Jan 11

Trial dates have been set for a couple charged with killing a 73-year-old Newport News man. Wanda Dobbins and Darren Johnson are charged with murder in the homicide of Tommy Alley. Johnson’s jury trial is set for Jan. 16-17 and Dobbins’ trial is slated for April 3-5. Alley was found dead March 7 in a vacant home on Eastmoreland Drive. During a preliminary hearing in August, Johnson’s ex-wife testified that the couple confessed to killing Alley when they visited her at her Atlanta home. Young testified that they told her they killed Alley for his truck.
York County firefighters were called to a vacant lot in Seaford Wednesday afternoon after someone found what appeared to be military ordnance on the beach along the Chesapeake Bay. York Fire Capt. Paul Long said firefighters determined the device was not actual ordnance but rather spent shells. Long said it was unclear how long the shells may have been there and that the devices are washing up after the area rivers and bay were churned up from Hurricane Sandy. An explosive ordnance disposal team from Naval Weapons Station Yorktown responded to the area to remove the shells.
A former Franklin County sheriff’s deputy is scheduled to enter a plea in the fatal shooting of his ex-wife. Jonathan Agee is set to enter a guilty plea today in Roanoke in the Memorial Day 2011 slaying of Jennifer Agee. He is also scheduled to plead to other offenses. Agee had been scheduled to stand trial Jan. 22 on charges of first-degree murder, illegal use of a firearm and three counts of shooting at an occupied vehicle. Agee is also accused of shooting a Virginia State Police officer in the leg. He is facing charges related to that shooting in Montgomery County.
Virginia state parks saw more visitors in 2012 than ever before. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation says the nearly 8.4 million visitors was a 7 percent increase over 2011. It broke the nearly 8.1 million visitor record set in 2010. A record number of those visitors stayed the night, as well. First Landing State Park remains the most visited state park with more than 1.5 million visitors. Department Director David Johnson says the parks employ more than 2,000 people and had an economic impact of $198 million last year.
A report on how Virginia can deal with rising seas is in the hands of the General Assembly. Scientists at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science prepared the 135-page document at the request of the 2012 Legislature. It is intended to guide lawmakers as they attempt to deal with higher tides, storm surge, sinking land and rising sea levels. The report stresses that there is no single response to encompass all of the environmental challenges that now face the state and are likely to worsen. It calls for a multi-step approach and it urges immediate action.

January 11, 2013 |

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