A plan was approved Tuesday night to develop a series of key projects and strategies for the revitalization of the Route 17 business corridor, including Gloucester’s Main Street. Planning director Anne Ducey-Ortiz told the GMGJ he first is connectivity, which will seek to encourage more sidewalks, walking and biking trails. The second concept is preservation, which will focus on recognizing the importance of maintaining the historic and cultural amenities within and around the village. And finally economic vitality, which builds on both connectivity and preservation to encourage the expansion of tourism in the area.
30-year-old Jason D. Perry who had been committed to the Virginia Peninsula Regional only three days ago for his third offense of petit larceny was pronounced dead Wednesday morning. According to a release from the jail, a guard performing a routine bed check found Perry unresponsive in his cell and staff performed CPR until emergency personnel arrived. Perry was pronounced dead at 4:19 a.m. Perry’s cause of death is pending a determination by the Medical Examiner.
VIRGINIA IS GETTING SERIOUS REAL SOON ON TEXTING WHILE DRIVING, AND TRIPLE-A COULDN’T BE HAPPIER. BOTH THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES AND THE STATE SENATE HAVE VOTED TO MAKE THE ACTION A PRIMARY OFFENSE (MEANING YOU CAN BE PULLED OVER FOR IT). THE FINE HAS ALSO BEEN BUMPED UP FROM $20 DOLLARS TO $250. THE CHANGE IS PRETTY REMARKABLE GIVEN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAS RESISTED FOR YEARS BUMPING NOT WEARING YOUR SEAT BELT UP TO A PRIMARY OFFENSE.
A York County woman who was stabbed by her teenage son said at a sentencing hearing Tuesday that the attack was an aberration and her son is a kind-hearted person. But signs of a more troubled teen emerged when Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Valerie Bowen pushed the 17-year-old boy’s mother for more details regarding several incidents in the last few years involving her son. The Daily Press is not naming the teen because he is a juvenile. York-Poquoson Circuit Judge Richard AtLee Jr. placed the teen on probation for 10 years, with the conditions that he stay out of trouble and improve his grades.
Suffolk police say 19 year-old Brittany Knight, who was dressed as the Chick-fil-A cow broke her leg when she was struck by a driver who quickly fled the scene. Monday afternoon, Knight was on her way outside when she was struck by a woman picking up food in the drive-thru. She said the woman got out of the car but quickly got back inside, paid for her food and left. Knight says accidents do happen, so she’s more disappointed that she didn’t stick around to make sure that she was okay, She just left her laying on the ground. Chick-fil-A corporate representatives said they are trying to figure out how to deal with Knight’s medical bills.