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03/29/13

Cheat Sheet: March 28, 2013

Teenagers become newest volunteer firefighters The Eastern Shore, which has been plagued by arsons seemingly nonstop since last November, has put out a call for volunteer firefighters to assist with putting out the fires. Each fire costs the department about three hours, meaning firefighters have been on the scene about 3,700 hours in only four months’ time. Fortunately, local teenagers have responded to the department’s call, some as young as 16 years old, in order to help their community. The teens will have to spend six months behind the scenes before they are qualified to serve on the front lines, but their contribution is already drawing appreciation from their community. (Source) Clerk stops food mart robbery Tuesday night, an attempted robbery was...

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03/27/13

Cheat Sheet: March 26, 2013

Supreme Court begins gay marriage hearings Thousands of protestors on both sides of the gay marriage argument have rallied outside the Supreme Court today, as the justices began the hearings of two same-sex marriage cases. The case considered to be landmark concerns California’s Proposition 8, passed in 2008, which restricted marriage to heterosexual couples. The measure was struck down in a California appeals court and is now awaiting a response from the Supreme Court. A decision in favor of overturning California’s Prop 8 would likely allow same-sex marriage in at least eight additional states. (Source) Suffolk man wanted for murder Twenty-year-old Monte Robinson of Suffolk is wanted in connection with the murder of 24-year-old Angelo Fleming Beale. Beale...

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03/25/13

Cheat Sheet: March 25, 2013

Obama administration pushes for assault weapons ban vote but says no national gun registry needed The Obama Administration says despite Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to exclude the assault weapons ban from comprehensive gun control for lack of votes, the president still supports it and urges the Senate to vote publically on the proposal to eliminate “military-style weapons” from American streets as an amendment. The president does not support a National Registry of legal gun owners and has no intention of taking away guns from law-abiding citizens. (Source) Sen. Mark Warner announces support for marriage equality Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) announced his support for gay marriage today via his Facebook page, saying that he supports marriage...

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03/25/13

Cheat Sheet: March 23-24: Weekend Roundup

  Two teens arrested in slaying of Georgia infant in stroller On Friday Georgia police charged two teens with murder a day after a 13-month-old boy was shot dead in his stroller and his mother wounded during a holdup. De’Marquise Kareem Elkins, 17, was charged as an adult with first-degree murder. A 14-year-old companion was also charged with murder but was not identified because he is a juvenile. Sherry West said she and her son, Antonio, Santiago, were on a walk about 9 a.m. Thursday when they were approached by two young men, one of which revealed a handgun and demanded money. When West told them she didn’t have any money, the gunman asked if she wanted him to kill her baby. West said that the gunman fired a shot into the ground, then shot her in the left...

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03/20/13

Cheat Sheet: March 20, 2013

Serial arsonist targets Va.’s Eastern Shore After more than 70 cases of arson, Accomack County has begun posting signs for a $25,000 reward for anyone with information on who the fire-setters could be. According to police, many of the locations that have been set on fire are located near escape routes, spanning over a 450-square-mile area in this Eastern Virginia town. While residents struggle to find the person(s) responsible, about 700 buildings remain abandoned in the county. (Source) VDOT now in charge of fixing potholes The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced Wednesday that they will take over the major interstates in Hampton Roads until the problems with potholes are resolved. Vehicles driving on Interstates 264 and 64 in Hampton Roads were...

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03/19/13

Cheat Sheet: March 19, 2013

Seven Marines killed in Nevada depot explosion An explosion at the Hawthorne Army Depot in the Nevada desert left seven Marines dead and seven others injured last night. The cause of the blast, which happened during a training exercise at around 10 p.m. PDT, is still being investigated; however, a military official has claimed the accident occurred when a 60mm mortar round prematurely exploded in a mortar launcher. The marines killed and hurt are from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The injured have been airlifted to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. (Source) Newport News gas station catches fire A fire erupted at a Newport News gas station around 8 a.m. this morning when a vehicle struck one of the pumps. The Newport News Police Department said the car had gone off...

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03/18/13

Cheat Sheet: March 18, 2013

Stabbing inside MacArthur Center A young man was stabbed Monday in MacArthur Center after allegedly getting into an argument with another man, as reported by Karen Parker-Chesson with the Norfolk Police. The police were dispatched to the second floor at around 1 p.m., and the victim was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. The other male suspect was taken into custody. (Source) Update: Suspect in Norfolk double homicide in custody Javou Jameil Smith, 31, turned himself in on Monday for the murders of two men in Norfolk from the week before. Smith shot Ervin A. Peebles, 46 and Aalon Smith, 34 while the two men sat in a pickup truck on Friday, Mar. 15. Police have Smith in custody and urge any persons with information on the investigation to call the Crime Line at...

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03/18/13

Cheat Sheet: March 16-17: Weekend Roundup

Two teens found guilty in Steubenville rape case Two high school football players were convicted Sunday in an Ohio rape case that gained worldwide attention through social media. In a trial that divided the town Steubenville, Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’lik Richmond, 16, were found guilty of raping a drunk 16-year-old girl. The case attracted the attention of bloggers—and even the loosely organized hacking group, Anonymous—who questioned everything from the behavior of the football team to the integrity of the investigation. Judge Thomas Lipps announced his decision after reviewing evidence presented over four days of testimony. The ruling brings an end to a trial that gained media attention for its lurid text messages, cell phone pictures and videos and social media...

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03/12/13

Cheat Sheet: March 12, 2013

First day ends with no new pope Today was the first day of the papal conclave to elect a new pope, and the black smoke seen hanging over the Sistine Chapel signified that no pope had been elected. There will now be four votes a day between the 115 cardinals of the conclave until a new pope is chosen. When the cardinals have agreed upon a pope, white smoke will be released from the Chapel, accompanied by the pealing of bells. There are a few top contenders, according to analysts, but no obvious one front-runner like now-Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI had been in 2005. Officially, papal conclaves are open-ended, but none have lasted longer than five days since 1831. (Source) Suffolk man sentenced for shooting son Michael Anthony Goodman, a 22-two-year-old Suffolk man was...

