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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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4th Circuit rejects new hearing in Dominion coal ash case

(AP) A federal appeals court has rejected a request from the Sierra Club to hold a new hearing to reconsider a ruling that Dominion Energy’s discharge of arsenic from a coal ash storage site does not violate the U.S. Clean ...

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Ex-DMV worker accused of providing forged licenses

(AP) A former worker at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is accused of accepting bribes to issue forged commercial licenses that allowed drivers to avoid required testing. Jamiel A. Hill, 30, was arrested Oct. 3. The former DMV customer ...

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Lawyer and firm are sued in highway triple fatality (access required)

A Richmond attorney and her law firm are both named in three lawsuits arising from a late night highway crash in June that claimed the lives of three people. The attorney – Claire C. Carr of North Chesterfield – was ...

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Church gives sanctuary to woman facing deportation

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A church in Virginia has provided sanctuary for a Guatemalan woman who’s facing deportation. Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Charlottesville has agreed to help protect Maria Chavalan Sut from deportation by allowing her to live in the ...

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Ex-city attorney suspended 90 days (access required)

Former Petersburg City Attorney Brian K. Telfair has been suspended from law practice for 90 days for reporting a phony threat to support postponement of a city council meeting. The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board imposed the suspension based on ...

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Lawyer accepts disbarment after contempt finding (access required)

A Fredericksburg lawyer found in contempt of court for failing to file probate paperwork has agreed to revocation of her law license. Sonya B. Costanzo said she had closed her practice two years ago as her health problems worsened. She ...

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Lawyer surrenders license amid VSB, bankruptcy court troubles (access required)

A Vienna lawyer gave up his law license last month in the face of Virginia State Bar charges and after his disbarment by the Eastern District Bankruptcy Court. Patrick R. Blasz agreed to revocation of his law license Sept. 27 ...

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Christiansburg officials seek new Amtrak service

CHRISTIANSBURG (AP) Officials are hoping to extend Amtrak service a bit father west. The Roanoke Times reports that the city of Christiansburg has an agreement to buy land for a potential new train station. Officials hope to win approval for extended Amtrak service ...

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