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Judge pleads guilty to hit-and-run

Wytheville Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Michael Keith Blankenship pleaded guilty to a hit-and-run charge Friday in Powhatan County General District Court. According to The Roanoke Times, Blankenship was fined $200 and must pay restitution for the damage caused when ...

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Warrantless GPS tracking approved

Arlington County Circuit Judge Joanne Alper ruled that there was no 4th amendment violation when, without a warrant, police attached a GPS tracking device to a suspect’s van and followed his travels around the community. According to the Arlington Connection, ...

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Governor marks DNA milestone

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science has obtained its 5,000th hit to Virginia’s Offender DNA Databank, according to a news release from the governor’s office. A “hit” occurs when a DNA profile developed from any biological fluid, tissue, or hair ...

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Governor marks DNA milestone

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science has obtained its 5,000th hit to Virginia’s Offender DNA Databank, according to a news release from the governor’s office. A “hit” occurs when a DNA profile developed from any biological fluid, tissue, or hair ...

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Prisoner accused of Holocaust scam

Federal authorities have accused an inmate in a Virginia federal prison of identity theft, possibly for the purpose of filing false claims for benefits intended for Holocaust victims and their descendants. According to an indictment, John Kenneth Leighnor Jr., 49, ...

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