Archives for May 2016

Clean the Bay event happening this Saturday

They’re gearing up for Clean the Bay Day coming up this weekend. On Saturday, the Friends of High Bridge Trail, Longwood University staff, and members of the community will team up with High Bridge Trail State Park to combat litter entering the Appomattox River and degrading the Chesapeake Bay. Volunteers will meet at the
Farmville municipal parking lot on Second Street, Near the Dowdy’s Furniture Building in Farmville at 1:30 p.m. They’ll concentrate on the Gross’ Creek tributary, from Second Street to where it joins the Appomattox below the River Road overpass.

Blackstone PD down to nine officers

Blackstone’s 2015 Police Officer of the Year is heading to the Nottoway County Sheriffs Office. Blackstone lost two officers in less than a year and that’s on top of Seth Myers’ departure. He joined the force in 2010 and begins his new duties June 1. Just last week, in an attempt to incentivize Blackstone PD jobs, Town Council voted to reinstate a policy allowing patrol cars to be taken home by all officers, not just those living within town limits. Myers’ decision to leave leaves Blackstone with just nine officers. The next session of the law enforcement academy begins in July.

Hopewell hopes craft beer festival lures crowds to city

In Hopewell, they’re making preparations for the Wonder City Craft Beer Festival. The first-ever festival happens on Saturday and the thinking is thousands will turn out to check it out. It features 16 Virginia breweries and each will bring 2 types of beer for tasting. You can try two ounce samples for free or purchase by the full glass. It’s part of the city’s centennial celebration. The Hopewell News reports funding for the Wonder City Craft Beer Festival came from funding that had been used for the Hooray for Hopewell festival, an annual tradition that ended in 2014.

McAuliffe convinced letter ofthe law followed on donations

Governor Terry McAuliffe expresses confidence that he followed the law in accepting donations that now appear to be part of a criminal investigation. A law-enforcement official told The Associated Press on Monday that McAuliffe is the subject of a federal probe of donations to his gubernatorial campaign. McAuliffe said he believes the investigation centers on a donation connected to a Chinese businessman who McAuliffe said is a legitimate donor.

Two face trial for Thanksgiving day murder

July 13th is the trial date set for tow men charged in the Thanksgiving day death of a Pamplin man. 56 year old Ricky Jennings is charged with first degree murder. 44 year old Robert Walker faces an accessory to homicide charge in the death of Douglas Wheeler who was found with a life-threatening gunshot wound on Nov. 25 after a single-vehicle crash in the 3800 block of Heights School Road. He later died at a hospital. after the incident. Jennings was arrested on scene of the crash while Walker was arrested in Appomattox County.

Man arrested in Amelia County in woman’s death

A July 19th preliminary hearing faces a man arrested in Amelia County in the death of a Richmond woman. 30 year old Stephon Wallace of Chesterfield is accused of shooting Shy’Nisha Walker in the head. Police haven’t said why or talked about any relationship between the two. Her body was found earlier this month on a private drive off U.S. Rt. 360 in Amelia. They’re also not saying if that’s where they died or if they think her body was brought there. Wallace is being held without bond in the Piedmont Regional Jail in Farmville.

Berry named new Nottoway County Schools superintendent

The Nottoway County School Board has voted 3 to 2 to hire Dr Rodney Berry as the district’s next superintendent. Berry currenly serves as Director of Instruction for Sussex County Public Schools. The two dissenting votes came from board members Bob Horn, the chair, and Jackie Hawkes, who wanted to hire from within the district. Horn says a survey done earlier this year showed a majority of residents preferred that the new superintendent be promoted from within.

Man dies in Dinwiddie County fatal

A man was killed in Dinwiddie County early Sunday morning when the vehicle he was driving ran off the road and struck a tree. The crash occurred at approximately 4:23 a.m., on Route 1 south bound, ¼ mile north of Route 726 (Mitchell Avenue). A 2002 Pontiac Bonneville was traveling south on Route 1 when it ran off the road to the left and struck a tree. The driver (sole occupant) of the Pontiac, Nicholas R. Sokol, 26, of Dinwiddie County, Va., died at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

Victoria business fire considered suspicious

Investigators now say a fired Monday night at a business in Victoria may be a case of arson. When crews got to the the Victoria Coin Laurndy at 1211 Main Street, flames were seen coming from the roof. Firefighters were able to save the building. A follow up investigation Tuesday revealed that the fire started outside the building and for that reason, the blaze is considered suspicious. There were no injuries in that fire which was reported at about 9:30 Monday night.

Take-home cop cars in Blackstone?

Blackstone Police officers may soon be able to take their patrol cars home again, a bonus of the job that had been done away with years ago by the previous town counil. The current council’s finance committee voted three-nothing to recommend that any officer living within 25 miles of Blackstone be allowed to take home patrol cars. The current policy, which took effect in 2012, only allows that perk for city residents. Previously, beginning in 2004, Blackstone officers living within a 30 mile radius were taking cars home, but that was only a policy and hadn’t been dealt with legislatively by council. Council ended that practice in a 5-1 vote in 2011. Now, council will take up this latest recommendation from the finance committee.