Judge will allow officer’s joke about shooting at trial

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A jury in Virginia will be allowed to hear testimony that a police officer joked about shooting to death a mentally ill black man. The Virginian-Pilot reports that a judge is allowing the testimony at the officer’s upcoming trial on manslaughter charges. Norfolk officer Michael Edington Jr. is charged with shooting and killing 35-year-old David Latham in 2014. Latham suffered from schizophrenia and had a knife when he answered the door to his home. Court documents allege that Edington joked about the shooting a month later at a party with fellow officers. Edington’s lawyers tried...

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Deaths of man, toddler ruled murder-suicide

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Fairfax County Police the deaths of a man and a toddler whose bodies were found after a house fire were a murder-suicide. The department said in a news release Tuesday that the bodies of 58-year-old Roy Eugene Rumsey, the apparent homeowner, and his daughter, 2-year-old Kyra Franchetti, were found after the July 27 fire. Officers say Rumsey and Franchetti died from gunshots; Rumsey’s was self-inflicted. Their bodies in an upstairs bedroom Police say several gasoline cans were found throughout the house and it appears that fires were set in several places. The incident remains under...

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Man wielding post fatally shot by deputy

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Police say a northern Virginia sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a hospital patient who they say was wielding a metal sign post and appeared to be mentally disturbed. Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler and Sheriff Stacey Kincaid released details about the Monday night shooting at a news conference Tuesday. Roessler says a 29-year-old Hispanic man had just been discharged from Inova Fairfax Hospital when he began wielding a sign post with a sharp metal end. Roessler said a hospital security guard was injured before a sheriff’s deputy responded. Roessler says the deputy, an 18-year...

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Woman found guilty of perjury during probe of 1975 slayings

BEDFORD, Va. (AP) — A woman accused of impeding an investigation into the slayings of two missing Maryland sisters 41 years ago has been found guilty of perjury. News outlets report that Patricia Welch entered an Alford plea in a Bedford County, Virginia, courtroom Tuesday to the perjury charge that she faced following her 2014 grand jury testimony. In an Alford Plea, the defendant doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence for a conviction. Welch was given a two-year prison sentence, with all time suspended. Patricia is the wife of Richard Welch, who’s a person of interest...

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Homicide Suspect(s) at Large in King & Queen County

According to the The King and Queen County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, the Sheriff’s Department is seeking information in regards to a homicide that happened in the early morning hours of August 16th in the 6200 block of Newtown Road. When deputies arrived they found 25 year old James Edward “Scooter” Byrd dead from a gunshot wound. It appears that the suspect or suspects came into the home and shot Mr. Byrd. The only description at this time is that of the suspect(s) had on a black hoodie and remain at large. If anyone has any information, you are...

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Eagle Release Slated for August 20 at Belle Isle State Park

(Lancaster, VA) – The Wildlife Center of Virginia will release Bald Eagle #16-1474 at the Belle Isle State Park Visitor Center at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 20. This eagle was found in Richmond County, Virginia in July 2016 after being struck by a car.  This release is open to the public; through the generosity of a Center supporter, there will be no park-admission fee for release attendees. When you arrive at the entrance to Belle Isle, please let park personnel know that you will be attending the release. If attending, please RSVP to LKegley@wildlifecenter.org. For more information on the...

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Tappahannock Police investigating shooting at hotel

The Tappahannock Police Department is investigating a shooting that took place at the Super 8 Hotel on Tappahannock Boulevard.  Shortly before 8pm last night, officers received a call for shots being fired.  Once officers arrived they found a man on the ground in the parking lot of the hotel.  Police determined the victim, Timothy C. Smith, 30 of Tappahannock had a single gunshot wound to the abdomen.  Smith was transported to Riverside Tappahannock Hospital via EMS.  The investigation revealed that the alleged shooter, Ky-Lell B. Arthur, 23 of Bowling Green was still on scene at the time and was...

