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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

Reports of Suspicious Packages in Washington Metro Increase, Though No Credible Threats Found

The Paris attacks have everyone alerted, especially in vulnerable public places and transportation facilities and that includes the Washington Metro.

Metro’s police chief says reports of suspicious packages on the transit network have increased five times since Paris, although there have been no credible threate.

Chief Ron Pavlik says they have nevertheless increased high visibility patrols and random bag checks and he is urging all metro rides and employees to be the eyes and ears of law enforcement and to report any suspicious activity.

Triple A Predicts Lowest Gasoline Prices Since 2008

Triple A says gasoline prices over Thanksgiving week are going to the lowest since 2008.

Regular unleaded yesterday (11/22) in Virginia was $1.92, down .07¢ from last week and significantly lower than the $2.66 it was this time last year.

Richmond and Norfolk were tied for the lowest at $1.88, all below the national average. But even that is falling rapidly, and Triple A predicts that number could drop below $2.00 per gallon by Christmas.

City Sells Bonds For Stone Brewery Construction and Schools

Plans to develop the city-owned Boulevard property are on hold, while bonds to finance the Stone Bewery projects have been sold.

Stone Brewery Company’s huge development is already under construction, and yesterday (11/19), the city successfully sold $23 million dollars worth of bonds to finance it in a larger $63 million dollar package. The rate was 3.83%, lower than expected.

Bloomberg noted earlier this month it may be the first time a municipality had put its credit on the line for beer.

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.