In the rural beach community of Accomack County, state and federal investigators are searching for clues in the ashes of what is now the 73rd arson since last November.
Many of the old Eastern Shore farmhouses being targeted are used only during the summer by visitors or migrant workers who harvest and pack produce.
State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Anaya said the arsons happen at night and neighbors live a mile or more away from each other making it difficult to see anyone suspicious.
Mysterious fires in eastern Virginia and police cameras that read license plates by the thousands have been in the news lately.
Newspaper stories about both were among the past week’s most clicked on Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link. Fred Echols reports.
VaNews is a free public service of the Virginia Public Access Project and can be found at vpap.org.
Forty-three localities nationwide, including Newport News, have "banned the box."
That means they have eliminated job applications that ask if a person has been convicted of a felony.
Some who sit on Richmond City Council want to join those localities. They’re hoping that the measure could eventually be introduced as statewide legislation across the street at the State Capitol.
Virginia lawmakers concede that it may be impossible to create and amend laws that crack down on the ever-changing illegal drug trade, but they're determined to be as proactive as possible to deter it and prosecute those behind it.
One of the bills that Governor McDonnell has signed into law revises the rules that allow an offender who was wrongly convicted to prove that he’s innocent of the crime.