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April 2013


Cheat Sheet: April 30, 2013

Pedestrians hit by truck on I-264 Two pedestrians were seriously injured just before noon today on I-264. The victims were flagging down help after a crash on the highway left an SUV in the median between the east and westbound lanes. The pedestrians were hit by the driver of a pick-up truck who took too long to slow down after seeing them at the median. They have been transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Roads reopened around 2 p.m. (Source) Hefty sentence issued for Chesapeake burglar A Chesapeake woman was sentenced in court today to 65 years in prison, 40 dropped pending good behavior, for committing a home invasion in 2011. Nineteen-year-old Tyquesha Hargrave was found guilty on charges of statutory burglary, armed robbery, possession of a sawed off...

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Cheat Sheet: April 27-28: Weekend Roundup

Concern in Virginia Beach after Oceanfront violence Violence broke out across several blocks near the Oceanfront last Saturday and early Sunday, leaving several people injured and many more concerned after an event drew thousands of young adults for College Beach Weekend 2013. Police reported three shootings, three incidents in which a person was cut and three robberies, all between 17th and 33rd street near the Oceanfront. None of the injuries were life-threatening, but the violence was enough to shake up some who visit, live at or work in the area. (Source) 2 injured in shooting at Tide Mill Café Two people were injured in a shooting at the Tide Mill Café in Hampton early Sunday morning. A 20-year-old man left the Hampton nightspot after getting into an...

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Cheat Sheet: April 25, 2013

One dead, one hurt in Suffolk shooting A double shooting in Suffolk this morning left one woman dead and another seriously injured. Dispatchers received a call for shots being fired around 1 a.m. in the 300 block of Hunter Street in Suffolk. Police arrived to find 28-year-old Yvette Jones dead and a second victim suffering from gunshot wounds. Witnesses say they heard dozens of shots up to a half a mile away, as well as the sound of people running. The surviving victim has been transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, and her condition is unknown. (Source) Virginia Beach teen guilty of murder A 17-year-old Virginia Beach teen was found guilty of murder yesterday in the shooting death of 17-year-old Kody Scruton in 2011. Convicted Jabril Jamal Holliday shot Scruton...

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Cheat Sheet: April 24, 2013

Feds spend at least $890,000 on fees for empty accounts According to a report by The Washington Post Wednesday, the government will spend up to $890,000 in service fees to keep empty accounts open. The total number of accounts adds up to 13,712 and each one requires an annual $65 fee to let it remain open. The accounts were meant to be closed, but no one has filed the correct paperwork to do so. This amount of spending is only about a fraction of the federal budget. (Source) Jury says sheriff performed unconstitutional searches Portsmouth Sheriff Bill Watson was accused of allegedly performing nine unconstitutional searches on jail workers by a jury on Wednesday. Watson allegedly brought the workers to a private room where a female deputy performed a strip search which...

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Cheat Sheet: April 23, 2013

CISPA legislation passes house, halts in Senate The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, CISPA, a bill aimed at fending off foreign cyber hackers, earned a positive vote in the House of Representatives last Thursday. However, the bill is now in limbo due to the other issues piling up in the Senate, like immigration and gun control. CISPA is widely supported by industry groups who claim that businesses are having difficulty fending off sophisticated hackers in China and Europe. The bill would allow businesses and the government to share data without violating anti-trust laws. However, many civil liberties groups oppose the bill, saying it would make American citizens’ private online records available to the government. (Source) Man with sagging pants robs VB...

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Cheat Sheet: April 22, 2013

Boston marathon bombing: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev charged While healing from wounds to the throat, legs, hand and head, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was allegedly charged with one count of using a weapon of mass destruction and one count of malicious destruction of property resulting in death on Monday. Tsarnaev was charged in Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center after being captured in the suburban area of Watertown in Boston. Tsarnaev will not be prosecuted as a terrorist but instead through the civilian system of justice since he was an American citizen. (Source) Two wanted in credit card fraud case Two unknown suspects of credit card fraud were captured on surveillance footage on April 11, and authorities are now asking the general public to help identify the man and...

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Cheat Sheet: April 20-21: Weekend Roundup

Boston Marathon bombing suspect awake, answering questions After being hospitalized for a throat wound, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ,19, began answering questions on Sunday via pen and paper. Authorities reported that Tsarnaev knows of his brother’s death. Tsarnaev could be charged for the alleged bombings of the marathon and could receive sentences at the state and federal levels. Although the government may try to pursue the death penalty, there is no death penalty sentence in the state of Massachusetts. (Source) Earthquake hits China’s Sichuan province, killing at least 156 and injuring thousands China got hit with a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Saturday, injuring thousands of residents and killing more than 156 people. The epicenter was...

