A jury in Gloucester County last week awarded $5 million to a woman who suffered a severe brain injury after being struck by an employee’s stocking cart while shopping at a Food Lion nearly seven years ago. In August 2006, 64 year old Ella Cousins,was pushing her shopping cart when her empty cart was struck head on by a 200-pound stocking cart. The collision knocked Cousins backward, causing her to hit the back of her head on the ceramic floor, leading to a traumatic brain injury. The verdict against the grocery store company, reached Thursday following a three-day trial, ties the largest verdict ever recorded in Gloucester.
A Newport News woman found dead Monday in a wooded area in Hampton had been robbed and threatened by an ex-boyfriend in the weeks before she was reported missing. 23 year old Curtis Brazier was arrested on Jan. 14 in connection with the robbery of Candice Banks,who was found dead near Dogwood Street on Monday. Banks told officers that Brazier threw her on the ground and took her purse containing a laptop computer, $5 and a birth certificate. Brazier is being held without bail and is scheduled for a hearing on the robbery charge at 8:30 a.m. March 12 in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
THE GOVERNOR’S TRANSPORTION PLAN HAS SURVIVED THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES — ALBEIT WITH A FEW CHANGES. THE GOVERNOR IS PUSHING TO ELIMINATE THE GAS TAX, AND RAISE THE SALES TAX, WITH THE ADDITIONAL TAXES GOING TO ROADS. HE ALSO WANTED A CHARGE ON ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES AS WELL. HOWEVER, THE HOUSE REMOVED THAT CHARGE, AS WELL AS PLACING A PROHIBITION ON TOLLS ON I-95 IN SOUTHSIDE. THE SENATE IS STILL DEBATING THEIR VERSION OF THE PROPOSAL.
Virginia State Police said a man barricaded himself inside a classroom at Thomas Nelson Community College after fleeing a traffic stop on Interstate 64 westbound Tuesday afternoon. The driver, identified as 23 year old Ravi Banks of Williamsburg, fled on foot and barricaded himself inside an audio visual room without any students inside at the community college. Police said he was quickly taken out and placed into custody. He was charged with speeding, felony pursuit, obstruction of justice, possession of marijuana and driving while revoked, 3rd offense.