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Girl Visiting Dad in Jail Had to Do 'Traumatizing' Thing First

Civil rights activists are outraged 8-year-old was strip-searched at Virginia correctional facility

(Newser) - An 8-year-old who visited her dad in a Virginia prison received an unpleasant surprise there that has civil rights activists outraged. The Virginian-Pilot reports on Nov. 24, the father's girlfriend, Diamond Peerman, took the girl to Buckingham Correctional Center in Dillwyn. Once there, a drug-sniffing dog focused on Peerman,... More »

After Big Dem Wins, State's Gun Advocates Seek 'Sanctuary'

Virginia's Roanoke County just declared itself '2nd Amendment Sanctuary'; Roanoke the city declined

(Newser) - Officials of a Virginia city have rebuffed pleas by gun advocates asking it to declare the city a so-called "Second Amendment Sanctuary." Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea on Monday announced at a packed City Council meeting that he sees no benefit in validating what the US Constitution already guarantees,... More »

Fugitive Marine Deserter Found at Mom's Home

Michael Alexander Brown accused of murdering his mother's boyfriend

(Newser) - The Marine deserter recently placed on the FBI's Most Wanted list for allegedly murdering his mother's boyfriend was captured Wednesday morning. Michael Alexander Brown, 22, was taken into custody at his mother's Roanoke, Virginia-area home—the same place the murder is alleged to have taken place, CNN... More »

Double Murderer Demands Pardon, Instead Gets Parole

Jens Soering, accessory Elizabeth Haysom will also be deported

(Newser) - Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom, lovers convicted of the brutal 1985 murder of Haysom's parents, have been awarded parole in Virginia—but they won't be staying in the US for long. Following Monday's surprise ruling, Soering, the son of a German diplomat, and Haysom, a Canadian, will... More »

City on Lockdown as Cops Hunt for Murder Suspect

Marine deserter Michael Alexander Brown believed to be armed in Roanoke, Va.

(Newser) - Schools are closed across Roanoke, Va., Thursday as police search for a Marine deserter accused of killing his mother's boyfriend. Michael Alexander Brown, a 22-year-old combat engineer who reportedly deserted his post at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune last month, is accused in the fatal Saturday shooting of 54-year-old... More »

Marine Deserter Sought in Shooting of Mom's Boyfriend

Michael Alexander Brown deserted post last month

(Newser) - Authorities in Virginia are searching for a Marine who deserted his post in North Carolina and has since been named as a person of interest in the shooting death of his mother's boyfriend. Michael Alexander Brown, 22, is wanted for questioning in the Saturday death of Rodney Brown in... More »

Could Virginia Be Set to Change the Constitution? Maybe

With its legislature in Democratic hands, it's expected to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

(Newser) - Could Virginia's election results end up changing the US Constitution? Maybe. Democrats flipped both houses of the state legislature in Tuesday's election, giving them control of both the legislature and the governorship for the first time in 26 years—and they say they'll use that control to... More »

She Flipped Off Trump. She Also Just Flipped an Election

Juli Briskman won a seat in Virginia on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors

(Newser) - Juli Briskman was fired for giving President Trump the middle finger. Now, the former government contractor is an elected official herself. Briskman was fired in late 2017 after flipping the president's motorcade the bird in Sterling, Va., while riding her bike, with her employer saying she'd violated its... More »

Democrats Flip Virginia Statehouse

They now have full control for first time in 26 years

(Newser) - Democrats flipped both houses of the Virginia legislature in Tuesday's election, giving them control of both the legislature and the governorship for the first time in 26 years. "I'm here to officially declare today, Nov. 5, 2019, that Virginia is officially blue," Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam... More »

4 States Hold Elections Tuesday

Races seen as a test run for 2020

(Newser) - Gubernatorial and legislative elections in four states Tuesday will test voter enthusiasm and party organization amid impeachment proceedings against President Trump and a fevered Democratic presidential primary scramble. Results in Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Virginia won't necessarily predict whether Trump will be reelected or which party will control... More »

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 »

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