Three children, ages seven, two and six months, perished along with their grandmother in a fire that destroyed a Gloucester home early Wednesday morning. The initial dispatch reported there was fire showing from the home and three children were on the second floor. Three other occupants were said to have exited the house. Two adults, a man and a woman that had escaped the home, were transported for medical treatment. A third adult had re-entered the home in an effort to rescue the children. The GMGJ reports that investigators were still working Wednesday morning to determine the cause of the fire, but their preliminary investigation suggested that it was accidental in nature.
Supervisor Carter Borden told the Daily Press Tuesday morning that he will not seek a second term on the Gloucester Board of Supervisors. Borden was elected by a landslide vote in 2009 over long-time York District Supervisor Teresa Altemus and served this past year as chairman. Borden said his age — which would be 75 if elected to a second term — played a factor in his decision. Borden said he is announcing his plans early so that candidates can get a head start on a campaign.
A woman who helped bring a 13-year-old runaway girl into Virginia for prostitution is due in federal court for sentencing. Whitney Hayes pleaded guilty last July to conspiracy to transport a minor across state lines for prostitution. She will be sentenced Thursday in federal court in Richmond. Sentencing guidelines call for a term of up to five years. According to prosecutors, Hayes helped another prostitute and their pimp bring the girl from Charlotte, N.C., to the Richmond area to work with them. The adults were arrested at a Henrico County hotel in May 2012. Korey Reynolds is serving a 10-year, 10-month sentence and Rachael Masingene faces sentencing Feb. 13.
The GMGJ reports The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors voted 4-3 to set a $1 million budget for renovations to the Thomas Calhoun Walker Educational Center. Gloucester’s purchasing manager Bill Lindsey advised the county to establish a budget for the project so that when the lowest bidder is identified, he can negotiate down with a willing bidder toward that budget. The budget had to have been established prior to the bid opening, which is Feb. 5.
A federal grand jury has indicted a Newport News man accused of donning a fake beard while robbing numerous stores and restaurants on the Peninsula over a two-year stretch. Ronald Wayne Carr, 38, is charged in 28 armed robberies in Hampton, Newport News and York County. The statement said that in the course of the robberies, Carr brandished a firearm, pointed it at store employees and demanded cash. According to federal prosecutors, the combined losses from the robberies exceeded $47,000.