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May 2013


Cheat Sheet: May 31, 2013

Maintenance leaves MMMBT in dark Motorists are encountering a power outage at the Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel today as contractors are performing maintenance on a breaking at the MMMBT. Currently, power is out at the south island, but there is partial lighting both northbound and southbound. Crews have placed a sign instructing motorists to turn their headlights no when entering the tunnel. (Source) Ricin-letter investigation identifies Texas man as person of interest A Texas man was identified as a person of interest Thursday in the investigation into threatening letters sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, which contained the deadly toxin ricin, and to President Obama, which is being tested for the poison. The man is not under arrest but was...

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Cheat Sheet: May 30, 2013

Bank robbery leads to high speed chase Portsmouth Police are investigating a bank robbery that happened on Thursday, May 30, at 1:30 p.m. at the Wells Fargo in the 5800 block of High Street in Portsmouth. Police spokeswoman Jan Clark said the suspect was wearing a mask and armed with a handgun. The tellers gave the man an undisclosed amount of money, and he left in a van. A high speed chase began when one of the responding officers saw the van on High Street and Hartford Street. The chase ended near the Red Roof Inn in the 100 block of Ballard Court in Virginia Beach. Clark said a man was taken into custody. No injuries were reported at the Wells Fargo. (Source) Man accused of raping 13-year-old David Fox Broadhurst, Sr., 53, is being charged for more than 30 sex charges...

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Cheat Sheet: May 29, 2013

Chinese firm to buy Smithfield Foods in $7.1B deal Though the 77-year-old Smithfield company headquarters will stay in its home in Smithfield, the company was bought in a $7.1 billion deal by Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd., a Chinese company. The deal is part of an effort for the company to increase exports of pork out of the United States. (Source) Michele Bachmann is done: her hostage tape to reality Congresswoman Michele Bachmann announced that she will not be seeking reelection in 2014. It is said that she “represented the worst of modern American politics” and was the subject of much media criticism. (Source) Spooked horse goes missing in Suffolk Suffolk Animal Control is searching for a 13-year-old horse named Bella that went missing...

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Cheat Sheet: May 28, 2013

George Zimmerman judge: No trial delay in Trayvon Martin shooting The George Zimmerman second-degree murder case will proceed to trial June 10, after a judge denied his defense team’s latest request for a day. The judge ruled for the state on several key issues: The defense may not bring up Trayvon Martin’s past marijuana use at trial or his school suspension of alleged participation in fights, without clearing several legal hurdles and another ruling granting permission. These rulings come days after Zimmerman’s defense team posted online the photos and text messages gathered from Trayvon’s phone, including texts about being a fighter, smoking marijuana and being ordered to move out of his home by his mother. The phone also included photos of what...

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Cheat Sheet: May 25-27: Weekend Roundup

Teens charged in shooting near Coliseum Hampton Police arrested two suspects responsible for a shooting on Saturday, May 25, which resulted in one death and four injuries. At 11 p.m. on the 1900 block of Coliseum Drive police arrived at the scene and found a 16-year-old male suffering in the street with a gunshot wound to his upper torso. According to Sergeant Jason Price, the teen died only a half hour later. The teen was later identified as Ralphael Davis, Jr. of Hampton. Four other teens were injured and taken to a local hospital, each of which endured a gunshot wound. The city cancelled the Memorial Day Carnival at the Hampton Coliseum. (Source) Man charged in sex assault of minor 60-year-old Robert Vance Gallup of Suffolk was arrested Friday, May 24 and charged with...

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Cheat Sheet: May 23, 2013

London attack suspects probed in past investigations, official says Two men accused of butchering a British soldier had apparently been part of previous investigations by security services. The men, suspected of hacking the off-duty soldier to death while horrified bystanders watched, boasted of their exploits and warned of more violence in images recorded on witnesses’ mobile phones. As they held bloody knives and a meat cleaver, they waited for the arrival of police, who shot them in the legs. The suspects spent the night under armed guard an in separate hospitals. Peter Clarke, a former counterterrorism commander for London’s Metropolitan Police Department, told CBS News that the fact that the suspects waited to be caught is indicative that they’re after...

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Cheat Sheet: May 21, 2013

The storm of all storms Today, Tuesday, May 21, rescue crews are searching through the rubble left over after the massive tornado that ruined Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon. The tornado completely destroyed neighborhoods and two elementary schools. According to Amy Elliott, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office, a total of 24 people have been confirmed dead so far. Elliott cautioned that the number of fatalities will likely rise. Several children were found in the remains of what was once an elementary school. Fortunately a few children were found alive among the debris. According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokeswoman Betsy Randolph told CNN, 101 people had been pulled out alive from the collapsed buildings. (Source) Police investigate armed robbery at...

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Cheat Sheet: May 20, 2013

Officer hit by car, driver killed A Norfolk police officer was hit by a car Monday afternoon, and the driver who hit him is now dead. Officers were called to the Wells Fargo at the intersection of Colonial Avenue and W. 21st Street at 2:35 p.m. for the report of someone trying to pass a bad check. Two officers initially responded to the scene and located a suspect vehicle in the Wells Fargo parking lot. When one of the officers approached the vehicle, the driver placed the vehicle in reverse, accelerated and struck the officer. The other officer then fired his weapon, striking the male driver of the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A woman with the suspect was taken into custody. The officer was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with non-life...

