On January 14, 2013 Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from a 17 year old victim and her mother regarding some online activity. The victim reports that she met a subject online who was an adult and they had several text conversations that became sexually explicit and the adult male asked the victim to send him nude pictures of her. The investigation revealed the suspect as 39 year-old John Steele, of Virginia Beach. Investigators also learned that Steele was employed by the Department of Defense as a Civilian Police Officer at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth. Numerous items of digital evidence were recovered during the search warrant. Steele was arrested on two counts of use of a communications device to solicit a minor for certain sexual offenses, and two counts of Production of Child Pornography. Steele is currently being held in the Virginia Beach City Jail with no bond.
The York County school board continued its discussion of budget priorities for 2014 in a work session and meeting on Monday night. Ideally, the board would like to give all employees at least a 2 percent pay increase, a step increase, a 4 percent salary increase to offset higher contributions to the retirement system and cover rising health care costs. Reaching those goals, however, is complicated by an estimated $2.9 million budget gap. If the General Assembly approves a proposal from Gov. Bob McDonnell to pay for salary increases, the division would receive $565,000 toward the pay increases for state-required positions. For a first-year teacher, 2 percent would equal a raise of $15 a week before taxes.
Delegates voted unanimously Monday to reduce the commercial catch of Atlantic menhaden in Virginia waters by 20 percent, mirroring similar action last week in the Senate. The 98-0 vote aligns Virginia with other states along the Eastern seaboard in a historic coastwide management plan by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to help the floundering stock of menhaden rebuild. Conservationists praised the action to protect a fish integral to the bay ecosystem and commercial fishery, but a spokesman for the only menhaden fishery left on the Atlantic said the move will cost about 25 jobs.
A teenager in Isle of Wight County was shot Monday afternoon, according to the Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office. The 17-year-old boy who was shot has been transported by Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, the victim is listed in critical condition. Authorities are investigating the possibility that the shooting was an accident. A gun was recovered from the scene and several people who were nearby are being interviewed.