Dare Elementary School was locked down Thursday night because of a nearby business burglary on Dare Road. A passerby noticed suspicious activity at the closed Bargain Box and deputies arrested one man inside. One of the arriving deputies heard what he believed to be a suspect fleeing from the back of the business through the woods, Russell said. Dare Elementary, which was hosting several events at the time, was locked down. Deputies found no one when they searched the woods and area around the school and the lockdown was lifted. Charges are pending against the man in custody, Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
The White House confirmed Barack Obama’s planned visit to Newport News Shipbuilding on Tuesday, where the president will discuss potentially deep cuts to defense programs. A White House official told the Daily Press sequestration would have “devastating impact .. on jobs and middle class families,”. Sequestration combined with already announced Navy cutbacks would be felt acutely in Hampton Roads, a region where defense – military installations and contracting – is a pillar of the local economy.
A judge said Thursday that he will decide next week if the trial for a $2 million wrongful death case will be held in Newport News or moved to Virginia Beach. The family of Jacquelynn Schwartz filed the wrongful death lawsuit late last year against medical company Conmed. 31 year-old Schwartz was found dead in her jail cell last year three days after she was held in contempt by a Virginia Beach General District Court judge. Schwartz’s husband,is suing Conmed and three nurses it employed. Who were on duty while Schwartz was in the jail’s custody. Conmed is a privately owned medical company used by the Virginia Beach Correctional Facility.
The Gloucester County School Board is holding a budget work session that includes a public hearing for the proposed 2013-14 budget on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Thomas Calhoun Walker Education Center. The board will take comments from the public on Superintendent Ben Kiser’s proposed $64 million spending plan that’s a 10 percent increase over this year’s budget. Prior to the work session and public hearing, the board will enter into a closed meeting in a conference room of the administrative offices complex at 5:30 p.m. to discuss personnel matters that could include appointments or resignations.