A 7-year-old girl has died from injuries sustained Thursday night after being struck by a car near Kecoughtan Road and Robinson Road in Hampton. Police were called to the intersection at about 5:55 p.m., upon their arrival, officers found the girl suffering from life threatening injuries. She was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where died shortly before 11:30 p.m. Police do not believe alcohol and speed were a factor in the crash. The accident remains under investigation by Hampton police, and currently no charges have been filed.
Possible human remains were located on Barney Road in Virginia Beach Thursday afternoon. According to a Virginia Beach Police Department news release, a female caller told dispatchers a friend was walking through the area and found what appeared to be a skeleton. Police responded and located the bones on a vacant lot near a marsh. The bones appear to have been there for a period of time. The medical examiner’s office was contacted and a pathologist and anthropologist responded to the scene. The case remains under investigation by the department’s homicide unit. The medical examiner will determine identification of the remains and the cause of death.
A federal appeals court in Virginia is set to review a former Texas businessman’s conviction in a $100 million life insurance fraud scheme. Christian Allmendinger was one of the principals of a group of Houston-based companies known as A&O, which used investors’ money to buy life insurance policies at less than face value and then collected benefits when the insured people died. Prosecutors claimed he lied to investors and squandered their money. A jury convicted Allmendinger of mail fraud, money laundering and securities fraud. He was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
A 38-year-old woman was charged with arson in connection with a house fire on Richmond Road on Nov. 29. Encela Pardo confessed to fire marshals that she started the fire in a small bedroom used for storage and left the 800-square-foot home. She was arrested Wednesday and is being held without bond at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail. The fire extended into the roof and attic of the house and one firefighter sustained a minor foot injury. Pardo returned after James City County firefighters extinguished the blaze. No one else was in the home when Pardo set the fire
A former Virginia Beach teacher has been convicted of being drunk on school grounds. Media outlets report that a General District Court judge found 28-year-old Jessica S. Snyder guilty of misdemeanor public intoxication on Wednesday. Judge Pamela Hutchens ordered Snyder to pay a $200 fine. School officials say Snyder was a French teacher at Plaza Middle School when she was charged Oct. 25. Police were called to the school after she fell in a hallway. She resigned the next day.
Dominion Resources Inc. says it sees an economic opportunity in the Mid-Atlantic region following a study from the Department of Energy on exporting natural gas. The study says that exporting natural gas would benefit the U.S. economy even if it led to higher domestic prices for the fuel. Those benefits include jobs and local property taxes. The energy provider also says the project would directly and indirectly contribute about $1 billion in additional federal, state and local government revenues annually. Dominion is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy and serves retail customers in 15 states.