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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 tunnel tolls stands, according to a ratings agency. Portsmouth Circuit Judge James A. Cales, Jr. declared the tolls unconstitutional Wednesday, saying the General Assembly exceeded its authority by delegating to the state transportation department “unfettered power” to set the rates “without any real or meaningful parameters.” Gov. Bob McDonnell said the state will appeal the decision to the Supreme Court of Virginia, and representatives VDOT and its private partner said work will continue on the $2.1 billion project. (Source)

NNPD searches for missing child

Newport News Police are asking for help finding a missing 10-year-old girl. Jazmine Sweatenburg was last seen by her grandmother at 35th Street and Marshall Avenue Friday. Police were notified she was missing around 9:20 a.m. Jazmine was reportedly walking home to the 3000 block of Madison Avenue. Jazmine is 5’5 and weighs 180 pounds. She was last seen wearing a bright pink and purple jacket, blue shorts, black sandals and was carrying a black backpack. She also has her hair in braids. (Source)

Wanted man escapes police custody on I-64

State police are searching for a Phillip Alonza Robinson, Jr., wanted man who escaped police custody after being arrested this morning. Robinson was wanted for several felony and misdemeanor violations, a state police news release said. When troopers arrived at the address this morning, Robinson fled the scene and was apprehended after a short foot pursuit. On the way to the Newport News city jail, Robinson escaped police custody and fled from Interstate 64 into the wooded area. He was last seen in the 600 block of industrial Drive wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans, black socks, no shoes and had his hands cuffed behind his back. (Source)

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