Tag: crime

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People in positions of power and crime

Society has long been concerned with safety and security. A community that is safe is perceived to be more productive and profitable than one that is not. Unsafe communities lead to individuals feeling unsafe and stifled in terms of their ability to be productive and contributing members of society.


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The process after you get charged with a crime

Most frequently people do not understand the whole process that happens after one gets charged with any kind of crime.


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The racist and politically motivated origins of the War on Drugs

The Nixon Administration started the War on Drugs as an attack on black Americans and anti-war protesters.


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Herring settles suit against two sham charities

Attorney General Mark R. Herring has reached a settlement that will dissolve two nationwide sham cancer charities.


virginia

Chief Medical Examiner seeks public help to identify skeletal remains

The Chief Medical Examiner unveiled the facial approximations of eight individuals found dead in Central Virginia, but who have not yet been identified.


Waynesboro woman arrested for April gas station theft

The Waynesboro Police Department has charged a local woman with two felonies stemming from the April 24 theft at the BP Station. Diana Elizabeth Pacheco, 31 years old, is facing grand larceny and credit card theft charges.


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Virginia State Police releases 2014 crime report

Virginia’s official and only comprehensive report on local and statewide crime figures for 2014 is now available online at the Virginia State Police website at www.vsp.virginia.gov, under “Forms & Publications.”


Governor McAuliffe receives final recommendations of Governor’s Task Force on Campus Sexual Violence

Governor Terry McAuliffe attended the final meeting of the Governor’s Task Force on Campus Sexual Violence today and received a briefing from Attorney General Mark Herring on the task force’s recommendations.


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Waynesboro SWAT raid leads to drugs, wanted person

The Waynesboro Police Department arrested two Waynesboro men after a SWAT raid Tuesday night at an apparent drug flophouse.


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Waynesboro man arrested: Charged with assaulting, robbing girlfriend

The Waynesboro Police Department has arrested a Waynesboro man after he beat and robbed his girlfriend last Tuesday night.


Jealous rage? Waynesboro man sexually assaults woman

The Waynesboro Police Department arrested a Waynesboro man on several charges after a weekend assault on his girlfriend. Officers charged Steven Joseph Faulkner, 28 years old, after he viciously attacked the 24-year-old victim in the home that they share.


Stuarts Draft man arrested in brutal assault of ex-girlfriend in Waynesboro

The Waynesboro Police Department has charged a Stuarts Draft man for a brutal assault on his ex-girlfriend that occurred last Thursday. Justin Brian Balser, 33 years old, faces one felony count of malicious wounding after an argument between the two of them got violent as they sat in her vehicle on the Kroger parking lot, 245 Arch Avenue.


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Cop out: Leaks embarrassing to Baltimore police, lapdog media

Those selective leaks making their way to the news media on the Baltimore police investigation into the April death of Freddie Gray that led to charges for six officers involved in his arrest and detention sure are convenient.


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Florida check forging ring hits Waynesboro Target store

The Waynesboro Police Department has charged three Florida men with fraud after they passed several forged checks at Target, 811 Town Center Drive in early February.


Ken Plum: Return on investment

Constituents contacted me recently about a Richmond Times Dispatch article headline they felt was misleading: “Ken Plum says Pre-K education leads to less crime and welfare.”


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Sen. Favola bill addressing sexual orientation hate crimes in Courts Committee

Today, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee will discuss SB 799 a bill that Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) introduced to address the perpetration of hate crimes against LGBT individuals.


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Applications being accepted for open U.S. Attorney position in Western Virginia

U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are now accepting applications for the position of U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia to fill the seat left vacant by Timothy Heaphy, who left office in December after five years of distinguished service.


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New Year’s Eve among deadliest days on U.S. roadways

As Americans prepare for New Year’s celebrations, AAA Mid-Atlantic is reminding drivers and passengers alike of the dangers on the roads this New Year’s Day, which consistently ranks among the year’s deadliest days for alcohol-related traffic fatalities.


