Firefighter accused of starting a string of dumpster fires

(Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com) CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A firefighter in Virginia is accused of starting a string of dumpster fires. The Virginian-Pilot reports 50-year-old Mark D. Stuck was arrested Thursday and charged with five counts of arson. Chesapeake Fire Department spokesman Capt. Scott Saunders says Stuck is accused of setting one fire a month since March. The last fire was set on July 31. Saunders says authorities were led to Stuck after investigators obtained footage of at least one of the fires. According to court documents, he is cooperating with investigators and has written a confession. Officials say...

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30 percent collections fee hits Va. college students hard

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — College students in Virginia who fall behind on tuition payments can have a hard time digging out thanks to a state law that pushes unpaid bills into the hands of private collection agencies. The Washington Post reported Sunday that a little-known Virginia law requires public colleges to turn over unpaid accounts of less than $3,000 to private debt collectors if they are 60 days past due. The debt collectors can add a 30 percent fee to the unpaid account. George Mason University in Fairfax, the state’s largest university, estimated about 1 percent of student accounts...

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Little League softballers disqualified ahead of championship

KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) — Atlee Little League’s Junior softball team has been disqualified from its World Series championship matchup over what officials say was an inappropriate social media posting. Little League officials announced the disqualification Saturday morning, just hours ahead of the championship game which was broadcast live on ESPN2. Little League described the offending post only as “an inappropriate social media post.” The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that an Atlee team member posted a photo on Snapchat showing six of the girls giving the middle finger. The post was directed at the host club from Kirkland, Washington, which Atlee...

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Motorcyclist dies after 130 mph chase in Virginia

OCCOQUAN, Va. (AP) — A motorcyclist is dead after leading police on a pursuit down Interstate 95 in northern Virginia in speeds exceeding 130 mph. Virginia State Police say they received a call at about 2:40 a.m. Sunday of a motorcycle traveling too fast on I-395 in Arlington County. Police say they saw the motorcyclist weaving in and out of traffic at about 80 mph when they sought to pull him over. Instead, police say the motorcyclist, 36-year-old Clint Gaskins of Woodbridge, sped off onto southbound I-95. Police say the motorcycle exceeded speeds of 130 mph while being pursued....

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Boy, 9, dies in Smith Mountain Lake

HUDDLESTON, Va. (AP) — A 9-year-old boy is dead after being pulled from the water following a play session on a floating trampoline. Media reports indicate the boy was visiting from Durham, North Carolina. According to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the boy was playing with other children on the trampoline about 50 feet from a dock in the lake. Officials say that when the children swam back to shore, the boy did not return. Emergency crews were called before 6 p.m. Saturday, and the boy’s body was found in about 20 feet of water two...

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Kilmarnock Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival winners

The 82nd Annual Kilmarnock Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival concluded on Saturday night with the drawing of the Grand Prize … a 2017 Toyota Tacoma 4 by 4 pickup.   The winner was Kay Shelton of Morattico.   The second place prize of a $2500 dollar shopping spree at Booth Furniture was Donna Dull of Kilmarnock.   The Kilmarnock Volunteer Firemen would like to thank all of the volunteers and those who attended this...

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Virginia Sales Tax Holiday

When is it? August 4-6, 2017. The 3-day sales tax holiday starts the first Friday in August at 12:01 am and ends the following Sunday at 11:59 pm. What is it? During the sales tax holiday, you can buy qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products without paying sales tax. What items are eligible? School supplies, clothing, and footwear  Qualified school supplies – $20 or less per item Qualified clothing and footwear – $100 or less per item Hurricane and emergency preparedness products   Portable generators – $1,000 or less per item Gas-powered...

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Virginia judge reverses Freedom Of Information Act ruling

(Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com) RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge in Virginia has reversed a ruling he made in June, saying he made a mistake when he wrote that Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act applied only to public bodies and not individual officials. Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Henrico County Circuit Court Judge Hames Yoffy announced the reversal Wednesday. Resident Brian Davison had filed paperwork in court arguing that state Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant violated the FOIA by not responding to a request he made in January within the five-day window required by law, and by not turning over records he asked...

