Dec 17

There will be grief counselors present at Poquoson High School this morning for students after a senior at the school was killed in an I-64 wreck near Goochland County. Virginia State Police said 18 year old Rhys Ritter was driving a Mercedes SUV  Friday on Interstate 64 west when the vehicle exited the roadway and crashed into an embankment. Two other teenagers were passengers in the vehicle. Police said the teens were not wearing seatbelts. Teachers will also meet before school begins to prepare for the day and to help with students who are grieving.
A hangar on the campus of the Newport News Williamsburg International Airport was damaged by a plane Saturday in an apparent accident. No one was hurt in the incident and No commercial flights were delayed as a result of the accident. The plane was on the ground when it occured. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident.

Gov. Bob McDonnell presents his proposed amendments to the state’s $80-billion two-year budget in Richmond this morning. The governor is expected to include funding for initiatives already announced, including $58 million for teacher pay raises tied to tighter job performance standards. It’s also expected to be a cautious and conservative budget based on concerns he’s voiced about the looming federal “fiscal cliff” and bad economic consequences for Virginia if it happens. The governor’s appearance before House and Senate budget writing committees at 9:30 starts a contentious three-month process during which the state’s revenue projections and spending blueprint are revised.
One person is in custody after Newport News firefighters say a fire was intentionally set at a boarding house in the 1100 block of Hampton Avenue. Six residents were displaced in the fire, including one that was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries, the news release said. The Red Cross is assisting residents with temporary housing. The fire department is not releasing the name of the person in custody until formal charges are filed, Fire investigators are still on the scene this morning trying to determine the exact cause, the release.

The Navy says about 6,300 sailors are returning to Virginia ahead of schedule. Officials say the ships with the Eisenhower carrier strike group and the Iwo Jima amphibious ready group will return to Hampton Roads this upcoming week, arriving early to beat possible bad weather. The dock landing ship Gunston Hall will be the first to arrive at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek on Tuesday. The amphibious assault ship Iwo Jima, and the New York will return to Norfolk Naval Station on Thursday. The Eisenhower will arrive at Norfolk Naval Station on Wednesday, preceded by its carrier air wing, which returns to Oceana Naval Air Station on Tuesday.
Authorities are investigating the cause of a Nelson County fire that destroyed the historic Norwood plantation. The News & Advance reports that the white, 6,000 square-foot, two-story farm house had been on the market for $1.75 million in 2009. It originally was built in the 1850s by Mayo Cabell as a gift for his son, William, when he graduated from the University of Virginia in 1853. The house was unoccupied and being remodeled as a second home. No injuries were reported.

December 17, 2012 |

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