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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

Suspect in Monday’s Abduction, Robbery and Shooting Has Violent Record

The suspect in Monday’s abduction and shooting incident in Richmond has a history of gun violence.

Thirty-six year old Frank Reid of the 1100 block of  Williamsburg Road has been formally charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a robbery.

Court records indicate he was convicted in 1999 of robbery, shooting into an occupied vehicle, and use of a firearm in the commission of a robbery, along with earlier convictions for trespassing and assault and battery.

Virginia’s Attorney General Announces Plan To Increase Diversity in Local Police Departments Across the State

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has just announced an initiative to increase the number of minority police officers in Virginia.  

Herring said a 50 thousand dollar grant from his office will launch a project in Danville and Martinsville to conduct surveys, identify barriers, and develop a plan to recruit minority officers statewide.

Federal Regulators Cite Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center As Unsafe for Workers

Federal Regulators say Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center has exposed workers to an unsafe workplace.

OSHA said yesterday its investigators have identified 14 safety violations, including exposing employees to workplace violence and physical assault and failing to train employees on its prevention and management. 

Expert Recommends Changes To Virginia’s 3rd and 4th Congressional Districts

Virginia’s 3rd and 4th Congressional Districts would be in for major changes under a proposal recommended by a court-appointed expert to redraw the lines.

To begin with, both Richmond and Petersburg would move into the 4thDistrict, represented by Republican J. Randy Forbes, and Democrat Bobby Scott’s 3rdDistrict would be confined to Hampton Roads.

The 3rd now snakes from Richmond and Henrico to Hampton roads, and has a black voting age population of 56.3 percent. In the 4th, it’s 31.3 percent.

Hostage and Suspect Still In Critical Condition Following Monday’s Shootout

The man shot in the head by a robbery suspect Monday  is listed in critical but stable condition.

The hostage and the suspect are both still hospitalized, both still critical.  And though there has been no official confirmation, a relative has identified the victim to the Richmond Times Dispatch as Russ Turner, a senior analyst for a law firm in Rockett’s landing. 

Navy’s Economic Impact on Virginia Drops From $15 Billion To $10 Billion in Three Years

The Navy’s Economic Impact in Virginia reached nearly $10 billion dollars in the fiscal year that ended September 30th, 2014, but that represents a dramatic decrease since 2011.

The report released by the Navy yesterday (11/16), shows spending in the Hampton Roads area has dropped from $15 billion in fiscal 2011 to $10 billion in 2014, as federal spending cuts continue to affect Virginia’s economy and tax dollars.

Ricmond Police Say Suspect Shoots Hostage Before Being Shot Himself in Shootout With Police

Richmond police say a man shot a hostage, then engaged in a shootout with police before being shot himself after a chase through Richmond neighborhoods.

Both the suspect and the hostage were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

According to police, two co-workers were on their lunch break at a BP gas station in the 2600 block of Main Street in Church Hill, when they were approached by a third man, who demanded money, forced them in a SUV, drove to a Bank of America Branch a few blocks away and sent one in to withdraw cash.

Governor McAuliffe Says Virginia Will Not Close Its Doors To Syrian Refugees

Governor McAuliffe says Virginia will not close its doors to Syrian refugees, even though some Republican Governors have threatened to do so, following last week’s deadly attacks in Paris.

A spokesman for the Governor said his public safety team is in communications with federal authorities about refugee resettlements, including relocations involving Syrians, and that every refugee settled in the United States undergoes intensive security screening.