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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

Montgomery County Judge Rules Developers Can Survey Without Owner’s Permission

A Montgomery County judge says a pipeline developer can survey private property without the owner’s permission.

The Roanoke Times reports Mountain Valley Pipeline may have access to property for surveys under the Virginia constitution.

Circuit Court Judge James Turk ruled in a case brought against Mountain Valley pipeline by eight property owners. Mountain Valley wants to build a 300 mile natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to Pittsylvania County.

The Giles county case could have implications for lawsuits involving the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Medical Examiner Says Two Richmond Men Died of Gunshot Wounds To The Head

The State Medical Examiner says two Richmond men found dead late Monday (8/24) at a Henrico County apartment complex both died of gunshot wounds to the head.

The report was released late yesterday (8/26), and both deaths have now been ruled homicides. Henrico Police earlier identified the victims as 33-year old Titus Howard of Phaup Street in Richmond and 25-year old Larnell Logan, Jr., of Chamberlayne Avenue in Richmond.

VCU School of Dentistry Receives $2.4 Million Dollar Federal Grant To Improve Childhood Dentistry

It is low income children that statistically suffer the most, but ironically may have insurance while others do not.

VCU’s School of Dentistry has just received a $2.4 million dollar grant from the US Department of Health to change those numbers with new dental technology, including teledentistry and a new curriculum for dental students that emphasizes low income children have complex health care needs.

VCU dental students will learn about collaborative care and interprofessional education, and will expand their practice in the Richmond area, and beyond.

Police Investigating Apparent Double-Homicide in East End Alley

Richmond Police are investigating the death of a man and a woman who were found apparently shot to death in an alley Sunday night (8/23).

It happened in the 700 block of North 35th Street. Police responding to reports of gunfire found two people in the alley with apparent gunshot wounds.

Twenty-six year old Rashamella Willingham was dead at the scene, and 31-year old William S. White died later at the hospital.

The Medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death.

Americans Awarded France’s Highest Honor

Three American tourists were awarded France’s highest decoration yesterday (8/24) for their part in subduing a terrorist about a Paris-bound train but the fourth, a former Midlothian High School Graduate will have to wait.

Mark Moogalian was reportedly the first to get his hands on the gunman, and was subsequently shot in the back during a struggle.

His family is proud, but concerned as he recovers in the hospital. Mark is 51, a musician, an artist and a writer, who teaches English at the Sorbonne.

Former Governor McDonnell Gets Temporary Reprieve From Reporting To Prison

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell won a temporary reprieve from reporting to prison Monday (8/24). 

Chief Justice John Roberts issued an order yesterday that stayed a mandate from the Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals that would have forced McDonnell to begin serving his two-year sentence even as he continues to appeal his convictions.

Carl Tobias, Law Professor at the University of Richmond says then, the Chief Justice will refer the question to the entire court

Residents Warned To Avoid Contaminated Section Of Stoney Creek

The Crater Health District has issued an advisory for residents to avoid contact with a section of Stoney Creek.

The problem began in late July, when a 17-mile section turned muddy brown, prompting the Department of Environmental quality to test for fecal coliform, which turned out positive.

The Crater Health District Advisory says residents should avoid contact with the section from Route 1 to Courthouse Road. It applies to recreational vehicles as well as consumption of water from the creek.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Contemplating Confederate Symbols

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Richmond is contemplating what do to, if anything, about confederate symbols in the church.

The symbols include four stained glass windows, two of them memorializing Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and General Robert E. Lee, both of whom worshipped there during the Civil War.

One Of Three Americans Who Thwarted Terrorist On French Train Was From Midlothian

One of the three Americans who thwarted a terrorist onboard a Paris-bound train last week was originally from Midlothian. 

The Telegraph of London says 51-year old Mark Moogalian first made sure his wife was safely behind a seat, before tackling a man with an assault rifle aboard the high speed train from Amsterdam to Paris.

Three Americans reportedly subdued the man. Moogalian was the first, and was shot in the back of the neck during the struggle. He reportedly received nerve damage and according to social media reports has been hospitalized, but is doing well.