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Police: Man charged in fatal shooting outside Virginia bar

NORFOLK (AP) A Virginia man has been charged in a March shooting that killed a newspaper reporter and two other young bystanders when a fight broke out at closing time outside a Norfolk bar, police announced May 18. One of ...

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Woman pleads guilty in $1.2M COVID-19 fraud scheme

(AP) A woman pleaded guilty May 17 in federal court in Virginia to a $1.2 million scheme that defrauded COVID-19 pandemic relief programs using victims’ personal information that she obtained through her state government employment, a prosecutor said. U.S. Attorney ...

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Feds seek prison for rioter in ‘Camp Auschwitz’ sweatshirt

(AP) Federal prosecutors on May 16 recommended a prison sentence of more than two months for a Virginia man who stormed the U.S. Capitol wearing a “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt. Photographs of Robert Keith Packer wearing the sweatshirt with the antisemitic message ...

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Jury convicts Virginia family of forced labor conspiracy

(AP) A federal jury convicted on May 13 three members of a Virginia family of conspiring to coerce another family member to perform domestic services by verbally assaulting and physically abusing the victim over 12 years, according to a federal ...

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Virginia Access to Justice Commission unveils new website (access required)

The Virginia Access to Justice Commission, in partnership with the Virginia Law Foundation, has launched a new website. The site, www.vaatj.org, will be used “to help reach the public, the legal community, and all stakeholders in working toward a more ...

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Suit moves forward alleging cops protected sex traffickers

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A federal judge ruled May 11 that a lawsuit against two former police officers accused of protecting a sex trafficking ring in Northern Virginia in exchange for sex can move forward. The former Fairfax County officers, Michael O. ...

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County, governor spar over protests at justices’ homes

FALLS CHURCH (AP) Fairfax County officials have rebuffed a request from Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin to establish a security perimeter around the neighborhoods of U.S. Supreme Court justices living in the county after some have faced protests outside their homes. Youngkin, ...

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Women settle suit alleging Liberty mishandled assault cases

(AP) A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit twelve women brought last summer against Liberty University, accusing the Christian institution of fostering an unsafe environment on its Virginia campus and mishandling cases of sexual assault and harassment. A notice of ...

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Private property owners sue over Virginia’s hunting dog law

WILSONS (AP) Soon after Jim Medeiros bought his 143-acre (58-hectare) cattle and poultry farm in rural Virginia a decade ago, he and his wife were startled by the sounds of 20 hunting dogs barking and howling as they circled their ...

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Police: Bullet pierced window at attorney general’s office

(AP) Virginia Capitol Police are investigating after a bullet pierced a window at the office of the Attorney General in downtown Richmond. Police said officers were called to the Barbara Johns Building on May 9 and found a small round ...

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