Low Moor Man Cuffed For Sexual Battery, Kidnapping And Carjacking

A Low Moor man has been arrested on sexual battery, kidnapping and carjacking charges in an attack on a woman in Florida nearly two decades ago. Cornelius Francis Florman was arrested at his home in Low Moor Tuesday on a fugitive warrant from Lee County, Florida. Court documents alleged that DNA linked Florman to the sexual battery of a 44-year-old woman who was kidnapped and knocked unconscious after leaving a bar in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, in June 1998.

Items For Tuesday’s Clifton Forge Town Council Meeting

At Tuesday night’s Clifton Forge Town Council meeting, there’s a public hearing on how to spend just under $330,000 in frant funds. The money from the state department of transportation is intended for a pedestrian bridge planned for the Smith Creek Trail. Also planned, approval of personal property tax relief on qualified vehicles at 67%, and some talk about the Clifton Forge Shrine Club’s Fall Foliage Festival on October 20th through the 22nd, and yearly leaf pickup happening between October 30th and December 10th.

Gov Hopefuls Hold Final Debate

A final debate between the candidates for Governor. Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie talked about a mutual respect for each other Monday, but Northam says he’s sticking by claims about Gillespie being a DC lobbyist, as is stated in Northam’s ads. Gillesepie counters that Northam will raise taxes, plus, each candidate claims his plans for rural areas of the state is better than his opponent’s.

Covington Fire Update

Covington Fire and Rescue was called at 11:55 am on Saturday October 7th to 1407 Russel Dr. for a fire in the attic. Upon arrival of the fire department smoke was showing from attic, the fire was found near a light fixture and the main body of fire was quickly extinguished. Crews worked for 4 hours removing insulation and ceiling in two rooms and a hall way along an electrical line that had shorted out due to the fire to insure the home was safe and finding other small pockets of fire on roof trusses. Fire department cleared the scene at 16:10. 24 members and 8 pieces of equipment responded. The cause was electrical, one member was taken to Lewis-Gale Alleghany where he was treated and released for smoke inhalation. Damages are estimated around $50,000

McAuliffe Proposing New Gun Control Regs

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Friday he wants to see new gun control legislation in place in the commonwealth. Among the issues he wants addressed; bans on bump stock devices, high-capacity magazines and “military-style assault rifles.” The governor has backed background checks in the past but with no luck, and he wants to restore the state’s scrapped one-handgun-a-month law. The GOP controlled General Assembly has blocked new gun restrictions.

Trump Tweets On VA Gov Race

President Donald Trump is weighing in on Virginia’s race for governor. Trump attacked Democrat Ralph Northam on immigration issues in a tweet late Thursday, accusing Northam of “fighting” on behalf of violent MS-13 gang members. Northam responded on Twitter he’s been expecting Trump’s attack and asked supporters for donations.

Voter Registration Deadline Drawing Near

The deadline to apply to register to vote in the November 7, 2017 general election is Monday, October 16, 2017.
The simplest way to apply to register to vote or to update your address information is to visit the Virginia Department of Elections (ELECT) website at elections.virginia.gov. To complete this online application process, eligible citizens must provide their Virginia DMV customer identifier number, displayed on DMV-issued identification cards or driver’s licenses.

Virginia State Fair Winning Pumpkin

The winning pumpkin at the Virginia State Fair this year broke its grower’s record, weighing in at nearly 1,000 pounds. Ricky Atkins brought home a blue ribbon for a pumpkin weighing 972.6 pounds.

Moving Movies to Botetourt County

A manufacturer of movie screens is moving from Fredericksburg to Botetourt County. Harkness Screens will take up residence in a now-vacant building in the East Park Center near Bonsack. The company will employ 50 people but has plans to expand. The United Kingdom-based company will make high-performance, coated two and three-dimensional cinema screens.

Bankruptcy Fraud Charges

A Christiansburg woman is awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of bankruptcy fraud charges. A Roanoke federal jury earlier this week found 56-year-old Susan Annette Reedy guilty on five counts stemming from the case. Court documents show Reedy filed bankruptcies in 2012 and 2014, trying to eliminate tax debts. Reedy also used the name Susani Aneti Anisahoni.