Law and Crime

Virginia State University Hazing Charges
5:08 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

2nd Body Pulled from Appomatox River

A massive community search is over, after police found the body of a second Virginia State University student in the Appomattox River.

The two victims – both 19-year-old freshmen – apparently drowned during what police are calling a hazing ritual. 

Four men, ranging in age from 19 to 35, are charged with hazing after seven Virginia State University students attempted to cross the Appomattox River just after midnight Saturday. 

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4th Amendment Protections
5:16 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Public Safety & Constitutional Rights

Credit Charles Krupa/AP via NPR

In the wake of the Boston bombings, many people have praised the work of police, who killed one suspect and arrested a second after conducting a door-to-door search in one part of the city, but here in Virginia a civil liberties watchdog is raising questions. 

The head of the Rutherford Institute says Boston became a police state, and Americans abandoned their constitution.  

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Senseless Acts of Violence
4:47 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Remembering the Virginia Tech Tragedy

Credit Photo Credit: Virginia Tech

A remembrance ceremony on the grounds of Capitol Square  marked the 6th anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings. 

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Law & Crime
3:18 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

After the Arsons

Virginia's rural Eastern Shore community is getting back to normal after Charles Smith confessed to a majority of the 77 arsons set there since November.

The area  has an abundance of renovated manors and crumbling structures, some more than 200 years old.

At first residents were glad when arsonists targeted derelict houses. But as the crimes went on, they began to wear on the tiny community.

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Virginia Public Access Project
11:07 am
Mon April 15, 2013

VaNews for 04.15.13

If you think there are too many lawyers in politics it may be time to think again, at least where the Virginia General Assembly is concerned.

That story and one that exposes a loophole in the state’s new texting-while-driving law were at the top of the hit list on the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link this past week. Fred Echols reports .

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

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