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UVA rector appoints committee to review investment fund

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — University of Virginia Rector William H. Goodwin has appointed a committee to review the school’s disputed $2.2 billion Strategic Investment Fund. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Goodwin said Monday that he welcomed scrutiny of the fund, which he thinks has been unfairly criticized. Former rector Helen Dragas characterized the $2.3 billion fund as a “slush fund” in a column in The Washington Post. UVA says the fund is not connected to tuition or public funding. Goodwin says if the state was to adopt the university’s approach and consolidated its reserves into an investment fund, it...

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Pedestrian Killed in Single Vehicle Crash

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY – A man was killed Saturday night while he was walking in the road in Northumberland County.  The crash occurred at 9:23 p.m., on Route 200, 170 feet north of Route 607.  Virginia State Police Trooper R. M. Reed investigated the crash. A 2013 Chevrolet Traverse was traveling south on Route 200 when it struck a pedestrian that was walking in the roadway. The driver of 2013 Chevrolet was not injured in the crash.  The pedestrian, Anthony E. Frisina, 38 of Kilmarnock, Virginia died at the scene. The roadway is not lit in the area. The Virginia...

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3-year-old drowns in Aquia Harbour pool

AQUIA HARBOUR, Va. (AP) — The Stafford County Sheriff’s Department says a 3-year-old girl drowned in a residential pool in Aquia Harbour. The department said in a news release that on Saturday afternoon, the parent of two children, a girl age 3 and a boy age 2, left the toddlers in the care of an adult acquaintance at the home. Deputies say the two children went missing from inside the home, and neighbors found the 2-year-old playing outside. Authorities say the acquaintance who was watching the children found the girl unresponsive in the pool. First responders took the children...

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Sailor allegedly raped, tried to kill female sailor

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A military court arraigned a U.S. sailor on Monday on charges of attempting to kill and raping a fellow sailor. The Virginian-Pilot newspaper reports that Seaman Recruit Xavier Johnson is accused of holding a pillow over the woman’s face, choking her, banging her head against the floor and then sexually assaulting her while she was unconscious in Portsmouth last September. The military also charged Johnson with threatening the woman and obstructing justice by trying to persuade her to recant her initial statement and blame her injuries on falling downstairs. Johnson did not enter a plea....

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Lawmakers say state bailout of Petersburg unlikely

PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) — State lawmakers say a bailout for cash-strapped Petersburg is unlikely and would set a bad precedent. GOP lawmakers recently told the Progress-Index that there’s little chance the state comes to the city’s financial rescue. The city council voted last month to cut pay for the city’s nearly 600 employees by 10 percent after learning that the city’s budget deficit is $17 million. Petersburg financial troubles have been long-running. The city council fired the city manager in March, and the city attorney resigned on the same day. The city’s finance director left in...

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Body of missing tuber found in Chesapeake Bay

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Officials say the body of a Norfolk man who went missing while tubing has been found in the Chesapeake Bay. Laurie Naismith with the Virginia Marine Resources Commission tells local media outlets that William Kevin Umphlett Jr.’s body was found Sunday morning. The 25-year-old was tubing at a beach in Ocean View on Thursday when he disappeared. Authorities say he wasn’t wearing a life...

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Man critically injured after being hit by train

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Authorities say a man is in critical condition after he was hit by a train in James City County. Virginia State Police spokeswoman Michelle Anaya tells news outlets that the unidentified man was walking on the tracks early Sunday morning when he was hit by a CSX train near Williamsburg. Emergency crews pulled the man out from underneath the train and then flew him to a hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. Troopers did not release any additional...

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Virginia professor gets grant to study club drugs in China

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A university professor in Virginia will study why club drugs such as ecstasy are becoming more popular in Chinese cities. A $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will fund the research. The findings may help health officials prevent drug abuse in countries across the globe, including the United States. The five-year study is being led by Xiushi (shu-SHEE-a) Yang, the chair of the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department at Old Dominion University in Norfolk. Yang says the study may also help researchers learn the health impact of the abuse. For instance, synthetic...

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