RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell is asking an appeals court to suspend her case while the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to review her husband’s public corruption convictions. Maureen McDonnell’s attorneys filed a motion Wednesday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The U.S. Supreme Court issued an order in August saying former Gov. Bob McDonnell could remain out of jail while the high court decides whether to review his case. The McDonnells were convicted last year of doing favors for a former vitamin executive in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. Both have been sentenced to prison but remain free on appeal. In its motion Wednesday, lawyers for Maureen McDonnell indicated that prosecutors oppose the request to suspend her case.
The Commonwealth Games of Virginia are moving to the campus of Liberty University for the most part next July – after 25 years of being based in Roanoke … The amount of funding pledged by local governments in the Roanoke and Lynchburg areas was about the same … but Liberty’s five-year sponsorship commitment and the opportunity to use the school’s athletic facilities were deciding factors…Pete Lampman is president of Virginia Amateur Sports runs the statewide event … he says the sponsorship commitment from Liberty sealed the deal for the new “Virginia Commonwealth Games Presented by Liberty University”:
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) _ A Martinsville man is missing after he fell from a canoe into the Smith River. Multiple media outlets report that 30-year-old Joseph Sink Jr. and another man were in a canoe that overturned south of Martinsville on Tuesday evening. Henry County public safety director Matt Tatum says the other man was able to get to the riverbank. He ran into a passerby and called 911. Rescue crews planned to resume the search for Sink on Wednesday morning.
A Madison Heights convenience store is the latest to be the target of what appear to be similar holdups in the region — and elsewhere in Virginia. The Amherst County Sheriff’s office say three men walked into the Du Drop In around 6:30 am Tuesday, all three wearing hoodies, their faces covered.
From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: On Saturday, 10/3/2015, Investigators with the Bedford Co Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Interdiction Unit obtained a search warrant for 1012 Miller Hollow Rd, Goodview, VA, based on information that Investigators obtained in reference to the occupants possessing and distributing heroin from their home. Upon execution of the Search Warrant, Piotr (Peter) Pawel Korczynski (35 yoa) and his wife, Jessica Korczynski (32 yoa) and juvenile child, 6 years of age, were found in the home.
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The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office is looking for three men who robbed the 7-Eleven store on Route 460 in New London. Deputies say the three walked into early Monday morning and demanded cash; one of the suspects displayed a chrome handgun. All three wore masks or bandanas over the faces, but the sheriff’s office hopes store surveillance photos will help lead them to the suspects.
The region can now begin drying out after a week and a half of almost steady rains — with some astonishing totals of up to 24 inches. The National Weather Service is reporting rainfall amounts for the 11-day period through yesterday, and they include:
Lynchburg Airport: 7.23″
Mabry Mill, Floyd County: 24.11″
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UPDATE: The U.S. Supreme Court has denied the appeal — with no written explanation. It was among a list of hundreds of cases that were similarly rejected.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ The U.S. Supreme Court is due to decide whether to hear the case of a former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend. The Daily Progress of Charlottesville reports (http://bit.ly/1LdlZMz ) that the Supreme Court will review a petition Monday that defense attorneys for 27-year-old George Huguely V filed in June. Huguely, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, is serving a 23-year sentence in Virginia. He was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Yeardley Love in 2010. Love, from suburban Baltimore, was a member of the women’s lacrosse team at U.Va. The petition says Huguely was denied counsel when one of his attorneys fell ill during his trial and the judge agreed to proceed despite his objections. The Court of Appeals of Virginia affirmed Huguely’s conviction in 2014.
The National Weather Service has lifted the Flash Flood Watch for the region. The weather service says its focus now turns to the wind threat for the next day or two with additional power outages possible.
Appalachian Power reports plenty of progress in restoring power to its Virginia customers. At one point this morning, APCO reported more than 5,000 without power. The number now is below 400 including 154 customers in Botetourt County.
Most of the heaviest rainfall today has come east of the Blue Ridge including more than two and a quarter inches of rain in Big Island in Bedford County almost two and three quarter inches south of Lynchburg in Rustburg and in Charlotte County more than four inches today in Drakes Branch.
Some of the usual low-water roadways are closed in the Roanoke area. They include Wiley Drive along the Greenway and the Bellevue Avenue railroad underpass across from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Also closed, the greenway bridge that crosses the Roanoke River at Wasena Park.
VDOT still reports many roads closed in the region, most of them secondary roads that suffered washouts earlier this week. And local flooding is still possible in some low-lying areas. You are urged to observe barricades and not attempt to drive across water-covered roadways. If you see trees down across a state road, VDOT asks you to report it buy calling 800-FOR-ROAD.
River forecasts indicate the New and James Rivers will remain below flood stage.
A Flash Flood Watch is now in effect through Saturday evening, and now, a High Wind Watch is also scheduled to take effect Friday evening and continue through Sunday morning. A watch means a potential exists for severe weather; it is different from a warning, which means a severe condition is either imminent or occurring. The High Wind Watch is in effect because expected speeds may be enough to uproot trees in ground already saturated.