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Danielle Gray, left, goes over employment documents she saved while her son, Andrew, right, was being treated for leukemia. Gray was ultimately resigned from her Isle of Wight County job due to the Family Medical Leave Act. 

 

Morris bill would tighten standard for boat searches

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Del. Rick Morris, R-64th, has taken issue with the practice of some law enforcement agencies boarding recreational boats without probable cause that a crime has been committed.

Morris recently introduced House Bill 1298, which would require law enforcement officers to have probable cause, as well as consent of the owner, before stopping, boarding and inspecting non-commercial vessels for various reasons, such as checking on the condition and number of life jackets on board.

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Breaking news: Warrants issued in string of burglaries

By Diana McFarland

News editor
Warrants are being issued for individuals in connection with a string of burglaries in two states and multiple jurisdictions, including Isle of Wight and Surry counties and the town of Smithfield.
Stolen, and in some cases, recovered, were firearms, jewelry, electronics and power tools, according to Lt. Tommy Potter with the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office.
In Isle of Wight, five homes were burglarized during the day, with the suspects removing electric meters to disable alarm systems, Potter said.
The homes were located on White House Road, Comet Road and Stallings Creek Road.
In Smithfield, three homes in Cypress Creek were either broken into or an attempt was made, according to Smithfield Police Chief Steve Bowman.
No one was home during the burglaries, Potter said.
Similar burglaries involving disabled electric meters have also been reported in Suffolk, Hampton and Gates County, N.C., Potter said.
In addition to local law enforcement, the cases have caught the attention of agents with the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms due to weapons being stolen, Potter said, but declined to provide more details about the ATF’s involvement.
So far, the identified suspects are from Suffolk, Potter said.
Potter anticipates that more individuals will be identified, and if all are apprehended, officers hope to close out more than 30 burglaries, Potter said.
The Smithfield Times will continue to follow the story as it unfolds next week.

 New schools in IW future

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A new northern elementary school and three more major construction projects are on the horizon for Isle of Wight County schools.

The School Board voted Thursday to approve a capital improvements plan (CIP) that includes a new northern elementary school for $20 million, an expansion to Smithfield High School for $27.8 million, a new central office at the courthouse complex for $6.1 million and an expanded bus garage for $750,000.

The CIP totals $54.6 million.

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