Work on drainage ditches on Route 617 in MAthews, also known as North River Road, will prompt detours beginning this week through mid-May. A contractor will be replacing and upgrading multiple pipe crossings and conducting other work. Through traffic on the road from just north of Route 618 to just south of Route 654 will detour From Route 14 ontoRoute 660 to Route 618 and back to Route 617. Access to homes located in the work zone will be maintained during the detour period.
A Newport News man has been charged in connection with the shooting of a Yorktown woman on Sunday. Police had responded Sunday to the report of a shooting in the 200 block of Beechmont Drive and found a man carrying a woman, The 23-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the abdomen. The man informed police that his girlfriend had been shot when his handgun accidentally discharged while he was putting it away. 24 year-old Ashton Wells was charged with felony unlawful discharge of a firearm within an occupied dwelling and misdemeanor reckless handling of a firearm.
Democratic nominee for governor Terry McAuliffe wants to revamp and reinvest in Virginia’s mental health system so that the state’s jails and prisons no longer serve as warehouses for the mentally ill. . Nearly a third of the state’s incarcerated population suffer from mental illness according to the 2012 “Mentally Ill in Jail” report from the Vriginia Compensation Board. More than half of those suffering from severe illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Often these inmates are isolated in jails and do not receive comprehensive treatment for their illnesses. McAuliffe wants to offer more training to the state’s law enforcement officials on how to deal with people suffering from a mental health crisis, which would help them determine whether an individual needs to go to jail or an appropriate mental health care facility.
A LEFT-LEANING THINK TANK SUGGESTS THE NEW TRASNSPORTATION PLAN, PASSED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY THIS YEAR, WILL CREATE NEW PROBLEMS, WHILE TRYING TO FIX VIRGINIA’S ROAD WOES. AMONG THEM, SAYS THE INSTITUTE’S MICHAEL CASSIDAY, IS THAT THE CHANGE IN THE GAS TAX STRUCTURE WON’T BRING IN AS MUCH REVENUE, AND THAT 400 MILLION IS CONTINGENT ON CONGRESS ALLOWING STATES TO REQUIRE ONLINE BUSINESSES TO COLLECT SALES TAXES. CASSIDAY ALSO SAYS THE CHANGES ALSO DON’T RESULT IN ANY REAL ADDITIONAL MONEY FOR EDUCATION.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate for governor, has $3 million in cash on hand heading into the spring of what is expected to be a costly and contentious race for the Executive Mansion. His opponent, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who, unlike Cuccinelli, was not restricted from raising money during the General Assembly session, reported raising roughly $5.1 million during the first quarter giving him $5.2 million cash on hand.