Cheat Sheet: November 29, 2012
ODU students concerned for their safety.
Because of a sexual assault last week close to the ODU campus, students are now voicing their concerns about their safety. According the police, a masked man forced himself into a student’s home on 41st St. on Nov. 21 and sexually assaulted her in the middle of the night. Online, students have been posting about several break-ins around the off-campus area that have happened since. Some believe that suspects are targeting sorority girls specifically but ODU senior Carolyn McMullin disagrees, saying she thinks it happens to be girls in general. ODU Police Chief Rhonda Harris told reporters, “Every time you have the community afraid, its concerning. As a police chief, I don’t want the community afraid. We’re a university. We want people to come here, we want them to feel safe, we want them to get good grades and to have a good experience.” (Source)
One dead in Western Branch house fire
Thursday morning one person was found dead after a house fire in the Western Branch section of Chesapeake. Capt. Scott Saunders with the Chesapeake Fire Department said the fire sparked in the 1800 block of Crossbow Court around 4:30 a.m. When the crew arrived, they found light smoke coming from the back of the home. Firefighters got the fire under control around 4:52 a.m. and completely out after 5 a.m. The two-story home sustained moderate damage to one bedroom. One fatality has been associated with the fire and the victim has not yet been identified. The fire is still under investigation at this time. (Source)
Bomb defused at a Lynchburg special-needs school
Police have defused a bomb brought in by a student to a private school for special-needs children in Lynchburg. According to Lynchburg Police Capt. Ryan Zuidema, the Rivermont School and neighboring homes and businesses were evacuated today while state police took the chemical bomb to a secure location away from the school and defused it. About 56 students were at the school at the time. Nobody was injured. Police say that the student brought the foot tall bomb to school in his backpack. Staff became aware of the threat and took the bomb outside. The 14-year-old student was taken into custody. (Source)