July 9

A man and woman were found dead Friday evening in an apparent murder-suicide at the 6900 block of Ware Neck Road. According to a news release from the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office, deputies stopped by the home to check on the residents at the request of relatives, who were unable to contact them. Both residents were found dead and each had a single gunshot wound. The bodies were transported to the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for an autopsy. Names were being witheld pending notification of family members.
Three York County residents have been charged in connection with the assault of an off-duty York-Poquoson Sheriff’s deputy that occurred at Owens Marina. 20 year-old Brent Byrum, 22 year-old Brandon Byrum and 20 year-old Joshua White, have been charged with one count of assault on a law enforcement officer and committing an act of violence by a mob. On the 4th of July a boat carrying an off-duty York-Poquoson sheriff’s deputy approached a boat named “High Pressure” at the gas pumps to find out how long their fillup would take. The two got into a brief verbal altercation, between four and seven people from “High Pressure” approached the deputy and boat captain on the dock where the assault allegedly occurred. Additional arrests are expected.
About 11,400 Virginia homes and businesses remain without power as a result of the June 29 storm that knocked over trees and snapped utility lines. Almost all of those are Appalachian Power customers. Which they say is taking longer in the hard-hit Roanoke, Lynchburg and Lovingston areas because of significant damage to the utility’s facilities. The utility says power won’t be restored in those areas until today.

Newport News police are investigating an officer-involved shooting on 34th Street. Police said around 8:30 p.m. Last night officers conducted a traffic stop in the area. The vehicle was occupied by two passengers and a driver. During the course of the stop, an altercation broke out between an officer and a front seat passenger of the vehicle. The officer fired his duty weapon and struck the passenger in the upper right arm. The individual who was shot was transported to a local hospital what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. No officers were hurt during the incident.
Officials say four people, including a rescue diver, were injured when a pleasure boat caught fire on the James River Saturday night near Dutch Gap. Eight people were aboard the boat, about a quarter mile offshore. A witness reports that everyone jumped into the water after the boat caught fire, and people could be heard screaming for help. Two boaters were taken to area hospitals suffering burns, another boater suffered unspecified injuries and was taken to a hospital. It was not immediately clear how the fire started.
A 90-year-old Roanoke woman who wouldn’t let go of her purse has led to the arrest of the man who attempted to snatch it. 43-year-old Barry Lynn Arthur was charged with robbery after he attempted to grab the woman’s purse in a grocery store, the woman told police she held on tight and he dragged her as she screamed for help. The Roanoke Times reports that two people came to the woman’s aid until police arrived and arrested the suspect.

July 9, 2012 |

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