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Doctor Who Gave Every Patient Opioids Sentenced to 40 Years

He 'hid behind his doctor's coat as a large-scale drug dealer'

(Newser) - A Virginia doctor who never met a patient he didn't prescribe opioids to has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. Prosecutors say Dr. Joel Smithers, 36, prescribed more than 500,000 doses of opioids in less than two years at his practice in Martinsville, population 13,000, before... More »

Police Chief: Cop's Move to Call ICE 'Unacceptable'

Virginia officer contacted agency on driver involved in traffic accident

(Newser) - A Virginia police officer who responded to a traffic accident Sept. 21 found that one of the drivers involved lacked a state driver's license. He then looked up the driver, found out they were wanted by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement for not showing up at a deportation hearing,... More »

Girl Says She Invented Story of Boys Cutting Her Dreadlocks

'They were saying that my hair was ugly, that it was nappy,' sixth grader had said

(Newser) - A private school in Virginia said Monday that a 12-year-old student who accused three boys of holding her down in the playground and cutting her hair made the story up. The principal of Immanuel Christian School—where Vice President Mike Pence's wife, Karen, teaches—said the school is relieved... More »

Statue Behind Charlottesville Unrest Is Back in the News

Robert E. Lee monument is defaced soon after judge rules it must stay

(Newser) - The statue of Robert E. Lee that was at the heart of the deadly unrest in Charlottesville, Va. , is once again in the news. NBC29 reports that somebody vandalized the base of the statue, which sits in a local park, by spray-painting "1619" on it. The reference is to... More »

Pitcher on Murdered Family: 'Too Wonderful to Comprehend'

'My life as I knew it is destroyed,' writes Blake Bivens

(Newser) - "My heart was turned to ash. My life as I knew it is destroyed," writes Blake Bivens in his first public comments since his wife, infant son, and mother-in-law were found murdered in Virginia . "I shake and tremble at the thought of our future without them,"... More »

'Unimaginable': Family of Rays Pitching Prospect Is Murdered

Blake Bivens' brother-in-law is charged in triple homicide in Virginia

(Newser) - A pitching prospect for the Tampa Bay Rays endured two family tragedies Tuesday. First, Blake Bivens' wife, infant son, and mother-in-law were found dead at their home in Virginia. Then Bivens' brother-in-law, 18 or 19, was arrested for their murder. Matthew Bernard, the brother of Bivens' wife, was seen running... More »

$100K Reward Offered in Double Murder

Heidi Childs and David Metzler were killed in 2009

(Newser) - Heidi Childs and David Metzler were only teenagers when a gunman stole their lives. Now multiple law enforcement agencies are trying rekindle interest in the decade-old Virginia killing by reminding people that all their leads—including DNA evidence from the crime scene—may not be enough, NBC News reports. "... More »

Here Are the Best, Worst States for Gender Equality

Maine is looking good for women's rights

(Newser) - Despite making up more than half the US population, women are still lagging behind their male counterparts in pay and in leadership positions, and still claiming the lion's share of minimum-wage jobs. Some states are making better strides than others in closing the gender gap, per WalletHub , which looked... More »

He Fell in His Home. For 5 Days, He Survived on One Thing

Elderly man could only reach Cokes on the floor next to him

(Newser) - Some people drink Coke with their lunch, some as a midday refresher, even some for breakfast in place of warmer caffeinated beverages. For an elderly Virginia man, it was all he consumed for five days straight after a fall in his Arlington home last month, per Fox News . It was... More »

He Switched to Low-Cost Insulin to Save for Wedding, Died

Fiancee found Virginia man at the dog kennel where he worked for $16.50 per hour

(Newser) - A diabetic man's death in Virginia shortly after he aged out of a family health insurance plan is highlighting the deadly consequences of the skyrocketing costs of insulin. Josh Wilkerson, who had Type 1 diabetes, couldn't afford to buy the prescription brand of insulin he needed—at a... More »

Mock Seal's Maker: This Was No Accident

Ex-Republican shouts out 'best troll ever'

(Newser) - The man who created the mock presidential seal that turned up during a speech by President Trump has spoken—and, in his view, "there's no way this was an accident." Charles Leazott, a graphic designer from Richmond, Va., who twice voted for George W. Bush, says he... More »

Appalachian Trail Murder Suspect 'Unfit for Trial'

James Jordan will be sent to federal facility

(Newser) - The man accused of killing a hiker with a machete in a terrifying attack on the Appalachian Trail in May is not mentally competent to stand trial, a federal judge in Virginia decided Wednesday. Federal magistrate judge Pamela Sargent said James Jordan, 30, will be sent to a federal medical... More »

Cops a 'Little Bit Speechless' in Hunt for Missing Toddler

They think 2-year-old Noah Tomlin is dead; his mother has been arrested

(Newser) - A Virginia toddler who was reported missing Monday by his mother is now believed to be dead, cops say—and his mother is in custody. At a Friday night news conference, Hampton Police Chief Terry Sult offered "hearts and prayers" for 2-year-old Noah Tomlin, and for his loved ones,... More »

Famous Horse Barn Burns

(Newser) - Flames have destroyed a famous horse barn on Chincoteague Island in Virginia. News outlets report firefighters were called Tuesday night to the Misty barn at the Beebe Ranch, per AP . Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company spokeswoman Denise Bowden says flames were shooting 30 feet into the air when firefighters arrived. More »

Mom: I Put Toddler to Bed, He Was Gone by Morning

Police are searching for Noah Tomlin, 2, of Virginia

(Newser) - Noah Tomlin was wearing a green and white pajama shirt and a diaper when his mother put him to bed around 1am Monday. She hasn't seen him since, police in Hampton, Virginia, say . The 2-year-old was reported missing later Monday morning when his mother returned to the room to... More »

Big Ruling on Virginia Has Unusual Supreme Split

5-4 decision has liberals and conservatives on both sides of gerrymandering ruling

(Newser) - Virginians will elect members of the House of Delegates this year using a map seen as favorable to Democrats, according to a ruling Monday by the US Supreme Court. The political boundaries are important because Republicans currently control the House by a 51-49 margin, per the AP . Only four states... More »

10 Best States to Call Home

Bay Staters have it pretty good

(Newser) - California may be the " most fun " state, but it's far from best, according to WalletHub 's latest ranking. To find the best US state to call home, the site compared affordability, economy, education and health, quality of life, and safety—providing each of the 50 states... More »

'Blind Spot' Slowed Down Cops in Virginia Beach Shooting

Cops didn't have keycards needed to open electronically locked doors

(Newser) - Police responding to the deadly mass shooting at a Virginia Beach municipal building were unable to confront the gunman at one point because they didn't have the keycards needed to open doors on the second floor. Over the radio, they pleaded for the electronic cards and talked of bringing... More »

He Quit His Job, Brushed His Teeth, Killed His Colleagues

Mass shooter's motive is still a mystery

(Newser) - DeWayne Craddock resigned from his job with Virginia Beach's municipal government Friday morning—but not in a way that made anybody suspect he was going to massacre his colleagues hours later. There was "nothing out of the ordinary" in the short email, in which the 40-year-old civil engineer... More »

Virginia Survivor: I Locked Eyes With the Shooter

Ned Carlstrom tells his story

(Newser) - Even after the gunfire erupted, Ned Carlstrom thought the shooting at the Virginia Beach government building where he works was an elaborately staged drill for city employees. He crossed paths with the gunman three times—and survived, the AP reports. Reality set in when Carlstrom looked outside and saw a... More »

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