Investigators continue probing a single-vehicle wreck on Saturday morning that killed 21 year old Jessie Belcher Gloucester on Route 17 just north of the intersection of Brays Point Road about 9 a.m.Belcher was transported to Riverside Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester, where he was pronounced dead, he was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. Two witnesses to the wreck told an investigating trooper that Belcher’s pickup ran off the road without the application of brakes before striking the tree however speed does not appear to be a factor.
Sonja Adkinson, the woman who was recently charged in the fatal shooting of a 24-year-old Newport News man on Sunday has been identified as the man’s mother. The victim has been identified as Adkinson’s son, 24-year-old Te-Sean Wilkerson. The charges stem from a shooting that occurred during a domestic incident on Sunday night, Shortly after arriving, police officers discovered Wilkerson inside the home suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Virginia’s Alcoholic Beverage Control stores are getting in on the Black Friday tradition with extended hours and discounted prices. Officials say the state’s nearly 340 stores will offer discounts up to 50 percent off, or more, on selected items. Shopper also will get 10 percent off any purchase totaling more than $50. Most of the ABC stores will open at 9 a.m. on Friday, while some others in Williamsburg, Richmond and northern Virginia are set to open at 7 a.m. Officials say the early morning specials will remain in effect at all stores until 3 p.m. Friday.
The York County School Board on Monday unanimously voted to give York County School Division employees a bonus later this year. Employees will get a bonus of 1.5 percent of their salary or $400, whichever is higher. The one-time payment will cost the York County School Division $1.2 million. The bulk of the bonus will be paid for through $800,000 in savings from the retirement of 60 school employees. The School Board has not given school employees a raise since 2008 because of budget constraints. Superintendent Eric Williams said the bonus is a “positive for employees for this year” but does not mitigate the need for “long-term changes in compensation (for teachers) that need to occur.”
The good news for Newport News taxpayers is that they won’t see sewage bills increase by 20 percent next year, Instead a 10 percent increase is on the table. The bad news is that there will still be hefty sewer bill increases in coming years as a result of the region’s attempt to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency consent order to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. The region must revamp sewer systems to minimize sewage overflows into the watershed, The Hampton Roads Sanitation District is mulling a proposal to take over all Hampton Roads sanitation systems. A $950,000 study is expected to be completed by next summer.
THE VIRGINIA A-C-L-U HAS SENT A LETTER TO GOVERNOR MCDONNELL TO PARDON AN INNOCENT HAMPTON MAN STILL IN JAIL AND TAKE THE LEADERSHIP TO CHANGE VIRGINIA’S “21-DAY RULE”. THE KEY WITNESS ON WHOM THIS MAN’S CONVICTION WAS PROSECUTED HAS ADMITTED SHE LIED, AND IS NOW ON TRIAL FOR PERJURY. THE GOVERNOR HAS ALREADY INDICATED HE WOULD ENTERTAIN A PETITION TO PARDON AND ATTORNEY GENERAL CUCCINELLI HAS SAID HE WOULD HELP DEFENSE ATTORNEYS FILE A “WRIT OF ACTUAL INNOCENCE” WITH THE APPEALS COURT. BUT THIS IS ALL THEY CAN DO UNDER CURRENT LAW — AND THE PROCESS TAKES MONTHS.