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Fatal shooting leads to police chase, multiple crashes

FREDERICKSBURG (AP) The fatal shooting of a woman near Fredericksburg Dec. 28 led to an interstate police chase in which the suspect twice shot at officers before turning his gun on himself, police reported. The Stafford County sheriff’s office said ...

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Charlottesville names interim police chief

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) The city of Charlottesville has announced the appointment of an interim police chief. The move came less than two weeks after the previous chief retired following a review that found serious police and government failures in responding to violence ...

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Control of House remains undecided

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) Which party will control Virginia’s House of Delegates next year remains far from certain after a Democratic candidate petitioned a court to declare her the winner of a race that is officially tied. Shelly Simonds has asked ...

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Police: Suspect wearing ‘Trust Me’ T-shirt steals car

FALLS CHURCH (AP) A suspect wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with “Trust Me” allegedly stole a car with an accomplice in Fairfax County. The Washington Post reports that the two suspects from Falls Church were arrested by police in the stolen car not ...

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Virginia Democrat to fight tied race; name-drawing delayed

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) — The Democrat in a tied race for a Virginia House seat that could affect which party controls the chamber said Tuesday that she’ll ask a court to declare the tie invalid and her the winner. Shelly ...

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Democrat in House race asks court to invalidate tie

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) The Democrat in a tied race for a Virginia House seat that could affect which party controls the chamber said Tuesday that she’ll ask a court to declare the tie invalid and her the winner. Shelly Simonds ...

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Gantz is new VSB pro bono director (access required)

The Virginia State Bar has hired Richmond attorney Crista Whitman Gantz as director of its pro bono and access to legal services department. Her first day was Nov. 27. Gantz’ department supports and promotes all Virginia access-to-justice initiatives. She succeeds Karl A. ...

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Contractor who tried to have homeowner killed sentenced

FAIRFAX (AP) A northern Virginia home remodeling contractor who tried to have a client killed has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. The Washington Post reports that contractor Daniel W. Jamison was sentenced last week after trying to hire ...

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New lieutenant governor quitting his law firm

(AP) Lt. Gov.-elect Justin Fairfax says he will leave his job at a northern Virginia law firm in January to focus on his elected position. A former federal prosecutor, Fairfax has worked as a white-collar defense attorney at Venable LLP ...

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Senators recommend 2 for Lee judgeship

Virginia’s U.S. senators have recommended two choices for the federal judgeship of retired Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. The candidates are federal prosecutor Patricia T. Giles and Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. Giles and Alston were recommended ...

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