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Ex-utilities executive is sentenced to 34 months (access required)

A former utilities executive convicted of involvement in a bribes-and-kickbacks scandal has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison. Stacey Pomrenke, 44, of Abingdon was convicted in February of 14 felony counts. She was found guilty earlier this week ...

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Jury decides for son in Arlington will contest (access required)

last Will pen - FEA

An Arlington County jury has found for the son of a well-known local restaurateur in a multi-mil­lion-dollar tug-of-war over assets left after the man’s death. The case could be headed for the Supreme Court of Virginia. Tom Sarris owned restaurants ...

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$42 million: Settlement reached in logging accident that hurt three, killed one (access required)

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Victims of an explosion and fire at a Southside Virginia logging site in 2011 have settled product liability claims for a total of $42 mil­lion, lawyers report. Four workers suffered severe burns when welding machinery exploded in flames as the men ...

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Phony check scam bites law firm, bank (access required)

Johnson was suspected of trying to cash a bad check

A bank and a Lexington law firm shared a $269,800 loss in a settle­ment last month after the firm fell victim to a phony business client. One of the lawyers taken by the scam­mers said there were none of the ...

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Bar proposes duty to address impaired lawyers

A Virginia State Bar committee is seeking comment on the duty of law firm leaders to take action when another firm lawyer shows signs of impairment. The VSB Standing Committee on Legal Ethics is proposing a legal ethics opinion calling ...

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Attorney charged with sexual battery (access required)

Longtime Warrenton lawyer Jud A. Fischel has been charged with misdemeanor sexual battery. The town police chief said the charge resulted from allegations by clients of Fischel’s law practice. Fishel, 68, was served with a summons for an Aug. 22 ...

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Comments sought on COA fee hike (access required)

The Judicial Council of Virginia is asking for comments on a proposed increase in fees for commissioners of accounts. A decline in the use of probate procedures prompted a council committee to recommend an across-the-board 10-percent boost for commissioners’ fees. ...

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