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Jan 31, 201304:27 PM

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 one of the L.A. Times’ vendors. An employee at the distribution center, Duane Van Tuinen, is believed to have been the burglars’ supplier of the confidential information. Tuinen and three others have been arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen property and possession of stolen property. The burglaries occurred mostly along the 210 Freeway in eastern L.A. County and western San Bernardino County. The thieves are suspected to have stolen $1 million in property during the course of the three-year burglary ring. Police are searching for a possible fifth suspect. (Source)

Strong wind wreaks havoc in Hampton Roads

The severe storm system that swept through Hampton Roads last night caused damage to several buildings, unfortunately condemning three apartments and two homes in Newport News. A tree also fell across Indian Trail in Suffolk, which was moved out of the roadway around 4:30 this morning. Power outages also occurred throughout the area, with nearly 55,000 Hampton Roads customers cut off at some point yesterday. Several schools were delayed or closed today due to the outages. (Source)

Plans underway for Virginia Beach Dome project

Developer Michael Jenkins has announced his plan to rebuild the Dome entertainment center in Virginia Beach. The original Dome, built in 1958 between 18th and 20th Streets at the Oceanfront, was the place to be back in the day, hosting everyone from the Rolling Stones to Jimi Hendrex. The entertainment venue was demolished in 1994 to make way for a bigger complex, but until recently such plans have not been fundable. Jenkins has big plans for the $168 million project, including a Broadway-style theater, ice rink, movie theaters and a Ferris wheel with dining cabins. Local officials hope that the venue will boost tourism and be beneficial to the city’s economy. The Dome should be completed for the 2015 tourist season. (Source)

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