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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

Dominion Warns Customers Of Criminals Posing As Company Employees To Gain Access

Dominion Virginia power is warning its customers that some criminals posing as Dominion employees are knocking of people’s doors and posing as utility workers to gain access. So far, it has happened mostly in Northern Virginia, but Dominion has issued this warning, just in case it happens to you.

Daisey Pridgen from Dominion Virginia Power says if you feel threatened, call 911 immediately. If you want to verify that the employee is legitimate you can call the company at 1-866-DOM-HELP.

Former Hanover Minister Sentenced In Embezzlement

A former Hanover County youth minister, caught up in a sexual blackmail scheme, has been sentenced to five years in prison. Fifty-one year old Chris Allen Phillips was sentenced to five years, with four and a half suspended, and ordered to repay more than 87 thousand dollars he embezzled from the Mechanicsville Advent Christian Church where he was youth minister.

Richmond Board Modifies Zero Tolerance Drug Policies

Richmond school students will no longer be automatically expelled for first-time drug offenses. The school board voted 7-1 yesterday for a new code of conduct that gives principals and other administrators some discretion in dealing with students caught with drugs. It reflects a change in the Code of Virginia that goes into effect today, that modifies the state’s zero-tolerance policy. Until now, expulsion was recommended no matter what the circumstances. School districts now have the option of lesser penalties.

New Moped Law Goes Into Effect Tomorrow

Mopeds will have to be titled and registered beginning tomorrow. The new law that goes into effect tomorrow will require a $20.25 registration fee and another 10 dollars for a title.  Owners will get one plate to put on the back of the back.  It stemmed from a 2012 DMV study  that noted growing safety concerns from the public, law enforcement and lawmakers as mo-ped use rose with gas prices.  Last year, there were more than 600 reported crashes and 12 fatalities involving mopeds.

Highest Gasoline Prices In Six Years

Triple A says gasoline prices are the highest in six years. It wasn’t supposed to be this way.  The prices were supposed to drop.  But instead the national price of a gallon rose to 3.68, highest price for early summer in six years.  Virginia is 3.48, Richmond is 3.45.  Triple A says it probably won’t affect the number  of motorists on the highway this holiday weekend, but it will cost them more. The average price at the pump had increased for 12 consecutive days through last Monday, and Friday’s average was 15 cents more than a year ago.

NWS Warns of Lightning, Recommends Precautions

The July Fourth holiday weekend officially begins at midnight tomorrow (July 2) and the National Weather Service is predicting thunderstorms and warning about safety.  Charles Fishburne talked with Chief Meteorologist Jeff Orrock, at the National Weather Service in Wakefield. Seventy-percent of lightning deaths occur in the months of June, July and August. The National Weather service survey  says fisherman accounted for almost half the fatalities, boaters 23%, people relaxing on the beach 21%, and swimmers eight percent.

Puckett Emails Released

Newly released emails show the interim director of the Virginia tobacco commission was uneasy about the timing of a potential job offer to former Democratic State Senator Phil Puckett, whose recent resignation has been investigated by the FBI. The emails were obtained by the Associated Press and show the GOP controlled commission appeared to create a position solely for Puckett and even solicited his input in crafting the job description.

Triple A Predicts Heaviest Holiday Travel Since 2007

Triple A predicts 41 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles from home during the July 4 th holiday weekend and it will be an extended one for many vacationers.

The weekend officially starts next Wednesday at midnight, and more people will be on the road planning to spend more money - much of it on credit.

Triple A has a news conference scheduled this morning to talk about Virginia but if those numbers approach the national projections they will be the highest level for Independence Day Travel since 2007.

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