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Cheat Sheet: May 16, 2013

Tsarnaev left note in boat he hid in, sources say Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev left a note claiming responsibility for the April 13 attack. Sources say that Tsarnaev wrote the note in the boat he was hiding in as police pursued him. It reads as part manifesto, part suicide note and part justification for the killing the maiming of innocent civilians. The note , which was scrawled with a marker on the inside wall of the cabin, said the bombings were retribution for U.S. military action against Afghanistan and Iraq and called the Boston victims “collateral damage.” Dzhokar said he didn’t mourn older brother Tamerlan, writing that by that point, Tamerlan was a martyr in paradise—and that he expected to join him there soon. (Source) At least 6...

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Cheat Sheet: May 18-19, 2013: Weekend Roundup

Two FBI agents killed in accident off Virginia Beach coast Special agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw died Friday in a training accident off the Virginia Beach coast. Lorek and Shaw were members of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team, part of the Critical Incident Response Group based in Quantico. The cause of the incident is under review, and the state medical examiner’s office has not released a cause of death. (Source) Car drags man for 4 miles after crash The driver of a car ran over a man and dragged him for 4 miles before another motorist notified him of the man under his vehicle in James City County Saturday. The drivers of two cards were racing in the 8900 block of Richmond Road around 3 p.m. Saturday. A 31-year-old Lanexa man driving a 1997...

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Cheat Sheet: May 14, 2013

Convicted abortion doctor Gosnell gets life in prison Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, a Philadelphia abortion doctor, was convicted Monday of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies who were delivered alive and killed with scissors. Former clinic employees testified that Gosnell routinely performed illegal abortions past Pennsylvania’s 24-week limit, that he delivered babies who were still moving, whimpering or breathing and that he and his assistants dispatched the newborns by “snipping” their spines, as he referred to it. Prosecutors had sought the death penalty because Gosnell killed more than one person and his victims were vulnerable, but Gosnell’s own advanced age had made it unlikely he would ever be executed before his appeals ran out....

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Cheat Sheet: May 9, 2013

Investigators find note of admission believed to be written by Ariel Castro More information is being uncovered about the dark world inside the home where three women were held hostage for years and getting sexually abused. Multiple sources say that the man living there had written a suicide note years ago outlining what he did and why. In the note, Castro talks about a sex addiction and needing help. It puts some blame on the victims for getting in the car with him, and it refers to family problems and a poor childhood. Castro and his two brothers, Pedro and Olin, are being held in jail in separate cells. Sources say the suspects are getting a lot of verbal abuse from other inmates. (Source) Hackers steal $45M in matter of hours A gang of cyber-criminals stole $45...

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Cheat Sheet: May 7, 2013

Three Cleveland women reunited with families after years in captivity Three Cleveland women were able to escape a house Monday night where they were being held captive for the past 10 years. Cleveland police and the FBI hailed 27-year-old Amanda Berry as a hero for her daring escape which led to the freedom of two other women held inside the house—Georgina “Gina” DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32. Police have arrested former school bus driver Ariel Castro 52, who lived at the house and was identified by Berry on the 911 call. They also arrested his brothers, Pedro Castro, 54, and Onil Castro, 50. All three are jailed pending charges in the case. (Source) Abortion clinic regulations signed by McDonnell Last month Gov. Bob McDonnell quietly approved...

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Cheat Sheet: May 3, 2013

Bombing suspect’s wife DNA doesn’t match bomb evidence The DNA and fingerprints on bomb fragments found at the Boston bombing scene do not match those of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s widow, Katherine Russell, but Russell is still under scrutiny due to her proximity to the suspected Boston bomber. Investigators are looking at a phone call between Russell and Tamerlan Tsarnaev just hours after the FBI released a picture of him. Cooperative with police since the initial stages of the investigation, Russell has begun to communicate with law enforcement through lawyers. (Source) Virginia could be on hook for $1B Midtown Tunnel debt Virginia would be on the hook for more than a billion dollars of debt if a judge’s ruling striking down the Midtown and Downtown...

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Cheat Sheet: May 2, 2013

Newport News child rescued from burning building Last night, Newport News fire fighters rescued a young boy from the second floor of a burning apartment. The fire department received a call around 10:30 p.m. from the 400 block of 16th Street. A 3-year-old boy was trapped in a bedroom on the second floor. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, and his condition is currently unknown. The child had allegedly been playing with a lighter prior to the fire. (Source) Locals voice concerns over violence at Oceanfront Yesterday’s town hall meeting at the Virginia Beach Convention Center to address violence at the Oceanfront brought many residents out to speak their minds. With more than 500 attendees, the meeting turnout certainly proves the locals’...

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Cheat Sheet: May 1, 2013

3 additional suspects arrested in Boston Marathon bombings case Three additional suspects were arrested in the Boston Marathon bombings investigation. All three were friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and attended UMass-Dartmouth with him. The charges are related to incidents after the bombings and interfering with investigators. Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, 19, both of New Bedford, are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice by conspiring to destroy, conceal and cover up tangible objects such as a laptop computer and a backpack containing fireworks, belonging to Tsarnaev. A third suspect, Robel Phillipos, 19 of Cambridge, is charged with willfully making false statements to federal law enforcement officials during a terrorism investigation. Boston police said there is no...

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