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Woman joins grandmother in jail on perjury charges

SPOTSYLVANIA COURTHOUSE (AP) A woman has joined her grandmother in jail after pleading guilty to perjury. Melinda Frances Garr, 24, pleaded guilty to two counts March 5, and was ordered to serve one month in the Rappahannock Regional Jail, The ...

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New State Corporation Commission member sworn in

(AP) A top state regulator of public utilities, financial service companies and other businesses has been sworn in. Patricia West officially joined the three-member State Corporation Commission March 4. Republican lawmakers had been unable to find a consensus candidate for ...

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Hinckley says he’s happy but lacks close friends

NORFOLK (AP) The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan told mental health professionals last year that he’s “happy as a clam” living with his mother and older brother in Virginia. John Hinckley Jr. anonymously sells books online as ...

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Longtime Republican lawmakers announce retirements

(AP) Two longtime Republican state lawmakers have announced their retirement. Del. Steve Landes and Sen. Bill Carrico both announced March 5 they were not planning to seek re-election later this year. Both represent heavily Republican districts. Carrico represents the state’s ...

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Jury recommends 30 years for guard who killed Pokemon player

CHESAPEAKE (AP) A Chesapeake jury has recommended a 30-year prison sentence for a security guard who killed a man prosecutors say was playing “Pokemon Go.” The jury recommended the sentence for 23-year-old Johnathan Cromwell on March 4, three days after ...

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Man sentenced to 63 years for $3 drug debt killing

HAMPTON (AP) A man lost his life last year for what prosecutors said was a $3 drug debt. The man convicted of first-degree murder in the death has been sentenced to 63 years in prison. A Hampton circuit judge Mar. ...

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Lawsuit settled in Ferrum College fraternity death

ROCKY MOUNT (AP) A wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the 2016 hazing-related death of a Ferrum College student was settled last year. The lawsuit filed by Michael Antony Walker’s mother was settled in July for $544,000, The Roanoke Times reported. Walker ...

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Bar offers answers to ‘Can we talk?’ (access required)

The ethics committee of the Virginia State Bar is proposing two new guidance documents to answer questions about when lawyers can talk directly with someone who may be represented by another lawyer. The VSB is seeking comments on those two ...

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Lawyer sentenced to prison for child sex abuse (access required)

A lawyer’s Virginia legal credentials are in jeopardy after his Ohio conviction on charges that he repeatedly abused a pre-teen boy. The lawyer – who most recently worked for a Washington firm – was sentenced to three years, but could ...

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Neo-Nazi group’s leader is black man who vows to dissolve it

(AP) One of the nation’s largest neo-Nazi groups appears to have an unlikely new leader: a black activist who has vowed to dismantle it. Court documents filed Feb. 28 suggest James Hart Stern wants to use his new position as ...

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