Jan 23

VDOT will implement single lane closures on the Coleman Memorial Bridge this Sunday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. The lane closures will require two 45 minute traffic stops heading southbound on the bridge. VDOT said in a news release the single-lane closures were necessary to allow crews to perform electrical-mechanical work on the bridge. Additional clsoures are scheduled for Sunday, Mar. 17, Sunday, May 5, and Sunday June 16.
 
 
The Virginia Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the blood alcohol certificate of a Newport News man charged in the deaths of two CNU students cannot be used as evidence at trial. In its ruling, the court said that because 34 year-old Jesse Evans Jr. was not placed under arrest within three hours — a requirement under Virginia’s applied consent law for DUI-related blood tests — it cannot be admitted as evidence in his trial. Prosecutors will be able to present Evans’ blood-alcohol level at trial through witness testimony, just not the actual certificate. State Police Trooper B.L. Stokes testified in November that she told Evans that he was under arrest for DUI while he was still inside his car at the scene. Evans is charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, three counts of maiming by DUI and a charge of having two DUIs within five years.
 
 
GOVERNOR BOB MCDONNELL IS NOT HAPPY ABOUT THE SENATE’S LAST MINUTE REDISTRICTING PLAN. MCDONNELL SAYS HE WAS UNAWARE OF THE PLAN, AND IT CERTAINLY ISN’T ONE OF HIS PRIORITES. HOWEVER, HE WOULD NOT SAY IF HE WOULD VETO IT, SAYING HE HAS NOT SEEN EXACTLY WHAT IT DOES. DEMOCRATS HAVE THREATENED TO KILL THE GOVERNOR’S PROPOSALS OVER THE MOVE. THE REDISTRICTING PLAN, DONE MONDAY WHILE ONE DEMOCRAT WAS IN WASHINGTON FOR THE INAUGURATION, CREATES A NEW MINORITY MAJORITY DISTRICT, MERGES SENATOR HANGER’S AND SENATOR DEEDS’ DISTRICTS, AND TAKES AREAS FROM MANY OTHER DEMOCRATS.
 
 
Longtime Gloucester High School teacher Joyce Bascombe died unexpectedly Monday, leaving colleagues and current and former students mourning a dedicated, respected educator. Bascombe, a business teacher, had taught at the school for more than 30 years. In addition to teaching business classes, including key boarding, Bascombe assisted with leading the Future Business Leaders of America club. Gloucester Superintendent Ben Kiser said Bascombe’s death is a tremendous loss to the high school family as well as the entire school district. Bascombe touched the lives of many students during her tenure in Gloucester.
 
 
The owner of a Suffolk home health care business was sentenced in federal court on Tuesday to a total of 75 months in prison in connection with defrauding the Virginia Medicaid program. 42 year-old Janice Holland, of Suffolk pleaded guilty to health care fraud, alteration of records and aggravated identity theft. Holland admitted in court documents to submitting claims to and receiving payments from the Virginia Medical Assistance Program for respite care the business had not provided. Holland also admitted in court documents to falsifying office records in the attempt to cover up the fraud. On Tuesday, Holland was ordered to pay restitution of $630,339.30 to the Virginia Medicaid program
 
 
THE TWO, OR MAYBE THREE, MEN WHO WANT TO BE VIRGINIA’S NEXT GOVERNOR SPOKE TO THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES’ BREAKFAST IN DOWNTOWN RICHMOND TUESDAY MORNING. LT. GOVERNOR BILL BOLLING ONCE AGAIN HINTED HE MAY GET INTO THE RACE, AND LOBBIED FOR THE GOVERNOR’S TRANSPORTATION PLAN DURING THE SPEECH. MCAULLIFFE SAYS AN IMPORTANT WAY TO LURE BUSINESSES TO VIRGINIA IS TO GET OUT OF THE SOCIAL ISSUE CONTROVERSIES. CUCCINELLI, MEANWHILE, PROMISED TO OFFER HIS OWN “BLUNT” TRANSPORTATION PLAN, SOMETHING THAT COULD PASS BUT THAT WILL HAVE ITEMS EVERYONE WILL FIND FAULT WITH.

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