Author: Jay Atkins

2 charged with lying to help friend linked to Islamic State

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Two northern Virginia men have been indicted after authorities charged them with lying to the FBI to protect a friend under investigation for his support of the Islamic State group. The federal grand jury in Alexandria indicted 28-year-old Michael Queen of Woodbridge and 32-year-old Soufian Amri of Falls Church Tuesday on charges including obstruction of justice and making false statements involving international terrorism. According to an FBI affidavit, the two were questioned about their friend Haris Qamar last year. The affidavit alleges the two knew Qamar had tried to join the Islamic State in 2014,...

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Remains of missing woman found in Fredericksburg

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Fredericksburg police say a person relic hunting in a heavily wooded area of the city found the remains of a woman who had been missing for nearly six months. Police said in a statement Tuesday that the medical examiner’s office identified the remains as those of 32-year-old Rochelle Simms of Fredericksburg. She was reported missing on October 26. The statement says the exact location where the remains were found Saturday is not being disclosed because detectives are continuing to process and collect evidence. Police say Simms’ cause of death is unknown and an investigation is...

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Tree trimmer dies after being shocked by power line

(Information from: WAVY-TV, http://www.wavy.com/) CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Police say a tree trimmer has died after being shocked by a power line. WAVY-TV reported Tuesday that the man was suspended in a tree removing some limbs Monday afternoon. One of the branches was touching the man when it also struck a live wire. Police in Chesapeake confirmed the death on Tuesday. Authorities identified him as 39-year-old Muhammad Yahya Abdur-Raheem. He lived in Newport News. Dominion Virginia Power says he worked for Lucas Tree Experts, which the agency contracted for removal services. WAVY said the company has not responded to...

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Wealthy donors boost Perriello’s fundraising to head of pack

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrat Tom Perriello, an insurgent candidate for Virginia governor, outraised his opponents last quarter with big help from a wealthy donors like hedge-fund billionaire George Soros and the global activist group Avaaz. Campaign finance reports filed Monday show Perriello raised $2.2 million since he got in the race in January, with about half coming from four donors. His opponent in the Democratic primary, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, reported raising $1.5 million. Northam could not raise money during the 45-day legislative session earlier this year. Ed Gillespie led the Republican gubernatorial field, raising $1.9 million. That...

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Essex Town Hall Meeting

A community-wide Town Hall Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 20th at Essex High School from 6 to 8pm.  Residents of Virginia’s 1st Congressional district are welcomed to discuss serious issues facing Congress.  Edwin Santana, a former Marine officer and Stafford County resident, Vangie Williams, a business woman and Dahlgren resident along with Ryan Sawyer of Prince William County who are all running for Congress in the 1st District will answer questions. Congressman Rob Wittman will not be in attendance due to another speaking engagement. This event is organized by the local chapter of “Indivisible...

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