Fluvanna Review

The 2015 crime statistics for Fluvanna County are out.

Every year, the Virginia State Police (VSP) compiles a list of arrests broken down by county. In 2015, 223 people were arrested in Fluvanna. Of that total, 208 were adults and 15 were children.

Not all crimes are considered equal. The VSP breaks crimes into two groups: group A, which includes violent crimes such as murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, and group B, which includes non-violent crimes such as trespassing, disorderly conduct, bad checks, and liquor law violations resulting in an arrest.

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Think twice before you light up a cigarette the next time you drive.

Virginia is cracking down on smoking in a motor vehicle with young children around. As of July 1 it will be against the law to smoke in a vehicle, whether moving or at rest, if a child under age 8 is in the vehicle.

Breaking this law will be deemed a secondary offense, “which means we cannot initiate a traffic stop or take enforcement action unless there is some other criminal violation,” said Lt. Dave Wells of the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office.

The offense will be enforced much like seat belt violations, Wells said. “If a driver is stopped for another offense and they are smoking with a person younger than 8 in the vehicle, they can be ticketed,” he said. “The burden is on us to prove that the child is less than 8 years of age.”

Breaking the law will result in a civil penalty punished by a $100 fine which will be paid into the state treasury and credited to the Literary Fund, according to Virginia code.

People breaking the law will not be arrested but may receive a ticket, Wells said.

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Coal ash ponds at Dominion Virginia Power’s Bremo Power Plant are leaking contaminants into the environment, according to a report from scientists at Duke University.

The study, conducted in the summer and fall of 2015 by scientists at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke and funded by the Southern Environmental Law Center, showed that 21 facilities in five different states are leaching coal ash contaminants.  In Fluvanna, the team tested water from a creek above the power plant and then below the plant, where the creek joined the James River. Water from the James River itself was tested as well.

 

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Comedian Sid Davis will perform in Fluvanna on Oct. 20.The Fluvanna Arts Council’s 14th season is moving in a new direction, bringing in more local talent, some familiar favorites and some newcomers and lower ticket prices. Kicking off the 2012-2013 season on Oct. 20 is comedian Sid Davis from North Carolina. Davis’ act is described as family-friendly fun and invigorating. Davis pokes fun at everyday events and keeps audiences rolling with laughter. Add a comment

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Photo simulation of proposed 195 foot radio tower adjacent to the Fluvanna County Library and sheriff’s office.Fluvanna County’s newly–envisioned E911 radio tower project is about to launch.

Construction will begin next month on Fluvanna’s newest county–owned tower, said Cheryl Elliott, emergency services coordinator. The 195–foot lattice tower will stand slightly to the south of the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office at Pleasant Grove.

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