Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Recent Local Headlines!

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Richmond police were alerted to a suspicious package yesterday at the intersection of 6th and Main around 11am. Initially, streets around the area were closed. According to NBC 12, the package was checked and cleared just before 2pm. It turned out the suspect package was clothing.

Cooling shelters opened yesterday at 8am as morning temperatures rose to the lower 90's. Water will be provided to visitors but not food and pets are not allowed in the building. The three shelters, in Southside on Hull Street, near N. 9th Street and Marshall and in Churchill at N. 25th and M St. were opened in preparation for hot summer days where the heat index can reach 100. The shelters are open until 5pm. Richmond residents can call (804) 646-7046 for more information.

Yesterday, Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones' administration announced two out of six groups trying to secure a contract with the city to design and build a new jail were disqualified. In Jones' update on the 137 million dollar project, his administration also said a letter had been sent to the four groups still in contention for the project advising them not to contact city council or city officials involved in the decision-making process. Names of the disqualified groups or the reasons for their proposals being dismissed were not announced.

Around 10:45pm Friday, a sedan driving down 12th Street ran into a VCU Medical Center Building just south on Clay Street. The driver lost control on a hard left turn that is a loop for ambulances, according to the Richmond Times Dispatch. The building was only cosmetically damaged according to a Richmond building inspector but the car was "visibly crumbled" the Times Dispatch reported. The driver of the vehicle was taken to the nearby emergency room.

Governor Bob McDonnell signed bills giving tax credits to television, film and documentary projects filmed in Virginia yesterday at St. John's Church. The bill will extend $2.5 million dollars to filmmakers between January 2011 and January 2012. Actor Tim Reid who appeared on WKRP in Cincinnati and That 70's Show, who also runs New Millennium Studios in Petersburg with his wife actress Daphne Maxwell Reid were on hand for the signing. He said the bill has the potential to pump money into Virginia's economy, but the state must "demonstrate its commitment to attract these high-paying jobs," according to the Times Dispatch.

A new study was formally launched yesterday to look at the future of Richmond's Coliseum. In a closed meeting at Main Street Station, a group of private corporations and public administrators assembled to determine what to do with the 39-year-old arena which has racked up millions of dollars in repairs already. Four regional Fortune 500 corporations are putting 150,000 dollars into the study, according to the Times Dispatch, to determine whether to renovate the Coliseum or build a new arena and to determine what kind of arena could thrive in Richmond.

You can pay your respects to Jimmy Dean, country star and sausage maker, this Sunday and Monday during eight hours of visitation and an open funeral in Henrico. Dean died at his home in Varina Sunday and he will be buried there, overlooking the James River. The epitaph on his $350,000 piano-shaped tombstone will be inspired by his 1961 Number 1 hit "Big Bad John". The visitation viewing will start Sunday at noon at Nelsen Funeral Home and Funeral services will be at Grove Avenue Baptist Church the next day.

-Caroline Jackson

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