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03/11/13

Cheat Sheet: March 11, 2013

Judge halts NYC soda ban Today a state judge stopped Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration from banning the sale of large sugary drinks at New York City restaurants and other venues, a major defeat for a mayor who has made public-health initiatives a cornerstone of his tenure. New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling, who blocked the rules one day before they would have taken effect, noted that the incoming sugary drink regulations were “fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences” that would be difficult to enforce with consistency “even within a particular city block, much less the city as a whole.” (Source) Alzheimer’s blood test could give early diagnosis British researchers have developed a test to detect...

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03/11/13

Cheat Sheet: March 9-10: Weekend Roundup

Norfolk man arrested after fatal Saturday shooting Austin T. Greening, a 22-year-old Norfolk man, was charged with murder and use of a firearm Sunday in a fatal shooting that happened about 7 p.m. on Saturday in the 7600 block of Giffort Street. A man, whose name has not yet been released, was pronounced dead at the scene. Greening is being held in City Jail. (Source) Services set for slain State Trooper Services have been set for 63-year-old Master Trooper Junius A Walker, who was fatally shot Thursday during an Interstate 85 traffic stop in Dinwiddie. The services will be held today (Monday) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Petersburg, and funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the church. Officials say 28-year-old Russell...

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03/08/13

Cheat Sheet: March 8, 2013

Man charged in deadly Norfolk shooting According to the Norfolk Police, 25 year-old Joseph Clark Chatfield was arrested Friday and charged with murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime. The victim, Casey. E. Hardesty, 35, was shot on the 6600 block of Glenoak Drive at around 3 a.m. Friday, as reported by Karen Parker-Chesson of the Norfolk Police Department. He was pronounced dead after he was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Anyone with information on the situation is urged to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. (Source) Venezuela holds Hugo Chavez state funeral In the wake of Hugo Chavez’s sudden death, large crowds attended the state funeral for the late president. Vice President Nicolas Maduro was sworn in Friday as acting...

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03/08/13

Cheat Sheet: March 7, 2013

Operation Tightrope yields over 100 arrests A major warrant operation in Pasquotank County has ended with the arrests of 120 violent suspects. The warrant roundup, which has been named Operation Tightrope, began early Tuesday morning. Officials involved in the roundup are from the U.S. Marshals Service Violent Fugitive Task Force, Elizabeth City Police Department, Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office, N.C. Alcohol Enforcement, N.C. Community Corrections and N.C. State Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The operation came as a response to a series of shootings in the area. Arrests include charges for assault, narcotics, larceny, probation violation, fraud and weapons offenses. (Source) One-man filibuster blocks Senate vote on CIA Director In an effort...

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03/06/13

Cheat Sheet: March 6, 2013

Wind knocks power out for 15 thousand customers Officials say power was knocked out for 15,000 Virginia Beach residents today when high winds caused a tree to fall on a transmission line near the intersection of Northampton Boulevard and Bayside Drive just before 4 p.m. Areas affected include Stratford, Shore Drive and Independence Boulevard. Crews are en route, and it is not known when power will be restored. (Source) Arkansas adopts strictest abortion law in the U.S. Today Arkansas adopted what is by far the country’s most restrictive ban on abortion, at 12 weeks of pregnancy, around the time that a fetal heartbeat can be detected by abdominal ultrasound. The law was passed by the newly Republican-controlled legislature over the veto of Gov. Mike Beebe, a...

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03/05/13

Cheat Sheet: March 5, 2013

Male found shot in Suffolk neighborhood Police were called in Suffolk around 11:50 a.m. due to suspicious activity. When officers arrived at the Respass Beach Road and Burbage Lake Circle area, they found a man in the street suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim has since died and nearby Northern Shores Elementary has been placed on lockdown. Buses in the area are also being rerouted through the Burbage Grant neighborhood. Anyone with information regarding this shooting is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. (Source) Arson count on Eastern Shore continues to increase Two new fires on the Eastern shore started last night have been confirmed to be arsons, raising the total number of arsons on the shore to 60 in the past four months. No injuries have been...

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03/04/13

Cheat Sheet: March 2-3: Weekend Roundup

Obama, congressional leaders fail to reach deal on sequester President Obama acknowledged Friday that federal budget cuts are here with no end in sight and warned that the outcome would harm the economy. In a final attempt to find common ground with congressional leaders, the efforts were fruitless. The president continued to press for higher taxes as part of a deal, and republicans continued to refuse, clearing the way for $85 billion in cuts this fiscal year and $1.2 trillion over the next decade. The reductions are likely to remain in place for the foreseeable future. There had been speculation that they might be adjusted later this month when lawmakers must agree on a new deal to fund the government or risk a shutdown; however Obama made it clear Friday that he would avoid a...

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03/01/13

Cheat Sheet: March 1, 2013

Obama, congressional leaders fail to reach deal on sequester The nation’s sequester—or automatic spending cuts put into law by the Budget Control Act—will be going into effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 1 and will cut $1.2 trillion form the United State’s deficit. However, congressional leaders have failed to come up with a deal. Obama suggested in a news conference that Congress should replace the automatic cuts, but the White House doesn’t agree. Obama said Republicans shouldn’t be choosing spending cuts and should instead consider reducing tax breaks for the wealthy. The $1.2 trillion in spending cuts would occur over a span of 10 years, with billions of dollars being cut between now and the month of September. Failing to reach a deal on these...

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