A girl found covered in her own feces in a modified cage won’t have to testify at her parents’ trial on abuse charges in March, a judge ruled on Monday in Gloucester County Circuit Court. Her parents, Brian and Shannon Gore, face felony charges of aggravated malicious wounding and child abuse. Commonwealth’s Attorney Holly Smith is alleging the girl suffered long-term injuries affecting her motor skill and emotional development as a result of her forced confinement over the course of months or even years. Brian and Shannon Gore will be tried together beginning March 5. The court has summoned 175 prospective jurors for the trials that are expected to last four days.
Firefighter crews were dispatched to Pete’s Custom Auto on Jefferson Ave. Monday morning after a vehicle caught on fire. Upon their arrival, firefighters discovered a racing-style vehicle on fire inside the shop area. A preliminary investigation revealed that people were welding on the vehicle when flammable materials on or around the vehicle were ignited, The fire didn’t cause any structural damage to the building and no one was injured. The fire temporarily closed a southbound lane of Jefferson Avenue, which caused back-ups for motorists on the roadway.
AS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR KEN CUCCINELLI SAYS HIS VIEWS ON MARIJUANA ARE EVOLVING, A NEW POLL FINDS DECENT SUPPORT FOR ITS LEGALIZATION. THE POLL, BY CNU FOUND MUCH GREATER SUPPORT FOR MEDICINAL USE THAN IT DID FOR RECREATIONAL USE. 52 % ARE AGAINST FOR RECREATIONAL USE, BUT 72% SAY ITS OK FOR MEDICINE. OFFICIALS SAY THE AUDIENCE, WHICH WAS AT UVA, PROBABLY LIKED THE POSITION, AS YOUNG AUDIENCES ARE MUCH MORE IN FAVOR OF LEGALIZATION THAN ARE OLDER AUDIENCES.
Property owners in Newport News could be hit with a tax increase this year. City Manager Neil Morgan said there is a good chance he will propose a real estate tax hike. Morgan said that after four years of falling revenue, the city has cut its spending about as far as it can go without significant cuts to government services. Morgan said in the recent past, the city has raised revenue in other areas with fees on cigarettes and meals taxes, but that 40 percent of the city’s revenue is derived from the real estate levy. Morgan said that any tax increase would have property owners paying more than last year, but still less than what they were paying about five years ago.
16 year-old Keshawn Warren says he was injured after police tackled him Sunday on 35th Street in Norfolk after police mistakenly thought he was his twin brother, Reshawn Warren. Keshawn said he was walking on 35th Street with several female friends when police got out of a patrol car and said, “Reshawn, come here.” He said he told them he was Keshawn, but the response was, “Don’t lie to me.” Police grabbed him “and tackled him to the ground. He said he was already recovering from a torn ACL and the incident injured his back. Emily Floyd, the boys’ aunt, said she set up a meeting with a sergeant to make an internal affairs complaint.