Join us on         

Charles Fishburne

Charles Fishburne's picture

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

Virginia’s Attorney General To Announce Initiative For 21st Century Policing

Virginia’s Attorney General will be crossing the state today (9/29) to announce what he calls a “major initiative” to promote 21st century policing. 

Attorney General Mark Herring thinks it is important enough to make this announcement with community and law enforcement leaders in Arlington, Norfolk and Richmond today.

He will also be accompanied by Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran.

Recalled Anatabloc Bottles Reportedly Sold On eBay

The company previously known as Star Scientific has filed a federal lawsuit against a former employee, accusing him of stealing recalled bottles of Anatabloc and selling them on eBay for personal gain.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch says Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals claims Howard Jones, and his wife Stacey, improperly took over 1,700 recalled bottles from a storage facility in Chase City and peddled them on eBay.

State Residential Center For People With Disabilities Lays off 81 Workers

A State residential center in Amherst County for people with disabilities has laid off 81 workers as part of a shutdown plan.

The Central Virginia Training Center gave 30-day layoff notices to 71 full-time and 10 part-time employees last week. Most of them are support staff.

The Center in Madison Heights is scheduled to close in 2020 under a settlement with the US Department of Justice to end warehousing of people with disabilities.

State Fair of Virginia Takes Center Stage

With the Bike Races now over and done, and exceeding crowd expectations by a wide margin, the State Fair of Virginia takes center stage.

Crowds began to swell yesterday (9/27) despite the gray skies, as the State Fair of Virginia began its run at the Meadow Even Park in Doswell.

There were two descendents of Secretariat, the 1973 Triple Crown winner who was born on the farm there, a record-setting 1,340 pound pumpkin, and a new Miss State Fair of Virginia, 23-year old Harlie Dale of  Blacksburg.

UCI Races Far Exceed Crowd Estimates According to Organizers

The just concluded UCI Road World Chapionships far exceeded crowd predictions according to organizers. 

They say 645 thousand people attended some part of the race during its ten-day run. That would be about 200 thousand more than predicted. 

Those numbers are unofficial and estimated by a committee of eight including members of Richmond 2015, local public service officials and industry experts. 

The official totals will be released in several months along with economic impact statements.

Wason Poll Says Virginia Voters Leaning Republican, But Senate Up For Grabs

A Wason Poll released this morning (9/25) at 6:00 says voters are leaning Republican in the upcoming General Assembly races, but Democrats may still win back control of the Virginia Senate.

Dr. Quentin Kidd, Director of the Wason Center, says among all voters, Democrats and Republicans are statistically tied in the six highly contested Senate races and the results suggest Democrats have time to engage their likely voters and possibly break the Republican hold.

Son of Former State Senator Kills Estranged Wife’s Boyfriend, Himself

The son of a former state senator reportedly shot and killed his estranged wife’s boyfriend, then took his own life yesterday (9/22).

Authorities say 36-year old Todd Houck confronted the boyfriend and his estranged wife at motel in Bowling Green around 8:00 a.m. yesterday morning, shot and killed him, and abducted her, fleeing north on I-95.

The boyfriend, 36-year old Jeremy Gift died.

Houck led police on a 30-mile chase, finally struck a police cruiser, came to a stop and shot himself. The woman was unharmed.

Virginia State Police Report on Martese Johnson Case Released

A State Police report on UVA student Martese Johnson’s bloody arrest outside a Charlottesville nightspot says the ABC officers involved did not violate any of the department’s general orders for reasonable use of force.

It is the latest and last of the official findings about the case that drew national attention, released yesterday (9/22) by the Governor’s office, who ordered the investigation.

VMI Identifies Cadet Who Died During Physical Training Monday

Virginia Military Institute says a cadet died after he collapsed during routine physical training.

VMI has identified the cadet as 18-year old Sean Duc Hoang of Fairfax, who died Monday afternoon (9/21) after taking part in routine physical training.

According to a release, Hoang received immediate aid from VMI medical personnel before being transported to Carilon Stonewall Jackson Hospital where he died.

The State Medical Examiner’s officer will determine the cause of death.