Authorities arrested federal fugitive Antwain Brisbon in the Youngs Mill apartment community off of Warwick Boulevard in Newport News Thursday night after a five-and-a-half hour tactical operation. Brisbon was sought on various federal charges in connection to the United Blood Nation, or Bloods Street Gang, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of South Carolina. Brisbon is accused of racketeering, narcotics violations, robberies, federal firearms violations, interstate prostitution and sex trafficking.
An operator of a ship scrapping company has been sentenced to a year in prison for federal environmental violations. 56-year-old Steven Avery of Bohannon was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Norfolk. According to court documents his company Sea Solutions bought the M/V Snow Bird in February 2010 and planned to scrap it. The defendant knew petroleum products and other pollutants were onboard the vessel, but he didn’t remove the pollutants before beginning scrapping operations. A major spill of oil and other pollutants occurred in the Elizabeth River in October 2010. Avery’s brother, 81-year-old Billy Avery of Virginia Beach, received five years’ probation. Both were fined $25,000.
VIRGINIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT BARRY DUVAL SEES THE GLASS “HALF-FULL” RATHER THAN “HALF-EMPTY” IN THE NEW C-N-B-C RANKING OF VIRGINIA AT NUMBER-3… DOWN FROM THE TOP RANK LAST YEAR. HE SAYS #3 IS STILL GOOD, HOWEVER, HE’S FULLY AWARE OF THE CHALLENGES OF CONGESTED ROADS, AND DEFENSE SPENDING UNCERTAINTY. DUVAL SAYS WHILE THE CHAMBER APPLAUDS NEW FUNDING FOR ROADS PASSED BY GOVERNOR MCDONNELL AND THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY THIS YEAR, THERE’S STILL NO LONG-TERM REVENUE STRUCTURE TO ADDRESS FUTURE NEEDS. HE SAYS THE CHAMBER IS PUTTING TOGETHER A TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE TO MAKE SUGGESTIONS.
Beginning next year, animal tethering will be illegal in Hampton. The Hampton City Council voted Wednesday evening to ban animal tethering within city limits. The new law is effective Jan. 1, 2013.
City staff had proposed a less restrictive law that would have allowed animal tethering during day hours if pet owners obtained a $25 permit.
Gov. Bob McDonnell will host his colleagues from across the nation this weekend as they come to Williamsburg for their annual summer meeting. Both Republican and Democratic heads of state will have one overriding issue on their minds — what to do about runaway Medicaid costs under President Barack Obama’s health care reforms, and whether to create health insurance exchanges or let the feds handle it. While several governors have said they will opt out of the Medicaid expansion, McDonnell and some others have said they need more information from the federal government before making a decision.
State forestry officials say an invasive wood-boring beetle has spread to more than a dozen counties in Virginia, threatening millions of ash trees. The emerald ash borer is a native of Asia first detected in the U.S. 10 years ago. It has now spread to the following counties: Pittsylvania, Halifax, Charlotte, Mecklenburg, Lee, Buchanan, Hanover, Warren, Caroline, Prince Edward, Giles, Loudoun and Stafford. the beetle is capable of killing all 187 million native ash trees in Virginia. Ash is valued statewide at $170 million.