According to the GMGJ, several members of the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors took issue with the school board’s design for a new state-of-the-art building to replace Page Middle School. Ashley Chriscoe said it has been almost two years since the 2011 tornado that decimated the old Page school and all that’s been done so far is clearing a few trees on the new site. He said other localities were dealt a similar punch around the same time and their children are already back in school buildings; not modular units like Page eighth graders remain in today. York district supervisor Carter Borden suggested scheduling another joint meeting with the school board to try to work things out.
19 year-old Lequis Williams was arrested Tuesday in connection with the shooting death of another Hampton teen on Saturday. 19 year-old BartholomewRobinson of Hampton was found shot and killed on off West Mercury Boulevard. Robinson and a 19-year-old Newport News woman were sitting in a vehicle when they were approached by three suspects, During a verbal altercation, one suspect brandished a firearm and shot into the vehicle. The suspects stole an undisclosed amount of cash and other items from the victims, and the incident appears to be narcotics-related.
Police are investigating an explosion that damaged an ATM at a Fredericksburg bank. Fredericksburg police say an employee of the Virginia Credit Union discovered the damage at the drive-through Wednesday morning. A resident of a nearby apartment complex also reported hearing an explosion a few hours earlier that was strong enough to set off car alarms in the area. Surveillance video confirmed that someone placed an explosive device at the base of the ATM around 4 a.m. A police bomb-sniffing dog later gave an indication of something suspicious at a trash receptacle behind the bank, prompting an evacuation of the bank and six neighboring apartments.
Gloucester residents are one step closer to the possibility of gaining more insight into what a new upriver crossing of the York River may cost, look like and where it may be located. The GMGJ reports Gloucester resident Charles Records, who has a background in engineering and development, first approached the supervisors last month about his willingness to proceed with the study at no cost to the county. However, he did ask that some staff time be allocated to aid in research purposes with the study. He assured supervisors that he has no financial interest in the project and if it is deemed feasible, the project could be introduced as a potential public/private partnership to help fund construction costs.
Democrat Terry McAuliffe still has the Democratic field in the 2013 governor’s race to himself after potential rival Tom Perriello decided not to run. Perriello made his decision Wednesday morning, announcing it first through the Democratic blog Blue Virginia. The former congressman said he decided not to seek office if he couldn’t put his full commitment behind the race. In the Republican field, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s chief rival, Bill Bolling, dropped out last week.
The Science Museum of Virginia has received a $100,000 grant to design a new digital center for teenagers to build on skills in science and technology. Officials say the lab will be designed to promote discovery, creativity, critical thinking and real-world learning through activities that bring together academics and student interests. Students will participate primarily from other locations through the Internet. The program is set to begin next summer. Grant recipients must match the funds and partner with local educational, cultural and civic organizations.