Investigative Pieces

This page features examples of investigative and in-depth pieces written by Michael Campbell during his career as a Staff Writer, News Editor, and Digital Content Producer in Central and Southside Virginia. These pieces were published in weekly newspapers The Dinwiddie Monitor, The Prince George Journal, and The Sussex-Surry Dispatch, Womack Publishing Company-owned publications. 

Former fuel provider silent as county seeks reimbursement for 2019 mix-up

Just over six months after a pair of the county’s diesel fuel storage tanks were contaminated with gasoline, Prince George’s former fuel provider has remained silent following several requests for reimbursement of costs related to the county’s response to September’s fuel mixup, which saw a local emergency declared as stations and units were taken offline for fuel extraction and inspection.

VDOT: Speed drop, signal 'not warranted' at intersection following crashes

The results of a recently requested study for the area in and around an intersection where two crashes have occurred this year, including one that claimed the life of a Dinwiddie High School student and injured several others, have come back and, according to state transportation officials, the stretch of road in question doesn't meet the threshold for either a traffic light or a reduction of speed.