Bills that REALLY crack down on those who first exhibit signs of domestic abuse and strengthen penalties for sex traffickers are some of the public safety measures that the General Assembly recently sent to Governor McAuliffe. The governor is also reviewing a potential new law that’s designed to take the temptation out of smuggling cigarettes.
Charlottesville Police have planted as many as a dozen hidden cameras over the past few years – not to watch for criminals but to keep an eye on city employees.
When city police identified a suspect in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, Chief Tim Longo gave credit to security cameras that keep watch on Charlottesville’s downtown mall, and he recently convinced City Council to consider adding more video surveillance. Now, we've learned that Longo approved training secret cameras on city workers.
With a major snowstorm blowing across the Commonwealth, Governor Terry McAuliffe says the declaration allows the Virginia Department of Transportation to mobilize its 12,000 pieces of equipment, and 2,500 workers and contractors to respond.
The governor is also calling on Virginians to stay off the roads, if possible, in order to allow emergency vehicles passage and to cut down on the potential for accidents.
"Every part of the Commonwealth is going to be impacted by this storm," Gov. McAuliffe said. "Every single part of the Commonwealth."
A coalition of Virginia civil rights and community organizations marched in downtown Richmond over the weekend.
In advance of the General Assembly meeting Tuesday, the march called for several legislative reforms including an independent review board to handle issues of police misconduct and the implementation of police body cameras.
While many in opposition to body cameras site both cost and privacy concerns, the majority of protesters there believed the transparency of cameras would help rebuild trust between communities and law enforcement.
An enormous surge in heroin and prescription-drug overdose deaths in Virginia has prompted the Centers for Disease Control to call it an epidemic. It’s also why state lawmakers of both parties have joined together to advance a multi-faceted package of bills to tackle the challenge. They believe it’s both a law enforcement AND a public health problem.
Virginia’s Chief Medical Examiner reports that every region of the state has seen a spike in heroin overdose fatalities. Attorney General Mark Herring says the data confirm that.