RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants a $100 aggregate gift cap for state lawmakers and is vetoing several pro-gun bills. McAuliffe told reporters at a Capitol news conference Friday that he was amending a last-minute ethics package lawmakers passed last month. The governor said he wants lawmakers to be barred from accepting repeated gifts from lobbyists. Lawmakers wanted gifts capped a $100 per gift rather than an aggregate limit. The Democratic governor said he’s also vetoing a handful of pro-gun bills. The Republican-controlled General Assembly defeated several gun-control bills the governor supported in this year’s legislative session, which ended in February. State lawmakers are due back in Richmond to consider McAuliffe’s vetoes and amendments on April 15.
Pulaski County authorities this morning said they’re moving forward with the investigation into the death of five-year-old Noah Thomas. Five days of searching for young Noah came to a tragic end yesterday with the discovery of his body in a septic system near his home in Dublin. Assistant Pulaski County Administrator Anthony Akers this morning read a statement from Sheriff Jim Davis.
“This investigation will be focused on facts and physical evidence and will not be driven speculation nor rumors,” the statement said. The sheriff did not appear at the news briefing, and Akers said he could not answer questions about the investigation. The sheriff yesterday said that Noah’s body was sent to the medical examiner’s office in Roanoke for an autopsy. He said the family has been cooperative in the investigation.
Early Saturday morning, March 21, 2015 at approximately 1:30 AM, a subject entered the Stop In Food Store in Boones Mill dressed in black clothing and carrying what appeared to be a rifle or shotgun under a jacket. The clerk was away from the counter at the time. The suspect opened the register and removed an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect then fled on foot across Virgil H. Goode Hwy. The suspect is described as being 5’1” – 5’5”, weighing approximately 160-170 pounds. The suspect was wearing black tennis shoes, black pants, black jacket and wearing a black mask. No suspect vehicle was identified. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information related to this crime to contact the Crime Line anonymously at 540-344-8500 or contact Investigator J. Mason at 540-483-3064.