Fairfax police find human remains near industrial park

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Fairfax police say human remains were found during a search for a missing juvenile. Police say detectives from the Franconia Police District Major Crimes Unit are investigating after remains of a female were discovered in the 7100 block of Wimsatt Road in Springfield during a sweep of the area on Saturday. Police say detectives have not yet been able to identify the female. Police say an autopsy will be performed on Monday by the Office of the Chief Medical...

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Va. gubernatorial candidate mobbed by protesters

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate was mobbed by protesters during a trip to Charlottesville. Corey Stewart, who is chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, visited Charlottesville to defend the city’s statue of Robert E. Lee in a downtown park. But he was confronted by angry protesters. Stewart’s visit comes after Charlottesville officials voted to take down the statue on Monday. The Washington Post reports that protesters shouted during his visit, “white supremacy has got to go!” In response, Stewart said of the protesters, “they have no respect not only to Robert E....

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Body of missing fisherman found in Virginia

WASHINGTON (AP) — The body of a fisherman who went missing after his boat sank three months ago has been recovered in Virginia. Maryland Natural Resources Police say the body of 52-year-old Roger Grissom washed up on Virginia’s eastern shore in Accomack County, roughly 62 miles from where his boat sank on Nov. 19. Grissom was with three other fishermen participating in a competition near West Point Beach when their boat capsized. At the time rescue crews were able to transport 39-year-old Jason Downing to a local hospital for treatment. Crews later recovered the bodies of two other fishermen,...

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2017 General Assembly Update – Week 5

We are now past the halfway point of the 2017 General Assembly known as Crossover, and legislators have considered over 2,600 bills and resolutions on a wide range of topics. Now, our House bills will move to the Senate and their bills will be considered in the House. The Republican-led House of Delegates is making great progress on the issues that matter most to you and your family. Yesterday, we passed an amended two-year state budget that is balanced, fiscally responsible, does not include any fee or tax increases, invests in our local school systems, includes 3% pay raises for...

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Bluegrass TV show set to be official show of Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The television show “Song of the Mountains” that features bluegrass music is set to be the official show of Virginia. The General Assembly has passed a bill that would designate the monthly concert series the state’s official television series. The show started in 2003 and airs on PBS stations around the country. It’s filmed at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion. The legislation says the show helps preserve the music, heritage and culture of Southwest...

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Judge removes bar on releasing officer’s name in shooting

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge is no longer barring Fairfax County police from releasing the name of an officer who fatally shot a man following a standoff in Herndon. A hearing on the issue had been scheduled for Thursday in federal court in Alexandria. But the judge canceled it after police indicated they have no immediate plans to release the officer’s name anyway. The hearing could be rescheduled if police decide they want to release his name. The officer’s lawsuit challenges the department’s new policy of releasing an officer’s name when involved in a fatal shooting, unless special...

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Truck driver blown off bridge; dies after helicopter rescue

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Authorities say a Navy helicopter plucked a driver from the roof of a tractor-trailer after it was swept off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel by high winds and began floating in the water. The driver later died. Bridge and tunnel deputy director Thomas Anderson says the unidentified driver died after his rescue Thursday. U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Corinne Zilnicki says the tractor-trailer was blown off the bridge shortly before 12:30 p.m. and the driver was rescued a little after 1. Winds on the bridge-tunnel were about 40 mph Thursday, although Anderson says they had...

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McDonnell’s defense fund raises $20K in 4th quarter 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Finance reports show former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s legal defense fund raised about $20,000 during the last quarter of 2016. Supporters created the fund in 2013 for McDonnell, who was convicted of public corruption but had his sentence overturned by a unanimous Supreme Court in June. The reports collected by the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan money-in-politics tracker, also show around $36,000 of expenses during last year’s fourth quarter. The majority of that went to legal, accounting and banking fees, and $10,000 went to the IRS for a late filing fee, according to the filings....

