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Despite operating at a loss, the Port of Virginia's top boss may be in line for a significant pay bump next year. Virginia Port Authority Board of Commissioners developed a list of incentive metrics that will be used to gauge Port of Virginia CEO and Executive Director John Reinhart's performance for the remainder of the year.
6 hrs ago | Hampton Roads Daily Press
Newport News school leaders said they saw progress in student performance even as the school division saw less schools fully accredited this year as state standards were raised. At Tuesday evening's School Board meeting, Brian Nichols, chief academic officer for Newport News Public Schools, said hitting new benchmarks would be a "multi-year" process.
10 hrs ago | Hampton Roads Daily Press
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Police spent several hours at The Reserve at Deer Run Apartments Tuesday night after someone was shot at the complex, located off Jefferson Avenue. Someone called emergency dispatchers at about 6:20 p.m. to tell them about the shooting on Chester Road.
Two lower court judges and one county's top prosecutor appear to be poised to ascend to vacant Circuit Court seats in Newport News, Gloucester and Isle of Wight. Several lawyers are still in the running for the two judicial openings that would then be created in lower courts.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Interiors in chain restaurants often look similarly bland, full of what I call birds-boats-and-barns Americana.
A call about a fake shooting that was related to a scam triggered the SWAT team to respond to a Newport News home Monday night, police said. Newport News police have recently received several reports of people who have gotten a phone call telling them they owed the IRS money and if they didn't pay up they were going to prison.
A 25-year-old Newport News man was issued a summons by the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office last week after he was accused of recording video underneath a 56-year-old woman's dress, a spokesman said. When deputies arrived, another man had detained Newport News resident Bruce Cunningham in the store, York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office spokesman Dennis Ivey said.
Like many other places in eastern Virginia at the end of the Civil War, most of the records documenting Warwick County's long, long past had been reduced to ashes. What hadn't been looted by curious Union soldiers during the month-long 1862 Siege of Yorktown -- when Federal tents covered the courthouse green -- had been partly burned in a Dec. 15, 1864 fire that destroyed a wide swath of county court minute books and loose records dating from 1787 to 1819.
The Virginia Department of Education said the number of schools meeting statewide accreditation standards dropped for 2014-2015 after higher benchmarks were introduced in 2011. According to the VDOE, just 68 percent of Virginia public schools were fully accredited, compared with 77 percent in 2013-2014.
Powhatan-based Mitchell Homes is expanding to the Peninsula with a sales and design center slated to open in October. "We're looking to expand our footprint," Mitchell Homes President Scott Sleeme said.
"It's a total, different improvement. If nobody sees it, they haven't been down here long enough," said Stephanie Wyche, as she stood with her daughter along Jefferson Avenue near 25th Street.
NNPD spokesman Lou Thurston said a shooting took place around 6 p.m. in the 900 block of Churchill Lane. No further details have been released.
Attorney General Mark R. Herring today announced he is creating a Statewide Re-entry Coordinator position and online Re-Entry Portal within the Office of Attorney General to, for the first time from the state level, help local sheriffs prepare inmates for release and connect them with support services on the outside. In recent years, Virginia has developed a comprehensive plan to address re-entry and recidivism reduction for state inmates.
A 32-year-old man was arrested Sept. 13 in connection with a shooting in the Denbigh section of Newport News, a police spokesman said.
Police have charged a 17-year-old in a shooting Wednesday in the area of 23rd Street and Wickham Avenue. Police who were sent to the scene about 9:50 p.m. that night found a 17-year-old male suffering gunshot wounds, according to a police news release.
A 17-year-old boy was arrested Sept. 12 on charges in connection with the shooting of another teenager last week, a police spokesman said.
Updated: Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:05 am
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