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In This City, 13-Year-Old Trick-or-Treaters Risk Jail

But Chesapeake, Va., won't be 'actively seeking out' offenders

(Newser) - The trick-or-treating fun ends the moment a child living in Chesapeake, Va., turns 13. At that age, kids going door to door for candy on Halloween "shall be guilty of a misdemeanor" and punished with a fine less than $100 "or by confinement in jail for not more... More »

An 'Abrupt About-Face' for Va. Prison Ban on Tampons

Tampon, menstrual cup ban for inmate visitors has been suspended—for the moment

(Newser) - Virginia is suspending a newly introduced policy that would have barred women who visit inmates at state prisons from using tampons or menstrual cups. Secretary of Public and Homeland Security Safety Brian Moran said Tuesday on Twitter that he'd ordered an "immediate suspension until further review." The... More »

Critics: Va. Attorney Shouldn't 'Pop' Her 'Booty' in Rap Video

At least one activist wants Stephanie Morales recalled as Portsmouth Commonwealth's prosecutor

(Newser) - If the phrase "booty poppin" is what you've been needing to hear (over and over and over), you may want to check out a new music video by someone WAVY deems Virginia's new "unlikely rap star." That would be Stephanie Morales, the Portsmouth Commonwealth's... More »

Winery Owner Wishes 'Painful Death' on Grape Thieves

Virginia's Firefly Hill Vineyards say nearly its entire harvest was stolen overnight Monday

(Newser) - A family-run Virginia winery is indefinitely closed and in the "grieving process" after a theft that stripped it of nearly all its grapes. Allison Dunkenberger, co-owner of Firefly Hill Vineyards in Elliston, tells the Roanoke Times that someone she thinks "knew something about the winery's operations" came... More »

Florence Warning: 'Do Not Focus on Wind Speed Category'

It's now a Category 2, but 'disaster is at the doorstep, and it's coming in'

(Newser) - Hurricane Florence has lost a bit of steam, but that doesn't mean the Carolinas are out of the woods. The BBC reports that wind speeds have come down to 110mph, reslotting the hurricane into the Category 2 category from a Category 3, per a National Hurricane Center advisory... More »

East Coast, Here Comes Florence

Carolinas, Virginia bracing for hurricane later this week

(Newser) - Rapidly intensifying Hurricane Florence could strike a direct and dangerous blow anywhere from the Carolinas to the Mid-Atlantic region later this week, reports the AP . Florence crossed the 74mph threshold from tropical storm to a hurricane Sunday morning. Forecasters in the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Florence was expected... More »

Cops: Man Shot After Aretha Franklin Argument

Pair in barbershop disagreed about who was starring in upcoming biopic

(Newser) - Fans mourned Aretha Franklin all around the world Thursday—including in a barbershop in Suffolk, Va., where a discussion of the Queen of Soul turned violent. Witnesses say that after an argument over whether Halle Berry had played or was going to play Franklin in a biopic turned violent, Michael... More »

A Year Later, Charlottesville Braces for Trouble

State of emergency in effect as city marks one-year anniversary of racial violence

(Newser) - Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of the deadly racial violence in Charlottesville, Va., and city officials are trying to avoid any repeat. States of emergency have been declared for the city and the entire state, and downtown Charlottesville will be under heavy watch from city, state, and federal law enforcement... More »

12-Year-Old Tourist Who Vanished From Airport Found Safe

JinJing Ma, who disappeared from Va. airport, was found with parents in NYC

(Newser) - A frantic hunt for a possibly abducted 12-year-old girl from China who vanished from Reagan National Airport on Thursday has ended with a sigh of relief. Local, state, and federal authorities, including the FBI, were all involved in the search for JinJing Ma, who officials said Friday had been found... More »

If Dam Fails, City Could Be Flooded in 7 Minutes

College Lake Dam overflowing near Lynchburg, Va.

