A Hartfield man is being held without bond after allegedly shooting toward the car of a pizza delivery driver on January 18, according to the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office. On Friday at about 8 p.m. three deputies responded to a call of shots fired at a residence on Stamper’s Bay Road in Hartfield. Upon arrival, deputies encountered a man holding a shotgun. They ordered him to drop the shotgun, which he did. Wayne Taylor was arrested and is charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. There were no injuries and alcohol was a contributing factor in the incident.
THE STATE SENATE HAS VOTED TO BAN DISCRIMINATION BY THE STATE BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION. THERE WAS LITTLE DEBATE AS THE BILL PASSED THE SENATE, WITH ONLY THE BILL’S SPONSORS DISCUSSING IT. THE PROPOSAL HAS PASSED THE SENATE BEFORE, ONLY TO DIE IN THE MORE CONSERVATIVE HOUSE OF DELEGATES. GOVERNOR BOB MCDONNELL DID ISSUE AN EXECUTIVE DIRECTIVE AT THE BEGINNING OF HIS TERM TELLING STATE AGENCIES NOT TO DISCRIMINATE. HOWEVER, BOTH MCDONNELL AND ATTORNEY GENERAL KEN CUCCINELLI BELIEVE ONLY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY CAN OFFICIALLY BAN SUCH DISCRIMINATION. THE BILL IS A BIG GOAL OF EQUALITY IN VIRGINIA THIS YEAR.
Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation budget would provide millions of dollars for road and rail projects along Interstate 64 from Newport News to Richmond to ease traffic congestion. According to McDonnell’s office, his transportation budget would allocate $64 million for reconstructive paving and $85 million for capacity improvements on I-64 which would widen the lanes so cars have more room to travel. McDonnell’s transportation plan, dubbed “Virginia’s Road to the Future,” would invest a total of $3.1 billion into the state’s transportation network over the next five years. About $1 billion would go toward more than 150 rail and transit projects.
Gun-related homicides and serious injuries from gun assaults in Virginia have been trending downward for at least six years, and a new survey suggests the state’s booming gun sales have not triggered an increase in the proportion of people slain by a gun or who use a firearm to commit suicide. The analysis adds a new wrinkle in the ongoing debate over guns in Virginia, where state lawmakers have been considering a raft of new gun control measures – largely similar to federal efforts being pushed by President Barack Obama in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school massacre. Virginia Senate and House legislative panels have already scrapped a number of bills that would have banned sales of assault-style weapons and large magazines and would have required background checks on all gun sales.