UVA president condemns reported sexual assault of student

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan is condemning the reported sexual assault of a student. Charlottesville police say they responded to a reported sexual assault early Saturday evening. According to police, the female victim was approached from behind by a suspect with a knife, pulled from the sidewalk and assaulted. Sullivan spoke about the assault during remarks Sunday evening at the Opening Convocation and Honor Induction, a mandatory event for all first-year and transfer students. According to The Daily Progress , Sullivan said of the assault: “We condemn it and we will not tolerate...

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California woman dropping off UVA student dies in car crash

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A California woman who was in Virginia to drop off a student at the University of Virginia has died after being struck by a car near campus. The Albemarle County Police Department said in a statement that 57-year-old Bonnie Baha of San Marino, California, was struck by a car Sunday just before 1 p.m. and died at a hospital. Police say Baha’s husband and daughter were also struck and transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police say there are no charges at this time and that the crash remains under...

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2 food trucks join Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Students at Virginia Tech are getting two more campus dining options: school-run food trucks. The school says in a statement that the two trucks — The Grillfield and Periodic Table — are preparing to open Monday. The school says The Grillfield will serve Latino-fusion foods, including smoked pulled pork tortas and beef barbacoa tortillas. Periodic Table will serve Asian-fusion meals, such as Thai peanut pork rice bowls and lemongrass chicken yaki-ramen. The school says students should expect the trucks’ menus to change with the season. The school says the trucks will serve lunch, dinner and...

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UVA urges students to stay away from raucous block party

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — University of Virginia officials are urging students to stay away from an annual alcohol-fueled block party. News outlets report that Charlottesville police have pledged to crack down on anyone who breaks the law at the Wertland Street Block Party on Saturday. Located just off-campus, the party drew more than 5,000 people last year, as police issued 26 warning tickets, mostly for alcohol-related offenses. Lt. T.V. McKean says officers this year will be more aggressive in ticketing lawbreakers. U.Va. Dean of Students Allen W. Groves wrote in an email to the student body Thursday that the...

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Grants aimed at making higher education more accessible

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is launching a new grant program aimed at making higher education affordable for more students. The grants will be given to two- and four-year higher education institutions that have a partnership with a pre-K through 12th grade program. The money will allow higher education institutions to implement and expand programs that help students get early college credit and improve completion rates. As many as four institutions will receive grants up to $140,000 each. Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the money will ensure the state’s higher education system is “accessible and affordable for all Virginia...

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Quadruple Slaying

REENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police say a North Carolina man accused of killing his two young daughters, their sister and their mother likely beat the victims to death with a hammer. News outlets report 39-year-old Dibon Toone was in a Richmond, Virginia, courtroom Thursday morning for an extradition hearing on a murder charge in 32-year-old Garlette Howard’s death. Greenville police say they expect Toone will be charged with additional counts of murder in the deaths of the three children, ages 6, 7 and 11. The victims were found dead Tuesday night inside their Greenville home. Toone was arrested hours...

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Juror says she regrets conviction of former police officer

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A juror who helped convict a former Portsmouth police officer of manslaughter says she regrets her decision. The woman tells WTKR-TV that she felt pressured during deliberations and didn’t learn of the victim’s criminal history until after the verdict. The information was inadmissible at this month’s trial. Former officer Stephen Rankin shot to death 18-year-old William Chapman II after responding to a shoplifting call last year. Rankin is white. Chapman was black and unarmed. Witnesses said a struggle ensued. And attorneys argued over whether Rankin should have used deadly force. Rankin was originally charged with...

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7 Virginia Congress members ask for no retrial of McDonnell

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Several members of Virginia’s congressional delegation are asking Attorney General Loretta Lynch not to bring another case against former Gov. Bob McDonnell. In a letter recently sent to the U.S. Justice Department, Republican Rep. Scott Rigell and others say it would be “unwise and unfair” to retry McDonnell after the Supreme Court unanimously overturned his corruption conviction in June. The letter says McDonnell’s family has suffered financially and emotionally over the past three years. McDonnell, a Republican, was convicted for doing favors for a wealthy businessman in exchange for gifts and loans. The Supreme Court...

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Franklin County man given jail time for starving horses

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (AP) — A Hardy man who had several malnourished horses on his property has been ordered to serve 20 days in jail. Media organizations report 63-year-old Michael W. Cabbler pleaded guilty Tuesday in Franklin County Circuit Court to seven counts of animal cruelty. The charges stemmed from a February inspection of Cabbler’s property. Animal control officers said they found Cabbler’s emaciated horses eating bark off trees, while two others were discovered stuck inside a barn, wading in mud and manure. Cabbler testified he had been feeding the horses and had taken in the horses from other...

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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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4:00 pm LEGOmania @ West Point Branch Library
LEGOmania @ West Point Branch Library
Apr 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The West Point Branch Library will hold LEGOmania on Friday, April 20th from 4 – 5pm for anyone ages 5-12. Snacks to be provided by Friends of the West Point Library. For more information, call[...]
5:00 pm Pancake Dinner @ Rappahannock Church of Christ
Pancake Dinner @ Rappahannock Church of Christ
Apr 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Standing Rock Mission Team will host a Pancake Dinner at Rappahannock Church of Christ on Friday, April 20th from 5 – 7pm. The menu consists of pancakes, sausage, baked apples, water, coffee, and tea.[...]
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Household Chemical Collection an... @ Essex High School
Apr 21 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Virginia Peninsula Public Service Authority will hold a household chemical collection and computer recycling at Essex High School on Saturday, April 21st from 8am – noon. If you have any questions on what items[...]
9:00 am Boy Scouts Fundraiser @ Tappahannock Farmer's Market
Boy Scouts Fundraiser @ Tappahannock Farmer's Market
Apr 21 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Tappahannock Boy Scout Troop #316 will host a soup fundraiser on Saturday, April 21st during at the Tappahannock Farmer’s Market. Their booth will be located near the ellipse, across from NNBurger. They will be preparing[...]
9:00 am Earth Day Festival
Earth Day Festival
Apr 21 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship (NAPS) will host its 4th annual Earth Day Festival in downtown Heathsville on Saturday, April 21st from 9am – 1pm, during the season’s first Farmer’s Market. An Earth Day[...]

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