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Police: Detective kills self while facing child sex charges

GAINESVILLE (AP) A police detective who once made national news when he took out a search warrant to photograph the genitals of a teen sexting suspect killed himself Tuesday as his fellow law officers were attempting to arrest him on ...

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Family settles death case for $1.4 million

(AP) The family of a man killed in an unlikely auto mishap has settled a wrongful death claim against the driver for $1.4 million. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the insurance company for 80-year-old David Limbrick, the driver, has agreed to ...

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Using drone for crime would be separate offense

The General Assembly will consider making it a separate offense to use a drone to commit a crime. House Bill 89 would make the pilot of an unmanned aircraft system guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor if he used the ...

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Lawyers don Santa hats to help poor

ROANOKE — Roanoke area lawyers turned the season into an opportunity for community service this month with the 10th annual Santa at the Station event. The program enlists attorneys and legal staffers to provide a fun and fulfilling evening for ...

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Man receives 2 life sentences for slayings of elderly couple

COLONIAL HEIGHTS (AP) A judge went above sentencing guidelines and gave a man two life terms for the 2011 bludgeoning deaths of an elderly Colonial Heights couple. Multiple media outlets report that Circuit Judge W. Allan Sharrett called the slayings ...

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GateHouse Media acquires VLW parent

GateHouse Media has agreed to acquire the Minneapolis-based publisher Dolan LLC, the owner of Virginia Lawyers Media. New Media, which owns GateHouse Media with 125 daily publications across 32 states, expects to close on the acquisition in the next several ...

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U.S. attorney nominations advance

The bids of Dana J. Boente and John P. Fishwick Jr. for U.S. attorney positions in Virginia moved ahead Thursday with approval of each by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Both nominations were approved on voice votes by the committee ...

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Republicans signal plans to reject Roush

(AP) Virginia Republicans are signaling their intent to remove Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s pick for the state’s highest court, potentially setting up another rancorous fight between the governor and the GOP-led General Assembly. House Republicans have not invited Virginia Supreme ...

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US prosecutors urge justices to deny McDonnell appeal

(AP) Federal prosecutors filed papers Tuesday opposing former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s bid to have the U.S. Supreme Court review his public corruption convictions. In its response to McDonnell’s petition, Justice Department lawyers disputed the former Republican governor’s claim that ...

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$350k verdict for attack on Muslim cabbie

A federal jury has awarded $350,000 to a Muslim cab driver who said he was reviled for his religion and then physically attacked by a drunken Fairfax County businessman during a 2013 cab ride. The cabbie’s lawyer says the verdict ...

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