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Virginia State Police: Drive to save lives

This time of year, with all the holiday parties and festive occasions, many partygoers will be drinking. If you’re celebrating with alcohol this holiday season, the Virginia State Police has a message for you: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.


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Protests: A waste of time?

People are gathering in cities across the country – New York City, Washington, Berkeley – to protest decisions by grand juries in Missouri and Staten Island against bringing back indictments in cases in which cops were responsible for the deaths of unarmed petty-crime suspects.


Inside the Newsroom: Rolling Stone backs off, New York stands up

Augusta Free Press editors Crystal Graham and Chris Graham dive into two major news stories in this edition of Inside the Newsroom.


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Racial divide and be conquered

I read this post from the blog Gawker on a topic related to the racial tensions resulting from the inexplicable grand-jury actions in Missouri and New York that let a pair of cops who killed unarmed petty-crime suspects go free.


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Tim Kaine: Progress against sexual assaults in the military, but work still to be done

Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Subcommittee on Personnel, noted the important steps that have been taken towards eliminating sexual assault within the military.


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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice, and freedom, everywhere

At the surface, the tensions over the failure of grand juries in Missouri and New York to indict cops who killed unarmed suspects in a pair of recent petty-crime cases have been directed at police.


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AAA offers Gray Thursday, Black Friday shopping tips

The National Retail Federation predicts that approximately 95.5 million shoppers nationwide will take advantage of Black Friday deals and nearly 26 million on Gray Thursday (Thanksgiving Day).


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Tim Kaine statement on resignation of U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the decision by Timothy Heaphy, United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, to step down.


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ACLU urges Crime Commission to stop the criminalization of teenage sexting

The ACLU of Virginia released a letter it sent to members of the Virginia State Crime Commission recommending against any legislation to criminalize teenage sexting.


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UVA News: Statement of Rector George Keith Martin regarding Rolling Stone sexual assault piece

University of Virginia Rector George Keith Martin on Thursday issued the following statement regarding the recent story on sexual assaults at UVA.


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Absence of critical law threatens Virginia’s kids at risk for trafficking

Virginia is the only state in the nation that lacks a law against human trafficking for sexual exploitation, a crime that impacts an estimated 100,000 U.S. children each year.


Brooklyn man charged in Waynesboro credit card fraud case

The Waynesboro Police Department has charged a New York City man with several felonies after a month long investigation of credit card fraud that was sparked by an incident last month.


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Herring urges congressional support of legislation to prevent online human trafficking

Attorney General Mark Herring today urged members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to support legislation that would help prevent children from being trafficked on the Internet.


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Herring supports federal bill providing restitution to child pornography victims

Attorney General Mark Herring sent a letter to the leadership of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a House Judiciary Subcommittee expressing support for the Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act of 2014.


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Virginia VINE observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI) reminds the citizens of the Commonwealth of an important tool called the Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE®) Program.


Questions linger in Jesse Matthew case

Police may have the big break they have been looking for years to get with news Monday that forensic evidence has linked Jesse Matthew to the 2009 disappearance and murder of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington.


Additional charges for Staunton man in sex crimes investigation

The Waynesboro Police Department has charged a Staunton man who is already facing over 30 sex crime related charges in Staunton and Augusta County with two additional felony sexual assault charges.


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Governor debuts Virginia Faces of Drunk Driving site to combat DUI

Following last year’s increase in drunk driving fatalities – the first rise in six years – Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe unveiled a powerful new tool to keep drunk drivers off of the Commonwealth’s roadways.


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Several family members arrested in Waynesboro thefts

The Waynesboro Police Department has arrested several members of the same family after they were involved in a slew of thefts in the city recently.


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Newport News gang member convicted of 2008 double murder

Marcus Williams, the enforcer for the “36 Street Bang Squad Bloods” was convicted Thursday for his role in the 2008 murder of two Newport News teens.


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National survey shows youth drug use down 24% over past decade

The Obama administration released new health survey data showing a significant decline in drug use among our nation’s young people.


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Waynesboro Police nab couple for credit card theft, shopping spree

The Waynesboro Police Department has charged a Stuarts Draft couple after they went on a shopping spree with stolen credit cards last month.