59-year-old Bernard Fitzgerald of Newport News as a result of a house fire at 73rd Street and Madison Avenue early Saturday. At 3:30 a.m., crews removed the man from the burning home and transported him in critical condition to the hospital, He was later pronounced deceased. One dog also died in the fire, Firefighters found no smoke detectors in the home and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
WindsorMeade of Williamsburg plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection at the beginning of next month. The retirement community expects to emerge from bankruptcy by the end of May under a consensual restructuring plan agreed to by creditors. The $130 million community was funding largely by a 2007 bond issuance through the James City County Economic Development Authority. WindsorMeade recently missed about $200,000 in interest payments. WindsorMeade opened in 2008 as the housing crisis took hold, and was never able to meet its occupancy goals.
The legislation to move toward allowing non-violent felons who have served all their time to have their voting rights automatically restored had the support of lots of liberals and two top law and order conservatives Gov. Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Being able to vote, McDonnell and Cuccinelli reasoned, helps those felons become full members of society. But their support wasn’t enough, and the legislation failed to break through the General Assembly this year and Virginia will maintain its national leadership spot in stripping its citizens of the right to vote.
QUICK THINKING BY SCHOOL SECURITY GUARDS WHO APPREHENDED A STUDENT WITH A WEAPON MAY HAVE PREVENTED A FIGHT AT JOHN MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL IN RICHMOND FROM TURNING DEADLY. THE WEAPON — WHICH HAS NOT BEEN IDENEITIFED — WAS DISCOVERED DURING A FIGHT, WHICH STARTED RIGHT AROUND THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL DAY. ONCE SCHOOL RESOURCES RESPONDED, THE WEAPON WAS DISCOVERED, AND THE STUDENT TOOK OFF. HE WAS ARRESTED A SHORT-TIME LATER OFF CAMPUS. THE SCHOOL ITSELF WAS ON LOCKDOWN FOR A SHORT TIME, THERE WERE NO INJURIES…