A homeowners’ lawsuit against Gloucester County and Virginia Department of Transportation alleging a faulty road and drainage system in her Hayes neighborhood can proceed, though with a few tweaks. Gary and Theresa Adams filed the lawsuit alleging their home and yard at the end of Frazee Court is the target of “enormous amounts of water, detritus, debris, leaves, sediment, woody material, rubbish and other items” as a result of faulty construction of a road and drainage system. The agreement to refile the lawsuit came during arguments to dismiss the case because it was initially filed on behalf of Gary and Theresa Adams, who still live together in the house. A deed recorded in 2002 shows Gary Adams had given the property to his wife as a gift and was no longer considered an owner.
Last week a panel of scientists, reassessing priorities under funding scenarios that included an option to close one of three major nuclear science facilities — one of them the massive underground particle accelerator at Jefferson National Laboratory in Newport News — recommended Jefferson Lab continue to stay open. The facility’s ongoing $310 million upgrade will, among other things, double the energy of its Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility to 12 GeV, enabling it to explore the proton more thoroughly than ever before. The upgrade is 70 percent complete.
VIRGINIA STATE POLICE SAY THAT THE 44 ARSONS THAT HAVE BEEN SET IN ACCOMACK COUNTY ON THE EASTERN SHORE LOOKS LIKE THE WORK OF MORE THAN ONE PERSON. THE ARSONS, THAT HAVE PRIMARILY HIT ABANDONED BUILDINGS, STARTED IN MID NOVEMBER. STATE POLICE SPOKESWOMAN MICHELLE ANAYA SAYS THAT POLICE BELIEVE THAT THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE LIVE IN ACCOMACK COUNTY AND HAVE AN EXTREME INTEREST IN THE MEDIA AND THE FIRES THEMSELVES. NOBODY’S BEEN INJURED SO FAR, BUT STATE POLICE ARE CONCERNED THAT THE ARSONSITS WILL SET FIRE TO A BUILDING THAT’S OCCUPIED. SINCE EVIDENCE IS BURNED AWAY OR TAMPERED WITH DURING AN ARSON, THE POLICE ARE RELIANT ON TIPS FROM THE COMMUNITY TO SOLVE THE CASE.
Officials at the Watermen’s Museum are looking for information on the recent theft of lumber from their property and looking for more wood to replace it. Inclement weather has caused delays in the museum’s boat building projects recently. When restoration and boat-building crews returned to the site, they found that $1,500 worth of lumber was missing. The loss of the lumber has left the museum in a bind as volunteers try to move forward on their boat restoration and building projects because the correct wood is hard to find, especially in the winter. The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office is investigating. The museum is closed for the winter and will re-open in April. Anyone with information on the lumber theft at the Watermen’s Museum is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
A RECENT POLL INDICATES THAT THERE’S A LOT OF SUPPORT IN THE STATE FOR GOVERNOR MCDONNELL’S ROADS PLAN THAT WOULD ELIMINATE THE GAS TAX AND INCREASE THE SALES TAX, BUT THERE’S ONE ENTITY WHO’S SPEAKING OUT AGAINST THAT PLAN. MIKE O’CONNOR, THE PRESIDENT OF THE VIRGINIA PETROLEUM, CONVENIENCE AND GROCERS ASSOCIATION, SAYS THE REASON THAT THEY’RE AGAINST ELIMINATING THE GAS TAX IS THAT A LARGE PORTION OF THE GAS BEING PURCHASED IS BY VISITORS TO VIRGINIA–AND HE SAYS THE GAS TAX IS NOT THE DINOSAUR THAT EVERYONE CLAIMS IT IS–EVEN IF THERE ARE MORE FUEL EFFICIENT CARS COMING, PEOPLE ARE STILL GOING TO HAVE TO GO TO A GAS STATION.