Transparency News, 12/31/20


 December 31, 2020
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state & local news stories

A new app unveiled last week is designed to make it easier for the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office to communicate with citizens – and vice versa. Unlike the social media accounts the office already uses to post information, the app is a tool to relay immediate alerts about car accidents, road closures and other incidents that may be of immediate use to community members. It’s also a means for people to link to other information sources such as court and jail databases.
The Central Virginian

Beginning in January, Elkton Town Council will revert to hosting meetings virtually until further notice. The decision was made due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in the area. On Wednesday, the Virginia Department of Health reported Rockingham County having a cumulative total of 3,842 positive cases of COVID-19. The county has seen an increase in positive cases since the days leading to up Thanksgiving week. “We certainly apologize for any inconvenience, but feel it is our due diligence to try and follow the protocols established by the local health departments in order to protect our elected officials, town staff and the public in every way possible from the coronavirus outbreak,” according to the agenda released for Monday’s meeting.
Daily News Record

stories from
around the country

Sixteen months before Anthony Quinn Warner's RV exploded in downtown Nashville on Christmas morning, officers visited his home in Antioch after his girlfriend reported that he was making bombs in the vehicle, according to documents obtained by The Tennessean.  On Friday, 63-year-old Warner blew up a city block, police say, about 6:30 a.m. on Second Avenue outside an AT&T switch facility. The bomb caused massive destruction to 41 downtown buildings and crippled telecommunication systems throughout the Southeast over the weekend. In the aftermath, The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Warner was "not on our radar" prior to the bombing. But a Metro Nashville Police Department report from August 2019 shows that local and federal authorities were aware of alleged threats he had made.