March 26

A Gloucester man was arrested early Monday morning following an armed robbery at a 7-Eleven in the Wicomico area. A clerk called the Gloucester Sheriff’s Office at about 12:30 a.m. Monday to say that a man armed with a handgun and with distinctive large black eye glasses and wearing a black hooded jacket, black pants and gloves and with a red bandanna covering the lower portion of his face entered the store, demanded money, then fled the store on foot . Within two hours investigators arrested Stephen Reaves, on charges of robbery and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Reaves is being held in the Gloucester County Jail.
The Central Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad (CMVRS) of Urbanna recently put a brand new state-of-the-art ambulance in service. This is the first brand new ambulance the CMVRS has been able to purchase since 2001. During the past 12 years the squad bought used ambulances. One of those was traded in to reduce the cost of the new one. The price of the new ambulance was $149,000 and was purchased with a Rescue Squad Assistance Fund grant from the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services.

On the last day Gov. Bob McDonnell had to deal with legislation sent to him by the General Assembly, he sent policy changes back to lawmakers on bills dealing with the use of unmanned drones by law enforcement agencies and texting while driving. McDonnell agreed to the two-year moratorium on the use of drones by law enforcement, but wants the law to include exceptions for missing persons cases and imminent danger to any person. McDonnell also agreed to make texting a primary offense. He is also asking that the Department of Criminal Justice Services provide training to law enforcement officers on how to proceed with the new regulations.

The Urbanna Town Council terminated Brandon Waddell’s contract as Urbanna Town Administrator last week following a closed session. Waddell, who has been on the job for less than a month, was not given a reason for being dismissed. Waddell told the Southside Sentinel, he loves the Town of Urbanna, The job was the opportunity of a lifetime and he’s sorry it didn’t work out. He says he has no hard feelings toward council and he enjoyed meeting the people in town.
Circuit Court Judge Ray Grubbs — the outside judge appointed to the case by the Virginia Supreme Court — failed to show up for a hearing Monday to consider the City of Hampton’s motion to throw out several subpoenas ordering witnesses to appear at an April hearing into the Blue Water Tobacco cigarette sting. Just before 10 a.m. The court administrato said he had finally reached Grubbs and that he had entered the wrong date for the hearing on his calendar. Grubbs offered to be at the court by about 11 a.m., or hear the matter Friday.

A woman in Chesapeake is suing a funeral home for an error that was made at her husband’s viewing. The funeral home used the coffin she had picked out, and had used the clothing that she had chosen for the open-casket viewing. However the funeral home had put the wrong body into the clothing and the casket. The viewing of James Wagner at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home was postponed two hours, while the funeral home transferred Wagner’s body to Chesapeake and prepared it for the service. Each lawsuit filed by Wagner’s wife and son seeks $850,000 in damages. In a statement, the executive director of the Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers declined to comment on the incident.

March 26, 2013 |

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