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Dec 5, 201204:43 PM

Cheat Sheet: December 5, 2012

Advocates push for tougher texting while driving law

Safe driving advocates are steering a fresh push to make motorists put down the qwerty keyboard and focus on the road. Next year drivers using a handheld communication device, such as a smart phone, for anything other than a voice phone call, could be punished for reckless driving. This would negate Virginia’s current texting law—police can only charge someone for texting if they first stop a driver for another traffic infraction. With the new law in place, texting, emailing, web surfing of similar conduct while driving would be a class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to a $2,500 fine or 12 months in jail. (Source)

Arrest made in Hampton teen’s death

Police say they have arrested one man and are searching for two more suspects in last weekend’s shooting death of a Hampton teen. Sgt. Jason Price with the Hampton Police Division said officers heard shots fired on December 1 on Seldendale Drive, and they located 19-year-old Bartholomew Kyle Robinson of Hampton suffering from a gunshot would to the upper torso. Yesterday, 19-year-old Lequis Avari Williams was arrested and charged with one count of murder, two counts of robbery, two counts of abduction and three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. (Source)

Iran hit by deadly earthquake

An earthquake that was a 5.5 magnitude struck near Zohan in South Khorasan province today, killing at least five people and injuring at least 20 people. The quake has damanged rural buildings and cut phone and power lines, affecting 12 villages. (Source)

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