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2018-8-2

GREENSVILLE/EMPORIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

LOCAL BOARD MEETING

The Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services Administrative Board will meet on Thursday, October 18, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services located at 1748 East Atlantic Street.  The public is welcome to attend.

Nurse Extern Program at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital

Jenna Lindner, RN Mentor, Heather Hill, Nurse Extern, Kassie Felts, Nurse Extern, April Hayes, Nurse Extern, Ashley Willis, RN, Nurse Mentor (Nurse Externs not pictured: Keri Lenhart, Jamie McGhee, Allison Meyer)

Submitted by Hazel Willis, RN, BSN

Six Registered Nursing Students participated in the Nurse Extern Program offered by VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital this summer. The Nurse Extern Program at VCU Health CMH is designed to give Registered Nursing students that will graduate next year the opportunity to work side-by-side under the supervision of a Registered Nurse Mentor. It is a ten-week program that allows them to rotate to different nursing units of their choice. The students get hands-on experience while working with registered nurses.  The program expands their knowledge and helps to prepare them for their senior year of nursing school and the role of a Registered Nurse in the workforce. 

The Nurse Externs described their experiences as wonderful and a great learning adventure. They stated, “We really felt like we were a part of the VCU Health CMH health care team. It boasted my confidence tremendously and it was an awesome experience to have the opportunity to apply what I have learned in school.” The Nurse Externs had many nursing stories to share and reiterated that they were glad they had taken the time this summer to participate. They completed the program stating they would strongly recommend it to other registered nursing students.

This was the fourteenth year that VCU Health CMH has offered the program. We are pleased that we can offer this opportunity to registered nursing students,” states Hazel Willis, RN, BSN, VCU Health CMH Nurse Extern Coordinator. It has been a positive recruitment tool to attract nurses to VCU Health CMH upon graduation. The nurses that attended the program previously and joined the VCU Health CMH Nursing team after graduation described the transition from nursing student to Registered Nurse as already feeling as if they were a part of the dynamic health care team at VCU Health CMH. We encourage other nursing students to take advantage of the program next summer to better prepare themselves for the workforce and their senior year of the Registered Nursing Program.

***UPDATED*** Virginia State Police Canine Looses Life in Shootout Following Pursuit on I-95

 

Update from Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Va., has positively identified the individual who was shot and killed in Sussex County on Wednesday (Aug. 1) as Tramaine Marquese Poole, 41, of New Haven, Conn. The Virginia State Police investigation into the shooting remains ongoing at this time. The Virginia State Police is most appreciative of the assistance and support provided by the New Haven, Conn. Police Department during the course of the investigation. 

In relation to VSP K-9 Vader... State police is currently working on arrangements for a memorial service to honor Vader. Please stay tuned.

"Our canine program is essential in so much of what we do as a Department to achieve our public safety mission," said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. "We are all deeply saddened by the loss of Vader and are forever grateful for his sacrifice and selfless service to the state police and the Commonwealth. For our canine handlers, their dogs are more than just a partner on the job. They are their protectors, their constant companion and confidant on the road. Vader was family."  

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At approximately 8:18 a.m. on Aug. 1, 2018, a Virginia State Police trooper was traveling north on Interstate 95 in Sussex County when he identified a vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Connecticut. The trooper activated his lights and siren to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle. The vehicle's driver refused to stop for the trooper and sped away.

A pursuit was initiated north on I-95 during which time an individual in the suspect vehicle began shooting at the trooper's vehicle. Sporadic shooting by the pursuit suspect continued as the stolen vehicle headed north on I-95 and then took Exit 24 for Owens/Route 645 in Sussex County.  As the stolen vehicle approached the intersection of Loco School and Bell roads, Virginia State Police positioned themselves to stop the stolen vehicle.  The pursuit suspect continued firing at the state police vehicles. One of the suspect's bullets pierced a K9 trooper's back passenger window and struck a state police canine riding in the back seat compartment. 

