 52 million dollar budget proposal to the School Board on Monday night.

Arme man robs Restaurant

Henrico Police are looking for the armed man who robbed a restaurant. The Applebee’s on West Broad Street was robbed after closing early yesterday morning. The gunman made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured.


Police are investigating a crash in the west end of Henrico County. The accident happened around 8:15 last night at John Rolfe Parkway and Church Road. Officers say the driver of the vehicle lost control and speed may be a factor. They also found a bong inside the vehicle after the crash.

Pill Mill

Authorities say a Richmond area doctor is facing charges for allegedly running an oxycodone distribution scheme. Court documents show pain management specialist Doctor Clarence Scranage Junior has been indicted on 19 counts in connection with a 650-thousand-dollar “pill mill.” Scranage has offices in Richmond, Henrico and Chesterfield. Prosecutors say the doctor worked with Anthony Harper of Dewitt who would recruit patients and Scranage would write prescriptions for them without being examined.

Pinching Children

Police say a Richmond daycare worker has been arrested for pinching children in her care. Maria Lynn West has been charged with two counts of simple assault. Police say the 50-year-old West worked at All Saints Apostolic Church in South Richmond. Police say the children she allegedly pinched were between 3 and 5 years old. Police say the charges were brought Feb. 15.

Phishing Scam

Employee information at Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market is the victim of a phishing scam. About 360 current and former employees at the Richmond and Rockville, Maryland stores are impacted by the breach. A document sent to employees says W-2 forms were inadvertently sent to an unknown source after an employee received an email from what they thought was the company’s owner. After receiving a second email the employee became concerned and it was determined they were victims of a scam.

Barbara Johns

A state government building that once served as headquarters of the “Massive Resistance” campaign against racial integration of Virginia’s public schools was renamed Thursday in honor of Barbara Johns, a student activist who played an important and often overlooked role in the civil rights movement. Johns was only 16 when she led a student protest that would one day become part of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

Woman attacks College Professor

Virginia State Police say a central Virginia community college professor is expected to survive after being attacked on campus by a woman with a box cutter. Police said in a statement that the attack happened inside the professor’s office at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College on Thursday afternoon. The statement says a 24-year-old woman cut a male professor with a box cutter and was attempting to leave the building when she was apprehended. The professor was taken to VCU Medical Center with injuries that are not life-threatening. No one else was injured.