Violent Crime

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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Suspect Charged with Abduction
2:12 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Arrest Made in Missing Teen Case

Suspect: Randy Allen Taylor

Authorities have now identified the suspect in connection with the disappearance of Nelson County teenager Alexis Murphy.

48-year-old Randy Allen Taylor was taken into custody yesterday afternoon without incident. He’s been charged with abduction by intimidation or force.

Alexis Murphy was last seen August 3. Nelson County Commonwealth’s attorney Anthony Martin says the arrest is a significant step toward finding the young woman. 

The FBI says it is investigating whether this case is connected to other missing-persons cases.

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Roanoke Crime Response
6:08 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Virginia Crime Report Published

Each year the Virginia State Police issues an annual crime analysis breaking down incidents by location and type. The most recent analysis for crimes in 2013 puts a city at the top of the list that doesn’t think it belongs there.

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4th Amendment Protections
5:16 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Public Safety & Constitutional Rights

Credit Charles Krupa/AP via NPR

In the wake of the Boston bombings, many people have praised the work of police, who killed one suspect and arrested a second after conducting a door-to-door search in one part of the city, but here in Virginia a civil liberties watchdog is raising questions. 

The head of the Rutherford Institute says Boston became a police state, and Americans abandoned their constitution.  

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Senseless Acts of Violence
4:47 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Remembering the Virginia Tech Tragedy

Credit Photo Credit: Virginia Tech

A remembrance ceremony on the grounds of Capitol Square  marked the 6th anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings. 

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