March 1

Gloucester County Administrator Brend Garton is proposing a county budget for 2013-14 that calls for increases of 4 cents for the real estate tax rate and a boat tax rate that nearly triples. -Real estate and mobile homes would increase from 65 cents per $100 of assessed value to 69 cents per $100 of assessed value; Boats not used solely for business purposes, and Boats used for business purposes will go from $1 per $100 of assessed value to $2.95 per $100 of assessed value. Garton is presenting her proposed budget at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

Several people have been detained after detectives exchanged gunfire with people inside a home on Chestnut Avenue in Newport News Thursday night. Detectives were trying to serve a narcotics search warrant when gunshots were fired from the rooming house, detectives returned gunfire, set up a perimeter around the house and detained several people who were inside. A second search warrant was obtained and is being served by the police department’s tactical operations unit, No one was found inside, No injuries have been reported.
Today is the deadline for recipients of Social Security checks and other federal benefits to switch over to electronics payments. With electronic payments, Social Security payments are deposited directly into the recipient’s bank account or to a special debit-card account, instead of a paper check arriving in the mail. he Treasury Department is making the change because electronic payments are cheaper — the agency estimates its total savings over 10 years at $1 billion. Officials also say electronic payments are less likely to be stolen or compromised. For those who do miss the deadline, officials say they will go into compliance mode, “So if you have not changed over, you can still change after March 1, but you can expect to get some letters saying you are out of compliance.

Police still don’t know what killed two unknown men found dead in Newport News 20 and 30 years ago. Investigators hope that clay faces molded by artists in the FBI’s forensic anthropology department based on digital images of the men’s skulls will help identify the men and solve the mysteries of their deaths. So far, three people, including one in Richmond, have been identified from nearly 15 reconstructions completed for cold cases in the state since 2011. More than 200 people are still unidentified statewide, with one-third of those being homicide victims,

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