July 18

North Carolina investigators say the body of 33-year-old Lynn Jackenheimer of Ashland, Ohio was dumped along the Outer Banks died from strangulation and stab wounds. Dare County Sheriff said the autopsy results mean officers nationwide are on the lookout for the woman’s on-and-off boyfriend, 27-year-old Nathan Summerfield of Ashland, Ohio, he is wanted on a first-degree murder charge. Jackenheimer disappeared earlier this month during a vacation with her children and Summerfield. Police say he returned the children to Ashland and drove away. Summerfield’s brother has told authorities that Summerfield said he strangled the woman.
Virginia would bear much of the pain if Congress allows deep budget cuts to take effect in January, according to a new study: a potential loss of more than 207,000 jobs that ranks it second only to California. Most losses would hit Virginia’s defense community, a main economic pillar in Hampton Roads. But of those 207,000 lost jobs, more than 71,000 would be non-defense related, with the potential to limit everything from federal inspections at the Port of Virginia to the region’s tourist trade. The job-loss number is conceptual and likely to change, but as Congress drags its feet, business owners have no choice but to start making plans for cuts and layoffs.

A Navy and Coast Guard team helped seize 91 bales of marijuana in the western Caribbean Sea worth more than $4 million. The Coast Guard says a law enforcement detachment aboard the Norfolk-based USS Elrod recovered 4,900 pounds of marijuana on July 3 after suspected smugglers tossed it overboard from their speedboat. A helicopter assigned to the Elrod fired warning shots at the speedboat until it stopped and the people on board put their hands up. Four suspected drug smugglers were detained by Costa Rican authorities. In April, the Elrod seized more than $360 million in cocaine as part of the operation.

The start-up airline People Express is delaying its proposed launch. The airline, based in Newport News, wanted to begin flights out of Pittsburgh in August, but the date has been pushed back to 2013. In May, People Express COO Michael Morisi told the Daily Press that the airline was expecting government approval in October and hoped to begin to flights in and out of Newport a few weeks after that.
A consumer outreach program will air three television public service announcements encouraging Virginians to save energy. The initiative was announced by Virginia Energy Sense, which is operated by the State Corporation Commission. The General Assembly created the program to support the state’s goal of reducing energy consumption by 10 percent. The TV spots encourage consumers to take easy, low-cost steps to save energy. They also promote a new online Home Energy Test, which allows homeowners to evaluate their home’s energy use and learn ways they can cut back.
The passenger terminal at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois is being dedicated to the memory of a former Old Dominion University student killed in 2011. Officials dedicated the terminal in honor of 21-year-old Airman 1st Class Zachary Cuddeback, he and another airman were killed when a man fired on a busload of soldiers at the Frankfurt International Airport in Germany. Cuddeback was a vehicle operator assigned to Ramstein Air Base.

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