Gloucester County schools earned an award from the College Board for increasing access to Advanced Placement courses while increasing the percentage of high scores on AP exams. Gloucester is one of 539 school districts across 44 states in the U.S. and Canada that were honored with selection to the 3rd annual AP District Honor Roll. Gloucester High School Principal Beverage said the school staff is quite pleased with the hard work of staff and students in achieving the distinction.
According to Newport News police, 25 heating units were removed from the Newsome Park housing complex in Southeast Newport News. All of the apartment units were vacant when the thefts took place. Lou Thurston, a spokesman for Newport News police, said each heating unit was worth $2,589.70. The thefts were reported to police on Friday Nov. 30. The last time the units were checked was on Oct. 1. Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
The Virginia State Crime Commission is set to make some recommendations for the 2013 General Assembly. The panel is scheduled to vote on its legislative agenda at its final meeting of the year Wednesday in Richmond. Among the possible proposals are tougher penalties for illegal cigarette trafficking, texting while driving and financial crimes against incapacitated adults. Draft legislation also will be considered to allow collection of biological evidence in sexual assault cases when the victim is unable to give consent. The commission also may consider a proposal to strengthen the state’s police officer decertification law.
If an NBA team decides to relocate to Virginia Beach it could temporarily play in arenas as far west as Richmond over the next two seasons while a new area is built near the oceanfront. Virginia Beach is mulling whether to build a $300 million, 18,500-seat arena on city-owned land in hopes of luring an NBA or NHL team to town. Virginia Beach has requested $150 million from the state to help pay for arena construction costs as well as moving expenses for the unidentified target team. The Richmond Coliseum seats about 12,100 people for basketball games, making it one of the largest potential temporary venues.
A Virginia appeals panel on Tuesday rejected the appeal of a former high school administrator convicted of killing his estranged wife. A three-judge panel of the Virginia Court of Appeals upheld Wesley Earnest’s first-degree murder conviction and life sentence. Prosecutors said Earnest drove 200 miles from his home in Chesapeake in December 2007, shot his wife in the head at her Forest home and left a typed suicide note. Jocelyn Earnest graduated from West Virginia University and was a member of the Mountaineer women’s basketball team.
More than 42,000 pounds of unwanted pesticides have been collected in Virginia this year. Eighteen counties and five cities participated in the state’s annual Pesticide Disposal Program. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Tuesday the program has collected and destroyed more than 1 million pounds of unwanted pesticides since it began in 1990. The program helps farmers, pesticide dealers, pest control companies, golf courses and homeowners with the proper disposal of unwanted pesticides. Officials say the program is a “win-win-win situation” for farmers, the pesticide industry and the environment.