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Officer gets 2.5 years in death of unarmed teen

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A Portsmouth judge sentenced a white, former police officer to 2 ½ years in prison Wednesday for fatally shooting an unarmed black teen suspected of shoplifting. Circuit Judge Johnny Morrison sentenced Stephen Rankin to the term recommended by ...

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Prescription drug disposal kits to be distributed

(AP) Virginia officials will be handing out thousands of drug disposal kits designed to allow residents to safely get rid of unused prescription opioids. Attorney General Mark Herring said 80,000 drug deactivation kits were recently donated by the Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. ...

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Marcus Vick charged with drug possession

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) The brother of quarterback Michael Vick is facing a drug charge after being arrested in Newport News. Multiple news outlets report that police say 32-year-old Marcus Vick was arrested Saturday and charged with one count of possession ...

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Lawsuit over mental detention is settled

WAYNESBORO (AP) A lawsuit brought by a Waynesboro man who was confined to a psychiatric ward after police and health care workers mistook his physical ailment for a “psychotic disorder” has been settled. Attorneys for plaintiff Gordon Goines announced Thursday ...

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Veteran claim records discovered in storage

(AP) Attorney General Mark Herring is seeking a criminal investigation after applications for veterans’ benefits were found in a storage unit belonging to a former state employee who was fired last year for mishandling records, officials said Friday. Between 20 ...

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Political donor charged in $30M investment fraud scheme

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A well-heeled political donor and committee member at this summer’s Democratic National Convention was arrested Thursday and charged with using his health technology company to run a $30 million investment fraud scheme. Sreedhar Potarazu, an ophthalmologist from Potomac, ...

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Officer acquitted in fatal shooting

NORFOLK (AP) A Norfolk jury on Thursday acquitted a white police officer who had been charged in the shooting death of a mentally ill black man holding a knife. Norfolk police Officer Michael Edington faced one count of voluntary manslaughter ...

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Kagan praises Scalia at law school renaming ceremony

ARLINGTON (AP) Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan says the newly renamed Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University celebrates a “remarkable judge and teacher” who will be remembered as one of the greatest justices in history. Speaking Thursday at ...

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Weckstein honored on retirement (access required)

The man once called the “Mark Twain of the Virginia judiciary” by a fellow judge accepted the accolades of colleagues and friends Thursday as he steps away – temporarily – from the courtroom. Judge Clifford R. Weckstein – a one-time ...

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Virginia AG: ‘Ballot selfies’ not illegal

(AP) Virginia’s attorney general says it’s not against the law for Virginia voters to take photos of their ballots for publication on social media. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Attorney General Mark R. Herring said in a Sept. 29 opinion that ...

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