REGION BRIEFS: Golf tournament postponed
Because of all the snow this winter, SERVE has postponed its annual golf tournament fundraiser.
The tournament will be held April 11 at the Gauntlet Golf Club. Check-in is at 8 a.m., and the shotgun start is at 9 a.m.
The cost is $75 per person or $300 per team. It will be a Captain’s Choice tournament with prizes and awards. There will also be door prizes and raffle prizes.
Register online at golfgauntlet.com/CharityGolf. For details, call SERVE at 540/288-9603.
The money raised from the tournament will help SERVE provide food, medicine and money to families in need. Last year, the agency gave away about 120 pounds of food and $52,496.22 in emergency financial assistance to help families at risk of becoming homeless to stay in their homes.
Man recovering after being gored by bison
LURAY—A Stanley man is recovering after being gored by an American bison that escaped from a farm.
The Daily News–Record reports that 41-year-old James Dill was trying to herd the bison and several others when the animal ran him down and pierced him in the leg with one of its horns.
Dill tells the newspaper that he was driving by when he saw the bison. He says he was trying to prevent a traffic hazard.
The incident occurred last Wednesday night. Stanley was released from the hospital the next day. He says he’s not sure if his leg suffered permanent damage.
U.Va. to plant tree on lawn for Jay Klingel
CHARLOTTESVILLE—The University of Virginia will honor retired director of operations and maintenance Jay Klingel as part of its Founder’s Day activities.
The school says it will plant a tree in Klingel’s honor on the west side of the Lawn.
Klingel retired Friday. He joined U.Va.’s Facilities Management in 1979 and served as director of operations and maintenance for the past 10 years.
Founder’s Day is celebrated on Thomas Jefferson’s birthday on April 13. The university says the tree-planting ceremony will be held April 11 because Jefferson’s birthday falls on a Sunday this year.
2 homes evacuated after wall collapse
GAITHERSBURG, Md.—Montgomery County officials say two Gaithersburg homes were evacuated and a nearby road is closed after a retaining wall collapsed amid a weekend of heavy rain.
Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer says the homes near the wall were evacuated as a precaution Sunday since the ground under the wall was saturated and may be shifting. Three people left the two homes on Ridge Point Place in the Kentlands development, but no injuries were reported.
After the wall gave way, utility crews were called to the scene to check on the homes’ utilities.
Police say nearby Quince Orchard Road between Darnestown Road and Pawnee Drive could be closed for days.
Man found dead following standoff
MARTINSVILLE—Police say a man was found dead following a standoff in Martinsville.
Martinsville interim Police Chief Eddie Cassady tells media outlets that the standoff followed several robberies on Sunday. He wouldn’t say whether the man was a suspect in those incidents.
Officers investigating the robberies went to a house Sunday afternoon. They didn’t find anything but returned later after receiving a call that a subject was in the house. They announced they were entering and heard a gunshot.
Cassady says police surrounded the house and used battering rams to break down the front door and remove a window. When no one came out, a state police bomb robot was sent into the residence. A SWAT team then entered the residence and found the man dead in a back room.
Scouts rescued after encountering snow
MONTEBELLO—An emergency official says at least eight Boy Scouts hiking the Appalachian Trail were rescued after they encountered unexpected snow in Nelson County.
Nelson County emergency services coordinator Jaime Miller tells The News & Advance that the scouts encountered 3 to 5 inches of snow in Montebello on Sunday after hiking 7 miles from Mount Pleasant in Amherst County.
Miller says the scouts weren’t prepared for the snow and decided they needed help. They called Nelson County dispatch.
Police and rescue crews couldn’t reach the scouts, so the scouts hiked another three miles to meet them. No one was injured.
Miller didn’t know the scouts’ troop number or their ages.
Quarter to honor Shenandoah park
FRONT ROYAL—The U.S. Mint is issuing a quarter honoring Shenandoah National Park this week.
The launch ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Friday at Skyline High School in Front Royal. U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine and Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward are expected to attend.
A coin forum is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Rappahannock County Library in Washington. The U.S. Mint says the forum is an opportunity for the public to comment on future coinage and to learn about upcoming coin programs and initiatives.
The Shenandoah National Park quarter is part of the American the Beautiful Quarters Program. Fifty-six national parks and other national sites are being honored with quarters issued in the order in which they were established as national sites. Five quarters are issued annually.
Warrants challenged in missing teen case
LOVINGSTON—An attorney for a man charged with first-degree murder in the case of a missing Nelson County teenager is asking a judge to suppress search warrants.
Forty-eight-year-old Randy Allen Taylor of Lovingston faces a May 1 trial in the disappearance of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy last August.
Defense attorney Michael Hallahan says in court papers that there was no valid constitutional basis for the search warrants, which have remained under seal. He also claims certain statements by Taylor were illegally obtained.
Nelson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Anthony Martin responded that the defense has not met its burden of proof, and that officers acted in good faith.
Inmate jumps fence at Maryland prison
JESSUP, Md.—Maryland corrections officials say an inmate has escaped from a minimum security prison in Anne Arundel County by scaling a fence.
The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services says Larence Godfrey covered the razor wire atop the fence with blankets just before 5 a.m. Monday to escape from Dorsey Run Correctional Facility.
Police are searching for Godfrey and the incident is under investigation.
National Zoo says panda cub may venture outside
WASHINGTON—The National Zoo says giant panda cub Bao Bao may soon start venturing outside for the first time with her mother.
The zoo said Monday that Bao Bao will have access to her mother Mei Xiang’s yard this week beginning each day about 8 a.m.
Zookeepers say she’ll have the option of going outside if the temperature is at least 35 degrees and it’s not raining or snowing.
Animal keepers have “cub-proofed” the panda yards. They placed “collars” on trees to prevent Bao Bao from climbing too high. Some tree limbs have been trimmed. And the keepers spread out bales of hay to cushion any falls.
Head of tourism agency reappointed
RICHMOND—Rita McClenny is continuing her work as head of the Virginia Tourism Corporation.
The agency said Monday that McClenny was recently reappointed to the position by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
McClenny has served as president and CEO of agency since 2012. She leads a team responsible for marketing the state as a tourism destination and promoting the film and television industry.
Officials say tourism and film are instant revenue generators for Virginia.