Law and Crime

Case of Missing UVA Grad Student
4:20 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Pat Collins: Mystery Solved

Pat Collins/Family Photo

There are about 40,000 missing people in this country, and for 27 years UVA graduate student Pat Collins was one of them. 

Some felt sure he was kidnapped or murdered, but campus police disagreed.  Two Charlottesville writers appear to have solved the mystery.

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Law & Crime
3:39 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Body Found During Search for Missing Lynchburg Teen

In Lynchburg, a woman's body was found this morning in the area where the search for 18-year old Jamisha Gilbert was taking place.

Lieutenant Dave Gearhart of the Lynchburg Police Department addressed the media at a news conference just after 3 p.m. 

Meantime, searchers continued combing the Pleasant Valley Road area between U.S. 460 and Concorde Turnpike.  That's where Jamisha Gilbert's wrecked Honda Accord was found on Friday.  She had last been seen at about 1 a.m. Friday.

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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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