The Glo Co. Board of Supervisors voted unanimously at a Wednesday night budget work session to keep the boat tax rate at $1 per $100 of assessed value, effectively rejecting a proposed nearly threefold increase. They also discussed a proposed 4-cent hike in the real estate rate, which appears to be on the chopping block. If both the real estate and boat tax hikes are rejected, the supervisors would have to cut about $2.2 million from the proposed budget.
A Circuit Court judge on Wednesday denied a petition from a civil rights organization that a special grand jury be appointed to investigate the Hampton Police Division’s undercover cigarette sting. A special grand jury is empowered to investigate cases and subpoena witnesses. Under Virginia law, a judge may impanel a special grand jury on the judge’s own motion; upon a recommendation of a majority or minority of a regular grand jury; or upon the request of the commonwealth’s attorney for that jurisdiction.
LAWMAKERS HAVE RETURNED TO RICHMOND FOR THE VETO SESSION, AND THIS MARKS ONE OF THE FINAL DAYS IN THE HOUSE CHAMBER FOR DEL. LACEY PUTNEY. PUTNEY IS RETIRING AFTER 52 YEARS IN THE CHAMBER. SEVERAL DELEGATES ROSE TO PRAISE THE INDEPENDENT, FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. HE CURRENTLY IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, THE COMMITTEE THAT WRITES THE BUDGET. PUTNEY TOLD HIS FELLOW LAWMAKERS HE WAS NOT WORTHY OF THE PRAISE BEING HEAPED ON HIM.
VDOT’s Saluda residency administrator Sean Trapani was once again grilled about ditches and drainage by supervisor Neena Putt during the March 26 meeting of the Mathews County Board of Supervisors. Trapani has received regular complaints from Putt, other supervisors and county residents over the past few months about clogged ditches that complainants said are causing flooding that damages private property and undermines roads. Trapani said When a drainage easement is dedicated to a county as part of a subdivision plat, VDOT only maintains the portion that’s within the right-of-way accepted by the department when the street is added to the state-maintained system.
A heart condition was the cause of death for a Newport News man who died in January after being released from jail. 39 year-old Alfred Heart died Jan. 2 at Riverside Regional Medical Center after being released on bond from the Newport News City Jail for an assault and battery case. Heart was in the booking area of the jail and being processed to be released when his health began to “rapidly deteriorate.” Heart collapsed at the jail about 6 p.m. Deputies and jail medical personnel began administering CPR until EMS arrived.
A Pennsylvania man charged in Virginia with throwing away completed voter registration forms no longer faces felony counts. 23-year-old Colin Small still faces five misdemeanor charges.
Authorities have said Small was working for an independent contractor hired by the Republican Party of Virginia to conduct voter registration drives when eight completed registration forms were found in a trash bin behind a Harrisonburg store Oct. 15.The felony charges alleged that Social Security numbers were disclosed when the forms were thrown away. Judge Marvin Hillsman ruled that the forms’ disposal didn’t equate with disclosing the numbers.