Nov 14

A plea hearing is scheduled for a Newport News man charged with killing his roommate last year. Ian Altman, 22, is charged with murder in the death of Khylief Thorpe. Police said that Altman had been found unconscious in a Norfolk hotel room, where he had attempted suicide. Norfolk officers were able to question Altman and learned that he had shot the 22-year-old Thorpe after the two men got into an altercation. A jury trial had been scheduled next week for Altman but was canceled for the plea hearing to be set.
 
 
Three Virginia-based Navy ships that supported storm relief efforts in New York and New Jersey are now home. The Navy says the amphibious ships USS Wasp and USS San Antonio returned to Naval Station Norfolk and he USS Carter Hall returned Joint Expeditionary Base Little-Creek -Fort Story in Virginia Beach. Sailors and Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit helped with the repair of the Hoboken Ferry Terminal and the Sandy Hook Coast Guard Station. They also assisted emergency clearance and restoration efforts in Staten Island, N.Y., and New Jersey’s Barrier Islands. The U.S. Coast Guard used the ships as a landing platform for search and rescue operations.
 
 
REVENUE FOR VIRGINIA WAS UP NEARLY 16% THIS OCTOBER OVER OCTOBER 2011.  BUT THE MCDONNELL ADMINISTRATION IS ALREADY CAUTIONING PEOPLE NOT TO READ TOO MUCH INTO IT.  FOR ONE….THE CALENDAR ALLOWED FOR TWO EXTRA DEPOSIT DAYS THIS YEAR.  ALSO, WHILE REVENUE IS DOING O-K, THE POTENTIAL FOR JOB AND REVENUE LOSS IF FEDERAL CUTS OCCUR COULD STILL HAVE A MAJOR IMPACT ON THE STATE.  FINANCE SECRETARY RIC BROWN SAYS IT STILL MAKES SENSE TO CONSIDER FOUR PERCENT CUTS TO DEAL WITH THE POTENTIAL ISSUES ARISING FROM WASHINGTON.  
 
 
The Navy is discharging 11 members of a Norfolk-based ship’s crew for using a synthetic drug known as Spice and they’re also accused of possessing another synthetic drug called 2C-1. Urban didn’t identify the sailors, who range in rank from seaman to petty officer 2nd class. The investigation began in October after a crew member reported finding Spice in a work area of the ship.
 
 
Police Chief Charles R. Jordan Jr. resigned Tuesday after eight years at the department’s helm, asserting that some in Hampton’s leadership are not adequately backing his department. Jordan’s statement said that his resignation should in no way be interpreted as an acknowledgment of wrongdoing by him or his department. Jordan, who has been in the department for 34 years, had been embattled over the past few months, being placed on administrative leave with pay on Oct. 18 as a financial audit and outside review began into an undercover cigarette sting that has been the subject of an investigative series in the Daily Press.
 
 
VDOT HAS MEETING SCHEDULED NEXT MONTH IN WILLIAMSBURG, NEWPORT NEWS, AND RICHMOND, TO DISCUSS POTENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS TO THE INTERSTATE BETWEEN RICHMOND AND THE HAMPTON COLISIEUM. THE STUDY LOOKING AT PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS LOOKS AT TOLLS, BECAUSE THERE IS NO MONEY TO MAKE THESE IMPROVEMENTS, AND SPOKESWOMAN TAMARA ROLLISON DOUBTS THERE WILL BE ANY TIME SOON. TOLLS COULD BE ANYTHING FROM TOLLING THE ENTIRE STRECTH, TO HIGH OCCUPANCY LANES SIMILAR TO WHAT IS BEING UNVEILED NEXT WEEK IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA. HOWEVER, ROLLISON ALSO POINTS OUT THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY PERMISSION FROM THE FEDS TO TOLL EITHER. THE RICHMOND MEETING IS DECEMBER 13TH. THE OTHER MEETINGS ARE THE 11TH, AND 12TH.

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