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Man shot twice in back in Franklin; taken to trauma center

FRANKLIN, Va. — Franklin police found a man shot twice in the back Friday night. The 20-year-old man was taken to Southampton Memorial Hospital and then flown to an area trauma hospital, police said.


Virginia woman busted for concealing dead mother's body with blankets and 60 air fresheners

A Virginia woman has been arrested after her mom’s decomposing body was found covered under piles of blankets and surrounded by over 60 air fresheners. Relatives, concerned that they had not heard from 78-year-old Rosemary Outland in weeks and looking to perform a wellness check, went to the home sh


Friday-night shooting leaves Franklin man wounded

FRANKLIN, Va. – One man is in the hospital after a Friday-night shooting in Franklin. Dispatchers received the call at approximately 9:33 p.m. for a shooting victim in the 500 block of Laurel Street. When crews arrived, they found a 20-year-old Franklin man with two gunshot wounds to his back.


State-wide burn law goes into effect in Virginia

VIRGINIA - The Virginia state-wide burning law is now in effect until April 30th. The law says no burning is allowed until after 4 PM if the fire is within 300 feet of dry grass. Fires should not be left unattended if within 150 feet of dry grass and no new fires can be set after midnight. This law


Chicago mayor predicts 'evolution' for Northam, likens embattled Virginia governor to Obama, Lincoln

During an appearance on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" on Friday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel did not join the choir of his fellow Democrats who have called on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to resign amid a blackface-Ku Klux Klan photo controversy.


Bertie County murder suspect arrested in Greensboro

BERTIE COUNTY, NC (WITN) The Bertie County Sheriff's Office says a suspect wanted for murder at a birthday party last month has been arrested. Sheriff John Holley says Jashawn Brown from Powellsville was wanted in the murder of Rayshon Carter at the party at the Merry Hill community building.


Mom pleads for justice after son was shot to death inside Emporia home: ‘They took my baby’

EMPORIA, Va. -- Jaquan Crumpler was described as a hard-working young man who loved his family. Those family members say he loved nothing more than to make them laugh. Sometime between 4:30 and nine 9:30 Thursday evening, someone killed the 20-year-old.


Woman airlifted to hospital after accident on Rte. 58 in Suffolk

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) -- A woman was airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with serious injuries after a single-vehicle accident on Route 58 Friday afternoon. Emergency communications received a call about the accident just before 2 p.m. Suffolk Police say a four-door car had flipped over on t


Man accused of murder in Virginia pleads to kidnapping wife in Hawkins

ROGERSVILLE — Scott County murder suspect John Robert Martin Jr. pleaded guilty Friday in Hawkins County to kidnapping his wife, a crime alleged to have occurred after he fatally shot a man he believed to be in a romantic relationship with her.


Virginia Sheriff’s Institute offering scholarships

For high school seniors or college students pursuing a major in criminal justice or law enforcement-related studies, there’s a scholarship available to offset tuition costs. Anyone enrolled in a Suffolk high school and attending, or planning to attend, a Virginia college is eligible for the Virginia


Vanessa Tyson, Woman Who Accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of Sexual Assault, to Meet With District Attorney to Detail Her Allegations

Vanessa Tyson, who has accused Virginia’s lieutenant governor of sexually assaulting her at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, will meet with the Suffolk district attorney’s office to detail her allegations, according to her attorney.


A visit to the ruins of a Yuengling brewery in Richmond, Virginia

Hidden between construction sites, newly built condominiums, and the banks of the James River lie the remains of D.G. Yuengling Jr.’s attempts to bring German beer to the people of the former capital of the Confederacy.


Virginia is cracking down on “bad actors” who lease oyster grounds to block dredging

When homes along the Lynnhaven River were built in the 1980s, developers promised access to deep water for boat enthusiasts to get out to the Chesapeake Bay. But as Virginia Beach continued to expand and evolve, runoff from construction, new roads and storms found its way into the city’s waterways.


Virginia man charged with several child sex, drug crimes

GREENE COUNTY, Va. - A Virginia man is in custody and is now facing child sex charges, according to the Greene County Sheriff's Office. Authorities have charged David Totten, 37, of Ruckersville with two counts of forcible sodomy, five counts of sexual battery, five counts of contributing to the del


Virginia fails U.S. citizenship test

Purchase a subscription to AFP | Subscribe to AFP podcasts on iTunes. News, press releases, letters to the editor: augustafreepress2@gmail.com. Only 46 percent of Virginia residents earned a passing grade on history questions from the U.S. citizenship test, but good news, this actually landed the st


Silver Alert issued for missing endangered man in Ahoskie

AHOSKIE, N.C. (WNCT) - A Silver Alert has been issued for a missing endangered man in Ahoskie. The Ahoskie Police Department believe that Taheem K. Harris, 25, may be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.


The case for fair redistricting in Virginia

‘James Madison faced gerrymandering . . . even before the word was invented’ The topic of fair redistricting is top of mind for many in Rappahannock, as exhibited by the standing room only gathering at the home of Nancy and Dick Raines on Saturday night.


Sen. Warner introduces bill to fix credits reports of Virginia federal workers hurt by shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Sens. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and John Kennedy (R-LA) introduced legislation that would protect credit scores from Virginia federal workers and contractors affected by the shutdown.


Timeline of turmoil: How Virginia’s ongoing political scandals developed

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It’s been a tumultuous few weeks for Virginia with the commonwealth’s top three officials embroiled each embroiled in separate scandals. Here is a minute-by-minute timeline of the political controversies that have put the commonwealth in the national spotlight.


Windsor council opposes correctional center

Windsor’s Town Council remains on record as being opposed to Isle of Wight County’s plans to bring a 60-bed, state-run juvenile correctional center to a proposed third phase of its Shirley T. Holland Intermodal Park, which would be located about one mile south of the town’s border.