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Ex-Farm Bureau lawyer sentenced to 15 years (access required)

GOOCHLAND—A former lawyer for the Virginia Farm Bureau has been sentenced to a 15-year prison term for stealing $2 million from the organization. At his sentencing Tuesday, 49-year-old Lawrence H. Bidwell was also ordered to pay $2.1 million in restitution ...

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Kaine, Howell reach deal on smoking ban (access required)

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and House Speaker William Howell say they have reached agreement on a smoking ban in Virginia’s bars and restaurants. The legislation will ban smoking in nearly all restaurants, with exceptions for private clubs and restaurants with ...

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After 30 years, Fairfax homicide is solved (access required)

FAIRFAX—Fairfax County police say they’ve solved a 30-year-old homicide case. Officials say 68-year-old John Bell was stabbed to death by an intruder at his sister’s home in Oakton in 1979. Some of the suspect’s hair and bandanna remained at the ...

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VSB online directory is up and running (access required)

The Virginia State Bar’s online directory has been up for about three weeks, and Executive Director Karen A. Gould says the only complaint so far is that it doesn’t have enough information. The directory has the name, firm name, mailing ...

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