Jury selection begins Tuesday morning in the joint trials of Brian and Shannon Gore, the Hayes couple who are accused of penning their daughter in a makeshift cage for months or even years while the girl became emaciated and filthy. Attorneys will attempt to seat a jury from a pool of 175 county residents, While defense attorneys have asked to move the trial out of Gloucester because of pretrial publicity, Gloucester Circuit Judge R. Bruce Long has ruled that it will first be determined if attorneys can settle on a jury.
A 28-year-old inmate hanged himself in the Norfolk City Jail Friday afternoon, A mental health worker who was about to interview him found the man hanging from a bed sheet. The man entered the jail on six charges: one count of rape, one count of aggravated sexual battery, three counts of sodomy and one count of taking indecent liberties with a child in his custody. The jail, as required by law, checks each cell twice an hour.
Gov. Bob McDonnell is currently reviewing a bill that would make texting while driving a primary offense. Law enforcement and safety advocates agree that texting while driving is among the most dangerous activities motorists can engage in. Sgt. Jason Price says “It can be as dangerous as driving intoxicated. Enforcement might pose legal questions that even proponents of the bill say courts will need to decide — such as do you have to hand over your phone to a cop if he asks to see it? The ACLU of Virginia has said the new legislation may lead to difficult situations proving whether or not a driver has, in fact, violated the law.
The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office reported that on February 6, Dustin Hodges of Urbanna was arrested and charged with 4 felonies, which included embezzlement; one count of entering a structure on to commit burglary; and two counts of grand larceny. One of these grand larceny charges is related to the alleged theft of property from a Hummel Airport hangar. A break-in also occurred at Atlantic Metals in Topping, where Hodges was formerly employed. Hodges was released at that time on his own recognizance without posting bond. However, on February 13, Hodges was charged with 3 more felonies including one count of breaking and entering, and one count of grand larceny of an Urbanna business. He remains incarcerated without bond at the Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center in Saluda. Hodges’ preliminary hearing on the felonies is set for May 6.
More fires broke out on the Eastern Shore this weekend, and police say at least two of them are arson.Sunday night crews were called to Pungoteague Rd. in Painter, Sunday morning state police responded to Jenkins Bridge Road and Horsey Road in Withams where An abandoned structure was destroyed by flames. Police believe it’s the work of an arsonist, but the investigation is ongoing.
Late Saturday night, police say an unoccupied trailer was on fire on Branch Rd., Investigators have not determined the cause of the fire. Early Saturday morning, officers were called to an abandoned structure fire in Onancock. Police believe someone intentionally set the fire. Since November there have been more than 50 arson cases in Accomack County. Police believe more than one person is behind the fires. A $25,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.