RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Democrats and the presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton are opening five offices around the state as part of the prep work ahead of the general election. The offices – two in northern Virginia, one in Blacksburg, one in Richmond and one in Virginia Beach – are opening Tuesday through Thursday. Local Democratic lawmakers and candidates will be on hand in at each office for the openings. Virginia is expected to be a key battleground state in the general election. The offices will be used to host phone banks and organizational meetings for the Clinton campaign and other Democratic candidates.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia residents who are in legal trouble and choose to represent themselves in court have a new resource available to them. The Virginia Supreme Court has launched a new website with information that may be helpful to people who want to represent themselves in matters such as traffic tickets, divorce, landlord and tenant issues. The website includes glossaries of legal terms used in court. It also has information on filing fees and tips on how to find a lawyer, among other things. The website is a project of the Virginia Access to Justice Commission, which is aimed at ensuring all Virginia residents have equal access to the justice system.
In the end it was no contest: incumbent Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte won the 6th district primary handily tonight by a margin of 78 to 22 percent in the sprawling 6th district over challenger Harry Griego – who suffered from lack of name recognition and a lack of campaign funds. At Hotel Roanoke tonight Goodlatte thanked his supporters early – and saluted his constituents. The 12-term Congressman – who will face a Democratic challenger in November – says he took the Griego primary challenge seriously – hitting the campaign trail and spending money on advertising. Harry Griego did not respond when asked for a comment on his losing bid for office.
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UPDATE:Investigators told Orlando shooter has no direct link to ISIS; Ex-wife calls him “mentally ill”
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting at an Orlando nightclub:
The ex-wife of the Orlando nightclub gunman says he was “mentally unstable and mentally ill.”Sitora Yusifiy, speaking to reporters in Boulder, Colorado, says Omar Mateen was bipolar and also had a history with steroids.She says that in the four months they were together he cut her off from her family and regularly beat her. She says that her family visited her and saw she wasn’t OK and rescued her from the situation.Yusifiy says they literally pulled her out of his arms. She says she left all her belongings and has had no contact with him for seven or eight years.She says Mateen was religious, but she saw no signs of radicalism.Of the nightclub massacre she says, “there was no sign of any of this at all.”
Officials have started removing bodies from inside an Orlando nightclub where 50 people were shot and killed. Sunday night, workers brought four bodies on stretchers out of club Pulse and loaded them into white vans. The action was repeated over and over. The bodies were then taken to the Orange County Medical Examiner’s office. Authorities say Omar Mateen opened fire at the nightclub, leaving 50 people dead and more than 50 others wounded before he was gunned down by police.
The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee tells The Associated Press that investigators have not yet found evidence of direct communication between the Orlando nightclub gunman and Islamic State members overseas. Rep. Adam Schiff has been briefed multiple times by federal law enforcement. He says it is possible that Omar Mateen was self-radicalized but not “under the command and control of ISIS.” The California congressman says that could change and that it’s too early to know whether there was something that could have been done to prevent the attack. The FBI investigated Mateen in 2013 after he made inflammatory comments to co-workers alleging possible ties to terrorists. The following year, the agency looked into potential ties connecting Mateen to Moner Mohammad Abusalha, the first American to carry out a suicide attack in Syria. He was cleared after both investigations.
From Lynchburg Police Department: On June 11, 2016 at approximately 10:08 PM, officers with the Lynchburg Police Department responded to a report of a robbery at the Express Lane at 3001 Memorial Ave. Employees reported that an adult black male in his mid-30s, about 5’9” to 5’11” tall with a thin to medium build, entered the business, pointed a handgun at the clerk, and demanded money. The suspect then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured. This incident is currently being investigated by the Lynchburg Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. If anyone has any information related to this robbery, they are encouraged to contact the detective listed below.
From Bedford Fire Department: On June 11th 2016 at 1:50 pm the Bedford Fire Department responded to the 4000blk of Moneta Road for the report of a head-on collision with multiple injuries and possible entrapment. The first engine arrived at 1:57p.m. to find two vehicles heavily damaged with both drivers trapped. A total of four (4) patients were taking to Roanoke Memorial Hospital; three (3) of which were in serious condition. One critically injured patient was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital by Carilion Life Guard 10. Traffic on Moneta Road (Route 122) was detoured around the accident for an hour and half. VASP is investigating the crash.