Archives for September 2017

Will More States Join VA In Carrying Pipeline?

That proposed pipeline you’ve been hearing about planned to run through Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina could end up stretching into one more state. Developers are considering a major expansion of the project into South Carolina, according to remarks made by an energy company executive and interviews with others in the industry. Opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline said that raises questions about whether Dominion Energy, the project’s lead developer, has withheld important information from the public and whether the pipeline is even needed as initially proposed. A Dominon spokesman says no decision has been made about an expansion.

Career Fair At DSLCC

Career Fair and Dabney Day are happening next week at DSLCC. Businesses will be there and there will be information about the school’s educational opportunities and training programs. Students from area high schools have been invited to take part. There will also be information about scholarships and tuition assistance. It’s happening on October 5th, Thursday, between 9am and noon.

Bills Fans

Some Bills fans aren’t happy about players kneeling during the national anthem. Wednesday, demonstrators waved flags in front of New Era Field in opposition to player protests during The Star Spangled Banner. They say they’re not boycotting the Bills or the NFL but expressing what the American flag means to them.

Lock Your Dorm Rooms

University of Buffalo Police are recommending students lock their dorm rooms when they leave. The reminder comes just days after police arrested a young man they say committed a string of dorm burglaries in Western New York. Police say 20-year-old Darnell Cleveland committed at least seven burglaries at dorms on three UB campuses and SUNY Buffalo State. Police say in all the robberies the dorm rooms were left unlocked.

Teacher Facing Charges

A former Henrico County middle school teacher is facing charges after allegedly proposing sex acts to a minor in a sex sting investigation. Court documents show while Jeffrey Lazenby was a band teacher at Quioccasin Middle School he proposed sex acts to a minor using a cell phone nine times earlier this year. Lazenby is no longer a teacher with Henrico County.

Audit of Petersburg

A forensic audit of Petersburg is finding the city government created a “severe” risk of misconduct. The 115-page report was released to City Council Tuesday and finds claims of theft involving City Treasurer Kevin A. Brown. The auditors found 23-hundred dollars in cash disappeared from Brown’s office and that he allegedly admitted to taking it. The report also cites incidents of Brown waiving tax penalties, interest and, occasionally, principal debt. Mayor Samuel Parham called for Brown’s resignation back in June when word of the forthcoming report was made known.

What Are Your Gubernatorial Candidates Saying About Tax Reform?

What would a political campaign be without promises of tax cuts and reforms?
Virginia’s closely watched race for governor is no exception, with all three candidates promising changes to the state’s tax code.
Republican Ed Gillespie is promising an across-the-board cut on income taxes, Democrat Ralph Northam vows to cut on grocery sales taxes for the poor, and Libertarian Cliff Hyra wants to ban some local business taxes.
But voter beware: Promising tax cuts is a lot easier than enacting them once elected. Competing special interests and political concerns have hampered past efforts, and past governors have not always kept their campaign promises on taxes once in office.

Women Accused of Advertising Sex

Tuesday, Police found an advertisement on an online forum offering sex in exchange for money. Bonnie Shaffer Venable and Heather Nicole Gray, both 30, of Henrico, were arrested on prostitution and drug charges. WRIC reports that they were both charged with three counts of keeping a brothel and one count of possession of a Schedule I or Schedule II drug.

Man Indicted in Connection with Overdose

A California man is facing charges after being indicted in connection with a death from a drug overdose. Chesterfield County police say 27-year-old Christian Ortman overdosed on heroin in February of last year. Investigators say 28-year-old Charles Dobson Junior gave the heroin to Ortman. Dobson, who has since moved to the West Coast, is free on five-thousand-dollars bond.

Wayward Pig Caught In Neighborhood

A pot-bellied pig that had been on the loose for weeks in a Virginia neighborhood has been nabbed by police.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the pig had become a familiar sight in Henrico’s Twin Hickory subdivision as it scurried around the neighborhood.
Police finally caught the pig Tuesday morning after it briefly held up traffic on a busy street.
Lt. Shawn Sears of the Henrico Animal Protection Police said officers had been hearing reports for weeks about sightings of the pig.
On their Facebook page , Henrico police posted video of them chasing the animal. “Just another day at the office,” police wrote.
Sears said the pig is likely a pet that escaped.