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Search Warrant

March 23, 2011

The search warrant was filed in relation to the Virginia Code 18.2-248: to wit Manufacture of Methamphetamine.

Zane Carter Holliday and Torrey Ezra Clark were searched as well as room number 210 at the Super 8 Hotel and the 1996 green Subaru registered to Holliday.

Evidence log consists of fifty-four items (length of 3 pages) Items were found on the two suspects, in the vehicle and in the hotel room.

Items include but are not limited to the following: digital scales, rolling paper, mason jars, smoking devices, nitrate gloves, hoses, rope, box of matches and syringes.

Senior Police Officer M.S. Jenkins stated in the warrant “With my training and experience boxes of matches and items that are used to cook with are items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.”

The warrant was requested after both Clark and Holliday refused to allow the vehicle and room to be searched.

Case Moves Forward in Stigger Murder

March 14, 2011

Radford Commonwealth Attorney Chris Rehak stated in the preliminary hearing held Thursday that he is seeking indicment for capital murder rather than first-degree murder for 45 year-old Kenneth Allen Lytton.

Lytton is accused of killing the manager of the Papa John’s in Radford, Jason Levi Stigger, 27, also Lytton’s boss on the evening of October 21, 2010.

Stigger was found shot in the restraunt by a delivery driver. An undisclosed amount of cash was also reported stolen.

In addition to murder, Lytton is also facing charges of robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. In the state of Virginia it’s considered a capital offense if a murder is committed while in violation of a felony and  in Lytton’s case, robbery.

The grand jury will now have to decide whether or not there is enough evidence for a trial in circuit court.

The families of both Stigger and Lytton were present for the very brief hearing that lasted no more than five minutes. Lytton’s family was choked with tears when he was walked out in a solid red New River Valley Regional Jail jumpsuit and cuffs on both his hands and feet.  As for Stigger’s family they shared a few faint whispers amongst eachother and left quickly after they learned the case was moving forward.

If Lytton is found guilty in the case of a capital offense he will be sentenced to life in prison or the death penatly.

Tips for Tipping and Other Restaurant Etiquette

February 5, 2011

As a seasoned employee in the restaurant business I would like to take this opportunity to share with you ideas and concerns my fellow co-workers and I have often discussed over the years.  Please do not be offended by any of the following statements. This blog is meant to inform those unaware of their small but significant blunders. Enjoy!

First and foremost the year is 2011 (just in case you werent aware or possibly forgot) and the cost of living is steadily increasing. In tough economic times like these if you can’t afford to leave a deserved tip then you shouldn’t be able to afford to go out for dinner. Tipped employees, also known as servers, make $2.13/hour, most of which we never see. When we cash out at the end of the shift the restraunt automatically taxes us ten percent of your order. Therefore, if you don’t leave a tip we end up paying a few dollars towards your meal.  Yep, you’re welcome.

Oh, a small addition to the paragraph above: if an item is taken off of your bill because you were unhappy with the way the food was prepared, leave a tip based on what the original total was. We didn’t cook your dinner so please don’t penalize us.  Same concept applies to giftcards and coupons. That’s money you saved, please share.

If you’ve had a rough day or bad past experience, don’t take it out on us. We don’t take our bad customers out on you. Odd’s are it’s not our fault. When we ask ”how are you doing today?” we are asking for a reason. If you’re having a hard day we want to know and will honestly do our best to make it better or at least not make it any worse.

If you are above the age of 13 please don’t order from the kids menu. You don’t act like a child (at least I hope not) so don’t eat like one. If you absolutely cannot resist those previously frozen chicken fingers with a complimentary soda of your choice then at least tip us as if you ordered an actual entree. You’re saving money anyway so help us out, we didn’t ask you to order from the “coloring book included” menu.  By the way, we will give you a coloring book , seriously.

If you do have children please pay extra attention to everything they are spitting out, opening and most likely dumping on the table and floor. Cleaning up salt and chewed up pieces of french fries is not as enjoyable as it may seem. We are your server, not your nanny; unless of course you want to pay us more by the hour. Which brings me to my next point, if you know your children aren’t usually well behaved in public places don’t bring them out to the restaraunt and allow them to run amok. Not only is it dangerous but it’s also distracting to employees and other guests.

Be aware of what time you’re coming in to eat. We understand that people work late, lose track of time, are traveling etc. but coming into eat dinner at 10:59pm when the restraunt locks the doors at 11:00pm is just plain rude.

Camping is for campgrounds, not restaurants. Here’s some insight on server lingo; customers who linger at the table after paying their bill are called “campers,” don’t be one! It’s impossible to make money from a table that is already paid out and still occupied. As severs, we rely on turning tables for income. Remember, $2.13/hr. Eeek! If you aren’t ready to go home the bars don’t close until 2am.

Let me now present to you the tipping scale: 

 Below average service=10%

Good service=15%

Great service=20%

Anything above that…you’re our new favorite customer! Trust me, we remember. Verbal tips or compliments do not pay our bills. Of course we love to hear about our ”excellent service” but we consider that a bonus, not a tip. If we’ve done a great job show us in blank space beside the word TIP. Or in Washingtons, Lincons, Jacksons and if you’re feeling extra generous, Jeffersons.

Delegate Dave Nutter

January 26, 2011

David A. Nutter was born in Clarksburg, WV on April 2, 1955. He recieved his B.A. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1979. Nutter is in the 7th House (R) which includes the part of Montgomery County, part of Pulaski County and the City of Radford. Dave was elected in to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2001 and he’s currently serving his fifth term. He is a member of the follwing committees: Health, Welfare and Institutions; Malitia, Police and Public Safety, and Science and Technology. Dave is passionate about a number of issues. One issue being education, specifically public education. In 2004, he fought to secure the largest funding increase for public schools in the history of Virginia. Another issue is equal opportunity for Virginia’s youth. Dave strongly believes that all students will need some sort of additional training or education (not necessarily college) in order to develop skills that will help them be successful in their future career choices. Making healthcare more easily available for Virginia workers is a top priority for Nutter. He co-sponsored legistlation in 2009 that made healthcare plans easier to attain for smaller buisnesses. Tax credits were also extended in 2008 to the same small companies that offered healthcare to their employees. In 2008, the state funding for the New River Community College (Christiansburg location) was dropped but because of Nutter’s understanding of the importance of higher education, he quickly had the funds restored. He also put into motion a Community College Transfer Fund which grants students who complete their first two years at a community college up to $2,000 towards the four year school of their choice.