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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

Virginia Firearms Sales Spike Following California Shootings

Virginia Firearms sales spiked in December after the California shootings that resulted in 14 deaths. Sales were up an overall 9.5% last month, a total of 70,626 transactions, second highest on record.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch says it trails only the 75,000 plus transactions that followed the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut in 2012.

DEQ Issues Notice of Violation To Sussex County Landfill

Prince George County Residents may soon get relief from a foul odor that has been wafting across most of the eastern end of the county for months.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has issued a notice of violation to the Sussex County Landfill in late December.

Neighbors in Prince George have been complaining for months. In fact, County Administrator Percy Ashcraft says it has been the number one issue brought before the county board of Supervisors.

Richmond Public Schools proposing $8.4M teacher pay plan

Richmond Public Schools is proposing an 8.4 million dollar pay plan to keep and attract teachers.

The Richmond Times Dispatch says if approved, the plan will create an updated salary structure to balance out changes that have resulted in salaries that are too low and non-competitive.

It is part of Superintendent Dana Bedden’s proposed 298 million dollar budget and calls for using steps, based upon years of experience, to create a more equitable range of salaries.

From Record Warm, To Below Normal Temperatures To Begin 2016

From record warm, to unseasonably cold weather as the New Year begins.

An Arctic cold front pushed through overnight and you will feel the difference.

The Northwest wind is even expected to scatter some mountain snow showers in the western part of the state, but not much. For the rest of us, in the early part of the week at least, temperatures are going to be about 10 degrees below normal.

Norfolk Police Recruits Tour Richmond’s Holocaust Museum

New Recruits from the Norfolk police department have just completed a tour of Richmond’s Holocaust Museum. Chief Michael Goldsmith says it is a first for the department, as a new group of 25 recruits came here to learn about duty, decency and service. He says the aim is to show them what can happen when power is untethered.

The Virginian-Pilot says tours like this are common at the National Holocaust Museum where some 90,000 police officers have gone through such a program.

Suffolk Police Shoot and Kill Man Armed With a BB Gun That Looked Like a Handgun

Police say Suffolk police have shot and killed a man armed with a BB gun, that looked like a handgun.

An eyewitness said 28-year old Corey Jason Achstein appeared “totally out of control,” and was chasing people with a handgun, shouting expletives, pointing the gun down the street and shouting, “do you want a piece of me…” when officers arrived on the scene, confronted him, told him to drop the gun and when he didn’t, shot him.

The gun turned out to be a BB gun. The man was white. The officers were placed on administrative leave, but neither was charged.

Seven People Injured When Car Careens Into Henrico Bus Stop

Police say seven people were injured, two critically, when two vehicles collided and one of them careened into a bus stop in Henrico yesterday.

Henrico Police Lt. Chris Eley said one of the drivers and six people waiting at the bus stop were hospitalized after the accident. Among the injured were two children under the age of five, including one who was in critical condition.

Virginia Beach Mayor Pleads Guilty in Conflict of Interest Case

The Mayor of Virginia Beach has pleaded no contest to a single misdemeanor charge of violating the state’s conflict of Interest Act.

Prosecutors say Mayor Will Sessoms voted dozens of times on issues which benefitted a bank where he was president.

He was charged with five counts, but four were dropped in a plea agreement. He had already resigned from the bank.

Republican State Senator Threatens To Strip Armed Guards From Governor’s Detail

Governor McAuliffe’s administration has dismissed a threat from a state senator to take away his armed guards.

Republican State Senator Charles Carrico, Sr., of Grayson county says he wants to strip funding for the Virginia State Police unit assigned to protect the governor in response to a series of executive actions on guns.

Carrico says "if he is so afraid of guns, then I’m not going to surround him with armed state policemen."