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Suit claims tavern exiled boy with gluten allergy

WILLIAMSBURG (AP) A lawsuit claims that Colonial Williamsburg removed a boy from a restaurant and forced him to sit in the rain because he brought his own food. The Virginian-Pilot reported Thursday that the 11-year-old was on a school field trip ...

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Another mistrial for man held for 2 years without conviction

STAFFORD (AP) Another mistrial has been declared in the case of a Stafford man charged with child sex abuse who has spent more than two years in jail without a conviction. The Free Lance-Star reports 35-year-old Herbert Eugene Smitley’s trial for aggravated ...

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Campaign of gubernatorial candidate seeks inclusion into VBA debate (access required)

The Virginia Bar Association is set to help kick off Virginia’s battle for governor Saturday as part of its summer meeting, and one candidate is pushing to be on the stage. Republican Ed Gillespie and Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, the ...

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Judge restored after ‘exile’ for courthouse behavior (access required)

A general district judge who was ordered to sit in courthouses outside his district for 14 months has been officially reinstated, but still is not presiding in 11th District courtrooms. General District Judge Robert B. Beasley Jr. was barred from ...

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Judge orders tests, new plan for leaking coal ash site

(AP) Virginia’s largest utility must submit a revised plan for dealing with its leaking piles of coal ash at a retired power plant in Chesapeake and conduct at least two years of environmental testing at the site, a federal judge ...

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Lawyer reprimanded for courthouse incident (access required)

An Alexandria lawyer has received a public reprimand from the Virginia State Bar growing out of a charge that he was drunk in public at the Alexandria courthouse in 2015. Christopher P. Schewe came under suspicion when he showed up ...

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Greene County prosecutor appointed to bench (access required)

Long-time Greene County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ron Morris will become a Juvenile and Domestic Relations judge next week. The judges of the 16th Circuit appointed Morris to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Edward DeJ. Berry. Morris takes ...

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Fairfax murder case ends in mistrial

CHANTILLY (AP) A Fairfax County judge declared a mistrial Friday in the case of a park worker accused of fatally stabbing a caterer at a wedding celebration. The jury deliberated for hours before telling the judge that they could not ...

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Fourth Circuit: Board’s prayer practice is unconstitutional

(AP) Elected officials’ practice of opening meetings in North Carolina with Christian prayer and inviting audience members to join is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a closely watched case likely headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. The ...

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Virginia Supreme Court sides with pipeline in survey lawsuit

(AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled in favor of the company developing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in a lawsuit against a woman who sought to keep surveyors off her property. Hazel Palmer owns land in Augusta County along ...

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