Monthly Archives: February 2010

Random Richmond Musings and the Canal Walk

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First. If you haven’t read Style Weekly’s article on Gene Cox stop reading my blog and go there first! It’s an amazing article with great insight into the man who helms our news.

Second. Richmonder’s apparently love the Olympics. Ratings are through the roof. I’m partial to the hockey, but many events are keeping you glued to the tube at night. Thanks for watching us.

Third. I’m working on a ton of Richmond stories for the rest of this week so stay tuned. Some good stuff coming down the pike. And as always, if you hear of anything interesting or want me to investigate something, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email.  

Canal Walk: It’s years in the making. It’s supposed to be like the River Walk in San Antonio, TX. I’ve been there. The Canal Walk isn’t even close to the River Walk at this point. Though, officials in Texas said their prize destination didn’t happen over night and took 30 years to build. If that’s the case, than Richmond is moving in the right direction. Today two local developers announced they are buying up the old Reynolds Plant for condos, shops, restaurants and business. Here’s my story.  One of the developers told me today, building the new apartments is the first step. He said,  “Once you get people, you get activity then the shops and the restaurants follow.”

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Thieves Think AC Units are Cool

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North Richmond homeowners keep a close eye on your property. Thieves are stealing the air conditioning compressors right out of backyards. I’m talking about the big boxes in the backyard… you might also call them heat pumps. Apparently, the parts are big money and there’s a bonus… many units also have copper inside! (Copper is still a big seller these days at salvage yards) Today, I visited a house on Edgewood Avenue, where the thieves got on their hands and knees and crawled under the home to steal the goods. Yep! They broke in through the crawl space. Creepy… and crazy at how desperate people are becoming. The crime is mostly happening at homes that are “for sale”, “for rent” or under renovation. So, watch out for your neighbors. Thieves are apparently watching neighborhoods in Battery Park, Ginter Park, Highland Park and Laburnum, looking for opportunities.

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Snomg 4 and other Stories

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Ever wake up, look out your window and pray the day would already be over? That was  me this morning. Snomg 4 was upon us and I know you may find this strange (being that I work for a news station) but I had no idea there would be snow on the ground this morning. Either I tuned out the weather forecast or I’m truly just “over” the snow. I think I’m going to blame the snow for my lack of new blog posts lately. By the way, apparently there’s snow in the forecast for this Saturday and again on Monday. Which leaves me with one question. Who ticked off old man winter and where do you live???? 🙂

Budget Bonanza:

We’ve all heard the sob tales. Soon we’ll see the real deal. What exactly is Richmond going to cut out of its budget to make up for a 30 million dollar funding gap? Any ideas? Mayor Jones will make his budget presentation to City Council on March 22nd. We’ve heard the words layoffs and furloughs thrown around, but soon we’ll actually know what programs, departments or services will go out the window.

Route 29 Stalker:

Just completed a special story that aired Monday night on the Route 29 stalker. I’d been working on the story for more than a month, but it all came together the week police found Morgan Harrington’s remains. I’m very proud of this piece and it meant a lot to me. You see, 10 years ago I met and interviewed Harley and Sadie Showalter about their daughter Alicia. I was working  in Harrisonburg, Virginia. At the time, it had been four years since their daughter’s death and the killer had not been arrested. (Alicia was pulled over by the Route 29 stalker in 1996. She disappeared for two months and her remains were found in a clear-cut field near Lignum, VA) I can’t believe she’s been gone 14 years and her murder is still unsolved. Catching up the Showalters again was so wonderful and sad all at the same time. They have always been gracious to curious reporters in the most difficult of circumstances. I’m grateful they allowed me to share Alicia’s story one more time. Here’s a link.

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