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‘I’m honestly afraid to get out’

Lawsuit alleges Windsor police brutality A lawsuit filed April 2 in Norfolk’s federal court claims two Windsor police ... Read more | Add your comment

SHS seniors allowed to attend final football game

One hundred Smithfield High School seniors had the opportunity to attend the final home game of the school’s ... Read more | Add your comment

Power plant leaders share what sparked their career

Adina LaFrance credits an eighth-science grade teacher for sparking her interest in a nuclear career. “He’d put together ... Read more | Add your comment

Water tank rehab almost done

Just in time for spring, a highly visible piece of town infrastructure will have a new look. Smithfield’s ... Read more | Add your comment

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NAACP letter details reasons for demanding Riddle, Crocker resign

Isle of Wight County’s NAACP chapter on April 16 sent a letter to Windsor town officials explaining in detail why they are calling for Police ... Read more | Add your comment

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IW Confederate monument moving south

Within the next 90 days, Isle of Wight’s Confederate monument will be moving to land in the southern end of the county owned by Volpe ... Read more | Add your comment

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NAACP demands Riddle resign, Congressman asks DOJ to investigate

Isle of Wight County’s NAACP chapter is calling for the immediate resignation of Windsor Police Chief Rodney “Dan” Riddle following his April 14 press conference. ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Thursday, April 15, 2021 4:04 pm

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WPD Chief: Viral video, not Gutierrez’s actions, led to his firing

The Windsor Police Department’s decision to fire Officer Joe Gutierrez last Sunday — four months after he held a Black Army lieutenant at gunpoint during ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Wednesday, April 14, 2021 8:37 pm

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Windsor issues statement of support for officer who held Army officer at gunpoint

Windsor’s Town Council is throwing its support behind Police Chief R.D. “Dan” Riddle and Officer Daniel Crocker, despite mounting calls for their firing. Following a ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Wednesday, April 14, 2021 12:31 am

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Vaccine eligibility expands

The Western Tidewater Health District expanded COVID-19 vaccinations to Phase 2 on April 12. All persons 16 or older who work or reside in this ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 6:25 pm

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Use-of-force simulator coming to Smithfield PD

Smithfield’s Town Council voted unanimously April 6 to authorize the purchase of a firearms training simulator for its police department. The system, manufactured by VirTra, ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 6:24 pm

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Local man’s book details military career

If you like firsthand accounts of interesting, high-stakes military missions, Mark Ogle has plenty of stories for you. They’re detailed in a recently published 326 ... Read more

by Nate Delesline III, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 6:22 pm

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Smithfield VFD buys new fire trucks

County and Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department officials signed a contract on April 9 for the purchase of two new trucks April 9. One will replace ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 6:21 pm

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Main Street Baptist hosts 2nd-dose vaccine clinic

Main Street Baptist Church hosted another vaccine clinic April 3 to supply second doses to the 350-plus people who received their shots at the church ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 6:16 pm

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IW deputies investigate fatal shooting

The Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that is alleged to be part of a domestic altercation. The sheriff’s office was ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 6:15 pm

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Isle of Wight mum on monument proposal

Isle of Wight received a single proposal during the 30-day window for museums and organizations to express interest in taking the county’s Confederate monument. But ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 6:13 pm

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Charges placed in shooting

A local teen has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless handling of a firearm after a March 30 shooting. Austin McMillian, 18, died in ... Read more

by Tracy Agnew, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 6:10 pm

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Gutierrez fired on Sunday

Windsor’s police department allowed Officer Joe Gutierrez to remain employed for four months after he was recorded on video holding Army 2nd Lt. Caron Nazario ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 11:06 am

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NAACP calls for second officer’s firing, end to qualified immunity

State and local NAACP officials are calling for an end to qualified immunity for Virginia law enforcement as an Army officer’s lawsuit against two Windsor ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Monday, April 12, 2021 11:06 pm

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WPD officer fired, calls for investigation mount

One of the two police officers seen on video holding Army 2nd Lt. Caron Nazario at gunpoint during a December traffic stop has been fired, ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Monday, April 12, 2021 1:11 pm

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One of the officers involved in Windsor traffic stop has been terminated

One of the officers involved in a December traffic stop in Windsor that garnered nationwide attention this week has been terminated, according to a press ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Sunday, April 11, 2021 10:14 pm

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Raccoon in Surry tests positive for rabies

A grayish brown and black North American raccoon has tested positive for rabies in Surry County, according to the Crater Health District. Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, April 9, 2021 9:40 pm

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District moves into vaccine Phase 2

The Western Tidewater Health District is expanding COVID-19 vaccinations to Phase 2 on April 12. All persons 16 or older who work or reside in ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, April 9, 2021 6:01 pm

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Severe thunderstorm warning in effect through 5:30

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Smithfield, northern Isle of Wight County and central Suffolk. The agency warns a storm ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Friday, April 9, 2021 4:58 pm

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Lawsuit alleges Windsor police misconduct

A lawsuit filed April 2 in Norfolk’s federal court claims two Windsor police officers assaulted and threatened a person of color during a traffic stop. ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Friday, April 9, 2021 3:07 pm

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Zoo-Nye Closet opens its doors

Felicia Pennell knows what it’s like to fall through the cracks. Over the past 17 years, the single mother says she’s earned just $3 to ... Read more

by Jen Jaqua, Tuesday, April 6, 2021 6:59 pm

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Vaccine eligibility expands in Western Tidewater, state

The Western Tidewater Health District has moved to Phase 1C of COVID-19 vaccinations, following other localities in Hampton Roads and around the state. It also ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Tuesday, April 6, 2021 6:57 pm

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Concert series to return this year

A series of community concerts held at the gazebo in front of The Smithfield Times office on Main Street will return in July this year, ... Read more

by Tracy Agnew, Tuesday, April 6, 2021 6:56 pm

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Surry solar project decision delayed

Surry County will wait until next month to decide on a project that would allow a 240 megawatt solar energy project that would span more ... Read more

by Nate Delesline III, Tuesday, April 6, 2021 6:56 pm

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Smithfield Sprint Triathlon returns this weekend

Motorists in and around Smithfield are urged to watch out for cyclists and runners on the roadways as the Smithfield Sprint Triathlon returns for another ... Read more

by Tracy Agnew, Tuesday, April 6, 2021 6:54 pm

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Students pitch business ideas to local sharks

Catching waves at the beach is rad. But hauling a surfboard around is no fun. Jonah Ambrosino has a solution — a valet service for ... Read more

by Nate Delesline III, Tuesday, April 6, 2021 6:52 pm