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Man charged in white nationalist rally to argue self-defense

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) An Ohio man charged with killing a woman during a white nationalist rally in Virginia plans to argue that he believed he was acting in self-defense when he drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters. A lawyer ...

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Senators recommend 2 for Western District seat (access required)

U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine have recommended both a U.S. magistrate judge and a state circuit judge for a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Western District. In a Nov. 21 letter to President Trump, the ...

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Jail and medical provider settle wrongful death lawsuit

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A jail in Portsmouth and its medical provider have agreed to pay $625,000 to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit. The Daily Press reported Wednesday that 60-year-old Henry Clay Stewart Jr. was being held at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail on a ...

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Lawsuit says jail’s ‘God Pod’ violates Constitution

(AP) A Muslim civil rights group filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against a regional jail in Prince George County, alleging that the jail has set up a Christians-only unit dubbed the “God Pod.” The Council on American-Islamic Relations says officials ...

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Probation violation adds time to man’s 49-year sentence

ROANOKE (AP) Authorities say a Virginia man’s prison sentence has been extended because he violated his probation when he shot and wounded his neighbor last year. 38-year-old Alphonzo Lewis Lawson was ordered Nov. 19 to serve four years in prison for ...

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Head of FBI’s Richmond division to retire, work for Dominion

(AP) The special agent in charge of the FBI’s Richmond division announced Nov. 20 that he is retiring from the bureau and going to work for Virginia’s largest electric utility. Adam Lee, 50, has worked for the FBI for 22 ...

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Man charged in adopted daughter’s 2015 death

NORFOLK (AP) Nearly four years after a college student disappeared while home in Virginia, her adoptive father has been charged with murder in her death. Wesley Hadsell was indicted Monday in Anjelica “A.J.” Hadsell’s death, The Virginian-Pilot reported, citing a Norfolk ...

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Deputy charged with assault of family member, rape

POWHATAN (AP) A Goochland County sheriff’s deputy has been accused of assaulting a family member and rape. Powhatan County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of domestic dispute early Nov. 19, news outlets reported. After an investigation, officials said a ...

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Ex-officer released, still appealing manslaughter conviction

DILLWYN (AP) A former Portsmouth police officer has been released from prison after serving more than two years for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager. Virginia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lisa Kinney said Stephen Rankin was released Nov. 19 from ...

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Lawyer disqualified the week before trial (access required)

A week before trial on a 35-count white collar crime indictment, a federal judge ruled Oct. 31 that the defendant’s lawyer was disqualified due to a conflict of interest. Trey R. Kelleter of Norfolk has represented accused fraudster Byron Hale ...

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