RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Gov. Terry McAuliffe has appointed Fairfax Circuit Judge Jane Marum Roush to the Virginia Supreme Court. Roush will succeed Justice LeRoy F. Millette Jr., who is retiring at the end of the month. The appointment, announced Monday, requires General Assembly confirmation. Fairfax County’s 13-member legislative delegation, which includes both Democrats and Republicans, recommended Roush in a letter to McAuliffe in May. Roush is best known for presiding over the 2003 trial of D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo, who is serving life in prison. The Virginia Supreme Court also chose Roush to preside in the ongoing case of Charles Severance, who is charged with killing three people in Alexandria. Roush has been a circuit judge for 22 years.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is asking that the entire 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reconsider his corruption convictions. McDonnell’s legal team filed a petition Friday for a rehearing of his appeal after a three-judge panel unanimously upheld the convictions earlier this month. A jury in September found McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of doing favors for former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. The former Republican governor, once widely considered a possible running mate to former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, was sentenced in January to two years in prison. His wife was sentenced in February to one year and one day in prison. Both are free on bond while they pursue appeals.
In September 2015, there will be anticipated vacancies on several boards and commissions. If you are interested in being considered to fill one of the vacancies, please complete an application and return it by Monday, August 31 to the Clerk of City Council, 900 Church Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504. Applications may be downloaded from the City’s website by clicking here or can be mailed upon request by calling (434) 455-3995.
The following boards and commission will have vacancies
Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program Board – 1 vacancy
Social Services Advisory Board – 3 vacancies
Board of Building Code Appeals – 4 vacancies
Redevelopment & Housing Authority – 1 vacancy
Lynchburg Business Development Centre – 3 vacancies
APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) _ Appomattox County Sheriff Barry Letterman is warning the public about the dangers of synthetic marijuana following a recent spike in overdoses. Ten overdoses linked to synthetic marijuana have occurred in the county this month. The ages of the patients ranged from 17 to 35. Letterman tells media outlets that none of the overdoses was fatal. But he says the drug can have serious side effects, including long-term brain damage and heart problems. Appomattox County Rescue Squad Captain Susan Walton says comparing real marijuana to synthetic marijuana is like comparing a BB gun to an M-16. She says the synthetic drug is much stronger, akin to using heroin.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Tech will be closed on Labor Day this year, in part because of crowds expected for a football game against visiting Ohio State. Tech President Timothy Sands wrote in a letter to the Blacksburg community that he finds it “odd” that the university had not closed previously for what he called an important national holiday. The holiday closure will be on Sept. 7, a Monday. That’s the same day the Hokies face the Ohio State Buckeyes at Lane Stadium in a nationally televised game. Sands wrote that the university is considering the possibility of canceling classes on Labor Day in future years.
NATURAL BRIDGE, Va. (AP) _ The animal protection group PETA says it has filed federal complaints against two zoos in Natural Bridge, citing the alleged neglect of monkeys, zebras and other animals. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it filed the complaints Tuesday against Natural Bridge Zoo and Virginia Safari Park with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The two attractions have been the targets of complaints and investigations in the past. PETA says visitors reported seeing capuchin monkeys with hair loss and skin issues, zebras and other animals confined to filthy enclosures and a goat with curling hooves. Natural Bridge Zoo is owned by Karl Mogensen, while Virginia Safari Park is owned by Eric Mogensen. Telephone messages left with both men by The Associated Press were not immediately returned.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 4.9 percent in June. The Virginia Employment Commission said Tuesday the state’s jobless rate continues to best the national unemployment rate, which was 5.3 percent in June. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment in June stood at 3.8 million, an increase of 13,400 jobs. That marked the third consecutive monthly gain. Northern Virginia recorded the largest job gains, while the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News metropolitan area was second in job growth. Job losses were reported in the Richmond area, Lynchburg and the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford metropolitan area.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) _ Gov. Terry McAuliffe has asked Virginia State Police to increase patrols around military recruiting centers. The action follows the attacks last week on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Four Marines and one sailor were killed. McAuliffe’s request falls short of the actions of some governors who have ordered that their National Guard soldiers be armed. McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy told The Virginian-Pilot that Maj. Gen. Timothy Williams of the Virginia National Guard advised against arming his soldiers. In some instances, Coy said state police will work with local departments.
The Virginia Department of Health and Walgreens recently expanded the number of no-cost rapid HIV testing sites from 13 to 32 at Walgreens locations statewide. To date Walgreens pharmacists have tested more than 1,200 people for HIV. The tests are available daily with no appointment necessary, at no charge and test results can be provided within minutes. For a complete list of participating Walgreens locations click here or call (800) 533-4148.