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Police investigate 2 bodies found at Evington home

EVINGTON, Va. (AP) - Police are investigating the deaths of a man and a woman whose partially decomposed bodies were found at a home in Bedford County.

The Bedford County Sheriff's Office tells media outlets that a neighbor called police on Saturday after finding the woman's body. Deputies went to the home and found the man's body and the remains of a dog.

The bodies were sent to the medical examiner's office in Roanoke for autopsies. Identification of the bodies hasn't been released.


Authorities identify body found in James River

JAMESTOWN, Va. (AP) - Authorities have identified a body that was found in the James River near the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry.

Laurie Naismith with the Virginia Marine Resources Commission tells media outlets that the body of Kenneth Leary of Lanex was identified through fingerprints.

Naismith says a jet skier found Leary's body Sunday evening.

The body was found in an area where a boater disappeared. Authorities haven't said whether Leary was the missing boater.

Surry County Sheriff Alvin Clayton has said a boat was found Sunday morning near Chippokes Plantation State Park. A woman found floating in the water was taken to a hospital.

A man's wallet and a cell phone were found on the boat.


W.Va. inmate who escaped in May captured in Va.

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia inmate who escaped in May is back in custody following his capture in Virginia.

The Beckley Correctional Center tells media outlets that 40-year-old Chad Edward Cook was captured in Roanoke on Sunday.

Roanoke police spokesman Scott Leamon tells The Register-Herald that an officer stopped Cook after he saw the inmate riding a bicycle without tail light reflectors on a sidewalk.

Leamon says the officer discovered that Cook was a fugitive from West Virginia.

West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina says Cook left a work release job in May.

Cook was serving a sentence for fraud, forgery and false pretenses in Harrison and Upshur counties.

Leamon says Cook is charged in Virginia with falsifying a public document and a traffic violation.


Free clinic in Wise County treats more than 2,500

WISE, Va. (AP) - More than 2,500 people received free medical care at an annual clinic in Wise County.

The Remote Area Medical Clinic, or RAM, provides medical, dental and vision care to the working poor and the uninsured.

The Health Wagon spearheads the annual event. The Health Wagon's clinical director, Paula Meade, tells The Bristol Herald Courier that more people likely would have sought treatment if the weather had been better.

The clinic began Friday morning and ended Sunday afternoon. Rain persisted for most of the weekend.

Another RAM clinic will be held in September at the Lee County Airport in Jonesville. The clinic will be the first RAM event in Lee County.


Falcon that hit Richmond building to lose eye

WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) - The Wildlife Center of Virginia says a young peregrine falcon that flew into a building in downtown Richmond will undergo surgery to remove its left eye.

The center in Waynesboro says the female falcon's eye has atrophied.

The falcon won't be released after it recovers from the surgery scheduled Tuesday. The center says the bird will be trained to be educational ambassador.

The falcon is one of two female peregrine falcons that were hatched in downtown Richmond on May 1. The birds took their first flight on June 17. The injured falcon flew into a building two days later.

The center says the end of the falcon's beak was fractured. The beak's keratin is expected to grow back within two to three months.


Funds available in Va. to address military impacts

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Funding is available for Virginia localities to address issues related to encroachment of military or security installations.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the grants are being supported by $4.36 million from the Virginia Federal Action Contingency Trust Fund.

The fund was created in 2012 to limit risks associated with or offset the adverse impacts of closure, relocation or realignment of federal military or security installations or other federal agencies located in Virginia.

McAuliffe says Virginia's military installations play a critical role in keeping the nation safe and Virginia's economy healthy.

Localities that have had or have pending identifiable or measurable negative impacts are eligible to apply for funding. The deadline to apply is July 31.


Va. firefighters to combat wildfires in Oregon

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Firefighters from the Virginia Department of Forestry are helping to combat wildfires in central Oregon.

More than 20 agency employees are heading to Oregon to work as part of a wildfire hand crew and as incident managers. The crew is expected to be deployed for 16 days.

Officials say large, complex wildfires require more personnel than most states possess and that mutual aid is important in firefighting efforts.

During the last nine years, Virginia wildland firefighters have helped with suppression efforts in Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and California. Firefighters from nearly two dozen states have previously traveled to Virginia to help battle large wildfires.


Va. historic area marking 'First Assembly Day'

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - Historic Jamestowne is gearing up to commemorate the anniversary of the first legislative assembly in English North America.

Officials say two events are being held to mark the milestone.

On Saturday, an interactive presentation is set to take place at the Historic Jamestowne Memorial Church. It was erected on the site of the original church where the 1619 General Assembly met.

A special program also is scheduled for July 30 inside the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center Theater.


Tropical depression moving westward in Atlantic

MIAMI (AP) - A tropical depression is moving west in the Atlantic but is expected to degenerate over the next few days.

The depression's maximum sustained winds early Tuesday are near 35 mph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says some weakening is expected by Wednesday night and the depression is forecast to degenerate into a trough of low pressure in two to three days.

The depression is centered about 1,025 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west near 16 mph.

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