Police say they fired at a Hampton man last week during a traffic stop because they thought he was reaching for a gun, however 40 year old Corey Moody was not armed. Police initially said that there was an exchange of gunfire between police and the suspect. In the statement released Tuesday, police said “it does not appear that the suspect fired a weapon.” A gun was not recovered from Moody’s car, according to police. Moody was wanted on federal drug trafficking and firearms charges. The four officers involved in the shooting are on adminstrative leave pending an internal investigation.
The day after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, Virginia State Police saw their highest-ever number of gun-purchase background checks. A Virginia gun-rights advocate says that should be no surprise, given comments from national lawmakers about increasing gun restrictions in the wake of the shootings. It was a 42 percent increase over the number of checks on the same day in 2011. State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller noted that the number of background checks reflect the number of gun customers, not how many guns each individual might buy.
A group of Southside Virginia business owners, farmers and residents has been formed in support of uranium mining in Pittsylvania County. Organizers of People for Economic Prosperity claim 240 small business owners, 150 farmers and 800 area residents. They argue that uranium mining will be a positive addition to the local economy. Virginia Uranium Inc. is lobbying the General Assembly to end the state’s 30-year moratorium on uranium mining. The company wants to mine a 119-million-pound deposit of the radioactive ore within 10 miles of Chatham. Opponents including Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling have taken a stand against uranium mining, contending it will deter economic growth and saying it poses an environmental threat to the region. Virginia Uranium says the mining and milling can be conducted safely.
Virginia’s attorney general is warning residents to be wary of holiday scam artists. Ken Cuccinelli says that during the holidays, it’s a good idea to give money only to charities and businesses you’re sure you can trust. First, check a charity’s website and validate if it’s accredited by organizations like the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance, or is licensed by authorities. Second, be cautious if a charity contacts you out of the blue or sends a solicitation that looks like an invoice. And don’t let them rush you, and never give cash or surrender your banking information.