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Cheat Sheet: April 19, 2013

Maryland uncles of Boston marathon bombing suspects speak out In an exhausting effort, officials continue to search for suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19 in the shut-down city of Boston. In an interview with the suspect’s uncle Ruslan Tsarni, he gave his opinion on the possible reason for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev and his deceased 26-year-old brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev to allegedly bomb the Boston Marathon. "Being losers, hatred to those who were able to settle themselves, these are the only reasons I can imagine. Anything else, anything else to do with religion is a fraud. It's a fake. We're Muslims. We're ethnic Chechyans.” (Source) Boy Scouts propose lifting gay ban The Boy Scouts of American will submit a proposal that...

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Cheat Sheet: April 17, 2013

Letter to Obama containing suspicious substance intercepted by Secret Service A suspicious letter with the message, “To see wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner in its continuance,” was intercepted by the U.S. Secret Service after it reportedly tested positive for the toxin ricin on Wednesday. A similar letter was sent to Sen. Roger Wicker (R. Miss.) on Tuesday. Letters sent to the White House are first sent to a screening facility outside Washington before getting sent to the White House mail office. (Source) Suspicious package cleared at post office After a suspicious duffel bag was found at a Virginia Beach Post Office on Wednesday, a bomb unit was brought to the scene and confirmed that it was just a bag full of notebooks and papers. Amy...

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Cheat Sheet: April 16, 2013

3 dead, 176 injured at Boston Marathon Updates on the Boston Marathon bombing report now that three people have been killed, including an 8-year-old boy, and 176 have been sent to the hospital with injuries–17 being critical. Authorities are actively working to deduce who was behind yesterday’s blast, as no known terrorist organizations have taken credit for it and the questioning of the 20-year-old Saudi national taken in yesterday turned up no evidence and he is no longer a suspect. Officials say the bombs were made from pressure cookers stuffed with ball bearings, nails and other sharp materials. Most of the injuries are being reported as lower-body trauma, with several victims losing parts of their legs in the blast. (Source) Norfolk school fire causes...

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Cheat Sheet: April 15, 2013

2 dead, 23 injured in Boston Marathon explosions Two explosions shattered the finish of the Boston Marathon today, sending authorities out on the course to carry away the injured as stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site. Boston police said two people are dead and 23 injured. New York City police are stepping up security at hotels and other prominent locations following the Boston explosions. Critical response teams are deployed around the city until more information about the explosions is available. (Source) Woman charged after three-city chase A spike strip was used to stop Dorothy Louise Evans, 64, or Norfolk, after a police chase that spanned three cities today. An officer tried to conduct a suspended DUI stop but the driver did not stop; she led police...

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Cheat Sheet: April 12, 2013

Va. board adopts strict abortion clinic rules Many abortion clinics in Virginia could soon go out of business after the Virginia Board of Health set regulations for the buildings to abide by strict hospital-style requirements on Friday. Four other states have already adopted the regulations, to include North Dakota, Kansas, Arkansas and Alabama. The abortion clinics are required to meet the standards continuously and will call for many new renovations such as additions of doors, re-sizing doorways and making hallways larger. (Source) William & Mary alum donates $24 million Walter J. Zable, a former football, basketball and baseball player for the College of William and Mary, donated nearly $24 million after he passed away at age 97. Zable earned a bachelor’s...

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Cheat Sheet: April 11, 2013

Pop-up shops come to Norfolk Pop-up shops and art galleries will transform Granby Street north of Brambleton Avenue this weekend. A group of artists and young professionals want to use the space at 806 Granby St., previously Quality Furniture Co., for art studios called Alchemy NFK. They’ll display art and host skateboard demonstrations during the Better Block Project this weekend, when the public is invited to see what this block on Granby might look like if it were an arts district. The display room could become rentable studio space for artists, possibly with a café. The back is to be used for band practice studios, an audio/video production studio, screen print shop and eventually a recording studio. (Source) Pentagon report says North Korea likely has nukes...

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Cheat Sheet: April 10, 2013

Williamsburg museum's Michelangelo exhibit breaks record In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary broke a new attendance record during its Michelangelo exhibit. Since its start at the beginning of February, about 25,000 visitors have visited the exhibit. The showcase features 25 drawings by the artist and ends on Sunday, April 14. (Source) Senators: Bipartisan deal reached on expanding gun background checks Now background checks will be required for a variety of gun sales, including commercial sales at gun shows, online or any sale affiliated with paid advertising. A group of bipartisan senators voted on the deal Wednesday, after mention of the Sandy Hook shooting that took place earlier this year. The...

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Cheat Sheet: April 8, 2013

Ex-Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher dies, aged 87 Former Conservative Prime Minister Lady Thatcher of the United Kingdom from 1970 to 1990 passed away Monday after suffering a stroke and staying in the Ritz Hotel in central London. Lady Thatcher was predominantly known for her leadership abilities and her contribution to the fall of Eastern European communism in the later years of her office. Many leaders from around the world gave commending regards for her after hearing of her death, including President Barack Obama, who stated that the United States, “has lost a true friend.” (Source) Gas leak closes Route 58 in Suffolk If your local commute includes travelling along Route 58 near the Manning Bridge Road in Suffolk, you may want to plan out another path....

