Crime Prevention Tips to Prevent Theft from Autos

October 30, 2007

Norfolk PoliceOfficer Curtis Jackson, our P.A.C.E. officer wrote:

We are again trying to reduce the number of larceny from vehicles in your community. We need your help by making sure everyone knows not to leave anything of value in their vehicle. Please help make people aware that if they have a GPS system, DVD player, CD/Radio, cell phones or any other electronic device that can be removed from their vehicle to be sure to write down the serial number(s) down and keep it in a safe place. Please pass this flyer out at your meetings or have them available for your customers.

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Granby High School identified as a “dropout factory”

October 29, 2007

Pilot OnLine  reports on schools that are identified as “dropout factories”, high schools and vocational schools that held on to 60 percent or less of their students from freshman to senior year over three years, from 2004 to 2006:

There are about 1,700 regular or vocational high schools nationwide that fit that description, according to an analysis of Education Department data conducted by Johns Hopkins for The Associated Press. That’s 12 percent of all such schools, no more than a decade ago but no less, either.

Five of these High Schools are in Norfolk.

  • Granby High School

  • Booker T Washington High School

  • Maury High School

  • Lake Taylor High School

  • Norview High School

Wavy TV has listed the Virginia Schools.

Whistle Blowers Suing Payday Loan Lenders

October 28, 2007

If you don’t think that Payday Lenders are like the mafia, you will after you read this article that was published in the Daily Press.

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The Greater Wards Corner Partnership has been at the forefront of the battle to rid Virginia of predatory lenders. Many thanks go to Elyse Kalfus for her tireless efforts in keeping us informed.

Norfolk Perspectives – Halloween Spook-tacular

October 23, 2007

There is an episode of Norfolk Perspectives currently running on Norfolk’s Neighborhood Network (Channel 48) that showcases the Halloween Spook-tacular.

View the video here. 

Suspect in attempted abduction surrenders

October 22, 2007

A man sought by police on charges that he tried to take a young girl from Granby High School turned himself in at the Police Operations Center at 3661 Virginia Beach Blvd. this afternoon, police said.

In a statement given to The Virginian-Pilot, Andrew D. Truelove, 22, said he was not attempting to harm or abduct the girl, but rather went to Granby

“to seek out school bullies” and “threaten them.”

Suspect in the attempted abduction at Granby High School to turn himself in

October 22, 2007

andrew-truelove.jpgAccording  to the Virginian-Pilot, Andrew Truelove, the suspect in the attempted abduction of an eight year old girl at Granby High School on Thursday afternoon, will turn himself in to the Police at 8:00 PM this evening.

Police identify suspect in attempted Granby High abduction case

October 20, 2007

andrew-truelove.jpg Norfolk Police have identified the suspect in the attempted abduction of an eight year old girl at Granby High School Thursday afternoon. Warrants have been secured for Andrew Truelove.

According to Wavy TV News

Police say Truelove may be with his father, Alan. They may be in a gray 1991 Toyota four door with Virginia license plates JJE-5741

Anyone with any information should call Norfolk Crime Line at 1-800-LOCK-U-UP.

Candidate Forum

October 19, 2007


The Membership of the Wards Corner Civic League
cordially invites the
Membership of the Greater Wards Corner Partnership
to an
Election Candidate Forum
to be held on
Monday October 22nd, 2007 at 6:45PM
at the
Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center


All candidates running for the seats of the 6th Senatorial District and 87th House District have confirmed their attendance at this forum.

Please come to this important candidate forum and learn about the candidates and their positions. A structured question and answer session will be conducted.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Thank you.

Jim English, President Wards Corner Civic League

Halloween Spook-tacular Flyer

October 17, 2007

Please help spread the word about this year’s Halloween Spook-tacular.

Spooktacular Flyer Image

A printable version of the Flyer can be found here.

Spook-tacular Meeting Tuesday, October 16th, 6:00 pm

October 14, 2007

Ekyse Kalfus sent the following letter to notify everyone of the Wards Corner Spook-tacular Meeting

We will have a meeting on Tuesday evening at the Haunted House, 135 E. Little Creek Road at 6:00 pm.  You will need to bring your own chair if you wish to sit.  Also if you can stay and work for a while bring what tools you think you think will be helpful including electric screwdrivers..

