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Week's news in review

Date published: 3/23/2008

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The Caroline County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man and charged him with the armed robbery of Robert Newcomb, a paraplegic, to get prescription drugs.

Sheriff Tony Lippa said Joshua Thomas, 20, who was one of Newcomb's neighbors in Cedar Ridge Mobile Home Park in Caroline, was arrested about 7 Thursday night.

Thomas was charged with armed robbery, breaking and entering, possession of a sawed-off shotgun and using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Trauma centers get break in budget

Hospital officials in Virginia are breathing easier after a legislative raid on the state's trauma fund was not as harsh as expected.

The state budget that cleared the General Assembly recently takes $1 million a year from the trauma fund, said Joe Flores, fiscal analyst for the Senate Finance Committee in Richmond.

House and Senate budget conferees had proposed bigger withdrawals from the fund: from $2.2 million to $4.2 million annually. Eventually they settled on the lesser amount.

Ex-guard sentenced in shooting of dog

A Fredericksburg jury recommended Tuesday night that a security guard who killed a family pet serve 90 days in jail.

Mathias A. Acholi, 41, of Maryland killed a 7-year-old boxer named Socks on Oct. 28, 2006, at Wellington Woods apartments. The case received national attention, especially from animal rights activists.

Acholi was convicted in Fredericksburg Circuit Court on Tuesday of cruelty to animals, reckless handling of a firearm and discharging a firearm in public, all Class 1 misdemeanors. It was an appeal of an earlier conviction in the same case.

Local counties lift water restrictions

After several months of mandatory water cutbacks, Stafford County residents can begin sprinkling their lawns. County officials lifted the restrictions Tuesday, just in time for spring.

The Abel Lake and Smith Lake reservoirs are both full. However, the forecast still calls for relatively dry weather, so officials are still encouraging residents to make voluntary cutbacks.

Meanwhile, mandatory water restrictions in Caroline County resulting from last year's regional drought also have been lifted.

Officials put those restrictions in place almost six months ago.


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