Longtime Newport News manufacturer Liebherr Mining Equipment announced Tuesday that it will undergo a major expansion, adding 174 jobs to the Peninsula workforce over the next four years. Liebherr is a German company with manufacturing facilities all over the world and more than 35,000 employees. The Newport News facility, which started in 1973 and now employs more than 500, is the only location in the United States. With the help of state and city incentives totaling $1 million, the company promises to invest $45.4 million and add new product lines, buildings and offices at its location at 48th Street and Chestnut Avenue.
38 year-old Timothy Whitaker of Yorktown has been charged with indecent liberties with a child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. York-Poquoson Deputy Mike Russell said deputies arrested Whitaker on Feb. 8 following a report of sexual battery that was filed Feb. 7 alleging Whitaker had inappropriate contact with a 12-year-old girl at a home in Tabb. Russell said Whitaker and the girl knew each other.
27 YEAR OLD ROBERT PHILBROOK OF CAMPBELL COUNTY MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH THE MURDERS OF HIS GRANDPARENTS AT THEIR HOME SOMETIME LAST WEEK. HE’S CHARGED WITH KILLING HIS 73 YEAR OLD GRANDFATHER JOHN AND HIS WIFE, 71 YEAR OLD VIRGINIA PHILBROOK. SHERIFF HUTCHERSON WOULD NOT COMMENT ON ANY MOTIVE OR A WEAPON THAT WAS USED IN THE MURDER. ROBERT PHILBROOK WAS LIVING WITH HIS GRANDPARENTS SINCE NOVEMBER OF LAST YEAR. THEY SAY THE PHILBROOK’S BODIES WERE FOUND THE 15TH–BUT ROBERT WAS OUT OF TOWN IN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA. THEY’RE THINKING THAT ROBERT KILLED THEM ON FEBRUARY 12TH.
Someone broke into aVirginia Beach couple’s home on Valentine’s Day and stole $1,000 worth of coins, mostly state quarters. Some of them were in a five-gallon jug, and others were collected in rolls that were grouped by state. Lori and Dan Skytta estimate that the coins weighed almost 100 pounds.Police are keeping an eye out for a very muscular person buying things with huge amounts of coins. Lori had been working on the project for over 10 years. The Skyttas believe there were at least two thieves because of how heavy the change is. They are asking police to check with businesses around their Kempsville neighborhood to see if anyone has cashed in a large amount of change, possibly at banks or coin counting machines.
Lawmakers negotiating over a plan to fund transportation needs in the state struck a complicated funding deal Wednesday that would raise nearly $880 million a year by 2018. The proposal scraps the state’s 17.5 cent per gallon gasoline tax for a 3.5 percent wholesale gasoline tax and 6 percent wholesale diesel tax. It raises the state sales tax from 5 percent to 5.3 percent. The package includes a $100 annual fee on alternative fuel vehicles and raises the sales tax on new and used automobiles from 3 percent to 4.3 percent. It also increases the portion of the sales tax dedicated to transportation from 0.5 percent to 0.675 percent over five years.