Four York County schools have been recognized by the Virginia Board of Education for improving the academic performance of economically disadvantaged students. Bethel Manor Elementary School was one of only nine schools in the state to be recognized as a “Title I Highly Distinguished” school. To receive this recognition schools must exceed all state and federal benchmarks and achieve average scores on Standards of Learning tests in English and math at or above the 85th percentile. Three other York schools, Dare, Seaford and Waller Mill elementary schools were recognized as well.
Newport News Police are investigating the death of a man who was gunned down late Sunday. Police found a 24-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound after responding to a call for a shooting. The man, who police believe was homeless, had been shot in the upper left chest. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital, The shooting occurred in the Americana East Mobile Home Park. Police say the preliminary investigation indicates the man was standing in front of one of the mobile home units when a gold colored Nissan pulled up and one gunshot was fired from the vehicle.
Greenbrier Intermediate School was searched and pronounced clear after a reported bomb threat Friday morning. Students and staff were evacuated after an unknown person called the school and indicated there was a bomb in the building. Students and staff were taken to Greenbrier Middle School because of the cold weather and then returned back to Greenbrier Intermediate. Chesapeake Fire Department continues to investigate.
Police said 41-year-old Andretta Nickson, who has been missing since Thursday night from the assisted living facility where she resided, has been located safe and unharmed. She was in good health and coherent informing police of her activity while she was missing, but officials did not provide details about where she had gone. Nickson left her home at the Open Arms Assisted Living Facility on 27th Street in Newport News on Thursday, Nickson told staff she was going for a walk but when she didn’t return, staff called police.
A bill to begin the process of amending Virginia’s constitution to allow non-violent felons to have their voting rights restored was killed in the General Assembly last week. More than 451,000 people can’t vote in Virginia on account of being a convicted felon. That’s 7.3 percent of the state’s voting age population of over 6 million, one of the highest rates in the country. The ACLU of Virginia released a statement this week praising McDonnell and Cuccinelli for their view on the issue and urging the full Privileges and Elections Committee not to accept the subcommittee’s recommendation.