(Newser) - Some 124 homes in Lynchburg, Va., are under evacuation orders with intense flooding in the region. The College Lake Dam, whose complete failure could put the downstream city of 80,000 under 17 feet of water in seven minutes, exceeded its capacity Thursday after four to six inches of rain... More »

Teen Ends Up in Burn Unit After Cutting Down 'Weed'

Virginia's Alex Childress suffers severe burns after coming across giant hogweed

(Newser) - The "giant horror plant" that recently popped up in Virginia sent a teen working his summer job to the VCU Medical Center burn unit in Richmond, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch . Alex Childress, who plans on attending Virginia Tech in the fall, was weed-whacking around Fredericksburg on Tuesday when he... More »

Wonder Woman Surprises Virginia Children's Hospital

Gal Gadot turned up in costume while filming sequel

(Newser) - Gal Gadot may not have actual superpowers but she definitely has a big heart. The Wonder Woman star, who is filming sequel Wonder Woman 1984 in Washington, DC, and northern Virginia, surprised kids at a Virginia children's hospital by turning up in costume, the Daily Dot reports. "The... More »

Helicopter Slams Into Virginia Townhouses

'I just heard a loud 'bam' and the whole house was on fire'

(Newser) - At least one person was killed in a helicopter crash in a residential area in Virginia, authorities say. A 911 call came in Sunday before 5pm about an aircraft crashing into a residential structure in Williamsburg near Settlement Drive, Virginia State Police say. The crash caused a massive fire at... More »

Arizona Lawyer Threatened Over Fundraiser for Red Hen

It was closed after exceeding its $5K target

(Newser) - Amid a hectic few days that included scathing criticism of its canopies from the president of the United States, the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Va., received help from across the country. Phoenix attorney Jimmy Cool says he decided to start a fundraiser when the restaurant was inundated with bad... More »

She Thought It Was a Date. There Was Only Murder

David Eisenhauer gets 50 years in Nicole Lovell's slaying

(Newser) - A man described by his alleged accomplice as a "sociopath" following his arrest for the killing of a 13-year-old Virginia girl will serve 50 years behind bars. Convicted in February of the 2016 murder of Nicole Lovell following no contest pleas, David Eisenhauer, 21, was sentenced Tuesday to 60... More »

Mom Shoots Guy Trying to Break In to Confront Teen Daughter

Troy George Skinner traveled 8K miles, 'had very bad intent,' police say

(Newser) - A man who traveled more than 8,500 miles to confront a teenage girl who had cut off communication with him online was shot in the neck by the girl's mother as he tried to break into their home, police say. Troy George Skinner, 25, traveled from New Zealand... More »

Now Trump Has Harsh Words for 'Filthy' Red Hen Restaurant

"If a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!' he says of eatery that booted Sanders

(Newser) - The restaurant in Lexington, Va., that booted Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday night had to shut down Saturday due to what the owner says were death threats, and the president himself is now piling on. President Trump tweeted early Monday that the eatery "should focus more on cleaning its... More »

Ex-Ethics Chief: Sanders' Restaurant Tweet Broke Federal Rules

She shouldn't have used official account, he says

(Newser) - Sarah Sanders shouldn't be using her official social media accounts to complain about restaurants, according to a former federal ethics chief. Walter Shaub—who served as director of the Office of Government Ethics during the Obama administration and stepped down last year after publicly clashing with President Trump—says... More »

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Gets Kicked Out of Restaurant

The owner apparently doesn't like President Trump

(Newser) - Sarah Huckabee Sanders went out for dinner Friday night in Lexington, Virginia—for a couple of minutes, at least. A server briefly attended to Sanders and her family at the Red Hen until the owner recognized Sanders and had the lot thrown out, CBS News reports. "I just served... More »

Child Immigrant: I Was Strapped to Chair for 60 Hours

Federal lawsuit alleges abuse at Virginia detention center

(Newser) - Immigrant children as young as 14 housed at a juvenile detention center in Virginia say they were beaten while handcuffed and left nude and shivering for long periods in solitary confinement. The abuse claims against the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center near Staunton are detailed in a federal lawsuit that includes... More »

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