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.
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.
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.”
The Virginia State Senate has approved legislation that expands the rights of a person petitioning for a protective order and puts an alleged abuser on the hook for costs associated with some of the victim’s needs and costs.