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'Black Friday' Protest for VEA Educators


Virginia Education Association Members Participate in a statewide ‘Black Friday’ on February 17.

This Friday, February 17, educators across the state of Virginia will be wearing black to protest against funding cuts and other state actions undermining public educators and their students.

‘Black Friday,’ initiated by the Virginia Education Association, is a statewide day of mourning to lament the lack of commitment to public education and the loss of respect accorded teachers by our elected officials, said Dr. Kitty Boitnott, VEA president. Boitnott said, “We are in mourning because of the open disrespect and disdain being shown Virginia’s public school teachers by members of this General Assembly and the Governor.”

Boitnott draws attention to the current legislators in session and how they are attacking educators by continuing contract rights and attempting to cut retirement benefits.

Faulty equipment to blame for Chesapeake officer's death

Old and poorly maintained equipment is to blame for the accident that killed Officer Tim Schock police say.

Police Chief Kelvin Wright says Officer Schock's power inflator and belt didn't work the way they were supposed to.

He says Schock knew prior to doing the dive that his inflator was missing a piece.

But he decided to go in anyway relying on the manual option. That did not work when he needed it.

Chief Wright says when Schock and his partner realized he was having problems with his inflator, Schock tried to remove the weights off his belt but couldn't.

Schock slipped into the water and couldn't be saved.

His death has prompted an investigation into the way the dive team trains and the equipment they use.

They learned it wasn't just shock's equipment that was faulty. All of the divers’ belts were broken.

Seven dogs killed in Chesapeake house fire

Seven dogs were killed in a house fire Monday night in Chesapeake.

The fire was in the back of the house on River Strand in the Riverwalk section of the city.

Officials say no one was home when they searched the house.

Officials are still trying what caused the fire.

Construction crews were already working on the house Tuesday morning.

Officer hurt while working at Cinemark Movies in Chesapeake

On Friday night, a Chesapeake Police Officer working part-time at Cinemark Movies, located at 2413 Chesapeake Square Ring Road, was shoved while on duty.

The officer was dealing with a disorderly person when she was hurt.

The officer received minor injuries and was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for evaluation and treatment.

There is one subject in custody and charges are pending.

High Rise Bridge closure this weekend

Release from VDOT:

CHESAPEAKE – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will close the Interstate 64 High Rise Bridge to vehicular traffic on Sunday, Feb., 12, 2012, beginning at 7 a.m. The closure will last for approximately three hours.

This work is part of ongoing maintenance. These scheduled maintenance activities are weather dependent. VDOT will continue to update any changes to the proposed schedule as they occur.

VDOT recommends motorists utilize the signed detour through the I-264 Downtown Tunnel as an alternate route during the roadway closure. The detour will be as follows:

Eight homes evacuated in Chesapeake gas leak

A morning gas leak in Chesapeake forced several people out of their homes.

It happened on Rowlock Avenue.

Chesapeake police say construction crews cut a gas line by mistake.

Police evacuated eight homes while crews worked to secure the leak.

HazMat crews were on the scene just to be safe.

Officials say the situation is now under control and the scene is clear.

Pedestrian struck, killed on George Washington Highway

Chesapeake police responded to a traffic accident involving a pedestrian Tuesday morning at 3:49 a.m.

Police say a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on George Washington Highway near Townhouse Lane in the Deep Creek section of the city. When officers arrived, they found a black male unconscious lying in the roadway.

Police say a Ford F-150 was traveling southbound on George Washington Highway near Townhouse Lane when the driver saw a pedestrian lying in the roadway. The driver attempted to avoid the pedestrian in the roadway, but was unsuccessful.

The driver of the F-150 remained on scene and called 911. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Accident investigators are currently on scene at this time.

Alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors contributing to the accident.

Updates will be released as they become available.