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Aug 27, 201204:23 PM

Cheat Sheet: August 25-26--Weekend Roundup

House Arrests Decline as Chesapeake Jail Remains Full

In 2007, the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office attempted to make space by transferring up to 100 inmates to house arrest. Even though it was only built for 543 inmates, the jail was currently holding 1,400. Even now in 2012, the Chesapeake Correctional Center is still overcrowded by twice its capacity. Judges reject eight or nine of every 10 people recommended for house arrest. Why? For some, they claim it is out of fairness because only those with money can afford the steep home-electronic monitoring cost. For others, they fear an inmate is taking advantage of the system. For now, Chesapeake is negotiating with the company that leases the home-electronic monitoring equipment, iSECUREtrac, to lower the price. (Source)

Tropical Storm Isaac Expected to Strengthen

Governors of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama have declared states of emergency with Tropical Storm Isaac threatening coastal flooding or storm surge up to 12 feet. On Monday, the storm moved across the Gulf of Mexico, disrupting U.S. offshore energy production.  Gasoline prices could be sent spiking just before Labor Day weekend if Isaac comes ashore to wreak havoc on low-lying fuel refineries along the Gulf Coasts— refineries that account for about 40 percent of U.S. refining capacity. (Source)

Private Service Planned for Neil Armstrong

Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died Saturday in Cincinnati at age 82. Born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969. “As a mark of respect for the memory of Neil Armstrong,” Obama issued a proclamation on Monday calling for U.S. flags to be lowered on the day of Armstrong’s burial as well as at the White House, military posts and ships, U.S. embassies and other public buildings. (Source)

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