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
SALEM, VA (January 4, 2017) – The Salem Red Sox, Advanced-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, announced the hiring of Ben Gellman-Chomsky as their new Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations on Wednesday. See video below:
Team president and general manager Ryan Shelton noted Gellman-Chomsky’s broadcast talent, media relations experience and versatile skillset as critical points that made him the clear choice for the Salem front office.
“We are exceedingly pleased to have found Ben and to bring him HOME to the Red Sox.” Shelton said. “In the short time we’ve known each other, Ben feels like a part of the family. I am confident our fanbase will welcome him just as we have.”
Gellman-Chomsky will bring live coverage of all 140 Salem Red Sox games to fans on SalemSox.com. He will oversee the media relations department and production of game notes and program stories, administer the operation of the press box at LewisGale Field, and contribute in social media and website maintenance.
With five years of escalating media relations and broadcast duties, Gellman-Chomsky adds an experienced and tested voice to the Salem front office. His background includes extensive writing and editing, running media relations departments for multiple teams, website and social media management, ticket sales, and many years of on-air work at both the professional and collegiate levels.
“I’ve admired the fantastic work of the Salem front office for many years,” Gellman-Chomsky said. “I’m honored to join a terrific group of people, and to work for the organization that I’ve rooted for my whole life in the Boston Red Sox. I can’t wait to meet the Salem fans in person and open the 2017 season.”
Most recently, Gellman-Chomsky worked for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (double-A – Toronto) in 2015 and 2016 as a broadcaster, ticket sales account executive and media relations coordinator. He was the lead voice for the Fisher Cats on the road, and filled in on various duties at home games. Previously, Gellman-Chomsky served as the lead broadcaster and media relations officer for the Clearwater Threshers (high-A – Philadelphia) in 2013, the broadcaster and media relations contact for the Hudson Valley Renegades (short-season – Tampa Bay) in 2012 and the broadcast assistant for the Hickory Crawdads (low-A – Texas) in 2011.
The Salem Red Sox open 2017 at LewisGale Field on Thursday, April 6 against the Down East Wood Ducks, who make their Carolina League debut. Flex plans and season ticket packages are available at the LewisGale Field box office, by phone at (540) 389-3333, and online at SalemSox.com.
The Carolina League All-Star Game returns to LewisGale Field on Tuesday, June 20. As part of a celebration of 50 years of Carolina League baseball in the Roanoke Valley, the Red Sox will host a skills competition on Monday, June 19. The skills competition will take place at historic Kiwanis Field, the original home of Carolina League baseball in Salem.
All 2017 Salem Red Sox season ticket holders will have tickets to the skills competition and the All-Star Classic included in their ticket package. Further Ticket information and details surrounding the events of All-Star Week will be released at a later date.