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Lumber Liquidators paying $10M in wood importation probe

NEW YORK (AP) Lumber Liquidators says it will pay $10 million and plead guilty to five violations of environmental law, including one felony charge, to end a federal investigation into its importation of illegally sourced wood products. The Justice Department ...

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Wolthuis inducted by ACTL

Roanoke federal prosecutor Donald R. Wolthuis has been inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Wolthuis has been an assistant U.S. attorney in the Western District since 1990. He is currently Senior Litigation Counsel and the ...

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Video shows sheriff using racial slur during interrogation

DINWIDDIE (AP) A videotape released Tuesday shows a sheriff in a rural Virginia county using a racial slur during the interrogation of a slaying suspect. The sheriff defended the use of the offensive word as a law enforcement interrogation technique, ...

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Husband could stop support, then head to court

A husband does not have to pay over $400,000 in spousal support arrearage, even though he failed to get a court order after his wife allegedly agreed to give up support, a divided Court of Appeals said on Oct. 6. ...

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Saslaw ex-treasurer charged with embezzling

McLEAN (AP) A former campaign treasurer for Virginia Senate Minority Leader Richard Saslaw was charged Monday with embezzling more than $650,000 in campaign funds. Court records show that Linda Diane Wallis, 51, of Fairfax, is scheduled to enter a guilty ...

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects Huguely appeal

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from a former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend. The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that upheld the conviction of George ...

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Matthew gets 3 life terms for 2005 sex assault

FAIRFAX (AP) Jesse Matthew Jr., charged with the murders of college students Hannah Graham and Morgan Harrington, was sentenced Friday to three life prison terms for a sexual assault on a woman a decade ago in northern Virginia. The Charlottesville ...

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Judge appoints attorneys for Lyon sisters suspect

The man accused of felony murder in the 1975 disappearance of two Maryland sisters has had two attorneys appointed to represent him. Bedford County Circuit Judge James Updike appointed Roanoke’s Tony Anderson and Andrew Houchens of Moneta to the case, ...

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Man sues police for apartment raid

(AP) A Virginia Union University student has filed a lawsuit against the Richmond Police Department, saying he was left injured and shaken after police raided his home with a warrant listing a non-existent address. The lawsuit said Neblett was falling ...

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Virginia executes 1st inmate in nearly 3 years

JARRATT (AP) A convicted serial killer who faced the death penalty in two states became the first inmate to be executed in nearly three years in Virginia. Alfredo Prieto was pronounced dead at 9:17 p.m. Thursday at the Greensville Correctional ...

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