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Charles Fishburne

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Charles Fishburne is a correspondent for WCVE Public Radio. He brings over 40 years experience as a broadcast journalist and news executive in Richmond, Washington D.C. and New York. Charles was also a long-time television news anchor and news director in Richmond.

Articles by Charles Fishburne

Hanover Board Approves Housing Project at Summer Duck Farm

The Hanover County Board of Supervisors has reversed itself and approved a 68-home development in the Atlee area. The board had voted down the project 4-3 last month, but Supervisor Elton Wade changed his mind and asked the board to reconsider.

Last night (12/10), following a public hearing, the board voted 5-2 to rezone the property on Summer Duck Farm at Atlee Station and Deer Stream Drive for residential use.

Opponents cited safety and traffic issues expressed frustration with the board’s equivocation and asked for more transparency.

Petersburg City Council Votes To Close City Jail

 Petersburg City Council has voted to close the city jail and move all inmates to Riverside Regional jail. The move apparently surprised even some members of city government and the vote was close at 4-3.

City officials expect moving the 200 inmates to Riverside regional will save about a million dollars a year and help fill a facility that is currently underused.

Sheriff Vanessa Crawford said the move caught her by surprise and 61 of her employees could lose their jobs. She says she understands the jail could be closed as early as July.

Low Temperatures Trigger Richmond ‘s Emergency Overflow Shelters

Every night below 40 degrees, Richmond opens its emergency overflow shelters to the homeless but most need more than just a warm bed.

The emergency shelter is at the public safety building at 501 North 9th and is an emergency refuge for homeless people who do not have beds at other shelters. Catholic Charities operates a Homeless Point of Entry program that helps homeless people find more permanent housing and longer term answers.

For more information on some of their programs, search online for Catholic Charities of Virginia.

National Sorority Group Asks UVA To Lift Greek Suspensions

A National sorority advocacy group says UVA’s suspension of Greek activities is not the answer to resolving sexual assault and student safety issues. The National Panhellic Conference said yesterday (12/9) that while it supports UVA’s plan to review the university’s culture and practices, the suspension of sorority activities should be lifted.

Norfolk State University Placed On Probation

Norfolk State University has been placed on probation by its accrediting agency. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announced the decision yesterday, saying  it had found evidence of “significant” problems with NSU’s administration, governance and finances.

The decision comes 12 months after the agency put NSU on warning status. University officials had hoped the warning would be removed, instead it was handed a more severe status, just one step away from withdrawal of the school’s accreditation.

Carlson Enters Guilty Plea In Jogger’s Death

Mechanicsville Doctor Michael Carlson faces up to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter yesterday. The 48-year old physician entered his plea in Hanover Circuit court.

Court records show that he struck and killed 34-year old Meg Menzies while she was jogging with her husband on a narrow shoulder on state Route 54 in Hanover. Police say there was evidence he had been drinking and his blood alcohol level was high.

Thousands of joggers paid tribute to the mother of three with spontaneous runs in the days following her death.

UVA Refuses To Remove Fraternity Suspensions, Promises Changes For “Safety and Well-Being”

The University of Virginia says it is creating a group to explore its policies and campus culture, and has refused to lift its suspension of Greek activities. School officials said yesterday (12/8) the suspension remains until January 9th and promised “an intense, ongoing period of introspection,” following the gang rape story in Rolling Stone magazine that has captured headlines across the country and galvanized the college community, despite later admissions from the magazine that the story may not have been entirely accurate.

Emergency Dress Rehearsal At Dominion Virginia Power’s Surry Station

Dominion Virginia Power’s Surry Nuclear Power Station is preparing a dress rehearsal for an upcoming emergency exercise. Tomorrow’s (12/9) rehearsal will involve localities within ten miles of the plant and will include emergency response personnel from several Virginia agencies, local governments and Dominion Power.

The full Virginia Operations Plan Exercise will be held in Feburary and will be evaluated by the  Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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