Law & Crime

Suspect Charged with Abduction
2:12 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Arrest Made in Missing Teen Case

Suspect: Randy Allen Taylor

Authorities have now identified the suspect in connection with the disappearance of Nelson County teenager Alexis Murphy.

48-year-old Randy Allen Taylor was taken into custody yesterday afternoon without incident. He’s been charged with abduction by intimidation or force.

Alexis Murphy was last seen August 3. Nelson County Commonwealth’s attorney Anthony Martin says the arrest is a significant step toward finding the young woman. 

The FBI says it is investigating whether this case is connected to other missing-persons cases.

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Virginia Public Access Project
10:07 am
Mon August 12, 2013

VaNews for 08.12.13

Prescription drug abuse continues to plague far Southwestern Virginia and drivers entering Richmond will soon be greeted by a super-sized Confederate flag.

Those stories have been among the most clicked over the past week on Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at vpap.org.

VaNews is a free public service of the Virginia Public Access Project and can be found at vpap.org.

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Law & Crime
4:39 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Cracking Down on Computer Crimes

A bill that would have helped crackdown on Internet predators that was shot down during the last General Assembly session is now being restructured so that it has a chance of survival NEXT session. 

The bill's co-sponsor believes the measure would give law enforcement a much-needed tool to pursue and prosecute those who might otherwise get away with the unthinkable.

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Virginia's Gifting & Disclosure System
4:22 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Giving Back the Gifts

Governor McDonnell speaking on Washington radio station WTOP now says that not only is he paying back all loans received from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, he is also returning all gifts.

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Department of Corrections Policy
4:32 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Anti-Shackling Regulations

The American Civil Liberties Union and a church-based group called the Family Foundation don’t agree about many things, but they’ve found common ground on a surprising issue involving prison inmates.

State prisons routinely handcuff inmates when they’re taken outside prison walls, and jails may use shackles to prevent escape, but there’s a growing chorus of protest over such treatment for pregnant women.  Some have been forced to deliver babies with their ankles in chains, but Abigail Turner – a lawyer for the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville says that may soon change.

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