Violent Crime

Staunton Cold Case Solved

May 21, 2015

In November of 1983, 20-year-old Pete Miller disappeared.  He was supposed to be married a week later, and his prospective father-in-law - Charles Almond -- reported him missing. 

To this day, police have found no evidence that Miller is dead, but this week the Augusta County Commonwealth’s Attorney charged Almond with first degree murder. 

'No Basis' for Rolling Stone's Gang Rape Claim

Mar 23, 2015
Photo: Hawes Spencer

None of the assault allegations made by Jackie, the subject of the Rolling Stone article that caused turmoil at the University of Virginia last November could be confirmed after months of investigating.

While the tale of a three-hour frat house gang rape had already been largely demolished through investigative reporting, Chief Tim Longo gave the official verdict on the claims Monday: they didn't check out.

"There no substantive basis to conclude that what is described in that article happened that night."

Legislation that addresses campus sexual assaults is already on Governor McAuliffe's desk—but before he signs off, amends, or vetoes anything, he has the input from members of his Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence to consider.

The legislation requires campus employees to report sexual violence allegations to the Title IX  coordinator, who must report the allegation to a review team that meets within 72 hours.  One subcommittee believes that while the legislation is a good first step, there's more work ahead.

Shining a Light on VA's Death Row

Mar 18, 2015

This week civic groups and nonprofits are taking a closer look at the importance of open government and freedom of information for Sunshine week.  

Sunshine is absent in the death chambers of Virginia, where the public has no access to basic information about how inmates are killed. Policies and procedures outlining the process are concealed from view. Training manuals are closely guarded. Even specific details about how executions are carried out are kept secret. 

"I'm not clear what there is to hide here."

Jesse Matthew, Jr. Charged in Murder of Hannah Graham

Feb 10, 2015

Nearly five months after University of Virginia student Hannah Graham went missing, the man last seen with her has now been indicted for murder. 

Earlier this month, an Albemarle County grand jury charged  Matthew with abduction and murder in the death of the 18-year-old student.

"These indictments signal the beginning of the next phase in what has been an incredibly difficult process for the family of Hannah Graham, for our community, and for the men and women of the many departments and agencies who have worked on this matter since September of last year."