Archives for October 2017

School District Gets State Money For Robotics Team

A $5,000 grant is headed from the state Department of Education to Prince Edward County Schools. The money will be in place for next school year and will be used to create a robotics team. That squad wil take part in the LEGO For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, or FIRST, competition next year.

Lottery Warns About Mega Millions Ticket Problem

If you purchased a Mega Millions ticket on Friday, October 27 between 10:45 and 11:51 p.m., please read on.

As the Virginia Lottery was upgrading its gaming system and the Mega Millions game, an error occurred. A small number of Mega Millions tickets under the old game were produced/sold incorrectly in Virginia for about one hour.

All Mega Millions tickets sold during that time will be honored. The price of the ticket and the price of a replacement ticket will be refunded to those players. Any prizes won by the original ticket will be honored by the Lottery. Refunds and prize payments cannot be processed at Lottery retailers.

Dozens Charged In Two Day Offensive Against Aggressive Drivers

A two-day “Drive to Save Lives” traffic safety initiative that spanned 15 states along the Interstate 95 corridor last week resulted in more than 650 total traffic summonses and arrests by Virginia State Police.

On Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21, 2017, Virginia troopers cited 195 speeders and 61 drivers were charged with aggressive driving or other dangerous moving violations. Troopers also cited 35 motorists for failing to wear a seat belt and another 14 for child restraint violations. A total of 11 drunk drivers were taken off Virginia’s roadways and arrested by troopers. Other citations issued include inspection violations, equipment violations, expired safety inspections for commercial vehicles and size or weight violations.

In addition, Virginia troopers apprehended 21 wanted persons and made 42 criminal arrests.

Virginia State Police troopers dedicated nearly 2,300 hours to the stepped up patrol and enforcement efforts along the 179 miles of I-95 that stretch across Virginia from the border of North Carolina to Maryland.

Farmville Man Sentenced In Sodomy Case

25 years behind bars for a Farmville man conviced on sodomy counts. Police say Michael Booker sexually assaulted a victim under 13 years old. Booker will also go to trial Monday in Prince Edward Circuit Court on four counts of sodomy and sexual battery. Police say the allegations go back four years.

Wildlife Officials On Threat To Bald Eagles

Hunters using lead ammunition are posing real harm to bald eagles. The Wildlife Center of Virginia has admitted its 43rd bald eagle patient of the year, a grim record for single-year admissions during the center’s 35-year history. Officials say nearly 70 percent of the eagles admitted had measurable amounts of lead in their blood. Six had lead levels too high for the center’s in-house lead analyzer to measure.
The center has been encouraging hunters to stop using lead-based ammunition.

DGIF Suggests Wearing Blaze Pink While Hunting

In an effort to promote the new law that came in effect on July 1,
2017 that allows the wearing of Blaze Pink for safety during the black powder and
general firearm seasons for deer, the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF)
thought that with October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month and as hunters are
gearing up for the upcoming deer seasons, what better time to get the word out on the
addition of blaze pink while also bringing awareness to breast cancer.
For the month of October, the DGIF Law Enforcement Division has changed their
markings on five of their Law Enforcement vehicles from gold to blaze pink. The
markings on the vehicles also help promote safety while in the outdoors by showing the
proper blaze pink color.

Reid Re-Elected As VML Subcommittee Chair

A.D. “Chuckie” Reid, vice mayor of Farmville, was recently re-elected chair of a
subcommittee representing towns for the Virginia Municipal League (VML). The election for the
Town Section chair was held Monday, Oct. 2 at the League’s annual conference and business
meeting in Williamsburg.
As the chair of the Town Section, Vice Mayor Reid also serves on the League’s Executive Committee.
This position enables Reid to shape the activities of the League and make it a better advocate for the
Town of Farmville and similar communities.
Reid’s first term on Town Council began in 1986; he is currently serving his second term as vice
mayor.

Probe Continues Into Body Found In Car In Parking Lot

It may have been self inflicted and it may not have been. That’s what South Hill police are saying about a gunshot that apparently killed a man whose body was found in a car outside VCU Community Memorial Hospital. The body was located last week. Investigators say they can’r rule out that the person may have shot themselves or may have been shot by another party. No word on the identity of the person or if police are looking for suspects. They’re waiting on a report from the medical examiner.

Boy Found After Amber Alert Issued

A missing Chesterfield County 3-year-old has been safely after an Amber Alert was issued for her Monday. Chesterfield County Police had been looking for Cayden Thomas Merchant, 3 years of age. The child was feared to be in extreme danger and was thought to be in the custody of 40 year old James King. Police aren’t saying much about how and where the child was found, but they say King has still not been located.

VA AG Opposing Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

Virginia’s Attorney General is one of 19 opposing the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, arguing that the ill-conceived legislation would override local public safety decisions and endanger communities and police.
The legislation (H.R. 38 / S. 446) would force states to recognize concealed carry weapon permits from other states . The Attorneys General fear that, if enacted, the legislation would inevitably lead to the death of police officers and civilians, the proliferation of gun traffickers, and acts of terrorism and other mass violence.