crime and punishment

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VA CAVE MEN, CIRCA 2021 As thefts go, this one is really different. Two Shenandoah Valley men have been charged with breaking into Endless Caverns, just south of New Market, and stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of speleothems–rock formations. The… Read More ›

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BLACK DEFENDANT + PORTRAITS OF WHITE JUDGES = UNFAIR TRIAL First Louisa, now Fairfax. As reported by VoxFairfax on September 21, 2020 (The Shot Heard Round the Old Dominion, https://wp.me/p9wDCF-1Mf), a Louisa County circuit judge ruled on a motion by attorneys… Read More ›

I Hear Ya Knockin’

This month, Virginia became one of three states to ban “no knock” warrants. Thirteen states have legislated in favor of this police power while the remainder deem such searches permissible with court approval. The procedure has had a troubled history,… Read More ›

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Editors’ Note: This town is about 50 miles from the site of the Tennessee refrigerated morgue trucks noted in our article of 12/7/2020 [https://wp.me/p9wDCF-23E]. COMMONWEALTH’S LARGEST NURSING HOME SEES COVID OUTBREAK In Big Stone Gap, VA, the ladies inside a… Read More ›

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A LOVING CHANGE  After narrowing down the list of possible new names for Lee Highway, an Arlington task force has settled on its recommendation: Mildred and Richard Loving Avenue. Presently named after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, the group said… Read More ›

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TRICK, NO TREAT:  KIDS’ PARTIES AS SUPERSPREADER EVENTS According to Loudoun’s Health Department director, COVID cases in the county continue to climb, and the department is now tracking at least three outbreaks resulting from kids’ Halloween parties. He said these… Read More ›

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FAIRFAX POLICE CHIEF RESIGNS Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr. will step down in February, capping a nearly 8-year run that brought major reforms to Virginia’s largest police department during an era of change in policing. It was… Read More ›

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LOUDOUN INVITES UNIONS In the footsteps of Portsmouth (see last week’s VoxFairfax, Brief Cases), the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has invited unions to speak with county employees as a first step toward unionizing. Prior state law prohibited union organizing… Read More ›