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Man charged with threatening Virginia governor, family

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say a man has been charged with making threats against Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his family. Henrico County Police say state police notified them that 47-year-old Leonard Szweda made threats against the governor and his family. Court records show he was arrested last week. Police say Henrico officers found evidence at Szweda’s home that resulted in additional charges, including possession of a firearm while subject to a protective order and possession of a firearm by a mentally incompetent person. A State Police spokesman says the threats were made over the phone, but...

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Man accused of selling pot-laced candies at fair in Maryland

(Information from: The Frederick (Md.) News-Post, http://www.fredericknewspost.com) FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a Virginia man sold assorted candies laced with marijuana out of a booth at a fair in Maryland. The Frederick News-Post reports that 24-year-old Robert Andrew Cody McGee pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Frederick County Circuit Court to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. McGee was charged after an undercover County Sheriff’s deputy purchased $80-worth of products from him at The Great Frederick Fair in September 2016. Authorities say state lab tests had found the products contained cannabinol. Assistant State’s Attorney Colleen Swanson told the judge...

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Mom, 2 kids captive in Virginia home for 2 years

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man accused of holding a woman and her two children captive for at least two years has been arrested. News outlets report Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Lt. Charles A. Carey says 43-year-old Kariem Ali Muhammad Moore was arrested during a welfare check Saturday. Carey said the 32-year-old woman, an 11-year-old child and an 8-year-old child fled the house while deputies were talking to Moore, who was reluctant to let them in. The family said they hadn’t been allowed outside in at least two years. Carey says the woman is Moore’s girlfriend and he is believed...

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Deputy treated for accidental opiate overdose in drug bust

STAFFORD, Va. (AP) — Authorities say a sheriff’s deputy in Virginia suffered an accidental overdose after arresting two people on drug charges. Deputies from the Stafford Sheriff’s Office were dispatched Wednesday morning to a school parking lot, where they found two people unconscious in a van, one with a syringe sticking out of an arm. Twenty-nine-year-old Samantha Stoudt of Woodbridge and 40-year-old David Michael Chambers of Occoquan, were both charged with possession of a controlled substance. Authorities say a deputy who searched the van and recovered drug evidence fell ill at a hospital where he had gone to question...

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Dying woman in Virginia granted final wish of Ohio milkshake

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio native in hospice care in Virginia had a dying wish fulfilled last month — one last mocha milkshake from a popular suburban Cleveland restaurant. Fifty-year-old Emily Pomeranz died Friday of pancreatic cancer. With help from a friend in Virginia and the longtime owner of Tommy’s in Cleveland Heights, the shake arrived four days earlier. A photo of a smiling Pomeranz holding the shake and the “The Milkshake Mission” story have traveled much farther than the drink’s 375-mile (603-kilometer) trip. Restaurant owner Tommy Fello initially wasn’t sure how it could be accomplished after...

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5 bomb threats interrupt normal operations at 2 Navy bases

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Five bomb threats have interrupted normal operations at two Navy bases in Virginia. Navy officials said the threats Wednesday targeted Naval Station Norfolk and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in nearby Virginia Beach. The base in Norfolk has resumed normal operations after sweeping areas of the base and finding no threats. But Little Creek in Virginia Beach is continuing to investigate. The base received four separate threats via telephone. Two involved ships, the USS Whidbey Island and USS Gunston. And two were made to base buildings, the Admiral Joel T. Boone Branch Medical Clinic and...

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Judges send transgender bathroom case back to lower court

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal lawsuit over a transgender teen’s demand to use the boy’s bathroom at his high school is being sent back to a lower court. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had scheduled arguments for September in Gavin Grimm’s case against the Gloucester County School Board. But the 4th Circuit said Wednesday that it will delay next month’s arguments and send the case back to the district court so the judge can decide whether the case is now moot because Grimm recently graduated. Grimm’s case had come back to the appeals court after the...

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