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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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Prosecutors take officer’s lawsuit to federal court

Culpeper county prosecutors facing defamation claims from a police officer have taken his lawsuit to federal court and demanded it be dismissed. The Culpeper police detective – Matthew Haymaker – contends he was defamed and his civil rights violated when ...

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Mother of slain student consoles mother of accused killer

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Gil Harrington, the mother of a slain Virginia college student, said she offered her condolences Wednesday to the mother of the man accused of killing Harrington’s daughter and another college student years apart. Harrington said after a court ...

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Lawyers try to spare inmate’s life as execution nears

(AP) Attorneys for a convicted serial killer in Virginia are pushing to spare his life as the 49-year-old’s scheduled execution draws near. The state had been planning to execute Alfredo Prieto at 9 p.m. Thursday at the Greensville Correctional Center, ...

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AG Herring launches impartial-policing initiative

ARLINGTON (AP) Attorney General Mark Herring on Tuesday launched a statewide training initiative to assist police in appropriately using force, de-escalating dangerous situations and recognizing potential biases they may bring to the job. At a news conference in Arlington, Herring ...

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