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Cheat Sheet: August 26, 2013

Norfolk deputy charged with soliciting prostitution

Chief Deputy Col. Norman Hughey is on leave after being arrested and charged with solicitation for prostitution. Sheriff Bob McCabe stated that there will be an internal affairs investigation, and until the investigation is complete, no decision will be made about the chief deputy’s employment status with the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office. The 34-year-old veteran of the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office is on indefinite personal leave. (Source)

Man sentenced to five years for beach slaying

On Jan. 14, 24-year-old Divon Tyrek Beckwith-Hall was shot in a Virginia Beach city parking lot at 19th Street after a fight inside an Oceanfront nightclub moved outside. This afternoon a judge sentenced the man responsible, 34-year-old Alonzo Phelps, to five years in prison for voluntary manslaughter. In May Phelps entered an Alford plea, which means he does not admit guilt but acknowledges there is sufficient evidence for a conviction. Prosecutors amended his original charge, second-degree murder, and withdrew a firearm charge. (Source)

U.N. inspectors reach Syria gas victims despite coming under fire

U.N. chemical weapons experts interviewed and took blood samples on Monday from victims of last week’s apparent poison gas attack in a rebel-held suburb of Syria’s capital, after the inspectors themselves survived sniper fire that hit their convoy. In a warning to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said President Barack Obama was consulting with allies and members of Congress to decide how to respond to the August 21 attack. Kerry makes it clear that Washington blames Assad for what he called the large-scale, indiscriminate use of chemical weapons against civilians. (Source)

Yosemite fire burns 134,000 acres

This is day 9 of the massive Rim fire that’s sweeping through California. Near Tuolumne City, firefighters dug trenches, cleared brush, laid heavy water hoses and started backfires to try to divert the blaze around the town as they had in Groveland. Officials warned that the blaze was so hot it could send sparks more than a mile and a half out that could jump lines and start new hot spots. Evacuation advisories remain in effect for Tuolumne City and nearby areas. (Source)

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