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Cheat Sheet: November 5, 2012

Child drowns in Chesapeake Hotel Pool

An investigation has been launched by the Chesapeake Police Department after officers say a child drowned at a hotel Saturday evening. Around 5:45 p.m. officers responded to the Sleep Inn on Western Branch Blvd. for a report of possible drowning. An 8-year-old child who had been swimming in the hotel pool was transported to Maryview Hospital and pronounced dead. The identity of the child has not yet been released and the incident remains under investigation.

Sewage main still pouring in Suffolk

In Suffolk, a broken sewage main that is believed to have ruptured during Hurricane Sandy is still pouring raw sewage into a tributary of the Nansemond River. Officials said today that it may take several more days to stop the flow. Nancy Munnikhuysen, an HRSD spokeswoman, said in an email: “As of 10:00 a.m. today, we estimate the total amount discharged is 14,265,000 gallons,” but she says that the flow has been “greatly reduced” to about 1,000 gallons per minute. Divers discovered the nine-inch break in a 30-inch concrete forced main in a section of pipe along Wilroy Road. In a statement on Friday, the Suffolk Health Department urged recreational water users to “use caution when using Shingle Creek and the Nansemond River near the entrance of Shingle Creek to prevent infections caused by bacteria and other microorganisms.

Absentee ballots sent to Members of Va. Task Force 2

Members of the Virginia Beach-based search and rescue team, Va. Task Force 2, are absentee voting while working up north in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. According to Battalion Chief Tim Riley, the Virginia Beach Fire Department sent a courier to 17 registrar offices from Eastern Shore to Orange County, NJ to make sure the men and women can legally vote. The Federal Emergency Management Agency placed Team 2 on alert October 29 and the members arrived the following day. They have been searching for survivors and going door to door looking for people who may have been stranded inside.

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