Nearly four months after flooding damaged the lower level of the Virginia Living Museum for the second time in a year, the exhibits located there are scheduled to open to the public. The repairs from the most recent flooding cost more than $600,000, The museum has taken steps to prevent flood damage in the future, including using vinyl flooring in many offices, installing carpet with waterproof backing and adding plastic bases to walls. A monitoring system has also been added to Deer Park Lake that will alert staff if the water level rises.
39-year-old Karin Cosgrove of Newport News was arrested and charged Saturday with attempting to provide a Newport News City Farm inmate with suspected synthetic marijuana and other jail contraband. The charges stem from an incident that occurred at Newport News City Farm about 12:30 p.m., when staff saw a woman dumping cigarettes, a cell phone and bottles of suspected synthetic marijuana, also known as “Spice,” into a prison dumpster,. An investigation revealed that the woman was leaving the items for an inmate to retrieve, The items were consfiscated and an arrest was made.
Virginia Beach has voted to move forward on a deal to build a $300 million arena to lure an NBA team.
Media outlets report the city council voted 9-2 Tuesday to support a plan to partner with Philadelphia sports and entertainment company Comcast-Spectacor to try to attract a team with an 18,500-seat arena near the Oceanfront. A final vote will come in February or March. The city is moving forward despite no funding commitment from the state. While Gov. Bob McDonnell supports the efforts, he did not include the $150 million the city requested in his proposed budget. Comcast-Spectacor would lease and operate the arena for 25 years. No arena would be built without a pro sports team’s commitment.
After two hours of testimony by state inspectors about code violations at three of his six assisted living facilities in Hampton Roads the state’s Board of Long-Term Care Administrators voted Tuesday to revoke the administrator and preceptor licenses of Scott Schuett. The board also levied a $25,000 fine against Schuett. The decision does not prevent him from owning or operating homes with licensed administrators on site.