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Cheat Sheet: April 6-7: Weekend Roundup

U.S. judge widens 'morning-after' pill access for young girls The morning-after pill will soon be available over the counter for women and girls of any age. In a Brooklyn court, a federal judge on Friday ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to widen the availability of the emergency contraception pills and criticized the Obama administration for interfering with the process for political purposes after Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, outraged women’s health advocates in 2011 when she ordered the FDA to reverse course, barring girls under 17 from buying the pills without a prescription. U.S. District Judge Edward Korman called Sebelius’s decision “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable.” (Source) Lambert, Bryan...

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Cheat Sheet: April 5, 2013

Driver charged in fatal bus crash In a fatal accident on Friday, a bus of students on their way to “High School Day” at Hampton University overturned due to wet roads. The crash happened on the Eastbound lane of Route 58 near Route 652 at 7 a.m. and occurred after the driver lost control of the bus, overturning in a ditch on the side of the road. Two passengers were ejected from the bus, and one of them died at the scene. The deceased passenger has been identified as Doval Emmanuel Watson, 58, from Chapel Hill N.C. Virginia State police and local troopers continue to assess the situation, attempting to uncover what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The driver, who was 62-year-old Larry Brocks, was charged with reckless driving. (Source) Hiring...

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Cheat Sheet: April 4, 2013

ODU basketball recruits American University’s head coach Old Dominion announced it has found a new men’s basketball coach to replace Blaine Taylor, who was let go after 12 years as head coach. Jeff Jones, who played basketball for the University of Virginia, where he also coached, is leaving his position as head coach at American University in Rhode Island to coach the next season for the Monarchs. The announcement was officially made today at 11:30 a.m. at the Ted Constant Center. (Source) Ohio Craigslist killer gets death sentence Richard Beasley, the man convicted of murdering three people in cold blood by luring them to phony job interviews through Craigslist, was given the death penalty today. Beasley’s accomplice, Brogan Rafferty, was 16 at the...

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Cheat Sheet: April 3, 2013

Va. Beach receives private proposal to extend Tide The Tide light rail could be hitting Town Center in Virginia Beach by 2016. The proposed project was offered to Hampton Roads Transit by a private company, meaning the plan wouldn’t need to rely on any federal funding. Multiple, local firms support the project, including Virginia Beach company Jacobs Engineering. The proposed idea for additional tracks toward the Virginia Beach area became more prominent after 62 percent of Virginia Beach residents expressed interest in it last year. The total cost of the project to Town Center was estimated at about  $254 million, or $807 million if it extends all the way to the Oceanfront. (Source) It’s official: Jimmy Fallon to replace Jay Leno on “The Tonight...

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Cheat Sheet: April 2, 2013

Two charged with arson in Eastern Shore fire Two people questioned overnight after a fire on Airport Drive have been charged in the blaze, and Virginia State Police said they are confident the two are responsible for the majority of fires set since November. Tonya Susan Bundick, 40, of Parksley, was charged with one count of felony arson and one count of felony conspiracy to commit arson. Charles R. Smith III, also known as Charles Applegate, 38, of Parksley, was charged later today. Both are being held without bond in the Accomack County Jail. Further charges are expected. (Source) Deputy’s gun found at local mall Norfolk police will not press charges against a deputy who left his gun inside a dressing room at The Gallery at Military Circle this afternoon. Officers...

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Cheat Sheet: April 1, 2013

April Fools' joke ends in arrest A holiday meant for light-hearted jokes and hilarious pranks became serious after Hampton resident Susan Alexandria Tinker was allegedly arrested for prank calling the Hampton Police Division about a burglary. Officers went to the Waffle House where the “buglary” was said to have happened but found out the whole situation was a hoax. Tinker was charged with one count of falsely summoning police and a misdemeanor. (Source) Prosecutors will seek death penalty in Colorado movie theater attack; ‘Justice is death’ Families of the deceased victims from the Colorado movie theater shooting may feel better after finding out that James Holmes may suffer execution. Although the sentence could take upward of 10 to 15 years...

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Cheat Sheet: March 30-31: Weekend Roundup

NCAA Tournament Capsules Although the NCAA March Madness games are always unpredictable, many fans were shocked by the rise of underdogs over big-time teams in the tournament. Number four Michigan beat number three-seed Florida 79-59, Syracuse triumphed over Marquette 55-39, Louisville beat Duke 85-63 and Wichita State beat Ohio State 70-66. Louisville and Wichita State will play each other on Apr. 6, as will Michigan play Syracuse. Winner of the Final Four will go on the final showdown of the tournament. (Source) Biker dressed as Easter Bunny pulled over by California officers Sometimes getting too much into the holiday spirit can be reckless, which was something a motorcyclist learned in California this past weekend. On Sunday, the rider was pulled over because he was...

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