Thursday, April 20, 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe
RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe today announced that, following a thorough legal review of the case, he will commute the death sentence of Ivan Teleguz to life imprisonment without parole. Teleguz’s request for a pardon will be denied. Teleguz was convicted in the murder-for-hire of Stephanie Yvonne Sipe in July 2001. He was scheduled to be executed on April 25.
Announcing his decision at the Virginia State Capitol today, Governor McAuliffe delivered the following statement (as prepared):
Good afternoon, and thank you for joining us. I am joined today by my Secretary of Public Safety, Brian Moran, and my Counsel, Carlos Hopkins, both of whom have devoted countles
Linda Padgett and the Horchlers
UPDATE: Letter Southeast Action Forum (SEAF) gave to city council and city administration.
There were no qualms with the sale of the historic 1850 Buena Vista home in Southeast Roanoke Monday evening. Council’s vote was unanimous. There were some questions about the three acres that go with it. Access to the rest of the 12.7-acre parcel containing a playground was assured.
Scott Horchler bought the former Buena Vista Recreation Center for $75,000. Horchler is employed by SunTrust and was present at the council meeting along with his wife Ascension and their two young children. They sat with Laura Padgett, president of Southeast Action Forum who supported the sale to the Horchlers.
Padgett thanked city administration for the opportunity to meet with the Horchlers. Though she supported the sale she said she “did not support how it all took place.” Padgett said as neighborhood groups she wanted to see the city reach out in the beginning phase of any project rather than first hearing about it from the media. “This give the air of their being something to hide,” said Padgett.
The city and the Horchlers eventually met with the SEAF neighbors and all was worked out. Padgett emphasized that this was an example of how communication with the neighborhood can produce a positive outcome.
The property valued at $250,000 was sold for $75,000. Extensive renovations once projected to be $285,000 in 2003 has ballooned to $500,000 today.
The Horchlers plan to use a portion of the building as a reception hall and would renovate the remainder of the house as their residence. The property will need to be rezoned to accommodate the use as a single-family residence.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Community, Politics, Roanoke City Politics
Tags: city_council, neighborhood