Archives for April 2017

Law Signed Cracking Down On Cigarette Trafficking

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed a new state law that aims to crack down on cigarette trafficking. News outlets report the governor signed the bill along with the General Assembly, law enforcement, and public safety advocates Thursday in Richmond. The law will create a system where cigarette resellers will need to get a special certificate from the Virginia Department of Taxation.

Fire Destroys Set

Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a film set in Powhatan County. The fire on the set of the AMC television series “Turn: Washington’s Spies” occurred around 5 a.m. yesterday. A spokesman for the Virginia Film Office says the series’ final season had just wrapped up on that part of the set on property owned by the Virginia Department of Corrections. No one was injured.

Teacher Facing Charges

A North Carolina man and former Deep Run High School teacher is facing charges for having sex with a minor. Henrico County Police say 28-year-old Benjamin Clark Brittain exposed himself to a teenage girl and asked her to send him inappropriate photos. The incidents happened in January and February of last year, but weren’t reported until January of this year. Brittain was arrested Tuesday at Elon University where he is a law student.

Car Goes into River

Family and friends of two teenage sisters are mourning their loss after their car ran off the road and into a swollen river. The accident happened around 9 a.m. yesterday on Bonbrook Road in Cumberland County when 16-year-old Michaela Woodson ran off the road into the Willis River. The car was quickly pulled underwater and wasn’t located until five hours later with Michaela and her 14-year-old sister Tyauna Woodson inside. Grief counselors will be available at Cumberland High School through the end of the week.

Restoring Voting Rights

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he’s restored voting rights to more felons who have completed their sentences than any other governor. McAuliffe announced Thursday he’s restored voting and other civil rights to 156,000 felons, surpassing a total set by former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s administration.

Two Sisters Die After Car Veers Off Bridge

Two sisters from Cumberland County are dead after succumbing to injuries sustained when the car they were in veered off the Willis River Bridge and landed in the water below on Wednesday. The girls are identified as 16 year old Michaela Woodson and 14 year old Tyauna Woodson. Police got a call at about 9a about what had happened. Recent heavy rains left the river swollen and the vehicle was swep quickly underwater. It was found at about 2pm. about 60 yards away from the bridge.

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Apr. 27, 2017 11:57 AM CST
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Sisters Die After Car Veers Off Bridge

Two sisters from Cumberland County are dead after succumbing to injuries sustained when the care they were in veered off the Willis River Bridge and landed in the water below on Wednesday. The girls are identified as 16 year old Michaela Woodson and 14 year old Tyauna Woodson. Police got a call at about 9a about what had happened. Recent heavy rains left the river swollen and the vehicle was swep quickly underwater. It was found at about 2pm. about 60 yards away from the bridge.

DMV Urges Caution During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

With warm weather in the forecast for the rest of the week, and summer months approaching, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) urges motorcyclists – and motorists – to travel with caution. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Statistically, April through August are the deadliest months of the year for motorcyclists in Virginia. More than half of last year’s motorcyclist fatalities (39 of 72) occurred in those months. Twenty-five motorcyclists have died so far this year on Virginia roadways, including one in Henrico County. Motorcyclists can take advantage of the Virginia Rider Training Program, which offers motorcycle classes for both beginning and experienced riders.

Health Officials Warn Parents at School Of Whooping cough

Health officials are warning parents of students at Springfield Park Elementary School in Henrico County about a possible case of pertussis or whooping cough. It’s not known how many students may have been exposed to the respiratory illness. Students who have had a cough lasting more than two weeks or a severe cough with wheezing or vomiting should see their doctor.

Inmate Back Behind Bars

Authorities say the inmate who was mistakenly released from Henrico Jail East is back behind bars. The inmate was serving time for violating two protective orders when he was released by a deputy yesterday. Authorities have not said how the release happened or where the inmate was found.