Oct 31

46-year-old Donald Durham of Gloucester died Monday after his SUV overturned in a collision on Saturday. A pickup truck was traveling at a high rate of speed and ran into the back of Durham’s Blazer on Route 17 north of Willis Road. Upon impact, the Blazer ran off the road and overturned, ejecting both of its occupants. The pickup truck, driven by 40-year-old Jeremy Hedrick of Ark, continued south and struck a tree. Both drivers and Durham’s daughter, were flown to the Medical College of Virginia with life-threatening injuries. Hedrick and the girl remain at the hospital, charges are pending.
 
 
STATE POLICE SAY TWO PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT IN RICHMOND BECAUSE OF HURRICANE SANDY.  STATE POLICE’S CORINNE GELLER SAYS THE MAJORITY OF STORM-RELATED CRASHES HAVE BEEN IN HAMPTON ROADS AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA — WHERE THE VOLUME INCREASED ALONG WITH THE WINDS.  THEY’VE WORKED MORE THAN 580 CRASHES — AND NEARLY 700 MORE WITH DISABLED VEHICLES THAT HAVE RUN OFF THE ROAD, GOTTEN STUCK ON DEBRIS, OR STUCK IN HIGH WATER.  SHE SAYS THEY HAVE ALL AVAILABLE TROOPERS ON THE ROADS, AND THEY’LL CONTINUE TO BE THAT WAY FOR AS LONG AS THEY’RE NEEDED. 
 
 
The Virginia Department of Health announced that the Virginia portion of the Chesapeake Bay and west of and including the Virginia Inside Passage of the Eastern Shore will be closed to shellfish harvesting due to floodwaters caused by tidal flooding and excessive rainfall. The affected shellfish are bivalve mollusks including oysters and clams, but not crabs or fin fish. Ingesting shellfish taken from the closed areas at this time could cause gastrointestinal illnesses including norovirus, hepatitis A and shigellosis. Maps of the affected areas are posted on the Division of Shellfish Sanitation’s home page.
 
 
A 28-year-old man was charged with child neglect Friday after his 3-year-old daughter was found walking alone on Jefferson Avenue. Officers were able to locate the girl’s father who was staying in a of hotel nearby, the man told police he had fallen asleep and his daughter had gotten out the room. Police charged Ian Logan Robertson with possession of marijuana and child neglect. He was arrested in connection to an outstanding warrant in Suffolk.
 
 
The Norfolk-based Navy ship the USS Carr has seized more than 1,700 pounds or $15 million worth of cocaine in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The Navy says a helicopter on patrol spotted a fast-moving speedboat that attempted to change course and escape after it went closer to investigate. The helicopter fired warning shots across the boat’s bow, but that failed to stop it. The gunner then fired disabling shots and brought the boat to a stop. Since June, the Carr has seized about 3,900 pounds of cocaine and more than 4,100 pounds of marijuana.
 
 
Virginia is granting people whose licenses or permits expire Oct. 31 some extra time to renew them without penalty because of this week’s storm. Gov. Bob McDonnell is also giving people and businesses harmed by the late-season hurricane that morphed into a mid-autumn blizzard in some areas a waiver on penalties or interest from late October state tax returns. Virginia motorists who need a new driver’s license or registration before November now have until Nov. 9 to visit the Department of Motor Vehicles for a renewal. To qualify for the tax penalty and interest waiver, taxpayers must show they couldn’t file their taxes on time because the storm made their financial records inaccessible.

October 31, 2012 |

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