If you never thought the state's homeland security could be affected by saltwater fishermen, think again.
Yesterday, the House of Delegates defeated the governor's proposal to raise the cost of a saltwater recreational and commercial fishing license.
The proposed increases were expected to raise over one million dollars to offset some cuts Governor Warner made to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.
Among other things, the commission is charged with protecting the state's ports and nuclear plants from terrorist attacks.
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[IN Q=WE SHOULDN'T BE IN BUSINESS]
((DEL. FRANK HALL/D-RICHMOND: WE SHOULDN'T BE IN THE BUSINESS OF CUTTING LAW ENFORCEMENT AT A TIME WHEN THIS NATION IS MOST VULNERABLE.))
((DEL. ROBERT BLOXOM/(R) HAMPTON; WE HAVE, I THINK, DEVELOPED A TRUST WITH THOSE COMMUNITIES, BOTH COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL. AND I SEE US VIOLATING THAT TRUST BY ASSESSING NOW ALL THESE ADDITIONAL FEES.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Frank Hall/(D) Richmond; :00]
[SUPER=01-Del. Robert Bloxom/(R) Hampton; :06]
[OUT Q=NOW ALL THESE ADDITIONAL FEES.]
The bill had already passed the Senate.
The F-B-I has uncovered a scam that led to the stealing thousands of dollars worth of timber in and around Floyd County.
This 36-acre site off Reedsville Road is just one of several pieces of property where hardwood trees were clear-cut by people who did not actually own the land.
Normand Thomas Turgeon is one of the three people charged in a 5-count fraud indictment.
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[IN Q=The law of adverse...]
((DON HUFFMAN/TURGEON'S ATTORNEY: THE LAW OF ADVERSE POSSESSION SOMETIMES LOOKS LIKE IT'S VERY UNFAIR, BUT WHAT THEY DID WAS NOT UNLAWFUL. JENNIE WAERING/ASSISTANT US ATTORNEY: IN THIS CASE THEY USED THIS ADVERSE POSSESSION AS A SWORD TO GO IN AND TAKE PROPERTY OVER IN A MATTER OF LESS THAN SIX MONTHS AND PERHAPS LESS THAN THREE MONTHS FROM THE TIME THEY POSTED IT AS THEIRS.))
[SUPER=01-Don Huffman/Turgeon's Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jennie Waering/Assistant U. S. Attorney; :07]
[OUT Q=it as theirs.]
The prosecutor says adverse possession is supposed to protect those who may have innocently used part of a neighbor's land, thinking it was theirs... over a period of, maybe 15 years.
A Roanoke man indicted on a charge of second degree murder, has turned himself in to authorities.
37- year- old Darrell Jeffrey Carter was indicted earlier this month, for a homicide that occurred in August 2001.
Police found the body of 27- year- old Timothy Smithers in the 1400 block of Patterson Avenue. He died from a blow to the head.
Carter is being held without bond in the Roanoke City Jail.
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A former Pittsylvania County associate pastor is now charged with murdering his wife.
Eugene Ricky Pulley was arrested in Lebanon, Virginia last night and extradited to Caswell County, North Carolina yesterday afternoon.
Pulley's charged with killing his 37-year-old wife, Patty Jo Pulley.. who disappeared in May of 1999.
Her body was found under a Caswell County bridge in December.. a discovery that apparently helped bring about Pulley's arrest.
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[IN Q=There was evidence]
((HAROLD PLASTER/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF: THERE WAS EVIDENCE ON OR ABOUT THE BODY BUT WE'RE NOT GOING TO RELEASE OR DISCUSS THAT AT THIS TIME.))
[SUPER=01-Harold Plaster/Pittsylvania Co. Sheriff;]
[OUT Q=at this time.]
Pulley is being held without bond pending another court appearance today.
He'd reportedly been working as an outreach minister for Lighthouse Ministries in Lebanon, counseling families who live in poverty.
Friends of the Pulleys are finding are no doubt finding the arrest difficult to deal with.
Many in the Pittsylvania County area are praying for closure.
Rick and Patty Jo Pulley attended service at the River of Life Church in Ringgold along with approximately 50- other families.
Rick was an associate pastor and youth leader and even did mission work at the church.
And, according to the pastor Patty Jo was equally active and musically gifted.
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[IN Q=No one would ]
[SUPER=01-Randy Sudduth/River of Life Church Pastor; :00]
((NO ONE WOULD WANT A FRIEND, ARRESTED OR ACCUSED OF KILLING ANOTHER FRIEND AND THESE PEOPLE WERE BOTH OUR FRIENDS, AND SO DIFFICULT IS NOT MAYBE A STRONG ENOUGH WORD.))
[OUT Q=strong enough word. ]
The pastor says he won't allow himself to speculate over whether Pulley could have killed Patty Jo.
He's also encouraging his congregation not to cast judgment, but to allow the court system to make that decision.
Investigators say a Troutville motel clerk cleaned out the cash register and then blamed it on an armed robber.
32-year-old Teresa Stewart of Blue Ridge is charged with felony embezzlement of more than 200 dollars and attempting to take money by false pretenses.
On January 21st, Stewart reported that a man robbed the Red Roof Inn.
She helped authorities create a composite sketch of the suspect.
They even pulled over several cars in the area that night, but she couldn't identify anyone as the robber.
Investigators aren't saying what turned their focus to Stewart.
She's out of jail on 2-thousand dollars' bond.
Authorities are investigating the death of a Roanoke man whose body was found yesterday.
27-year-old Floyd Howie Lewis of Northwest Roanoke was found with a fatal gunshot wound.
Construction workers discovered his body yesterday in the back seat of a car on 21st Street and Essex Avenue.
Neighbors say they heard gunshots in that area Tuesday night between six and seven o'clock.
If you have information on the case, you can help while remaining anonymous by calling Crime Line at 344-8500.
The man convicted of killing a Vinton family nearly nine years ago is scheduled to die this April for the crime.
Earl Bramblett was convicted in 1997 of the murders of Blaine and Teresa Hodges and their two young girls.
After at least one stay of execution in the past couple years, Judge Robert Doherty yesterday set Bramblett's next execution date for April 9th.
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[IN Q=I know it seems like a long...]
((RANDY LEACH/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: I KNOW IT SEEMS LIKE A LONG, DRAWN-OUT PROCESS. IN THE PAST IT COULD BE ANYWHERE FROM 12 TO 15 YEARS BEFORE ANYONE WAS EXECUTED SO, IT MAY NOT SEEM STREAMLINED BUT IT IS.))
((WILLIAM LINDSEY/BRAMBLETT'S ATTORNEY: I DON'T THINK HIS STATE OF MIND HAS CHANGED A WHOLE LOT. HE CONTINUES TO WRITE ABOUT THE CASE AND BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE PROGREE OF WHAT THINGS ARE GOING ON.))
[SUPER=01-Randy Leach/Commonwealth's Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=01-William Lindsey/Bramblett's Attorney; :13]
[OUT Q=progress of what things are going on.]
Lindsey says Bramblett's next step is to appeal to the US Supreme Court.
Two more teenagers have been indicted on first-degree murder charges in the killing of a Martinsville high school student.
18-year-old Albert Patrick Bowman and 15-year-old Markus Ugene Lampkins are now charged.
That makes five people allegedly connected to the shooting death of Delvin Hairston last May.
The killing happened just hours after Hairston led his Martinsville High School track team to a win against Laurel Park.
Officials say the shooting was motivated in part by rivalry between the two schools.
20-year-old Curtis Robertson, Junior was convicted last year of second-degree murder and sentenced to 18 years in prison.
The others charged in the case are still awaiting trial.