Jimmy LaRoue

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Jimmy LaRoue is the public safety reporter for The Virginia Gazette. He has worked for Virginia newspapers in Woodstock, Waynesboro and Louisa as well as in Elizabeth City, NC.

Recent Articles

  • Busch Gardens introduces memberships, will phase out season passes

    Busch Gardens introduces memberships, will phase out season passes

    Busch Gardens’ initiative to phase out season passes in favor of memberships may be unique among amusement parks, but it’s also about a simple thing — trying to increase repeat attendance among its most loyal visitors, according to an industry expert. Susan Storey, communications director for the...

  • Fire to Merrimac Trail townhouse displaces family, no one injured

    Fire to Merrimac Trail townhouse displaces family, no one injured

    A fire to a townhouse on Merrimac Trail early Thursday morning did not cause injuries but it will keep a family of four out of their home at least temporarily, according to the Williamsburg Fire Department. About 20 Williamsburg and York County firefighters responded to the townhouse in the 285...

  • Judge denies request to have suspect in Williamsburg IED blast hospitalized

    Judge denies request to have suspect in Williamsburg IED blast hospitalized

    Stephen Powers, the Gloucester man accused of planting a bomb in a parking lot outside a downtown Williamsburg restaurant, will continue to be evaluated by a court-appointed psychologist after a Williamsburg-James City County General District Court judge denied a request by his defense attorney...

  • Attorney appointed for James City County man charged with first-degree murder

    Attorney appointed for James City County man charged with first-degree murder

    A James City County man accused of killing his mother will not represent himself at his upcoming trial after all. Michael Alan Webb, who as recently as Monday had been representing himself in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court during hearings leading up to his trial, will have attorney...

  • VDOT: 2 vehicle crash blocks I-64 west in York County

    VDOT: 2 vehicle crash blocks I-64 west in York County

    A tractor trailer and another truck crashed Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 64 west, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. The crash took place around 2 p.m. near Camp Peary, and both lanes are blocked, VDOT said. Traffic is backed up about two miles, and is being detoured at...

  • Motions from James City murder suspect turned aside in contentious hearing

    Motions from James City murder suspect turned aside in contentious hearing

    Following at-times testy exchanges during a two-and-a-half hour hearing Monday, a judge turned aside several motions from a James City County man accused of first degree murder in the death of his mother. Having won the right to represent himself at a previous hearing, Michael Alan Webb, 35, filed...

  • 1 dead, 1 injured after high winds topple tree, power lines onto work truck

    1 dead, 1 injured after high winds topple tree, power lines onto work truck

    One man died and another man was injured Friday after a powerful wind gust toppled a large oak tree and power lines onto their work vehicle on Newman Road, according to James City County Police. The passenger, Shawn Gregory Walker, 44, of Poquoson, died at the scene, James City County deputy police...

  • Williamsburg Christian reaches state championship game

    It was a big day for Williamsburg Christian Academy coach Kenya Williams in more ways than one. The Eagles are now one game away from winning their second straight boys basketball state title after beating Carlisle School 85-77 Friday at Virginia State University in Petersburg. But his day started...

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