Thursday, June 23, 2016
The Peterson children in 1994
What happened to the memorial marker pictured here? August 19, 1994, passengers David and Charlene Peterson of Cochranton, Pa., died when the small plane they were in crashed shortly after takeoff. It hit a cherry tree on the Countryside Golf Course 13th fairway. They left behind six children.
According to The Roanoke Times the pilot of the single-engine Piper Cherokee survived. They had stopped in Roanoke after leaving Greensboro, NC, to refuel. Their final intended destination was Pittsburgh.
A golfer was almost hit by debris and other golfers witnessed the crash. The small plane radioed an emergency and tried to return to the Roanoke airport via runway 6.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
RICHMOND – This afternoon the General Assembly finally voted to confirm Virginia’s first openly gay Circuit Court judge after a controversial battle during the 2012 Legislative Session over Tracy Thorne-Begland’s sexual orientation.
“I applaud my colleagues in the House and Senate who voted in support of Tracy Thorne-Begland,” said Delegate Charniele Herring. “Tracy’s record speaks for itself. His years of service to our country as well as the Commonwealth should not go without notice. Virginians deserve the best and brightest on the bench regardless of sexual orientation.”
“Nearly a year overdue, the General Assembly did the right thing in confirming Mr. Thorne-Begland to the bench,” said Senator Mark Herring. “Unfortunately, many Republican legislators, including both Republican candidates for Attorney General, once again bowed to extremists in their party and refused to vote to confirm a highly qualified prosecutor and veteran simply because of his sexual orientation.”
“I am proud to say that today Virginia reversed last year’s shameful rejection of the imminently qualified Tracy Thorne Begland,” Senator Ralph Northam stated. “Unfortunately, many of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle felt they were unable to stand and be counted as they were elected to do, because of a person’s sexual orientation. I would say to them that our commonwealth must be committed to the principles of equality for all and that we will not tolerate discrimination of any kind.”
Delegate Jennifer McClellan added, “The Richmond delegation, legal community, and Circuit Court Judges unanimously stood behind Tracy Thorn-Begland as the most qualified candidate for the Richmond General District Court. He has served us well over the past 6 months on the bench, and I am pleased that the Virginia General Assembly elected him to the bench today.”
“Judge Tracy Thorne-Begland served in the United States Navy with distinction,” said Delegate Joe Morrisey.”Indeed, he was a decorated naval aviator. His work as a prosecutor was nothing short of stellar. Finally, he has served the last seven months on the bench in exemplary fashion.”