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VA Police Officer Fired for Dog's Shooting Death

DANVILLE, Va. -- A police officer who shot and killed a family's miniature dachshund has been fired, and his supervisors are being disciplined.

Danville Police Chief Philip Broadfoot issued a statement Friday saying Officer Murrill McLean has been terminated and disciplinary procedures have been initiated for the supervisors.

The chief says the shooting of the dog June 8 did not follow department policy and was not justified.

Broadfoot says McLean's account of what happened was misleading and inaccurate, and his supervisors accepted it without a proper investigation.  

The police chief says he had questions about how the shooting occurred when he want to the scene, and after interviewing McLean he ordered a full-scale internal investigation.

Dave's Taverna in Harrisonburg Closes

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- A staple in downtown Harrisonburg has closed its doors forever.

Owners of Dave's Taverna on South Main Street in Harrisonburg have announced that they are now officially closed.

A sign on their door says "Dave's is closed forever". Plus, a statement on their Facebook page reads: "It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce the closing of Dave's Taverna. We had an amazing run. Thanks to all of our customers over the years. It was our honor to have served you. Thanks to all of our amazing staff. You made it fun to come to work everyday."

Dave's Taverna Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

HARRISONBURG-- Dave's Taverna has filed chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to bankruptcy court documents. The owner told a local paper the city's current lack of downtown parking is hurting its ability to expand and grow.

This does not mean the company is going out of business. Chapter 11 allows company's to restructure and get back on their feet.

Local city leaders acknowledge parking downtown can be a problem. Spots along the streets fill up fast, and parking garages are often crowded.

The goal of an urban community is to have patrons only have to walk one to two blocks from their cars to their destination, said Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance Director Eddie Bumbaugh. The city can usually still accommodate that, but it could be a challenge in the future, he said.

Harrisonburg City Councilman Richard Baugh said plans to add more parking or parking decks could pose challenges. "It's a difficult problem," he said. He cited two issues: that a parking deck is a major investment, and that city leaders aren't sure where it would go.

A class at JMU is studying what should be done about parking downtown. Students will be talking with people downtown, and holding focus groups to talk to local business leaders and the community about parking. They will release their results at the end of the semester. Bumbaugh said the city is waiting to hear from them.

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