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Police charge man with murder in fatal crash

(AP) Virginia State Police have charged a man with first-degree murder in a traffic crash this month that killed a 15-year-old boy. A VSP news release said 37-year-old Steven H. Williams of Independence turned himself in Oct. 16. Williams was a ...

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Feds: ‘Operation Goodfellas’ breaks up $19M drug ring

NORFOLK (AP) Federal officials say they’ve broken up a $19 million drug ring in Virginia. The U.S. attorney’s office for Virginia’s Eastern District said in a statement Tuesday that they’ve charged five Hampton Roads area men in a trafficking conspiracy ...

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Lawsuit accusing police of unlawful arrest dismissed

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Just days before it was to go to trial, a lawsuit brought by a man who accused police of unlawfully raiding his truck and detaining him against his will has been dismissed. Benjamin Burruss’ 2015 lawsuit was dismissed ...

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Report: Thousands of offenses weren’t entered into database

(AP) A report shows more than 675,000 offenses have not been entered into Virginia’s main criminal record database because of missing fingerprints. The Virginia State Crime Commission report released Oct. 11 said defendants were found guilty in around 58 percent ...

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Man gets 36-year sentence in killing of trooper

(AP) A Richmond man is set to serve 36 years in prison for the capital murder of a Virginia State Police special agent. Travis Ball, 28, was sentenced Oct. 11 in the fatal shooting of Trooper Michael Walter, news outlets ...

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Father, son charged in death of man who went missing in 2004

(AP) — A father and son have been arrested in the death of a man who disappeared 14 years ago and whose body was found four years ago. Citing a Thursday release from Albemarle County police, The Daily Progress reports that 56-year-old ...

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Golf resort developer sued for environmental issues

(AP) Virginia officials are suing the developer of a luxury golf resort over what they call “significant and repeated environmental violations” in an area known as a major gathering place for bald eagles from up and down the East Coast. ...

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4 indicted on charges stemming from Charlottesville rallies

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A federal grand jury has indicted four California men on conspiracy and rioting charges in connection with a torch-lit march and a rally of white nationalists in Virginia last year. U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen’s office announced the indictment ...

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Ex-reality TV star gets 16 years for fatal DUI crash

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A former reality TV star will serve 16 years in prison for killing a U.S. Coast Guard technician in a drunken wrong-way collision on a Virginia highway last year. Melissa Hancock was sentenced Oct. 10 after earlier ...

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Lawyer removed from rally lawsuit

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) The attorney who says his signature was placed on court documents without his knowledge has been removed from a lawsuit related to the 2017 deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. A judge granted Richard Harry’s request Oct. 9, The ...

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