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Missing Student Hannah Graham Spotted in Newly-Released Videos

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

10616079 10152777254977578 4418764593931113348 nCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The parents of a missing University of Virginia student said Wednesday they fear she is the victim of "foul play," and police released two new surveillance videos showing the 18-year-old walking past a pub and, minutes later, running past a service station.

 

Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said the videos have been extremely helpful as investigators try to piece together what happened to Hannah E. Graham early Saturday morning but said police still need to hear from anyone who might have any information about Graham, no matter how insignificant it might seem.

Graham's friends reported her missing Sunday. They last heard from her Saturday morning, when she texted a friend after leaving a party to say she was lost. Police have searched a wide area northeast and east of the campus without success.

 

"Hannah is beyond precious to us, and we are devastated by her disappearance," her parents, John and Susan Graham, said in a statement released at a news conference in downtown Charlottesville. "It is totally out of character for us not to have heard from her, and we fear foul play."

Longo said police "don't have any substantial evidence" supporting fears of foul play, despite the video showing Graham running. She slowed to a walk toward the end of the video, which Longo said indicates she was not being pursued.

 

Wednesday evening Capt. Gary Pleasants told reporter Melissa Hipolit that they examined two new videos, which showed an unidentified white male following Graham.

The first video was taken at 1:06 a.m.  from Sal’s Pizza, located at 221 E. Main St. It shows a white male walking into the cameras view, he looks over his shoulder, then steps into a doorway and Graham walks past him, police said.

 

He said police have received word that another security video shows Graham later running onto the Downtown Mall, a popular seven-block row of shops and restaurants flanking a wide, brick-paved walkway, and that footage was released to the public Thursday.

WCAV-TV has been helping Cable 12 since this story broke. The station says the new surveillance video clip appears to be Hannah Graham walking on the Downtown Mall.

In the video, you can see a person notice her, and then follow her out of the frame.

CBS19 (WCAV) reporter Colleen Quigley also noticed police talking with potential witnesses on the Downtown Mall late Wednesday night.

 

The new videos and an eyewitness' tip prompted police to canvass downtown businesses Wednesday. A team of detectives went door-to-door at bookstores, bars and restaurants in the hope of recovering more surveillance videos, police Capt. Gary Pleasants said.

Longo said Graham met friends for dinner at a restaurant Friday night, dropped by parties at two off-campus housing units, and left the second one alone. She sent several texts, including the one indicating she was lost, but Longo said he "didn't get the sense there was fear" in any of the messages.

He said Graham had been drinking that night. He said police released that information to emphasize that she may have been unusually vulnerable and her judgment may have been impaired.

Detective Jim Mooney, the lead investigator, said police have interviewed about 50 people.

The search for the student, who was born in England but has lived in Virginia since she was 5, has involved local police, the Virginia State Police, University of Virginia police and the FBI, which is processing leads, Pleasants said. The search has also included canine teams and helicopters.

 

At least three other young women have disappeared in the area in the last five years.

Police said there was no indication Graham's disappearance was linked to any of the other cases, but Mooney said the rural area where Morgan Harrington's remains were found has been checked just in case. Harrington, a Virginia Tech student, disappeared in 2009 while attending a rock concert at the University of Virginia's John Paul Jones Arena. No arrests have been made in that case.

Graham is 5-foot-11 with blue eyes, light brown hair and freckles. Police released surveillance photos showing Graham dressed in the black slacks and gold and black crop top she was believed to be wearing when she disappeared.

Police have established a designated tip line for information on Graham. The number is 434-295-3851.

Stations WHSV, WVIR, WCAV, and WTVR have been nice enough to allow Cable 12 to use their video, in addition to the Associated Press.
                                                                                      
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New Video Places Missing UVa Student Near Irish Pub, Gas Station Shortly Before Her Last Text

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

HannahElizabethGrahamthumb3Charlottesville Police are expanding their search for missing University of Virginia student Hannah Elizabeth Graham.

Police say detectives will be visiting businesses along the Downtown Mall, looking for more surveillance video that might show Graham on the night she went missing.

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"We need all business owners in and around the Downtown Mall to preserve any video they may have," said Captain Gary Pleasants with Charlottesville Police.irishpub

Graham was spotted on surveillance video near McGrady's Irish Pub at 12:45 a.m. Surveillance video then
shows her near the Shell gas station on Preston around 12:55 a.m.

Police say they will be releasing surveillance video later Wednesday afternoon.

shellAccording to police, an eyewitness saw Graham walking on 2nd Street, heading to the Downtown Mall, around 1 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13.

Graham texted friends at 1:30 a.m.

Virginia State Police, UVa. and Charlottesville Police all involved in the search for Hannah Graham.

Anyone with information on her disappearance asked to call Charlottesville Police at 434 295 3851.

COURTESY WCAV-TV

 

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Nature Expo Coming to Booker T Washington National Monument

Written by Kevin Tosh. Posted in News

BRFAL BearAttention nature lovers!  Mark your calendars. There will be a Nature Expo at Booker T. Washington National Monument on October 18, 2014 from 2-4 PM. 
 
There is never a fee to enter Booker T Washington National Monument and no charge for the Expo. Parking is also free.  Free coffee and snacks will be available.

This event is being put on by the local Blue Ridge Foothills And Lakes Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist Program. This statewide program trains volunteers to participate in projects related to the conservation and management of natural resources and public lands.

 At the Expo you can learn more about BRFAL and how to become a Certified Master Naturalist. There will be displays providing information about several projects that BRFAL members have been and still are participating in.
 
Some of the topics these projects cover include: local precipitation measurements, a remote camera study of local forest mammals, several water related projects, tree identification, bluebird monitoring and much, much more.
 
In addition to BRFAL members, the Chapter Advisor from The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Ryan Klopf will display information about Natural Area Preserves. State Representatives of the Virginia Master Naturalist Program will be invited. 
 
The goals of the Expo are to raise public environmental awareness, inform the public about BRFAL activities and encourage interest in becoming a Certified Master Naturalist.
 
Consider coming earlier that Saturday and taking in the exhibits, restored buildings, vegetable garden, farm animals, trails and streams that are always available atBTWNM. Directions can be found here.
 
Plan to come out and see what Master Naturalists do and learn how to become one! 
 
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Supervisors: No Bus Money for COLA Payments

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

By CHARLES BOOTHE
Staff Writer - The Franklin News-Post (Special to Cable 12)
 
The ball to give employees of the Franklin County School System a one-time cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) payment has been sent back into the school board’s court.
bluebird bus.ju.topThe board of supervisors took no action Tuesday afternoon on a request from the school division to appropriate $340,000 for school buses to help with the $1.3 million cost of the payment.
 
“The board of supervisors appropriated $607,192 of school carryover funds, plus $617,890 of general fund (non-school) carryover funds, for a total of $1,225,082 to cover the majority of funds needed for the schools to cover their employees and be treated the same as all other employees,” said supervisors Chairman David Cundiff.
 
“The amount offered to the schools covered all but $102,705 needed to fund the entire effort for the schools (for the payment),” he added.
With the money approved by the supervisors, the school division would be required to “come up with one-tenth of 1 percent of its budget,” Cundiff said. 
The county cannot provide any more funding for the payments, he added, because the county’s fund balance needs to stay in line with the adopted policy levels.
 
“More importantly, we have to preserve monies for school buses so that the safety of our children would  not be called into question,” Cundiff said.
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