Part of Charlottesville street to be dedicated to woman who was struck, killed; Democrat Shelly Simonds wins 94th District recount

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Wednesday, Dec. 20.

Wednesday morning, a ceremony will be held to dedicate a portion of Charlottesville’s 4th Street to Heather Heyer, the young woman who was struck and killed while protesting the Aug. 12 white nationalist rally. Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, will speak. James Alex Fields Jr., the 20-year-old driver of the car that killed Heyer, has been charged with murder.

By a single vote, Democrat Shelly Simonds will take over Republican David Yancey’s 94th House District seat after a recount revealed that she, despite Yancey’s 10-vote lead, was the winner.
(The Washington Post)

AAA predicts that more than 2.4 million people in the Washington, D.C., area will be traveling by car this holiday season and that the worst time to travel will be Thursday, Dec. 21, from 3-6 p.m.

Sen. Barbara Favola’s SB 46 bill, which requires that Virginia drivers come to a complete stop and yield to pedestrians, will be voted upon in the State Senate while Del. Mark Levine is reintroducing his HB 39 bill, which would grant local jurisdictions the ability to establish their own minimum wage, to the Virginia House of Delegates.
(ARL Now)

Alexandria Pastor Terry Wayne Millender and his wife Brenda have been convicted of using the Victorious Life Church—where Millender was a senior pastor—congregation to fraudulently acquire over $2 million. They each face up to 20 years in prison.

Alexia Glancey, 11, of Leesburg has assembled 263 bags of travel-sized hygiene products for the homeless. She started raising money to purchase the small toiletries by doing chores, and was then able to acquire more products with help from relatives, friends, neighbors and students/staff from Sycolin Creek and Leesburg Elementary schools.
(Loudoun Times-Mirror)