Jan 03

34 year-old William Rogers of Topping was charged with gun felonies following an altercation that resulted in gunfire During a search of Roger’s business, police found what appeared to be a pipe bomb surrounded by black gun powder. Police immediately vacated the building and secured the area. During the subsequent search, police found a moonshine still for making alcohol and “mash,” the combined ingredients used to make alcohol. In addition to the three felony gun charges, Rogers is facing felony charges for the illegal manufacture of alcohol, and an alcohol violation while armed, misdemeanor possession of distilling equipment without a permit, and a misdemeanor for driving on a revoked or suspended permit. Rogers is being held without bond and is scheduled for a court hearing on Monday, January 7
 
 
Authorities are searching for a Virginia man who came to Arizona on a business trip but hasn’t been heard from since early December. Flagstaff police said Wednesday that the family of 34-year-old William Holzgrefe is offering a $2,000 reward for information on his whereabouts. He reportedly called his mother Dec. 9 from a Flagstaff motel and said he would be flying home to Virginia on a flight from Phoenix three days later. Police say Holzgrefe’s cellphone and financial records show activity through Dec. 11 in Flagstaff. But they say there’s no activity after that date and he hasn’t contacted his family or friends or returned his rental car.
 
 
Virginians bought more alcohol in the state’s beverage control stores and restaurants as the state agency again saw a record profit in the last fiscal year. The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s most recent annual report says it has seen retail sales increase to record-breaking levels consecutively for the past 14 years, even as discussions continue about privatizing the state’s liquor stores. The agency that runs more than 330 shops saw a profit of $132.1 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30.
 
 
The health of the Chesapeake Bay improved slightly last year, according to a new report by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The foundation announced Wednesday that underwater grasses were the only bay health indicator that worsened in 2012. Bay grasses were hurt by high water temperatures in the lower bay and heavy rains that washed sediment and pollution into local waterways. On the positive side, crabs, oysters and bay water oxygen levels improved. Foundation President Will Baker says the bay is still dangerously out of balance, but he is cautiously optimistic that a new federally led bay restoration strategy is beginning to work.
 
 
Revised abortion clinic regulations that include strict building standards have been certified by Gov. Bob McDonnell. McDonnell certified the regulations on Dec. 28. Following a 60-day public comment period, the regulations will go back to the state Board of Health for a final vote. The new regulations require abortion clinics to meet the same strict building standards as new hospitals. Abortion-rights advocates argue that the strict standards could force most of Virginia’s 20 clinics out of business.
McDonnell spokesman J. Tucker Martin says the governor believes the regulations will help ensure the safety and well-being of patients. Existing clinics will half until the latter half of 2014 to comply with the new regulations.
 
 
Students and professors at Old Dominion University are helping design the future of electric power.
Associate professor of engineering Sylvain Marsillac and his students are leading research into how to tap renewable energy such as solar power in an efficient and economical way. the school is installing a solar tracking system complete with 24 energy-producing solar panels bolted onto a frame on the engineering building. The motorized system will tilt the panels to any angle, allowing them to follow the sun over the course of the day for maximum efficiency.

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