A 31-year-old Gloucester man pleaded guilty Monday in Gloucester County Circuit Court to a felony charge related to sending and receiving sexually explicit text messages to a 12-year-old girl. Clayton Lawrence admitted he solicited the girl to be a subject of child pornography in January. The victim had mistakenly sent a text to Lawrence and the two began texting back and forth. The nature of the texts quickly turned sexual Lawrence told the girl he was 26 years old and the girl revealed her age to him. Lawrence faces up to 20 years in prison.
James City County police and fire departments evacuated homes and searched a motel Sunday after receiving two separate bomb threats. The first bomb threat occurred when a woman called a relative to report a man had a bomb and bomb-making materials inside her home. Representatives from the FBI and James City County’s Police Department, Fire Department, Fire Marshal and SWAT were called to the home, emergency personnel did not find a bomb or bomb-making materials. The second bomb threat occurred when a woman walked into a Hardee’s and said there was a bomb at the motel next door. James City police and fire responded and the woman’s room was searched and no bomb was found. Both women face charges of making a bomb threat
Gov. Bob McDonnell is launching an initiative to identify unnecessary and burdensome regulations in Virginia that can be repealed or reformed. As part of the effort, McDonnell is encouraging residents and stakeholders to submit ideas for regulatory reform through an online portal located at RegReform.Virginia.Gov. The governor also has tasked state agencies to do a comprehensive review of their regulations, repeal regulations that are unnecessary or no longer in use, and reduce regulatory burdens to individuals, businesses and other organizations.
Professor Emmett Duffy of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) will explore his discovery of the first case of advanced social organization in a marine animal during VIMS’ After Hours lecture on Thursday, October 25. “Eusociality”—once thought to occur only among ants, bees, and certain other social insects—refers to life in large, cooperative colonies. Duffy discovered the first case of eusociality in a marine animal, the sponge-dwelling Caribbean shrimp during fieldwork among the coral reefs of Belize. His work revealed that colonies of these small animals, which can number more than 300 individuals, have only a single reproductive female—a “queen” like that of honeybees and ants. Reservations to this free public lecture series are required due to limited space, call 684-7846 for further information.
Virginia Beach city officials will hear a presentation on the economic impact an NBA team moving to the city could have on the state. Virginia Beach is considering whether to build a new arena near the oceanfront in hopes of luring an NBA or NHL team to town. Officials say one could begin play in 2015. A study produced for the Virginia Beach Development Authority says an NBA team would support about 3,700 jobs in Virginia and that the state government would receive nearly $11 million in tax revenue each year. Among other things, it says the statewide economic impact would exceed $500 million a year.
FOR THE THIRD MONTH IN A ROW, VIRGINIA’S JOBLESS RATE FOR SEPTEMBER CAME IN AT 5.9-PERCENT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED. VIRGINIA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION ECONOMIST ANN LANG SAYS MORE PEOPLE WENT BACK TO WORK IN SEPTEMBER, BUT IT WAS NOT ENOUGH TO MOVE THE METER. SHE SAYS THE MAIN REASON FOR THAT IS SCHOOLS OPENING UP SO GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE EDUCATION EMPLOYMENT WENT WAY UP. THOSE, HOWEVER, ARE NOT INCLUDED IN “SEASONALLY ADJUSTED” NUMBERS. SHE SAYS THERE WERE ALSO SOME GAINS IN PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS SERVICES, AND SLIGHT AMOUNT IN CONSTRUCTION. VIRGINIA REMAINS ONE OF THE BEST EMPLOYMENT STATES IN THE NATION WITH LANG SAYING WE TIED KANSAS AT THE 12TH-BEST EMPLOYMENT RATE.