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Life-or-death decision faces jury in cop killer case

MANASSAS (AP) Prosecutors asked a jury Tuesday to impose what would be the first death sentence in Virginia since 2011 against an Army staff sergeant who killed his wife and a rookie police officer who responded to her call for ...

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Court to hear ex-officer’s appeal in teen’s shooting

(AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to hear an appeal by a former Virginia police officer sentenced to 2½ years in prison for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager suspected of shoplifting. Portsmouth officer Stephen Rankin was convicted ...

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Ex-teacher pleads guilty in ‘celebgate’ case

(AP) A former teacher has pleaded guilty in the 2014 “celebgate” scandal in which hackers obtained nude photographs and other private information from more than 200 people, including celebrities. Christopher Brannan entered guilty pleas in federal court Oct. 22 to ...

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Electoral board members suspended, jury to hear their case

HOPEWELL (AP) A judge has temporarily suspended two electoral board members facing malfeasance in office charges while granting a request for a jury to hear their case. The State Board of Elections alleges Hopewell Electoral Board members David Silvestro and ...

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Jury convicts first defendant in MS-13 slaying of teen

BEDFORD (AP) Jurors have convicted a 21-year-old man accused of being an MS-13 gang member who participated in the killing of a Lynchburg teenager. A Bedford County jury on Oct. 19 found Victor Arnoldo Rodas guilty of first-degree murder and gang participation, ...

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Manafort to be sentenced in February; appears in wheelchair

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A judge has set a February sentencing date for Paul Manafort, who appeared in court Oct. 19 for a post-trial hearing in a wheelchair and green jail jumpsuit. The hearing in federal court in Alexandria was largely procedural, ...

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Judges pick expert to help in redistricting

(AP) Federal judges have appointed a special expert to help redraw Virginia’s state legislative districts for future elections. A three-judge panel appointed Bernard Grofman, an economics and political science professor at the University of California, Irvine, on Oct. 18. The ...

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Parents accused of riding moped with baby between them

FREDERICKSBURG (AP) Two Fredericksburg-area parents are accused of riding a moped with their 5-month-old baby held between them. Athena N. Colon, 24, and Cane Hartwick Jr., 26, were arrested Oct. 17 and charged with felony child neglect, The Free Lance-Star reported. ...

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‘Call my lawyer,’ says sweater seized with stolen sneakers

ROANOKE (AP) A Roanoke-area store has had 20 right-foot shoes stolen over the course of three break-ins this year. Roanoke County police arrested 21-year-old Manuel Carlos Ramirez-Godoy for an Oct. 14 burglary of Clean Soles, seizing seven right-foot Nike Air Jordans ...

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Michael Vick’s father gets 5 years for drug-ring role

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) The father of former pro-football star Michael Vick has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for his role in a drug ring. Michael Dwayne Boddie, 56, was sentenced Oct. 17 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to ...

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