We have one week to get this Haunted House together.  We need to discuss not only the Haunted House, but the Mall Arcade and all the other arrangements for this event.  If you know of any other people who wish to join in with us on this event please bring them with you.

Remember we are doing this for the children of the city, and the money raised from the Haunted House goes to support different programs in our area for special needs children.

At this time we have students from Granby High School, Norfolk Collegiate, and Norview High School working with us. I am waiting to hear back from several other schools and expect to hear back on Monday.

Our events are posted on the city website and will be appearing in the Compass on October 21st and the Link on October 23rd.  We will also be on Norfolk Perspectives to mention a few. 

I hope to see you all on Tuesday,


Norfolk Senior Center – Fall Flea Market

October 13, 2007

Senior Center Flea MarketThe Norfolk Senior Center will be holding its Fall Flea Market on Friday, October 19 from 12p.m. – 5p.m. and Saturday, October 20 from 8:30a.m. – 1p.m.

There will be free parking & admission. Plus enjoy donuts, coffee, hot dogs, and other treats at the Corner Cafe.

Inside the Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center, 7300 Newport Avenue.

For additional details view the Flyer.

Bon Secours DePaul hospital plan clears hurdle

October 11, 2007

Tuesday, the Eastern Virginia Health Systems Agency recommended an 80 bed repacement hospital for DePaul Medical Center.  The discussions at times were heated.

“If you don’t approve this, then you’re looking at a future that doesn’t have DePaul in it,” said Daniel Duggan, executive vice president/administrator for DePaul. “Then you’ve got a real mess on your hands.”

 DePaul Medical Center faces one more critical hurdle in implementing it’s hospital plan. The State Health Commissioner’s decision is expected at the end of this year or in early 2008.

“It is ultimately up to the state health commissioner – who, by state law, must approve all major health care projects – to accept or reject the board’s recommendations. The options range from accepting Sentara’s and Bon Secours’ original proposals to flat-out rejecting them and everything in between”

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Trucks on Granby Street

October 10, 2007

The following letter concerning truck traffic on Granby Street was received from Melissa Rogers, the President of the Belvedere Civic League.

Dear Council Members:

It is with great concern as a resident of Belvedere that I bring the attention of Trucks coming down Granby Street.  As a long time resident here it has been very noticeable the amount of trucks taking advantage of this route to downtown.  I realize there is a lot of debate and unknowns for these drivers however our Civic League, Belvedere as well as other leagues off of Granby Street were assured this would not happen.

It is very obvious after 7pm the use of trucks coming thru.  If one driver can do it I’m sure it will be a progressive situation.

As the current president and resident of Belvedere our neighbors are concerned.  We realize council members or even the law cannot control all drivers however we want to ensure Granby Street is not used by these drivers and not taking advantage of for their needs to transport goods; we would think Terminal Blvd. and the Interstates would be of good use for these folks!!.


Please inform us what can be done.  We appreciate your attention to this!


Melissa Rogers

Red Sector, Third Patrol Division Meeting

October 10, 2007

Letter from Officer Jackson:

This is to remind everyone that the 3rd Patrol Division Red Sector P.A.C.E. meeting will be on October 12 from 11:00 AM to 12:00PM at the Ernie Morgan Environmental Center next to the Zoo.

Sherry Johnson of the Norfolk Cares Call Center will be our guest speaker. Come join us for lunch.


Officer Jackson


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Payday Lending: Letter from a store manager

October 9, 2007

Virginia Partnership to Encourage Responsible LendingThe following is a letter from William Harrod, a former payday lending store manager, to all Virginia legislators.


My name is William Harrod and until last month I was a payday lending store manager with Check ‘n Go, the nations second largest payday lender. I have worked in stores in Gloucester, VA, Northern VA, and Washington DC. I know that the Virginia legislature will likely consider laws relating to payday lending in your upcoming session and I wanted to provide you some information based upon my experiences as a payday lender for nearly a year. Please understand that the information I convey in this email is drawn from my experiences working in the commonwealth of Virginia, throughout my training experience.

Much of the information I need to convey is already widely publicized. I also understand that the industry comes to your hallowed halls with lies, fabrications, unethical tactics and a great deal of money to throw around. While I understand all lobbyists attempt to convey information to lawmakers in the most favorable way for their client, the payday lenders actually lie. Theirs is an attempt to perpetrate a fraud on your lawmaking body, and continue to operate outside of usury laws.

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