A man was shot and killed at Newport News bus stop early Monday morning. 57 year-old James Dix was waiting for the bus on 25th street that would take him to his job at Hampton University when approached by an armed assailant who robbed and shot him. When Dix tried to flee, he was chased by the gunman who continued to shoot at him, until he collapsed. Dix was conscious when he was taken to a local hospital and he was able to share details about the shooting with police. Police recovered the gun believed to have been used in the attack, found in a debris pile in the backyard of a home. Police have a description of the suspect and are asking the public for any information.
A Ware Neck couple has been identified as the deceased individuals in what investigators say was a murder-suicide. The bodies of 85 year-old Neville Jackson and 79 year-old Mary Jackson were found Friday evening in their home on Ware Neck Road, Both victims suffered from what appeared to be a single gunshot wound. Officials declined to release additional details about the deaths pending the outcome of the Medical Examiner’s report.
The Virginia Department of Transportation announced a new fee structure for the state’s E-Z Pass toll payment program Monday afternoon. The new fee structure was developed to “cover the increasing cost to administer Virginia’s E-Z Pass program. VDOT initially proposed a $1 monthly fee for all E-Z Pass users, but went back to the drawing board after public displeasure surfaced. E-Z Pass customers with open accounts will not be charged a monthly fee until they replace their existing transponder or add a new one to their account. At that time, they will be charged a 50-cent monthly fee per new standard transponder or a $1 monthly fee per new Flex transponder. New customers will have the same fees. A current $25 deposit will no longer be required for new transponders. Customers who have previously paid a deposit will have it converted to prepaid tolls on their accounts.
York County officials are looking for a Burmese python in the Blackwell Trailer Court area of Oriana Road in the Grafton section of York County. Animal Control officers are canvassing the area trying to locate the snake. Although pythons are typically afraid of people and will generally avoid them, special care is still required when handling them. Residents are cautioned not to approach the snake if they see it, to remain a safe distance from the snake and to immediately call Animal Control at 890-3621.
THE MCDONNELL ADMINISTRATION IS CLAIMING SOME VICTORIES IN REGARDS TO CLEANING UP THE CHESAPEAKE BAY. THE ADMINISTRATION SAYS NITROGEN HEADING INTO THE BAY HAS BEEN CUT AN INCREDIBLE 2000% ABOVE THEIR ORIGINAL GOAL, AND PHORSPHORUS HAS BEEN CUT MORE THAN 450% ABOVE THE GOAL. DEPUTY NATURAL RESOURCES SECRETARY ANTHONY MOORE SAYS FUNDING HAS PLAYED A BIG ROLE, PLUS THE PLAN THE STATE DEVELOPED HAS WORKED WELL. HOWEVER, MOORE ADMITS THERE IS STILL A LOT OF ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT, FOR EXAMPLE, A LARGE AMOUNT OF SEWAGE WAS DUMPED INTO THE JAMES RIVER AS A RESULT OF POWER OUTAGES FROM THE JUNE 29TH STORM.