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January 2013


Cheat Sheet: January 31, 2013

Prosecutor gunned down outside courthouse An assistant district attorney for Kaufman County, Texas, was shot dead this morning outside the Kaufman County Courthouse. Police are searching for two suspects who allegedly ambushed the DA at around 8:50 this morning, shooting him multiple times. The victim was heading into the misdemeanor court, and officials say he was not handling any high-profile cases that would have required added security. The courthouse has been placed on lockdown as police continue to search for the shooters. (Source) Burglars target L.A. Times subscribers on vacation Four arrests have been made regarding a burglary ring targeting Los Angeles Times subscribers. The burglars were given access to lists of subscribers who had submitted vacation holds to...

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Cheat Sheet: January 30, 2013

Suspect ID'd in officer-involved shooting After an alleged theft of an unmarked police vehicle, Norfolk man Marius Xavier Mitchell was identified Wednesday afternoon. According to Chris Amos of the Norfolk Police Department, Mitchell is now facing charges of malicious wounding, grand larceny and felony eluding the police. The incident happened at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at a 7-Eleven store on Hampton Boulevard and Beechwood Avenue when a suspicious car pulled into the parking lot. One occupant ran on foot and a chase began. Mitchell then ran around the store and got behind the wheel of the officer’s vehicle. The officer then attempted to stop the suspect by reaching into the car, and was then dragged on the road as the suspect continued to drive away. The officer was able to...

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Cheat Sheet: January 29, 2013

Traffic stop turns into shooting in Norfolk A traffic stop today in Norfolk escalated into a shooting that left a police officer and suspect injured. The shooting was reported around 11:30 a.m. on Hampton Blvd. near Beachwood Ave. Police were searching for the vehicle reported in the incident, which they located around 1:30 p.m. One suspect has been moved to a hospital for treatment, and the officer is reportedly doing well after receiving minor injuries. (Source) Suspect at large in Virginia Beach murder Robert Summerville, 52, was shot and killed Saturday night, and investigators are now looking for a man they say was having a dispute with Summerville on his porch prior to the incident. The shooting occurred at the victim’s home in Manor Glen Court in Virginia...

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Cheat Sheet: January 26-27: Weekend Roundup

Nightclub fire kills 233 in Brazil A nightclub fire killed at least 233 people in southern Brazil early on Sunday when a band’s purotechnics show set the building ablaze and fleeing patrons fled toward blocked and overcrowded exits. Sparks from the pyrotechnics used by the band for visual effects set fire to soundproofing on the ceiling, and the club rapidly filled with toxic smoke. Most of those who died were suffocated by fumes; others were crushed in the stampede. Fire officials said at least one exit was locked and that club bouncers, who at first thought those fleeing were trying to skip out on bar tabs, initially blocked patrons from leaving. Security staff relented only when they saw flames engulfing the ceiling. (Source) North Korean leader vows...

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Cheat Sheet: January 24, 2013

  Lawmakers unveil new assault weapons ban Democratic lawmakers introduced a proposal today for a new assault weapons ban. The legislation, called the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013, is similar to the one that expired in 2004 but has more far-reaching implications. More than 150 specific firearms would be banned, including semiautomatic guns that have magazines with the capacity to hold over 10 rounds. Military-style features like pistol grips would also constitute an illegal firearm. A Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun control will consider the proposed ban next Wednesday. (Source)   Greater chance of southside snow Friday The cold weather was worth it for many Hampton Roads residents today with the arrival of some snow flurries. Around 10 a.m.,...

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Cheat Sheet: January 23, 2013

Cameron promises Britain more freedom from European Union British Prime Minister David Cameron has allegedly promised a referendum within the next five years that could make Britain independent from the European Union. The EU strives to become the largest integrated economy in the world, with 27 nations as its members, and is governed by open borders and common laws. French Foreign Minister has reportedly stated that Britain’s plan to become independent is “dangerous.” Currently the continent struggles with a crushing debt crisis, and Cameron states he wants “a better deal for Britain.” (Source) Hillary Clinton defends handling of Benghazi attack Secretary of State Hillary Clinton showed strong support for the Obama administration Wednesday...

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Cheat Sheet: January 22, 2013

Truck scatters granite countertops on I-264 If you were heading eastbound on I-264 early this afternoon, you were probably surprised to see all four lanes crawling at a snail’s pace around Ballentine Boulevard. A tractor trailer lost its load of granite countertops on the highway, causing at least a mile-long backup beginning around 12:30 p.m. Three of the four lanes were closed until the Broad Creek Bridge for crews to clean up the debris. (Source) Shots fired at Texas community college Shots were fired today at Lone Star College in Houston. The school has since been put on lock down, and paramedics have been sighted treating victims on the campus. It is currently unknown how many were injured. One person is in custody, and police are searching for a possible...

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Cheat Sheet: January 21, 2013

America’s 57th presidential inauguration today President Barack Obama was publicly sworn into office today at the nation’s 57th Inauguration. The ceremony began with an invocation by civil rights figure Myrlie Evers-Williams. Biden and Obama both took the oath for their second terms, and the president delivered his second inaugural address. The speech focused heavily on coming together as a country and making progress toward solving the issues facing the nation. Among the performers for the ceremony were Kelly Clarkson and the U.S. Marine Band, Beyonce, James Taylor and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. The public inaugural ceremony is a follow-up to the official swearing-in of the president and VP, which took place privately on Sunday. (Source) Woman’s death...

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Cheat Sheet: January 19-20: Weekend Roundup

Arsons resume in Accomack County The Eastern Shore may once again be falling victim to a serial arsonist. According to Va. State Police, two fires were started Sunday, causing damage to a storage shed on Nelsonia Road and tires on Coastal Blvd. They are suspected to be connected to the 36 fires that occurred in Accomack County last year, which mostly targeted vacant structures throughout the area. The Virginia Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the perpetrator’s arrest, and anyone with information regarding the fires is encouraged to contact the State Police at 1-800-582-8350. (Source) Super Bowl XLVII: 49ers, Ravens reach New Orleans set up matchup of Harbaugh Brothers Already...

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Cheat Sheet: January 18, 2013

House Republicans agree to vote on bill to raise debt limit for 3 months With only one week left, the Senate is scrambling to make a decision about the bill that could determine how much money the United States is limited to borrow. They only have until April 15 to choose a budget. If an agreement between the Democrat and Republican houses isn't made in time, the bill could raise the debt ceiling for three months. While California Rep. Kevin McCarthy says they should pass a budget so the debt ceiling can move, Democrats are said to believe that a non-binding resolution is not necessary. (Source) Teen charged in fatal crash on I-64 19-year-old Anesha Daniel from Henrico country is reportedly charged for a reckless driving stunt that is said to have caused a fatal crash...

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Cheat Sheet: January 17, 2013

Obama gun control proposals unveiled, making biggest legislative effort in a generation In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, gun control has been at the forefront of the political conversation. On Monday, New York took the lead on the issue by passing the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, now the strictest gun control legislation in the country. President Obama announced Wednesday his proposals for gun control, which include new legislation to be approved by Congress, as well as several executive actions. The $500 million plan includes reinstating the assault weapons ban, background checks on all gun purchases and providing mental health services, among other things. All the talk surrounding this issue has sparked many pro-gun advocates to stock up while they can,...

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