Robbery suspect who shot at police in Monticello Village sentenced to 49 years

July 31, 2010
Jervod Simmons

Jervod Simmons

According to the Virginian-Pilot, Jervod Contae Simmons plead guilty to attempted capital murder in February and was sentenced on Friday to 49 years in prison for shooting at a police officer in Monticello Village.

[The police officer] spotted Simmons in the parking lot of an apartment building in the 500 block of Ashlawn Drive. Simmons ignored several orders to stop and get on the ground, according to the court record.

Simmons ran around a corner, stopped, and turned his weapon on [the police officer].

Simmons was captured that night in an apartment in the 500 block of East Little Creek Road.

See also:
Robbery suspect shoots at police in Monticello Village (September 28, 2009)
Jervod Contae Simmons charged with attempted murder (October 1, 2009)


Protogyrou hits the ground running

July 18, 2010
Councilman Andy Protogyrou

Councilman Andy Protogyrou

Councilman Andy Protogyrou heavily campaigned on the promise that he would work to revitalize Wards Corner and he has wasted no time pushing the issue.

At the July 13, 2010 City Council meeting, Mr. Protogyrou made an oral and written request to the City Manager that there be a meeting scheduled with Mr. Protogyrou and a representative of NRHA, Economic Development, City Planning, and the City Attorney’s office.

The text of the request:

The Greater Wards Corner Comprehensive Plan (2004) is approximately 6 years old.  In that time, changes have resulted in demographics, the economy overall, and city finances in particular.

However, I believe opportunity still exists for major change in the plan area.

As we have a Wards Corner Task Force where stakeholders meet on a regular basis, I request a meeting of City Hall stakeholders as an educational tool for myself.

Therefore, I kindly request a meeting with NRHA, Economic Development, City Planning and perhaps the City Attorney’s Office to brief me and examine our past, present, and future in Wards Corner.

I would like to meet in the CIty Council Conference Room, and questions will be particularized for each department by me before they arrive to afford adequate time to prepare.

Mr. Protogyrou wants his constituents to know that if you need him, he can be contacted at or 633-6607.

The written request can be found here.

Future of Talbot Hall meeting, July 15 at 6:30

July 14, 2010
Talbot Hall

Talbot Hall

The following is taken from the Save Talbot Hall! website:

Thanks to the overwhelming response from you at the previous meeting, the format of this meeting is completely different!

Please plan to join us at the Church of the Ascension (405 Talbot Hall Rd,. Norfolk) at 6:30 on Thursday, July 15.

Here’s what you can expect:

FIRST, a PowerPoint will be delivered on what the Diocesan Property Committee has done so far.

SECOND, Bishop Holly Hollerith will answer questions on any topic of interest to those attending.

THIRD, As many of the other 13 members of the Property Committee will attend as it is possible for them to do so.

FOURTH, Cathy Lewis will moderate; you know her from WHRV-Radio’s weekly “HearSay” program, and her family was the most recent occupant of the Manor House.

Your enthusiasm for Talbot Hall was apparent at the last meeting — nearly 200 people attended!

NOW, we need you to invite your friends!


Bring your enthusiasm for the preservation of the Talbot Hall properties, your ideas, and your recommendations for the Property Committee’s review.

Wards Corner Now meeting Saturday, 8:30am at Fitness and Wellness Center

July 13, 2010

Remember that Wards Corner Now is having our meeting this Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 8:30am at the Fitness and Wellness Center.  Please plan on attending.  The Agenda is below.


A.  Presentation by Architect Roger Soto of ODELL Associates and Landscape Architect Keith Van Inwegen of Higgins & Gerstenmaier on the design of the new DePaul Medical Center

B.  An update on Norfolk Collegiate’s Fine and Performing Arts Center

C.  Other Business.

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