2018-04-11 / News Briefs




Driver dies in 288 tractor-trailer crash

The driver of a tractor-trailer has died after his vehicle crashed through a guardrail on state Route 288 on Sunday and landed below an overpass on Iron Bridge Road.

The tractor-trailer had been traveling southbound on 288 when the driver swerved to avoid a slow-moving vehicle just before noon on April 8. The driver lost control and the vehicle went off the left side of the overpass, going through a guardrail, hitting a wall and landing below the overpass.

The driver, Ray J. Townsend, 56, of Pamplin, was taken to VCU Medical Center, where he died from his injuries. The investigation continues.

Attorney says man was insane at time of ax attack

According to a report in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, an attorney has stated that his defendant was insane at the time he attacked his father with an ax last year.

In court last week, defense attorney Ali Amirshahi said a psychologist hired to evaluate Frank X. Altimari, 31, concluded that Altimari could not distinguish right from wrong on Nov. 4 when he struck his father multiple times with an ax outside the family’s home in Chesterfield. The father, Nicholas S. Altimari, 61, was a former federal prosecutor.

The victim’s wife, Felipita Altimari, told investigators that she and her husband were struck by a vehicle in their driveway after returning home from dinner. According to an investigative narrative, Frank Altimari got out of the car and struck his father multiple times in the head. He has been charged with murder and malicious wounding.

During a status hearing on April 5, Chesterfield Circuit Court Judge David E. Johnson granted a request from the prosecution to appoint a clinical psychologist to conduct a separate evaluation. A status hearing date has been set for June 4, with a two-day jury trial scheduled for July 12 and 13.

After fire, body found inside Enon house

A body was found following an Enon house fire that took place on the morning of April 5.

At 5:11 a.m., county fire and EMS crews responded to the 14400 block of Heather Stone Drive to a report of a house fire. Upon arriving, crews found heavy fire conditions throughout the single-story house. It took fire crews approximately 50 minutes to get the fire under control, after which firefighters located the body of an occupant inside the home.

The county fire marshal’s office and police department are currently investigating the cause of the fire. The medical examiner will determine a cause of death and identity of the deceased.

Norovirus hits assisted living facility

Residents at an independent and assisted living facility have been affected by a norovirus outbreak that began late last month, according to media reports.

At The Crossings at Bon Air, located at 9100 Bon Air Crossings Drive, roughly 58 residents and 13 employees dealt with symptoms of the virus over a two-week period. A statement from Christy Boatwright, the facility’s executive director, states that the facility alerted the Virginia Department of Health shortly after the virus was first detected on March 20 and 21. The statement reads that there are few remaining active cases.

The Centers for Disease Control calls norovirus “a very contagious virus that can infect anyone.” The virus can be contracted from contact with “an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces.” Symptoms include stomach pain, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea.

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