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Plea deal resolves charges against ex-prosecutor (access required)

A former Hampton prosecutor facing charges in two Tidewater localities has reached a plea deal to resolve both cases. John F. Haugh, 57, of Hampton, entered an Alford plea to a charge of assaulting his girlfriend as he was dropping ...

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Meth overtaking heroin in Roanoke area

ROANOKE (AP) The opioid crisis continues to plague the nation and Virginia. But methamphetamine is now flooding into the Roanoke region, statistics show. It’s to the point that meth has overtaken heroin as a drug of choice that’s second only ...

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Army Corps halts Mountain Valley Pipeline Va. permit

NORFOLK (AP) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has suspended a permit the Mountain Valley Pipeline needs to cross Virginia waterways. The Corps’ Norfolk district sent a letter Oct. 5 to the company developing the pipeline, saying it was putting the permit ...

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Fairfax businessman charged with $16M fraud

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A well-known Northern Virginia businessman has been charged with a $16 million fraud scheme. Federal prosecutors in Alexandria say 53-year-old Todd Hitt of Fairfax falsely claimed to investors that he managed $1.4 billion in assets as part of ...

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Case dropped against woman accused of self-aborting fetus

CHESTERFIELD (AP) Prosecutors have dropped their case against a woman accused of self-aborting her late-term fetus. Michelle F. Roberts of Chesterfield County was indicted in 2017. Police said they found fetal skeletal remains buried in the backyard of the home ...

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Man gets 6 years for putting meth in mother-in-law’s coffee

PAMPLIN (AP) An Appomattox County man accused of trying to kill his mother-in-law by putting methamphetamine in her coffee has been sentenced to six years in prison. Jack David Price, 56, was sentenced Oct. 4 after reaching a plea deal, The ...

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Norfolk impounds 400 unsanctioned dockless scooters

NORFOLK (AP) With no agreement in sight, two Tidewater cities are ramping up hostilities with a dockless electric scooter company. Norfolk city spokeswoman Lori Crouch said the city had impounded 400 Bird scooters since they started appearing on city sidewalks, unsanctioned, in ...

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Scalia statue unveiled at law school

ARLINGTON (AP) Five Supreme Court justices helped unveil a statue of their former colleague, Antonin Scalia, at the law school that now bears his name. George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School debuted the bronze statue Oct. 4 at its ...

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Lawyer convicted of drug sale is suspended (access required)

A Tazewell attorney jailed for an illicit drug sale has been suspended by the Virginia State Bar and faces possible disbarment at a show cause hearing this month. Timothy Hayes pleaded no contest May 3 to felony distribution of a ...

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Malicious wounding conviction puts law license in jeopardy (access required)

A former West Virginia prosecutor could lose her Virginia law license after a conviction for stabbing a man with a hunting knife. Eva L. Stephenson Plum of Craigsville entered an Alford plea to a felony charge of malicious wounding Aug. ...

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