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Electoral board members suspended, jury to hear their case

HOPEWELL (AP) A judge has temporarily suspended two electoral board members facing malfeasance in office charges while granting a request for a jury to hear their case. The State Board of Elections alleges Hopewell Electoral Board members David Silvestro and ...

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Herring calls for reform to cash bail system (access required)

State Attorney General Mark R. Herring has joined calls for reforms to Virginia’s cash bail system, saying too many low-risk criminal defendants are locked up awaiting trial because they cannot afford to post a bond. Herring cited policy and constitutional ...

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Jury convicts first defendant in MS-13 slaying of teen

BEDFORD (AP) Jurors have convicted a 21-year-old man accused of being an MS-13 gang member who participated in the killing of a Lynchburg teenager. A Bedford County jury on Oct. 19 found Victor Arnoldo Rodas guilty of first-degree murder and gang participation, ...

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Manafort to be sentenced in February; appears in wheelchair

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A judge has set a February sentencing date for Paul Manafort, who appeared in court Oct. 19 for a post-trial hearing in a wheelchair and green jail jumpsuit. The hearing in federal court in Alexandria was largely procedural, ...

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State posts increase in Bar Exam pass rate (access required)

Despite a decline nationally in scores on the Multistate Bar Examination in July, Virginia bar candidates posted an increase in the state’s overall pass rate. Of the 767 test takers who sat for the two-day exam in Roanoke this summer, ...

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Judges pick expert to help in redistricting

(AP) Federal judges have appointed a special expert to help redraw Virginia’s state legislative districts for future elections. A three-judge panel appointed Bernard Grofman, an economics and political science professor at the University of California, Irvine, on Oct. 18. The ...

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Parents accused of riding moped with baby between them

FREDERICKSBURG (AP) Two Fredericksburg-area parents are accused of riding a moped with their 5-month-old baby held between them. Athena N. Colon, 24, and Cane Hartwick Jr., 26, were arrested Oct. 17 and charged with felony child neglect, The Free Lance-Star reported. ...

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‘Call my lawyer,’ says sweater seized with stolen sneakers

ROANOKE (AP) A Roanoke-area store has had 20 right-foot shoes stolen over the course of three break-ins this year. Roanoke County police arrested 21-year-old Manuel Carlos Ramirez-Godoy for an Oct. 14 burglary of Clean Soles, seizing seven right-foot Nike Air Jordans ...

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Michael Vick’s father gets 5 years for drug-ring role

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) The father of former pro-football star Michael Vick has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for his role in a drug ring. Michael Dwayne Boddie, 56, was sentenced Oct. 17 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to ...

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Ex-teacher charged in hack of celebrities, others

(AP) A former high school teacher is the fifth person charged in an investigation into the 2014 “celebgate” scandal in which hackers obtained nude photographs and other private information from more than 200 people, including celebrities. Documents filed in federal ...

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