Author: Jay Atkins

McAuliffe: Man is guilty, but shouldn’t be executed

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to spare the life of a death row inmate came down to concerns about the fairness of his trial, not doubts about his guilt. For weeks, supporters of Ivan Teleguz urged McAuliffe to halt his execution because they believe he may be innocent. Teleguz was scheduled to be put to death next week, but on Thursday, McAuliffe commuted his sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole. McAuliffe said he believes Teleguz hired another man to kill his ex-girlfriend in 2001. But he said he cannot let him...

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State Supreme Court to hear utility rate challenge

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Supreme Court is set to hold a hearing on whether a law temporarily banning state regulators from adjusting a portion of electric rates is constitutional. A group of large industrial electric customers is challenging the 2015 law, which critics have called a costly giveaway to electric monopolies Dominion Resources and Appalachian Power. The law is costing a typical Dominion residential customer an extra $68 a year on their bill, according to one group’s calculations. Supporters of the law say it has helped shield the state from potential rate spikes due to uncertainty around...

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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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  Interested in giving back to your community, but don’t have the time to commit to volunteering regularly? Host a Wine & Design party! Wine & Design is a mini-fundraiser for The Haven where a[...]
8:00 am Veterans Mobil Service Office
Veterans Mobil Service Office
Aug 17 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
So many veterans feel confused about benefits and services they’ve earned. There’s so much to know…and so many changes from one year to the next. That’s why the nonprofit D-A-V (Disabled American Veterans) offers help.[...]
12:00 pm Caroline County Blood Drive @ Caroline County YMCA
Caroline County Blood Drive @ Caroline County YMCA
Aug 17 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage. A Blood Drive will take place in Caroline County on Thursday, Aug.[...]
1:00 pm Rappatomac Writers Critique Group @ Java Jacks Cafe
Rappatomac Writers Critique Group @ Java Jacks Cafe
Aug 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Rappatomac Writers Critique Group will meet Thursday, August 17th, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Tappahannock at Java Jacks Cafe, 504 S Church Lane. Join us for lunch at noon and share your creativity.[...]
1:46 pm Back to School Supply Drive @ The Haven Office
Back to School Supply Drive @ The Haven Office
Aug 17 @ 1:46 pm – 2:46 pm
  This month the Haven is collecting school supplies for local students. Any and all materials for school are welcome. Items can be dropped off until Friday, August 28th at their office located at 5726[...]

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