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Lawyers for Virginia challenging Trump travel ban in court

Lawyers for the state of Virginia are challenging President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, arguing in federal court that its seven-nation travel ban violates the Constitution and is the result of “animus toward Muslims.” Michael Kelly, spokesman for Virginia’s Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring, said Friday’s hearing in federal court in a Washington suburb poses the most significant state challenge yet. He says in a statement ahead of Friday’s scheduled arguments in Alexandria, Virginia, that it “will be the most in-depth examination of the merits of the arguments against the ban.” Virginia’s challenge comes after a federal appeals...

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Trial for teen accused of Virginia girl’s slaying delayed

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — The murder trial of a former Virginia Tech student accused of killing a 13-year-old girl has been postponed. Local media report that a judge agreed Wednesday to delay the trial of David Eisenhauer, who had been scheduled to be tried in March for the 2016 slaying of Nicole Lovell. A new date hasn’t been set. The 19-year-old Eisenhauer is charged with first-degree murder, abduction and hiding Lovell’s body. Twenty-year-old Natalie Keepers is charged with being an accessory to kidnapping and murder and with helping to hide Lovell’s body. Her trial remains set for March 27....

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ACLU criticizes order barring officer ID in fatal shooting

HERNDON, Va. (AP) — The ACLU of Virginia says a federal judge’s order barring Fairfax County police from publicly identifying an officer involved in a fatal shooting takes little consideration of the public’s right to know. Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastanaga said in a statement Wednesday that residents have the right to know which county employee has killed a community member. Police say Mohammad Doudzai barricaded himself in his house in Herndon Jan. 16, after shooting his two brothers. Authorities say he went to the door with a knife and was shot by an officer. Court documents show that...

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Former lawmaker transfers prisons after reported assault

(Information from: Daily Press, http://www.dailypress.com/) NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A disgraced former lawmaker from Virginia has transferred prisons following a reported assault. The Daily Press in Newport News reports that Phil Hamilton moved from a federal facility in New Jersey to one in Pennsylvania. Hamilton’s daughter said he arrived at the new facility on Monday. The warden of the New Jersey prison confirmed an “unwitnessed attack” on Hamilton in a letter to U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine’s office, which was asked to investigate. The incident prompted the prison to place him in relative isolation for his own security. In...

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Police capture tattoo-covered, just-released sex offender

PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) — U.S. Marshals say a convicted sex offender who was at large has been arrested in the nation’s capital. Deputy U.S. Marshal Chris Leuer said in a statement that Matthew Ezekiel Stager was spotted around 4 p.m. Wednesday His arrest followed several reported sightings in Washington. Leuer says District police officers recognized the tattoo-covered suspect as he walked down the street near the D.C. Superior Court. Stager has tattoos on his face, head and neck. He was taken into custody without incident. News outlets reported that the 44-year-old was released Thursday from the Federal Correctional Complex...

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Judge bars police from identifying officer in fatal shooting

HERNDON, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has granted a temporary restraining order barring Fairfax County police from publicly identifying an officer involved in a fatal shooting. Court documents show the judge in U.S. District Court in Alexandria granted the order Monday. The police officer was identified in court papers as John Doe. Police say on Jan. 16, Mohammad Doudzai barricaded himself in his house in Herndon after shooting his two brothers. Authorities say he went to the door with a knife and was shot by an officer. Police Chief Col. Edwin Roessler Jr. said in a statement that...

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Man dies after found unresponsive in court holding cell

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A man has died three days after he was found unresponsive in a holding cell at a Richmond courthouse. The Richmond City Sheriff’s Office says Johnathan Wade Southworth was at the John Marshall Courts Building on Wednesday, where he was waiting for a hearing. Deputies say Southworth had been seen moving freely in the holding cell, but a deputy found him unresponsive when he went to bring Southworth before the court. Southworth was taken to a hospital. Sheriff C.T. Woody Jr. says Southworth died Saturday after suffering cardiac arrest. The medical examiner’s office is conducting...

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