April 17

A Gloucester waterman charged with nine other watermen from the county with poaching oysters was found guilty of a single misdemeanor charge on Monday in Middlesex General District Court. John Setterholm was found guilty of one charge of failing to fully report harvest and related information, he was fined $50 and assessed court costs of $81. Nine other defendants charged by the Virginia Marine Police are scheduled to go on trial in Middlesex General District Court on May 20.
Five suspicious fires hit Christopher Newport University Tuesday afternoon, rattling nerves on campus and prompting officials to evacuate buildings and cancel classes. None of the fires caused serious damage or any injuries however, students were urged to use extreme caution as a state police fire investigator began looking into the case. Three of the five were located restrooms. Police urged tipsters to call the Newport News Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
State Sen. Ralph Northam, D-Norfolk, used the sixth anniversary of the mass shooting at Virginia Tech Monday to launch a campaign to ban assault weapons and require universal background checks on firearm purchases in the commonwealth. Northam, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor, teamed up with families of Virginia Tech victims to propose what he calls a comprehensive plan to stem gun violence. Despite heavy opposition from law makers in the General Assembly to tighten the state’s gun laws Northam started an internet campaign asking people to pressure Gov. Bob McDonnell, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and “their successors” to back the proposal.

April 17, 2013 |