Law and Crime

32-Year Wait for Justice
11:51 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Staunton Cold Case Solved

In November of 1983, 20-year-old Pete Miller disappeared.  He was supposed to be married a week later, and his prospective father-in-law - Charles Almond -- reported him missing. 

To this day, police have found no evidence that Miller is dead, but this week the Augusta County Commonwealth’s Attorney charged Almond with first degree murder. 
 

Read more
Law & Crime
11:43 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Child Abuse Hotline: "Please Call Back"

Social workers are apologizing, today, for deleting more than 200 unheard voicemail messages on a child abuse hotline. 

If teachers, doctors or neighbors suspect child abuse, they can call a special hotline to report anonymously, and an agency known as Child Protective Services is supposed to investigate, but for six months last year in Waynesboro, Staunton and Augusta County, that didn’t happen. 

Read more
Law & Crime
6:07 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

FOIA Bills Examined

A number of changes are in the works for Virginia’s open-government laws.  For instance, the General Assembly passed more than a dozen bills earlier this year that would amend the Freedom of Information Act. Other controversial bills were referred to a state advisory council to be studied—and potentially reintroduced in next year's session.

Read more
Law & Crime
4:33 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Four Cancer Charities Allegedly Spent Donations on Personal Expenses

FTC depicts how four sham charities operated.

Attorney General Mark Herring and the Federal Trade Commission have announced one of the largest charity fraud actions ever brought by enforcers. The FTC, Virginia, all other states, and the District of Columbia have charged four cancer charities and their operators with bilking more than $187,000,000  from consumers. The joint enforcement action alleges deceptive solicitations. 

Read more
Law & Crime
4:00 am
Mon May 18, 2015

One Month After Death of UMW Student, Feminists United File Complaint

University of Mary Washington

It’s been a month since 20-year-old Grace Mann was murdered in her Fredericksburg home.  The University of Mary Washington student had been active with a group called Feminists United, which had been the target of threatening posts online.  Now, a national group has filed a complaint with the federal government – charging the school did too little to protect women on campus. 

Read more

Pages