Once the stolen vehicle was stopped, state troopers engaged with the suspect and shots were fired. The male suspect died at the scene and will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Va. for examination and autopsy. Virginia State Police are still working to confirm the shooting suspect's identity.

An adult female passenger in the suspect vehicle was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries. She has been treated and released.

No troopers were injured in the course of the incident.

The state police narcotics detection canine, Vader, did not survive his injuries. Vader was a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois and had graduated from Virginia State Police Narcotics Detection Training in December 2017.  

In accordance with state police policy regarding officer-involved shootings, three troopers have been placed on administrative leave. 

The investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Multiple reports have identified the deceased suspect Tramaine Marquese Poole, 41.

New Haven Police Chief Anthony Campbell told the New Haven Register that Poole was wanted for the murder of 28-year-old Tyekqua Nesbitt who was shot to death in front of her two children in New Haven, Connecticut on May 31. Poole was also wanted in New Haven for the first-degree shooting assault of his wife on May 7.

 

The identy of the suspect has not been comfirmed by the Virginia State Police..

Photos are the property of the Virginia State Police, which grants permission for their publication/broadcast.

CRITICALLY MISSING ADULT ALERt John Alee Wimbush

The Virginia State Police has issued a Critically Missing Adult Alert on behalf of the Martinsville Police Department on Aug. 1, 2018 at 4:35 p.m. The Martinsville Police Department is looking for John Alee Wimbush, an 88-year-old, black male, height 5’ 06”, weight 176 lbs, with brown eyes, and black/gray hair.

He was last seen wearing, a blue shirt, jacket and blue jeans. He also uses a cane to walk. He is believed to have been abducted and in danger. He was last seen on Aug. 1, 2018 at 10:28 a.m. on Forest Street in Martinsville, Virginia.

He is believed to be with Valerie Vianna Swinson (AKA Valerie Vianna Condell), a 59-year-old, black female, height 5’ 08”, weight 167 lbs, with brown eyes, and black/blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a black and white striped tank top.

They are believed to be traveling in a 2017 Nissan Pathfinder with an unknown registration. Their possible direction of travel is I-81 north to I-95 north to Fort Washington, Maryland.

Please contact the Martinsville Police Department at 1-276-403-5328 if you have seen Mr. Wimbush or have information about his whereabouts. Complete information on this alert can be found at http://www.vasenioralert.com/

Southside Physicians Network Commits to Improving Eye Care in Emporia New Ophthalmology Office Coming Soon

Emporia, VA – Starting Wednesday August 8, Emporia residents will now be able get quality eye care from Southside Physicians Network (SPN). Dr. Rishi Parikh is now accepting patients at the Southside Physicians Network office in the Walmart Shopping Center at 301 Market Dr. Suite I in Emporia.

Rishi Parikh, MD is board certified on ophthalmology and has performed more than 5000 surgeries. A native of Ohio, Dr. Parikh is no stranger to Virginia. He did his residency at Virginia Commonwealth University Health system and has been in Richmond, VA working alongside Dr. Akshay Dave at Dominion Eye Associates.

Dr. Parikh provides a comprehensive list of eye care services, from advanced diagnostics and treatment of a wide range of vision problems, to the latest techniques in vision-correction surgery. Dr. Parikh utilizes advanced diagnostic and therapeutic equipment to preserve or improve eyesight.

Available at this new SPN office will be a full range of ophthalmologic services from routine eye exams to complex surgical procedures for vision problems such as:

  • Cataracts
  • Corneal disease
  • Diabetic eye disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Laser vision correction
  • Premium lens implants.

Call to make your appointment today – 434-336-1030.

About Rishi Parikh, MD

Fellowship: Corneal Associates of New Jersey, Fairfield, NJ

Residencies: Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, VA and The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

Medical Degree: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH

Undergraduate Degree: University of Cincinnati College of Engineering, Cincinnati, OH

Professional Memberships: American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

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