There was a time when a license plate simply identified a car, its owner and, in many cases, if it was on the road legally. But now, with advancing technology, it's much more—and a lot of people don't like it.
Recent published reports indicate that police departments are using license plate scanners without the public’s knowledge—and even when people haven't committed an infraction.
Lawmakers are trying to decide exactly what police departments and other agencies can do with that information.
New information is coming to light in the case of missing UVA student Hannah Graham. An investigative reporter and talk show host in Charlottesville has spoken with several witnesses about the man accused of kidnapping her -- where he was before encountering Graham on the downtown mall.
The search continues for missing UVA student Hannah Graham, and the man accused of kidnapping her could return to Virginia in police custody today. Charlottesville’s police chief took questions from reporters Thursday, and they had plenty.
Police Chief Tim Longo stressed that he won’t say anything to jeopardize the trial of 32-year-old Jesse Matthew. Instead, he talked at length about the on-going search for Hannah Graham.
Jesse Matthew Junior appeared in a Texas courtroom today and agreed to return to Virginia without a fight. The sheriff of Galveston County announced plans to search Matthew’s car, and Virginia police are preparing to bring him back. Meanwhile, Charlottesville’s Chief of Police agreed – for the first time in 48 hours – to answer questions about the case.
With the arrest of Jesse Mathew Jr., friends are coming to his defense -- calling him a "gentle giant." People who went to school with him for years cannot believe he’s guilty of abduction with intent to defile. More likely, they say, he left town because he was terrified.
The Graham case has riveted Charlottesville bloggers and Facebook fans. They’ve offered theories and challenged official claims, cheered and criticized police. Now, with Jesse Matthew Jr. accused of abduction with intent to defile, his friends are coming forward online.