Public Safety

Law & Crime
5:18 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Charlottesville Aims Hidden Cameras On Own Workers

Chief Longo urging City Council to approve public surveillance cameras.
Credit Hawes Spencer

Charlottesville Police have planted as many as a dozen hidden cameras over the past few years – not to watch for criminals but to keep an eye on city employees.

 

When city police identified a suspect in the disappearance of  University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, Chief Tim Longo gave credit to security cameras that keep watch on Charlottesville’s downtown mall, and he recently convinced City Council to consider adding more video surveillance. Now, we've learned that Longo approved training secret cameras on city workers.



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Biggest Snow of the Season
3:19 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Governor Declares State of Emergency in VA

Gov. McAuliffe discusses preparations.

  With a major snowstorm blowing across the Commonwealth, Governor Terry McAuliffe says the declaration allows the Virginia Department of Transportation to mobilize its 12,000 pieces of equipment, and 2,500 workers and contractors to respond. 

The governor is also calling on Virginians to stay off the roads, if possible, in order to allow emergency vehicles passage and to cut down on the potential for accidents.

"Every part of the Commonwealth is going to be impacted by this storm," Gov. McAuliffe said. "Every single part of the Commonwealth."

 

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Sharing the Message
3:51 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

All Lives Matter

Richmond, VA

A coalition of Virginia civil rights and community organizations marched in downtown Richmond over the weekend.

In advance of the General Assembly meeting Tuesday, the march called for several legislative reforms including an independent review board to handle issues of police misconduct and the implementation of police body cameras.

While many in opposition to body cameras site both cost and privacy concerns, the majority of protesters there believed the transparency of cameras would help rebuild trust between communities and law enforcement. 

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Legislative Tackle
4:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Overdose Epidemic in Virginia

Chesapeake Police Chief Kelvin Wright speaks in support of the bills.

An enormous surge in heroin and prescription-drug overdose deaths in Virginia has prompted the Centers for Disease Control to call it an epidemic.  It’s also why state lawmakers of both parties have joined together to advance a multi-faceted package of bills to tackle the challenge.  They believe it’s both a law enforcement AND a public health problem.

 

Virginia’s Chief Medical Examiner reports that every region of the state has seen a spike in heroin overdose fatalities. Attorney General Mark Herring says the data confirm that.

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One Year Later
4:18 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

The Smell Threshold of a Chemical Spill

Operation Elk River Spill
Credit West Virginia National Guard Public Affairs

One year ago a chemical spill into West Virginia’s Elk River shut down the Charleston area water system for weeks. Scientists are still studying what happened in one of the largest municipal water emergencies in the country… as legal action on the case gets underway.

On the day of the chemical spill, the first clue Charleston area residents had that there was a problem with their water was the smell.  They reported the water smelled something like licorice.

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