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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

Chesterfield Police Officer Fired Upon During Traffic Stop

A Chesterfield County Police officer was fired upon during a traffic stop early this morning (8/13) and the suspect is still at large.

It began at 1:40 a.m. near the intersection of Heatherhill and Belmont, when an officer on patrol attempted to stop a vehicle for an equipment violation, but the driver refused to yield and was finally stopped in the 4700 block of Sherman Road, where he left the car, fired at the officer, and ran.

Mayor Jones Schedules News Conference on Lumpkin’s Jail Plans

Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones has scheduled a news conference this afternoon (8/13) to “advance plans” for a slave history project at Lumpkin’s jail.

The mayor’s office says he will “present plans for the forward movement” of the history site planned where the infamous slave jail once stood in Shockoe Bottom.

Plans have been stalled for more than a year while the mayor promoted his vision for a baseball stadium and commercial development, which would have incorporated a pavilion and museum at the jail site.

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Rehearing for McDonnell, He Says He Will Appeal To US Supreme Court

Former Governor Bob McDonnell says he is taking his appeal to the United States Supreme Court. 

Yesterday (8/11), a federal appeals court rejected his bid for a rehearing.

McDonnell said he was very disappointed, but looks forward to the day when vindication is obtained and “my family’s good name is fully restored.”

His attorney declined to say whether McDonnell will have to report to prison to begin serving his two-year sentence in the meantime.

Historical Marker Dedicated to Virginia Diner In Wakefield

A Virginia historical marker will celebrate a Wakefield diner and the rise of roadside commerce in Virginia.

That marker is to be dedicated today (8/12) at the Virginia Diner in Wakefield, planted near the popular stop for travelers for fried chicken and peanut pie, among other things.

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources says the marker highlights the development of US Route 460, which links southwest Virginia with Hampton Roads.

Today’s dedication will include local dignitaries and the family that started the diner in 1929.

VCU Identifies Security Firm Whose Guard Was Involved In Fatal Altercation

VCU has identified the security company, whose guard was allegedly involved in a fatal scuffle at the Medical Center pharmacy last week. 

VCU says the security guard involved worked for the local security firm LEW & Associates and although they have not named the guard, he reportedly has not been at the medical center since the incident that led to the death of 64-year old Butch Whitaker, and he is expected to face charges.

Lowe’s Dismisses Three Managers Over Incident Involving Black Drivers

Lowe’s Home Improvement has dismissed three managers at a Danville store for acquiescing to a customer’s request they send “no black drivers” to deliver to her home.

One of the drivers, Marcus Bradley says a manager ordered him off an August 3rd delivery at the customer’s request.

Bradley says he was told it was because he is black and the customer did not want him at her house, and that when he returned to Lowe’s a white driver had replaced him.

Noted Historian and Author Charles F. Bryan, Jr., Releases New Book, “Imperfect Past”

Charles F. Bryan Jr., was for years President and CEO of the Virginia Historical Society and helped transform it into a gathering place of scholars and students and families and people who had no idea they were about to get hooked on history. He has done the same thing in a book just released called Imperfect Past: History in a New Light.

Richmond Police Investigating Death of Henrico County Man at VCU Medical Center Pharmacy

Richmond Police are investigating the death of a Henrico County man who died Sunday (8/9) after an altercation with a security guard at VCU Medical Center. 

Sixty-four year old Phillip Whitaker, was waiting to get a prescription filled at VCU’s ambulatory Care Center Pharmarcy, when, according to his family, he had a disagreement with a security guard over his place in line.

An altercation ensued, and Whitaker wound up on the floor with life-threatening injuries. Despite efforts to save him at VCU Medical Center, he died Sunday.

Wallops Launch Will Carry Virginia Tech Student Experiments

A Rocket carrying experiments developed by students is scheduled to be launched from Virginia’s Eastern Shore tomorrow morning (8/11). 

The two-stage suborbital rocket is set to launch between 6:00 and 10:00 a.m. tomorrow (8/11) from Wallops Island, carrying experiments developed by undergraduate community college and university students from across the United States as part of an 872 pound payload flying on a NASA rocket, expected to reach an altitude of 94 miles, then land 15 minutes later about 63 miles off the Virginia Coast.