Violent Crime

Remembering April 16th
4:28 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

From Then to Now: An Exhibition in Two Parts

Seven years ago, after the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech, an outpouring of sympathy came to Blacksburg from around the world.

Much of it, in the form of objects:  candles, cards, letters, stuffed animals and works of art.  Archivists at the university have carefully cataloged and preserved these sacred objects, some of which will be on display for the first time this week.

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General Assembly
4:20 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Human Trafficking Legislation Moves Forward

While not all bills to crack down on human trafficking in Virginia have survived the halfway point in the General Assembly, lawmakers believe they've made progress in battling what's now considered one of the fastest—if not the fastest—growing financial crime worldwide.

They have agreed that this is not a partisan issue.  Lawmakers were able to work across both chambers and party lines to develop new guidelines to assist victims and law enforcement officials. 

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Investigation Continues
1:34 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Three Charged in Death of VT Student

Jessica Ewing & Keifer Brown
Credit Blacksburg Police Department

Jessica Ewing, a student at Virginia Tech, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Samanata Shrestha, of Vienna, VA. 

Ewing is now at the Western Virginia Regional Jail.

Recent Tech graduate Keifer Kyle Brown is facing charges that he was an accessory after the fact. He's being held at the Montgomery County Jail.

Police have also charged 23-year-old Michael Christian Heller, a Blacksburg resident, with being an accessory after the fact.  He's been released on bond.

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Investigation Spans Much of Virginia
4:29 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

More Arrests in Kevin Quick Case

Three people have been arrested and charged in connection with the death of Waynesboro police reservist Kevin Quick.

The three—Halisi Uhuru of Danville, Leslie Casterlow and Anthony Stokes, both from Manassas, are being held at the Henrico County Jail.  They’re scheduled to appear in court Monday.

That makes six people who have been arrested during the investigation.  Earlier this week, a brother and sister were charged with the theft of Quick’s vehicle, a third sibling from the family was taken into custody at the same time, for an outstanding arrest warrant.

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Government & Politics
4:50 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Lawmakers Address Issues Related to Violence

The Virginia Senate tackled several bills  addressing acts of violence. And, after lengthy debate, Senators likely killed a measure that would have allowed Virginia to use electrocution as a form of execution, if necessary.

The Senate also gave preliminary approval to a measure to penalize so-called “celebratory gunfire.” 

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