Law and Crime

Law & Crime
8:27 am
Wed December 4, 2013

VA in Need of More Juvenile Court Judges

Virginia needs 30 new judges to keep up with the current caseload.  That’s according to a new study. 

Brian Ostrom with the National Center for State Courts in Williamsburg helped conduct the study which was ordered by the General Assembly.  It took 18 months, cost the Commonwealth 240 thousand dollars, and looked at the number of court cases plus the amount of work involved.  Ostrom says judges are especially needed in juvenile court.

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Officials Now Say 11 In Vehicle
4:30 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

W&L Students Involved in Fatal Early Morning Crash

State Police continue their investigation of a crash that claimed the life of one Washington and Lee University student and injured seven others. 

Three remain in the hospital, and the university held a vigil Tuesday evening.

The tragedy occurred on a rural road outside Lexington.

“Around 1:30 this morning, on Turkey Hill Road, which is in Rockbridge County, a 2006 Tahoe was traveling southbound when the vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway, hit a tree stump and overturned," said Sgt. Robert Carpentieri.

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New Laws to Fight Sex Crimes
4:20 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

State Crime Commission Offers Legislative Bundle

The Virginia State Crime Commission is recommending a package of legislation that would provide authorities with additional tools to investigate and prosecute child sexual abuse. 

The proposals followed a lengthy study that revealed the difficulties that law enforcement and Child Protective Services encounter as they try to unearth the facts about allegations.

Although the Crime Commission has recommended the legislative package, it still must pass the General Assembly before it could take effect.

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Law & Crime
5:21 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Deeds Released from Hospital

State Senator Creigh Deeds has been discharged from the University of Virginia Medical Center. 

Deeds' release comes three days after he was stabbed more than 10 times in the head and neck by his son, who later committed suicide.

Police, the Inspector General, and the State Secretary of Health and Human Resources are investigating the incident.

Deeds sent out a tweet to his thousands of followers on Twitter. "I am alive so must live. Some wounds won't heal. Your prayers and your friendship are important to me," he wrote.

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Neighborhoods Impacted
8:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Study: Multiple Sex Offenders Can Affect Real Estate Values

The saying, “birds of a feather, flock together” refers to people of similar character, background, or taste congregating and associating with one another.

It’s a “common thread” that leads like-minded people to live near each other in neighborhoods.

But what happens when that common thread is a sexual offense?

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