First came the inmate crew, wielding pickaxes and shovels. Then the city brought in an excavator with a claw attached to a 60-foot boom. But neither man nor machine could match the wit and industriousness of the continent’s largest rodent: the beaver. Flooding caused by beaver dams is an increasing problem in rural Chesapeake, city officials and residents say.
The Virginia Beach Police Department is investigating the death of a man whose body was found in Stumpy Lake in the 4100 block of Pleasant Valley Road, according to police. Detectives arrived on the scene shortly before 5:45 p.m., said master police officer Lonnie Cain, with the department's special operations division.
HAMPTON A small fire in a second story wall of an unoccupied home was contained today, a Hampton Division of Fire and Rescue news release said. At 12:26 p.m., the fire department responded to a call of a residential fire in the 100 block of E. Cummings Ave.
WASHINGTON Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus are urging the Obama administration to withhold federal recognition of a Virginia Indian tribe because of its history of banning intermarriage with blacks.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. With 108 million tons of coal ash stored in dumps across the state, a North Carolina environmental committee is looking at ways the waste can be safely recycled instead of buried in new landfills.
WASHINGTON The past two Decembers in the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia, federal authorities have noticed an interesting crime trend. The FBI's Washington Field Office found that a quarter of all bank robberies in the region occurred during the month of December.
VIRGINIA BEACH The Oceanfront Ice Park at Rudee Loop will open Saturday morning. The outdoor rink at 104 Atlantic Ave. will open at 10, according to its website and Facebook account. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $45 for a family with a maximum of five skaters. For hours and other information, visit the facility’s website.
NORFOLK The public can participate in the process to name a new school. The school, which will serve grades 3-8, will open in Sept. 2015, a city news release says. It will be located on the site of the former Lafayette-Winona Middle School.
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