A trial is scheduled in January for a man accused of slaying a Gloucester woman in her Hickory Ford residence in July 2011. Richard Earl “Ricky” Witcher Jr. appeared briefly in Gloucester County Circuit on Monday morning, but did not speak. Witcher, 32, is accused of fatally shooting Karen Kay Kelly with a rifle on July 27, 2011. Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Megan Zwisohn said she wants to ensure that Kelly’s name can’t be dragged through the mud “just because of the way she may have lived her life.” Witcher is being held without bail in the Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center pending his trial. Witcher’s trial is scheduled for Jan. 14 and 15, 2013.
The Virginia Living Museum could close if it doesn’t secure additional funding or avoid costs over the next year or two. Page Hayhurst, the museum’s executive director, told the Daily Press that the VLM has been running with a large operating deficit in recent years, and will likely use up its remaining $400,000 in reserves during the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2013. Hayhurst said they need about 10 years of additional funding or cost savings to buy time to build up an endowment fund, which is the true solution to the museum’s financial problems.
STORY DETAILS: THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTION SAYS THEY HAVE RECEIVE A SMALL NUMBER OF REPORTS, INCLUDING ONE FROM SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, OF PEOPLE BEING CALLED AND TOLD THEY CAN VOTE OVER THE PHONE. THAT IS NOT TRUE, YOU CAN ONLY VOTE IN PERSON, OR VIA THE MAIL. THE SBE’S NIKKI SHERIDAN SAYS THE NUMBER OF REPORTS IS SMALL, BUT THEY WANTED TO GET AHEAD OF ANY POTENTIAL SCAMS OUT THERE. .THERE ARE SOME LOCALITIES THAT DO ALLOW CURBSIDE VOTING, BUT YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE POLLING PLACE TO PARTICIPATE.
A federal grand jury has indicted a Newport News man on charges that he killed another man as part of his initiation into a gang and a woman for being an accessory to the murder. Federal prosecutors said Monday 25-year-old Aronte Jarvis faces a possible death sentence if convicted of the charges and Jarvis’ former girlfriend, 24-year-old Tayvonna Licorish is charged with being an accessory. She faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. Prosecutors claim Jarvis shot 22-year-old Jonte Terry in a Kmart parking lot in Newport News in February 2008 in order to gain entrance into the “Thug Relations” gang.
The Hampton Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a storage tank leak that spilled more than 3,000 gallons of motor oil into a drainage ditch. Hampton Fire-Rescue tells media outlets that hazmat crews contained the spill to about a quarter-mile area. The leak occurred Sunday at a business in Hampton’s Briarfield neighborhood. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management hired a contractor to clean up the spill. The cause hasn’t been determined.
Nearly 600,000 Virginia residents are expected to participate in a multistate earthquake drill this week.
Gov. Bob McDonnell says many people didn’t know about earthquake safety when a magnitude-5.8 quake hit Louisa County last August. The governor is encouraging all Virginians to participate in the Great SouthEast ShakeOut and learn about earthquake safety. The drill is scheduled for 10:18 a.m. Thursday. Residents in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland and Washington, D.C., also will participate.