Oct 25

The Mathews County Sheriff’s Office and Crime Solvers are asking for the public’s help in solving several larcenies from local churches. Macedonia Baptist Church, Bethel United Methodist Church, and Gwynn’s Island Baptist Church have reported damaged units, having piping and electrical connections cut or removed, or the units removed altogether. If anyone has information regarding these crimes or any other crimes in Mathews, please call Mathews County Crime Solvers at (804) 725-7001. If information leads to the arrest, recovery of stolen property or the seizure of illegal drugs, callers may receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.00.
Hampton Police Division Chief Charles Jordan Jr. has been placed on paid administrative leave while City Manager Mary Bunting ordered an independent investigation and audit of the police division and the undercover cigarette sting its officers operated. The 19-month sting aimed to crack down on illegal cigarette traffickers but resulted in no arrests or charges. More than $3 million flowed through the account attached to the sting. The undercover operation was terminated by Jordan in January after allegations of misconduct in connection with money used for travel-related expenses.
Dominion Virginia Power is investigating what caused one of the two nuclear reactors at its North Anna power station to automatically shut down on Wednesday. A report filed with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Unit 2 at the Louisa County plant tripped automatically shortly before 2 a.m. The shutdown came less than a week after the unit had been restarted following repairs. The shutdown was traced to four valves that control the flow of steam in the turbine system for the generator. NRC officials say the unit’s automatic shutdown system worked flawlessly and was likely unrelated to the repair work.
The matter of tolls on the Coleman bridge popped up at a Gloucester County Board of Supervisors meeting Oct. 16 when County Administrator Brenda Garton said she had been asked to look into the matter. Garton conferred with Del. Keith Hodges who reported the original bonds on the bridge project were in the vicinity of $100 million. There’s $26 million still left on that original bond issue and those bonds will be retired in 2021 and there’s another $39 million in debt on the bridge for bridge maintenance. That set of bonds retires in 2030 so he elimination of the toll wouldn’t even be a consideration until after 2030.
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has agreed to a State Board of Elections request to investigate a Republican Party contract worker accused of discarding voter registration forms, ensuring a broader probe into a closely watched case. Rockingham County sheriff’s office arrested Colin Small, a Phoenixville, Pa., resident working for the staffing firm Pinpoint, and charged him with 13 counts of voter fraud. Small was allegedly seen putting completed voter registration forms in a Harrisonburg dumpster. Beyond the probe by Cuccinelli, others have asked U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to launch a federal investigation into the case. The Justice Department has said it is reviewing the request.

October 25, 2012 |

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