Jan 18

A 64-year-old James City County man was arrested on moonshine-related charges on Thursday after a year-long investigation. Ronald Lassiter was charged with five misdemeanor counts of possession of untaxed alcoholic beverages, five misdemeanor counts of sale of alcoholic beverages without a license and two felony counts of sale of alcoholic beverages while in the possession of a firearm. ABC agents seized three gallons of untaxed alcohol, also known as moonshine, more than $4,900 in cash, four firearms and various amounts of taxed beer and liquor.
 
 
The Regional Air Service Enhancement Committee approved a $500,000 short-term, refundable loan at its meeting last week for PEOPLExpress, an airline that is looking to fill the void left behind by AirTran at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport. The loan was authorized so that PEOPLExpress can make a refundable deposit toward an unspecified airline that they are looking at acquiring. There is no interest for the loan, but whether they buy the airline or not, the money will be returned to the committee. Morisi said that it’s possible PEOPLExpress will close on an unspecified airline on Feb. 28, which would enable PEOPLExpress to begin offering service likely by Memorial Day.
 
 
A federal judge has slightly modified the procedure outlined in December court proceedings that would allow John Hinckley Jr., more time at his mother’s James City County residence. The status conference will likely offer insight into the direction that officials will take with Hinckley. Hinckley has been receiving treatment at St. Elizabeths Hospital since he was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 1981 attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan. Three others were wounded in the shooting.
 
 
Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources Dr. Bill Hazel and the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY) announced Thursday that youth smoking rates in Virginia have plummeted to the lowest point in a decade. The percentage of high school students in Virginia who are regular smokers has declined by more than 55 percent – from 28.6 percent in 2001 to 13 percent during the 2011-12 school year. The VFHY was established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1999; it is responsible for statewide efforts to prevent and reduce youth tobacco use and childhood obesity. Since the Foundation began its work in 2001, high school smoking in Virginia has been cut more than in half and the number of middle school smokers has dropped more than 70 percent! For more information, visit www.vfhy.org.

January 18, 2013 |

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