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Latest Virginia news, sports, business and entertainment at 9:20 p.m. EDT

Latest Virginia news, sports, business and entertainment at 9:20 p.m. EDT
Published: Jun. 29, 2020 at 3:23 AM EDT
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VIRGINIA-OFFSHORE WIND

Virginia moves a step closer to harnessing offshore wind

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s governor has ceremonially signed legislation that sets the stage for the approval of two large-scale offshore wind farms that could produce enough electricity to power more than a million homes in the state. The two proposed projects would be located off the coasts of Virginia and North Carolina. They’re part of a projected boom in the nation’s nascent offshore wind industry that is being driven by plummeting construction costs and surging demand for renewable energy. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed the legislation Monday. Northam also viewed two wind turbines 27 miles (about 44 kilometers) off of Virginia's coast that are part of a pilot project.

JET SKIERS RESCUED

Coast Guard helps rescue woman and boy, 3, aboard jet ski

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard said Sunday it helped rescue a woman and 3-year-old boy aboard a jet ski near Chincoteague, Virginia, after they went missing. The Coast Guard said in a news release that it received a report about the missing jet skiers at 1:50 a.m. Sunday. The search involved a helicopter and multiple boats. The crew from the helicopter located the jet ski with the woman and child still onboard in Horntown Bay and directed a boat to the scene. The woman and boy were transferred back to shore and evaluated by local EMS.

CHASE-FATAL CRASH

Virginia mom, daughter fatally struck by Jeep fleeing police

PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) — Authorities say a Virginia mother and daughter have died after being struck by a driver who was fleeing police. The Progress-Index reports Christi Noelle Jarratt and Kaitlyn Jarratt both died as a result of injuries suffered in a collision Saturday in Petersburg. The incident started when a Prince George officer clocked a Jeep driving at 115 mph and began pursuing the vehicle. Authorities say as the officer was attempting to catch up with the Jeep, he saw it cross the yellow line and crash head-on into two other vehicles. Charges against the Jeep driver are pending.

PROTEST-USE OF FORCE-REPORTS

Virginia protestors call for release of police force reports

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Protestors are demanding a Virginia city’s police department release use-of-force reports from the past decade. News outlets report that demonstrators in Norfolk are planning a sit-in set for Monday night at City Hall to protest the police department’s refusal to release the records. The protest comes after reports by The Virginian-Pilot that the city and the Norfolk Police Department have denied information requests about the records. A protest organizer told the newspaper that demonstrators are calling for greater transparency from the department. Organizers said they emailed police but didn’t receive a response. The demonstration is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

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Trump, statehood, police funding fight up DC mayor's profile

WASHINGTON (AP) — Muriel Bowser’s national profile had never been higher, thanks to a Twitter beef with President Donald Trump and a renewed push to turn the nation’s capital into the 51st state. Now, Washington's mayor must pull off a public juggling act as the city budget becomes a battleground for the country's debate on overhauling law enforcement. An activist collective led by Black Lives Matter is trying to capitalize on shifting public opinion, with demands include major cuts in funding for the police department. Conservatives label Bowser a radical riot-supporter, and the Democrat must thread the needle, with Black Lives Matter and the White House watching her every move.

RACIAL INJUSTICE-VIRGINIA

6 arrested in latest standoff at Richmond's Lee statue

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond police say six people were were arrested during the latest round of late-night protests at the Robert E. Lee monument grounds in Virginia’s capital city. The police department said in a news release Saturday morning that officers announced that an unlawful assembly had been declared at 10:25 p.m. Friday night after an officer was shot by a paintball. Police say several other officers were subsequently shot by paintballs and struck by other hard objects. Police said one officer deployed pepper spray. According to the Times-Dispatch, the conflict marked the fifth time this week authorities have declared an unlawful assembly in Richmond and ordered crowds of demonstrators to disperse.

RACIAL INJUSTICE-POLICE RESIGNATION

Richmond gets new police chief after interim chief resigns

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The interim police chief in Richmond, Virginia, has resigned after 11 days on the job and a new chief has been named to fill his role. News outlets report Interim Richmond Police Chief William Blackwell announced his resignation in an email to Richmond police officers Friday. Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney’s office then said the mayor had appointed Deputy Chief Gerald Smith of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in Charlotte, North Carolina, as the department's new police chief. The mayor’s office said Blackwell has asked to return to his previous position as a major within the department.

CROSS BURNING-CHARGES

Virginia man charged in connection with cross burning

MARION, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man was charged in federal court this week in connection with the burning of a cross on the front lawn a Black teenager who had recently organized a civil rights protest. U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen’s office announced the arrest Friday afternoon of 40-year-old James Brown of Marion. Brown was charged with lying to federal agents and criminal interference with fair housing based on the victim’s race following an investigation into the June 14 overnight cross-burning in Marion, a small town in southwest Virginia. Court records show Brown made a brief initial appearance in court Friday and remained in custody.

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