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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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Accusatory note to client’s wife brings bar admonition (access required)

A Chesapeake lawyer has agreed to a public admonition from the Virginia State Bar for a threatening email he wrote to the wife of his domestic assault client. The husband-client was jailed for a bond violation, and attorney Robert L. ...

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Change comes fast at Chesterfield prosecutor’s office (access required)

Newly elected Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott Miles has acted swiftly to make changes in the office. His opponent in the Nov. 5 special election, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney John Childrey, said on Facebook that, as of Nov. 13, he was ...

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Judge: John Hinckley can move out of his mother’s house

NORFOLK (AP) The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan can move out of his mother’s house in Virginia and live on his own, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman granted John Hinckley ...

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Lawyers in Charlottesville killing seek no juror rehabilitation

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Prosecutors and lawyers for a man accused of killing a woman during a white nationalist rally in Virginia have agreed that the judge at his trial should not try to salvage potential jurors who disclose any biases during the jury ...

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State gets default judgment against lender (access required)

Virginia government lawyers have obtained $20 million in debt forgiveness for pensioners who succumbed to a promise of quick cash with usurious loans offered by a now-defunct “pension sale” company. Hampton Circuit Judge Bonnie L. Jones tacked on nearly $32 ...

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Man who helped in parental kidnapping seeks to delay prison

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A Virginia businessman convicted of helping in a parental kidnapping is asking the nation’s highest court to suspend the start of his prison term while he appeals. The request to the U.S. Supreme Court, which the government ...

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