Man shot by Virginia officer is charged with manslaughter

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A man shot by a Virginia police officer has been charged with manslaughter in the slaying of his live-in girlfriend. Richmond police said in a statement that 30-year-old A. Ayala Guido was shot by an officer early Sunday morning after he threatened officers with a knife. Guido was taken to a hospital for treatment. According to police, Guido called 911 and told a dispatcher that he had strangled his girlfriend. Police say Guido met the officers at the front door of his home and threatened them with the knife. Officers used a stun gun, which...

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Man, 67, fatally stabbed in Richmond-area apartment

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Police say a 67-year-old man found dead inside his suburban Richmond apartment had been stabbed to death. Chesterfield County police said in a statement Monday that Bruce Garnett was a homicide victim. Garnett’s body was found early Friday morning. An autopsy confirmed that he was stabbed. Police believe his body was inside the apartment for several weeks before it was discovered. Police have not identified a...

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Rappahannock Co. Teen threatened attack on Columbine anniversary

WASHINGTON, Va. (AP) — A Virginia teenager has been arrested on a weapons charge after court records say he threatened to carry out an attack on his school on the anniversary of the Columbine massacre. An affidavit for a search warrant filed in Rappahannock County says a fellow student told police the 17-year-old vowed to blow his school “to pieces” and discussed the guns he would use. The allegations were first reported Sunday by The Rappahannock News. The Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the 17-year-old is in custody, charged with conspiracy to possess a firearm...

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McAuliffe announces funding for 3 projects

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced $1.5 million for three new projects in struggling areas of the state, including money for a brewery and hotel renovation. McAuliffe announced Monday that he’d approved funding to restore derelict structures in Big Stone Gap, Cape Charles and South Boston. That includes a $500,000 award for the Cape Charles Brewing Company and a $475,000 award for a project in South Boston to revitalize the John Randolph Hotel. The Industrial Revitalization Fund provides funding for construction projects aimed at areas with a high level of blight and community...

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Man charged in 4-year-old son’s fatal shooting

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has been charged in the shooting death of his 4-year-old son. Norfolk police said Thursday in a statement that 26-year-old Rayvon Messer is charged with second-degree murder. Police say paramedics responded Wednesday night to find the boy outside a home in the Ocean View area of the city. Rayvon A. Messer Jr. died from the gunshot wound shortly after being rushed to a hospital. Police haven’t released any more details about the circumstances surrounding the shooting, which is under investigation. Messer is being held without bail. He’s also charged with using a...

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UVA to increase tuition next year

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — University of Virginia students will be paying more for tuition next year. Local media report UVA’s Board of Visitors approved the increase Thursday. In-state students will pay 2.2 percent more, and out-of-state students will pay 3.5 percent more. The university said in a statement that the increase is needed to deal with a state budget cut and required employee pay raises. TV station WVIR reports a group of students protested outside the building where the Board of Visitors was...

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Relief on the way for drivers who owe big on toll late fees

(Information from: WAVY-TV, PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The operator of the Elizabeth River Crossings says it will send refund checks to more than 800 customers with excessive fines for failing to pay tolls on time. WAVY-TV reported Wednesday that the checks will be issued before the end of the month. Some partial refunds were mailed Wednesday to people with bills over $1,100. ERC CEO Philip Shucet made the announcement a few weeks after Gov. Terry McAuliffe said customers who paid fines greater than $2,200 would be reimbursed. Shucet said ERC will start offering settlements on Thursday. He also...

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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, 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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Latest: Army says 1 dead, 2 injured in helicopter crash

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (AP) — The U.S. Army says one crew member died and two were injured when a helicopter crashed in Maryland during a routine training flight. The U.S. Army Military District of Washington said in a statement Monday evening that the UH-60 Blackhawk that crashed is from the 12th Aviation Battalion, stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Three crew members were on board. The Army says one crew member is in serious condition and one is in critical condition. They are being treated at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center in...

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The Coalition for Healthy Virginia Communities in partnership with the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Community Services will be holding 2 Opioid Misuse Awareness Summits on Tuesday December 5th. The first summit will be at White Stone[...]
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Pastor Malcolm Lee and New Life Baptist Church in Quinton will be having their Thanksgiving Services on November 23, 2017 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.
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Nov 24 all-day
The Coalition for Healthy Virginia Communities in partnership with the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Community Services board will hold a pair of Opiod Misuse Awareness Summits on Tuesday December 5th. The first summit will be at[...]
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