A proposal to place two Gloucester County Sheriff’s deputies in elementary schools as school resource officer was turned down by the Board of Supervisors. The two school resource officers, with an estimated cost in the budget of $139,000 were among the cuts discussed. Supervisors said funding voice over internet protocol communication systems for the schools, which remained in the budget, will be a new safety feature.
A retired Norfolk employee faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to taking bribes from a city plumbing contractor. 66-year-old Michael Brown also faces a $250,000 fine, he’s scheduled to be sentenced July 23. According to court documents, he received between $15,000 and $20,000 in cash, goods and services from Andrew Zoby Jr., the owner of A.T. Zoby Mechanical Inc. In exchange, Brown gave Zoby preferential treatment regarding city contracts and work orders. Zoby pleaded guilty earlier this month to bribing two city workers. He also faces up to 10 years in prison. His sentencing is set for July 10.
Two women were in stable condition on Saturday after being shot and wounded a day earlier by a community college student who opened fire at his school’s satellite campus inside a southwestern Virginia mall. One of the injured women was a part-time employee of New River Community College and the other has been identified as a student there. Authorities were investigating what prompted the suspected gunman, 18 year-old Neil MacInnis to drive to the shopping center on Friday and shoot the two women at the mall-based campus.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will be conducting a routine inspection of the Robert O. Norris bridge located on Route 3 in Middlesex County and crosses the Rappahannock River at White Stone on Tuesday, April 16. Motorists will be restricted to one lane on the bridge between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. For real time listings of work zones and road conditions and delays at the Norris Bridge or anywhere in Virginia, visit VDOT’s 24-hour traffic and travel information website http://www.511virginia.org.
An exhibition of Michelangelo drawings has broken the attendance record at the College of William and Mary’s museum. About 25,000 visitors have seen the exhibition since it went on display Feb. 9 at the Muscarelle Museum of Art. The exhibition of 25 drawings commemorates the museum’s 30th anniversary.