News to Know for Oct. 30: Toddler murder update; Early voting deadline; Goochland fall festival

News to Know for Oct. 30: Toddler murder update; Early voting deadline; Goochland fall festival
In-person absentee/early voting ends on Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. (Source: AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Here’s a look at our top headlines to get you out the door.

Not Many Showers Compared To Yesterday

Overnight rain continues to soak the area but the rain will be pulling away by sunrise. A dry but much cooler day is on tap.

Predawn rain, then a cloudy morning. Partly sunny afternoon.

Cool and breezy. Highs in the mid to upper 50s.

Morning clouds, then Partly sunny and much cooler

FBI Offers Reward In 3-Year-Old’s Murder

FBI Richmond is reminding people that there’s a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person responsible for shooting and killing a toddler.

The shooting death of 3-year-old Shamar Hill, Jr. happened on Feb. 1 in the 1700 block of Southlawn Avenue in Richmond.

The shooting of 3-year-old Shamar Hill, Jr. happened on Feb 1 in the 1700 block of Southlawn Avenue in Richmond.
The shooting of 3-year-old Shamar Hill, Jr. happened on Feb 1 in the 1700 block of Southlawn Avenue in Richmond. (Source: Facebook)

After Shamar was struck, his sibling carried him inside. Shamar later died of his injuries at a local hospital.

A vehicle was seen leaving the area of the homicide that matched the description of the vehicle from the January 31, 2020, carjacking.

Last Chance To Vote Early Is Oct. 31!

In-person absentee/early voting ends on Oct. 31 at 5 p.m.

Remember: To vote in-person, make sure you are registered and have an acceptable form of I.D. For forms of I.D., click here.

(Source: WVIR)

If you are registered, you might not know where your local polling place is - you can look that up, HERE. You can also find out by contacting your General Registrar, here.

For more information on voting deadlines, click here.

RICHMOND VOTERS: Get Absentee Ballots In NOW!

The amount of mail-in ballots still out there is causing concern, especially within the city of Richmond where thousands have not yet been returned.

In the city, almost 28,000 absentee ballots have been requested with only about half of them actually back at the voter registrar’s office.

Absentee ballots
Absentee ballots

So when does that other half show up?

If local races are close, like the race for mayor, could not having those votes tabulated delay any definitive results on election night.

Virginia Democrats, Richmond Registrar Negotiate

The Virginia Democrats have come to an agreement with Richmond’s top election officials following a lawsuit filed Monday over absentee ballot issues.

As part of the agreement, the registrar will provide DPVA a complete list of voters whose ballots contain errors. The registrar will also send updates of the list to DPVA every other day until Election Day.

According to Susan Swecker, the plaintiff and the chairwoman for the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA), the General Registrar violated the Virginia Freedom of Information Act by failing to provide requested records related to voters whose ballots contain errors.

Lee Statue Removal Appeal

Several Virginia residents have filed notice that they will appeal a ruling allowing the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from its prominent place in the state’s capital city.

The move comes after a judge on Tuesday ruled in favor of Gov. Ralph Northam, saying 19th-century deeds that transferred the monument to the state do not prohibit the statue’s removal now.

Gov. Northam announces the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond will be removed
Gov. Northam announces the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond will be removed

The judge dissolved a temporary injunction prohibiting the state from having the bronze equestrian statue removed, but he also suspended his own order pending the resolution of an appeal.

VDH Website Tomorrow

The Virginia Department of Health’s website will be offline on Oct. 31 for routine maintenance.

The maintenance will take place between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

While work is being done, the website and COVID-19 dashboard will be unavailable.

For anyone needing information on coronavirus during the maintenance time, click here.

Hopewell High School Closed

Hopewell High School is closed from now until Tuesday after a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.

The school district says that the person did come in contact with other employees who are now in quarantine.

(Source: NBC12)

The school district will make a decision on Nov. 2 if the school can reopen on Nov. 4 after Election Day.

All in-person learning and SOL testing are canceled today and Nov. 2.

Fall Festival In Goochland

Today in Goochland, the county will have a drive-thru fall festival.

Public safety vehicles and tractors will be on display and goodie bags will be given to each child in the car under the age of 12.

Today in Goochland, the county will have a drive-thru fall festival.
Today in Goochland, the county will have a drive-thru fall festival. (Source: Pixabay)

The location of the festival has been moved to the Hidden Rock Park Complex due to yesterday’s storms.

The festival is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 30.

Final Thought

You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated - Maya Angelou

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