Friday, March 28, 2008
Waynesboro has finally made the National news after a long drought. No, Tim Spears did not record another song about NASCAR, nor are The Findells and Dosed doing a Tour together, nor did Pee BucketHead Moss sell another of her gawd-awful Amish paintings. We have GANGSTERS!!!???!!!
Of course we knew that all along, us Eastside Folk.
I often called the I-64 Corridor going westward from Charlottesville to Waynesboro as THE TRAIL OF TEARS; that stretch of road from Civilization back to Hooterville often travailed in the early morning hours after some especially intense "Civilizing", and now some one or some folks have come up with the idea of introducing firearms to that long, embarassing drive back. Of course, the perps had to have been stone blotto to have done this, for if they had been on crank or ice there would be a lot of dead people out there.
All I have to say about the AMC Gremlin the Waynesboro Cops now have as evidence is HELL YEAH!!! The thought in My head at first was that Anna Beegles had finally lost her mind, but she had driven a Pacer. And there was always my short lived BROWN HORNET... Leave it to Basic City to be ground zero in a national crime scene investigation. We were always the WRONG Side Of The Tracks literally; The first ghost city, Teasville, Waynesboro’s fucked-up litlle brother. I can almost see the CSI and FBI sitting down in Basic City Luncheonette for a slab of ham and some scrambled eggs with no salt or pepper.
Its a shame that we are in the news for such a bone-headed turn of events, but it figures. There was always nothing to do there but get into trouble with a capital T. Meth has become such a scourge there that crime was bound to start sprouting from the Boredom.
Mike and I recorded a song in 2005 called HASSETT"S GUN SUPPLY; about a guy who gets ripped off in Basic City (The Phillipenes), loses his job and car, and goes postal from the resulting massive amphetimene intake. Pathetically Prophetic. Now in Virginia, we have something to look forward to at the advent of every Springtime; and it’s not the budding trees and flowers; it’s gunfire.
Here is the feed from ABC news theis morning. Be proud, WAYNESBORIANS!!!!
Law enforcement officials in Waynesboro, Va., are investigating the possibility that a light-colored 1970s AMC Gremlin now in their possession may have been involved in a string of highway and other shootings in Virginia.
Police also searched Yonder Hill Farm in Crozet, Va., a property just off I-64 and about 13 miles west of Charlottesville.
Police Search for Va. Highway Gunmen
It’s not clear whether the search warrant and the search for the driver of the Gremlin are related.
Virginia State Police have scheduled a 10 a.m. news conference in Charlottesville on the sniper attacks.
The early Thursday morning highway gunfire injured two drivers and hit at least six vehicles, police have said.
Witness accounts lead authorities to believe that more than one person was involved in the incidents.
Now, police believe another shooting incident on North Commerce Avenue in Waynesboro, and a white van found with a bullet hole at a bank in the town, could be tied to the highway shootings.
Police told ABC News they believe the Gremlin was possibly involved in a shooting incident at the DuPont Community Credit Union located near Exit 94 of Interstate 64 early Thursday morning. The credit union is within 15 miles of the I-64 crime scenes, and sits less than a few hundred yards from the highway itself.
Thursday morning, employees of the bank reported seeing the white van in the parking lot with bullet holes in the front and the back of the vehicle, possibly from a single bullet. The van had previously been repossessed and is owned by the bank.
A bullet hole also was found in the first floor window of the bank and possible ricochet marks were found on the brick front of building and a DuPont Community Credit Union sign.
Search for Highway Sniper
After reviewing bank surveillance video, Waynesboro Police identified the Gremlin associated with activity that took place in the parking lot between 12:30 a.m. and 1:00 a.m. Thursday morning.
Police recovered an abandoned Gremlin late this evening in Albemarle County, Va., Waynesboro Police Sgt. Kelly Walker told ABC News. Walker said authorities know the vehicle owner’s identity and the investigation is ongoing.
The Gremlin might be a promising lead because running models of the car are extremely rare.
Police are investigating the possibility that the car was involved in the I-64 shootings, though they are awaiting further forensic analysis of the Gremlin and ballistics results before asserting a connection between the incidents.
The Waynesboro Police also are investigating an additional shooting at the 200 block of North Commerce Avenue that occurred during the same time frame as the other shootings.
At approximately 1:30 a.m. Thursday, officers responded to a residence for a "shots fired call," but initially did not find any evidence to validate the claim.
Later, however, a resident found a shell casing in the street, and officers who responded to the scene determined that a home nearby appeared to have been hit.
Officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives say that ballistic evidence gathered at all the crime scenes is being inventoried in Charlottesville and will be driven to a lab in Maryland for analysis first thing Friday morning.
The now wide-ranging shooting investigation began in the early morning hours Thursday, when emergency call centers first received reports of gunfire along I-64.
Callers said a westbound vehicle appeared to have been struck by gunfire coming from an overpass near the 106 mile marker. Minutes later, calls rolled in concerning shots fired near the Exit 114 on ramp.
Shortly after the first report of trouble at 12:10 a.m., authorities closed a 20-mile stretch of the interstate to all traffic. It remained blocked off until shortly after 6 a.m.
The gunfire along I-64 struck two drivers who were treated and released from local hospitals Thursday.
Among the six vehicles police determined had been hit were a van, two cars, a tractor-trailer and a Virginia Department of Transportation dump truck that was parked near the Yancey Mills exit.
Law enforcement sources told ABC News Thursday that a high-powered rifle was involved in the I-64 shootings, and noted that the shooter or shooters appeared to be aiming for occupants, instead of targeting vehicles themselves.
The region of Virginia hit by the shooter or shooters lies about two-and-a-half hours outside Washington, D.C., an area that is all too familiar with sniper attacks.
The so-called Beltway shootings rocked the Washington metropolitan area in October 2002, when two snipers killed 10 people and wounded three others in Virginia, Maryland and the nation’s capital.
In Virginia, John Allen Muhammad is sitting on death row for those murders, and Lee Boyd Malvo is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for his role in the killings.
Police said investigators were chasing more than 50 leads Thursday. They asked anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-2017.