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Jury finds Staunton man guilty in 1983 disappearance

STAUNTON (AP) An 85-year-old Staunton man has been convicted of the killing of another man who disappeared over 30 years ago. Media outlets report an Augusta Coun­ty jury found Charles Almond guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday in the death of ...

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Spotts Fain names new managing partner

Spotts Fain PC shareholder Dana D. McDaniel has been elected managing director of the Rich­mond law firm. He succeeds Hugh M. Fain III, who has served as Spotts Fain’s managing di­rector since 1999. The change was effective March 21. McDaniel ...

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Appeals court hears death row inmate’s case

(AP) A Virginia prisoner who killed two people during an escape was improperly denied a chance to show that he wouldn’t do it again if spared the death penalty, his lawyer told a federal appeals court March 22. Attorney Jonathan ...

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Lawyer: Man accused of killing cop is mentally impaired

MANASSAS (AP) An Army staff sergeant charged with shooting and killing a newly sworn Virginia police officer is mentally impaired as a result of his two tours in Iraq, his defense lawyer said Tuesday. Ronald Hamilton, 32, of Woodbridge, is ...

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GOP settles copyright claim for use of photo (access required)

The Republican Party of Virginia will pay $9,000 to resolve a copyright claim over a photograph used in a 2014 cam­paign flyer. The settlement marks the second time a Roanoke writer has forced payment for unauthorized use of a photo ...

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Justices likely to reject GOP appeal over Virginia districts

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court signaled Monday it probably will reject a Republican appeal over congressional districts in Virginia. The court’s liberal justices sounded skeptical about a challenge brought by Republican members of Congress who want the Supreme Court ...

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Report: Clerical missteps preceded inmate’s death

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A mentally ill man who was found dead in a jail last year was not on a waiting list for a bed at a state mental hospital, even though a judge had ordered him to be sent there, ...

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Final judgment: Debt relief company owes millions (access required)

The slow collapse of a debt relief com­pany that allegedly fleeced millions from struggling consumers has reached an end in a California federal court. The March 16 final judgment against Morgan Drexen Inc. came just two weeks after a Charlottesville ...

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Brennan tapped for VSB post (access required)

A prosecutor for the Virginia State Bar has been hired for a top executive job at the agency. Assistant bar counsel Renu Brennan will become deputy executive director of the VSB this summer as Mary Yancey Spencer retires from the ...

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