FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) _ Jesse Matthew has entered an Alford plea on charges that he attacked and molested a woman in Virginia in 2005, acknowledging that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him. Wednesday’s plea means Matthews maintains his innocence. It is a form of a guilty plea, but without an explicit admission of guilt. Matthew, 33, of Charlottesville, also is charged in a separate case with the abduction and killing last year of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. His plea came after the prosecution rested its case with DNA evidence linking him to the September 2005 case in Fairfax. Defense lawyers tried unsuccessfully to get the judge to strike the case. Prosecutor Ray Morrogh said Matthew is entering the plea without any plea agreement with prosecutors. Matthew faces up to life in prison when sentenced Oct. 2.
The freshly-restored Norfolk and Western 611 is wasting no time leading excursions. It’s already in Manassas, ready to take on its first passengers tomorrow, and the Fire Up 611 website shows the vast majority of seats are already sold. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more.
Click here for the Fire Up 611 excursion tickets page.
Norfolk Southern’s outgoing CEO says permitting the freshly-restored 611 steam engine to run excursions on its tracks is good for the railroad. The 611 prepares to lead excursions in coming weekends from Manassas, Lynchburg and Roanoke, but as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, the future of such excursions will require that the railroad maintains its current thinking.
Researchers at Virginia Tech are conducting a comprehensive study on truck drivers, one expected to provide mountains of information on the unique challenges truckers face and how they handle those challenges. The findings are expected to be be of national significance in efforts to make all vehicles and drivers safer, as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.
LCA Superintendent: move to VHSL will benefit school’s athletics and visibility — impact on enrollment less clear
The Superintendent of Lynchburg Christian Academy says there was no intent to be any sort of trailblazer in the school’s now-successful efforts to join the Virginia High School League. John Patterson says the move was intended to — and will have — a wholly positive impact on the school’s athletic program and visibility within the Lynchburg area. The impact, he says, in other areas like enrollment is not as clear. He spoke with WLNI’s Evan Jones.
Patterson says another major benefit will be reduced travel times for athletic teams, which have had to frequently take buses well out of town to compete with other schools. LCA joins the VHSL in August as the first non-public school to join the league in its 90-year history.