News to Know for April 12: J&J Vaccine shortage; Excessive force investigation; Sunny with showers

News to Know for April 12: J&J Vaccine shortage; Excessive force investigation; Sunny with showers
The lawsuit states officers in Windsor, Virginia, drew their guns, pointed them at Lieutenant Caron Nazario and used a slang term to suggest he was facing execution during a traffic stop in December. (Source: AP)

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

Mostly Sunny With Stray Showers Later

Today will be mostly sunny start, partly sunny finish.

A few stray showers this afternoon northeast of Richmond.

Lows in the mid 50s, highs in the mid 70s.

Monday Forecast: Pleasant spring day with a slight shower chance

Senior Alert

Robert William Steele was last seen on April 11 leaving his home on Elmwood Drive in Culpeper heading towards Skyline Drive.

Steele is wearing a camo Outer Banks hat, a blue checkered shirt with a green/white undershirt and blue jeans.

Robert Steele
Robert Steele (Source: Virginia State Police)

Police say Steele is possibly driving a 1993 Mercury Topaz with the license plate: UTV5814.

Anyone with information on Steele’s whereabouts should call (540) 727-7900.

Chesterfield Roundabout Construction

Paving is scheduled to start on April 12 at the Otterdale Road at Old Hundred Road roundabout. The work is expected to last all week, weather permitting.

Officials said drivers should avoid the area next week as delays of 20+ minutes are expected.

With the paving of a roundabout in Chesterfield set to begin next week, drivers should expect there to be significant delays.
With the paving of a roundabout in Chesterfield set to begin next week, drivers should expect there to be significant delays. (Source: Chesterfield County Government - Twitter)

The paving is part of a safety improvement and traffic flow project.

The intersection is expected to be complete by the end of April.

Traffic Stop

Gov. Northam on Sunday condemned a traffic stop that led to a US Army officer being pepper-sprayed by two Virginia police officers, sparking a lawsuit and national attention.

“The incident in Windsor is disturbing and angered me — and I am directing the Virginia State Police to conduct an independent investigation,” Northam said in a statement.

In this image made from Windsor, (Va.) Police video, Caron Nazario is helped by an EMT after he was sprayed with an agent by Windsor police after a traffic stop on Dec. 20, 2020, in Windsor, Va. Nazario, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, is suing two Virginia police officers over a traffic stop during which he says the officers drew their guns and pointed them at him as he was dressed in uniform. Caron Nazario says his constitutional rights were violated by the traffic stop in the town of Windsor in December.
In this image made from Windsor, (Va.) Police video, Caron Nazario is helped by an EMT after he was sprayed with an agent by Windsor police after a traffic stop on Dec. 20, 2020, in Windsor, Va. Nazario, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, is suing two Virginia police officers over a traffic stop during which he says the officers drew their guns and pointed them at him as he was dressed in uniform. Caron Nazario says his constitutional rights were violated by the traffic stop in the town of Windsor in December. (Source: Windsor Police via AP)

The lawsuit states officers in Windsor, Virginia, drew their guns, pointed them at Lieutenant Caron Nazario and used a slang term to suggest he was facing execution during a traffic stop in December.

Northam said he is inviting Nazario, who serves as an Army medic, to meet and discuss police reform in the US.

Unrest In Minneapolis

Crowds of mourners and protesters gathered in a Minnesota city where the family of a 20-year-old man said he was shot by police before getting back into his car and driving away, then crashing several blocks away.

The family of Daunte Wright said he was later pronounced dead.

Police say the man was shot during a traffic stop then drove several blocks away and hit another vehicle. He died at the scene after officer attempted life-saving measures.
Police say the man was shot during a traffic stop then drove several blocks away and hit another vehicle. He died at the scene after officer attempted life-saving measures.

The death sparked protests in Brooklyn Center into the early hours of Monday morning as Minneapolis was already on edge and midway through the trial of the first of four police officers in George Floyd’s death.

Brooklyn Center is a city of about 30,000 people located on the northwest border of Minneapolis.

RPS Students & Fall Reopening Plans

In-person learning, five days a week, is expected to start after Labor Day.

As for what that return looks like, Richmond School Board member Jonathan Young says it’s unclear right now what the situation with masks and social distancing could be depending on the pandemic. Parents will have the option to keep their students virtual too.

Richmond Public Schools unveiled a new logo in 2020.
Richmond Public Schools unveiled a new logo in 2020. (Source: Richmond Public Schools)

The division will host a series of community conversations this month, as well as in May and June to make sure parents really understand the ins and outs of the plan.

Full details outlining the reopening plan will eventually be made available, here. RPS’ School Board meeting will begin at 6 p.m. today and can be live-streamed on the district’s Facebook page.

Chesterfield’s Plans

Parents in Chesterfield have less than two months to decide whether they want to send their children back to the classroom for the upcoming school year.

This comes as school leaders are preparing to start the school year sooner than usual, and the district is pushing face-to-face instruction.

Chesterfield County Public Schools will be providing students meals without charge due to COVID-19 (coronavirus.)
Chesterfield County Public Schools will be providing students meals without charge due to COVID-19 (coronavirus.) (Source: Chesterfield County Public Schools)

Chesterfield leaders say it will be safe and that the risk for spreading coronavirus at school is low. They realize not all parents will be on board, so they’re providing options.

Elementary and middle school students can still learn virtually but they may not have a teacher from their home school.

J&J Vaccine Update

Expect the state’s vaccination process to take a little longer in the coming weeks.

At a time when more Virginians than ever are eligible for the vaccine, the department of health says it will have fewer vaccine doses due to manufacturing issues at a Johnson & Johnson plant.

Local pharmacies experience vaccination setbacks
Local pharmacies experience vaccination setbacks (Source: KPLC)

Late last month, the drug manufacturer had to recall 15 million doses before release because of poor mixing.

As a result, the nearly 5-million doses expected to be produced for the country dropped to nearly 700,000.

FEMA Funeral Costs

FEMA has now provided instructions on how families who lost a loved one to COVID-19 can begin applying for funeral reimbursements.

FEMA is preparing to reimburse families who lost a loved one to COVID-19 for funeral expenses. Now, the agency is explaining how that process will happen. More information is available here.

Funeral homes are feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funeral homes are feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: KSLA)

Applications open on April 12. Individuals can call the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance line number at 844-684-6333 or 800-462-7585.

Calls will be taken Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time.

Final Thought

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