March 27

A Hayes man was ordered on Tuesday to serve a year in jail but had all the time suspended after a judge in Gloucester County Circuit Court found him guilty of a felony charge of carrying a firearm onto Gloucester High School property last May. 45 year-old Jerry Farmer’s wife had previously accused him of assault and he would later be convicted of a misdemeanor assault charge for kicking her. School resource officers had been notified by his wife of the assault accusations on the day he appeared at school, A handgun was in a coat pocket that Farmer had removed from the trunk of his vehicle and was moving to another part of the vehicle. Despite a concealed weapons permit Farmer was subsequently arrested under a law that forbids firearms on school grounds.
 
 
A jury found a Fort Eustis soldier guilty Tuesday on charges resulting from a crash that killed two Christopher Newport University freshman and injured three others. 35 year-old Jesse Evans Jr.,was convicted in the 2011 deaths of 17 year-old Kimberley Brin, and 19-year-old Sierra Smith. The jury recommended that Evans spend 26 years in prison on two counts of aggravated involuntary manslaughter and three counts of maiming by DUI. The girls were killed as a result of a crash Dec. 2011 on Interstate 6 where Evans was traveling the wrong way on the interstate when the cars collided.
 
 
Gov Bob McDonnell told THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY HE’S GOING TO LOWER THE ALTERNATIVE FUEL FEE, AND CHANGE THE REGIONAL TAXES, IN THE NEW TRANSPORTATION PLAN.  HE SAYS HE REWORKED THE REGIONAL TAXES FOR NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND HAMPTON ROADS TO AVOID A POTENTIAL COURT FIGHT.  THE ATTORNEY GENERAL HAD SAID THOSE TAXES COULD BE UNCONSTITUTIONAL IF THEY REMAINED STRUCTUED UNDER REGIONAL AUTHORITIES.  THE NEW VERSION BASES THEM ON GEORGRAPHICAL CRITERIA.  THE ALTERNATIVE FUEL FEE WAS ALSO DROPPED TO 64 DOLLARS.  THAT BRINGS IT MORE IN LINE WITH WHAT WOULD BE THE TAX STRUCTURE FOR GAS-FUELED CARS.  THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY GETS TO VOTE ON THE CHANGES APRIL 3RD.
 
 
Two 13-year-old Newport News boys were charged in connection with the attempted poisoning of a Hines Middle School teacher, a police spokesman said. On Jan. 29, a school resource officer received information that a student had been putting hand sanitizer in a teacher’s drinks. The officer told the teacher the information and after initial investigation, called the police department’s special victims unit to further investigate. The teacher, a 66-year-old Hampton woman, told police she had been seeing her doctor regarding health issues she had been experiencing, Two 13-year-old male students were each charged with felony attempted poisoning.
An abandoned shed was destroyed Tuesday morning in a fire Virginia State Police believe was intentionally set. Police are investigating the fire, which occurred after 1 a.m. on Metompkin Road. The shed which was overgrown with trees is a total loss. State police have investigated more than 70 arsons that have occurred in Accomack since November. This, however, is the second fire state police believe was intentionally set this week.
 
 
The Virginia Port Authority board voted unanimously Tuesday to end negotiations that would have privatized the state’s ocean terminals. Following the vote, the board’s chairman William Fralin Jr., said he felt offers submitted by APM Terminals and a consortium led by JPMorgan IIF Acquisitions, though strong, undervalued the ports. The document says the APM offer would have left Virginia about $54 million less well off on a risk-adjusted basis than sticking with the state-formed nonprofit operator Virginia International Terminals, which currently runs terminals in Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth and the Shenandoah Valley.

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