Fairfax County prosecutors stopped being involved in many misdemeanor cases last month.
The reason: The county’s newly implemented body-worn camera program for police officers.
The body cams create a high volume of footage and an overwhelming caseload prevented prosecutors from giving cases “the attention they deserve” and are ethically obligated to give, said Steve Descano, who became Fairfax commonwealth’s attorney in January.
Prince William County Schools Superintendent Steven Walts will retire effective July 1, when his current contract expires, Walts said in a statement Thursday afternoon.
Walts announced his retirement to school board members via email Thursday morning and then shared the news with some school division staff during the annual Equity and Excellence in Education conference, which was held virtually on Thursday.
The Italian-American community gifted a Christopher Columbus statue to Richmond in 1927. Now, they’re offering to take it back.
Two Richmond organizations representing Italian-Americans — the Giuseppe Verdi Lodge #315 and the Italian-American Cultural Association of Virginia — have sent an official bid to City Council, offering to take ownership of the statue near Byrd Park. For years, their members have provided upkeep for the 6.5 ft bronze statue and the flowered area around it. The statue was toppled back in June by Black Lives Matter and Native American activists who then burned it and tossed it into a lake.
A Petersburg Circuit Court judge recently struck down a move that sought to strip the city treasurer’s office of its duties.
The City Council in May 2019 voted 4-3 to transfer responsibilities from the treasurer to an appointed tax collector; in this case, City Manager Aretha Ferrell-Benavides, who was designated as the custodian of Petersburg’s money and empowered to deposit money into the city’s bank accounts.
A company that wants to bring a slot-machine parlor to Chesapeake’s Greenbrier Mall put up $15 million and promised traffic improvements to overcome opposition by some city officials. By a 4-3 vote Wednesday night, the Planning Commission recommended the City Council approve the satellite wagering facility Rosie’s Gaming Emporium. Commissioners Shelley Deneau, Harold Gilbert and Michael Sweeney voted no, while Chairman Hollis Ellis and Commissioner Marty Williams abstained.
This fall Hampton’s registered voters will have multiple ways to cast their votes, including doing in-person absentee ballots at the city’s former circuit courthouse downtown.
The Hampton City Council voted Wednesday to use the 144-year-old former courthouse on Kings Way as a satellite voting site for early voting beginning late September through October.
The Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors approved a resolution stating the county will not enact gun prohibitions on government property.
The resolution passed by a 6–1 vote Tuesday, with Supervisor Deborah Frazier casting the lone dissenting vote. Prior to the vote, Frazier asked if the resolution would allow people to carry guns in courtrooms.
Charlottesville’s Police Civilian Review Board plans to seek independent legal representation while lamenting a contentious relationship with city officials.
The board unanimously voted to start the process of hiring independent counsel during its virtual meeting Thursday.
It was a year ago Monday when Wynonna Judd slipped into the spotlight at the Shenandoah Speedway to sing for thousands gathered at the 40th anniversary celebration of the 1980s CBS hit “The Dukes of Hazzard.”
The festival dubbed “Cooter’s Good Ol’ Boys Fest” fell short of the expectations of Ben Jones, who played Cooter Davenport on the show, and his wife Alma Viator, who organized the event. The couple own several variations of Hazzard-themed gift shops that also serve as shrines to the show located in Nashville and Pigeon Forge, Tenn., as well as the Page Valley just west of Luray.
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lynchburg canceled plans to give city employees long-awaited raises, but following the distribution of a second round of CARES Act funding, Lynchburg City Council approved a one-time $1,700 bonus for every municipal employee.
As summer food service ends, Lynchburg-area school nutrition and transportation staff are working to prepare a meal distribution plan for the upcoming atypical school year.
When schools were ordered to close in March, nutrition and transportation staff in area school divisions provided meals to students at home by means of drive-thru pickup and bus delivery throughout their localities.
Some residents of Halifax are angered over a letter that was written by one of their council members.
While many people called for Halifax Council Member Jack Dunavant to step down at a meeting on Tuesday night, no action was taken against Dunavant at the meeting.
Mecklenburg County supervisors voted Monday to rezone nearly 650 acres near the Microsoft Data Center in Boydton — land that will likely be used for future expansion of the company’s cloud computing complex.
With a special session by the General Assembly set for next week, two matters will be at the forefront — the state budget and criminal justice reforms.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said the meeting will be to “adopt a budget based on the revised revenue forecast in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.” But a second purpose is to take up “police accountability and oversight, use of force, increased training and education and officer recruitment, hiring and decertification.”