Tip helps police identify driver in hit-and-run crash that injured cyclist

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. — A tip from a concerned citizen has helped Prince George Police identify the driver involved in a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a cyclist over the weekend.

Prince George County Police responded to a report of a bicyclist being struck by a vehicle at approximately noon on Sunday, June 16.

When officers arrived at the scene, officers located a female victim who has been identified as a 58-year-old Chesterfield County woman. She was transported, via med-flight, to the VCU Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. She is now reportedly in stable condition.

An investigation revealed that the cyclist was traveling northbound on South Crater Road when an unknown vehicle struck the cyclist from behind.

“The force of the crash caused the rear bicycle tire to be broken and the female ejected to the shoulder of the highway,” a police spokesperson said.

After receiving a tip from a Prince George County, Carson resident, officers located, identified and interviewed the driver of the suspect vehicle.

“This investigation is ongoing, and investigators are currently consulting with the Prince George County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office,” said a police spokesperson. “Once necessary evidence and information is vetted, the identity of the suspect driver will be released along with any associated charge/s.”

“Public safety is a team effort. We are fortunate to have citizens that care about their community, and we continue to be grateful for the relationships and partnerships we enjoy within our County,” said Police Chief Keith Early.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Prince George County Police Department at 804 733–2773, or Crime Solvers at 733-2777, or you can send your tip using the P3tips app.

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Morning Buzz: 5 things to know for June 20

1. Two Hearted Ale is once again America’s Best Beer for the third year in a row. Bell’s Brewery’s ale ranked number one in the country by Zymurgy Magazine for the third consecutive year.

Zymurgy Magazine asks members of the American Homebrewers Association to choose up to five of their favorite commercial beers available in the U.S.

The association, which publishes the magazine, has run the survey for 17 years.

Also making the list: several of Founders beers and New Holland Dragon’s Milk.

2. Kids have the chance to get some free jump time at the grand reopening of Sky Zone in Kalamazoo.

The updated location comes with an all-new warrior themed course.  Kids of all ages and even adults are allowed to play on the attractions.

To celebrate the store revamp, kids jump for a half hour for free from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. There will also be raffles and prizes for the kids from 12 to 3 p.m.

3. A popular tourist destination along the lakeshore is unveiling some upgrades. The musical fountain in Grand Haven will reopen tonight after being closed for a $150,000 sound system renovation.

The previous system was 20-years-old, and the audio became distorted. Crews will also be fixing up the Speaker Houses along the Grand River.

The upgrades are being funded by donations and community support.

Tonight’s show will begin around 10 p.m.

4. 150,000 meals were packed up in just a few hours Wednesday thanks to the Heart of West Michigan United Way.

750 volunteers took part in the Food From the Heart event at Van Andel Arena, helping to make sure young people that would usually be eating at school still have access to nutritious food during summer break.

This is the fourth year they’ve done something like this, and United Way says it hopes to grow the event for next year.

To make that happen, even more volunteers and donors will have to get involved.

5. As if Fridays aren’t already fabulous, Dairy Queen is making it even sweeter. On Friday, they’ll give customers a free regular or dipped cone with any purchase.

The dipped cones include the popular chocolate and Dreamsicle flavors.

But customers have to use Dairy Queen’s mobile app to pull up a coupon for the free cone.

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Cannabis sales could hit $15 billion globally this year

Fueled in part by CBD product sales and Canada’s recent legalization of marijuana, the world’s cannabis market could notch $15 billion this year.

Fueled in part by CBD product sales and Canada’s recent legalization of marijuana, the world’s cannabis market could notch $15 billion this year.

Industry insiders are forecasting that global cannabis sales could total $14.9 billion in 2019, up 36% from 2018, according to a new report released Thursday.

For the first time, the annual “The State of Legal Cannabis Markets” report evaluated the cannabis industry as the “Total Cannabinoid Market,” meaning it encompassed sales of medical and recreational cannabis at dispensaries; hemp-derived products rich in non-psychoactive cannabidiol, or CBD; and US Food & Drug Administration approved CBD-based pharmaceuticals.

The surge of CBD products coupled with Canada starting legal recreational cannabis sales in 2018 helped to buoy the industry’s growth, according to the report published by the market research arm of cannabis investment firm Arcview Group and data firm BDS Analytics. This was the first full year to evaluate the effects of three significant developments in the cannabis industry: the FDA approval of CBD-based drug Epidiolex, legal adult use sales starting in Canada, and the 2018 Farm Bill giving hemp products more legal standing.

“These decisions being made at the federal level put pharmacies and general retailers in the business of selling CBD-based products in all 50 states, which substantially boosted the [projections],” Troy Dayton, Arcview’s chief executive officer, said in a statement.

The seventh edition of the report — like publications Arcview published previously — includes a calculated gaze into the crystal ball, projecting industry sales. Arcview and BDS’ latest expectations are that cannabis sales in dispensaries, retail stores and pharmacies will hit $44.8 billion globally by 2024.

Still, Arcview expects the bulk of sales to remain at dispensaries, followed by retail stores and then pharmacies. Sales of CBD products across those channels are poised to hit $20 billion in 2024, the researchers projected.

The long-term predictions include several assumptions such as Canada becoming a $5 billion market; European and Latin America countries launching cannabis programs; and US states such as Arizona, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico and New York legalizing the recreational use of cannabis.

A rare, clockwise-spinning tornado touches down in South Dakota

South Dakota doesn’t get a lot of tornadoes, but a twister there last weekend was particularly rare — because it was spinning clockwise.

The National Weather Service says the anticyclonic tornado only lasted for about 45 seconds on June 15. That was long enough for it to knock down seven trees at a farmstead outside of Estelline, which is about 80 miles north of Sioux Falls.

Only about 1% of tornadoes that hit the Northern Hemisphere rotate in a clockwise direction, the National Weather service says. The weather service used radar data and video to make its determination about the South Dakota storm.

Becky Bates shot one of those videos while chasing the storm with her family.

“It honestly didn’t seem unusual to me,” Bates told CNN. “This was my first catch. I just chase for fun. But it touched down a couple of times while we sat and watched.”

The tornado had estimated peak winds of 75 mph and its path was about one-tenth of a mile long.

It caused only relatively minor damage. One of the downed trees bent the metal overhang on a shed.

Eskom technician nabbed for R30,000 bribe

A technician at Eskom has been arrested for allegedly soliciting a R30,000 bribe from a businessperson, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (commonly known as the Hawks) said on Thursday.

Spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the 30-year-old man was supposed to upgrade power supply at the business premises when he solicited cash from the owner.

“It is alleged that the suspect approached the businessman after he withdrew plans to upgrade electricity for his business in May this year. In June he made another application and was contacted by the suspect to meet with him. At the meeting, the suspect undertook to help the businessman for a fee to upgrade his electricity. The matter was reported to Eskom who in turn presented it to the Hawks to probe it further,” said Mulaudzi.

He was arrested during a sting operation as he took R10,000 cash from the businessman. The technician is expected to appear in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

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Ex-PSG defender Maxwell denies assault

News website G1 reported Giulia Reverendo Andrade had filed the complaint of assault which she says left her with two fractured toes, on March 27.

“I am saddened to see how someone who I lived with and is the mother of my marvellous children has used the law in a distorted way,” said Maxwell, now an official at PSG, who denies the allegations.

“For the good of my children I will prove my total innocence and I will show they are simply lies,” he added in a statement published by his entourage.

The 37-year-old took up the position of technical co-ordinator at the Parisian club after retiring from playing in 2017 following a career which included spells at Barcelona, Inter Milan and Ajax.

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