Missing: 15-year-old Madison Heights girl with “medical conditions”

Courtney Moats

Courtney Moats

News release: The Amherst County Sheriff’s Office needs your help with finding Courtney Paige Moats, 15, of Madison Heights. Courtney is a white female, approximately 5 foot 3 inches tall and weighs 119 lbs. She has dark hair with blonde highlights, blue eyes, and scarring on her arms. She was last scene at her residence around 10:00 pm on Thursday, April 28th, 2016. She suffers from medical conditions that cause us to be concerned for her well-being. If you have any information regarding Courtney’s whereabouts, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 434-946-9300.

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Poll director: winter Virginia poll results mirror current partisan divide over felons’ rights executive action

STATE-NEWSThe partisan divide over Governor McAuliffe’s recent executive action restoring felons’ rights comes as no surprise to the Director of Polling at Christopher Newport University. The question now is what do Virginians think of the way it was accomplished. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Three incidents of counterfeit bills in Amherst County

Cleveland Kilgore

Cleveland Kilgore

From Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: On 04/28/2016 Amherst County Sheriff’s Office responded to three complaints in a five hour period related to counterfeit money. The second complaint, received at 3:58 pm, led to deputies making contact with Cleveland Winston Kilgore, 23, of Maryland. Kilgore attempted to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at the Marathon Gas Station at 4664 S. Amherst Highway in Madison Heights, but left when the observant clerk refused to accept the bill. Upon leaving the store deputies spotted Kilgore walking in the area of Woodvue Dr. and he fled on foot. After a brief pursuit Kilgore was taken into custody. He is charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possessing Counterfeit Money, and Uttering Counterfeit Money. Kilgore was transported to the Amherst Adult Detention Center where he is being held on a $2000 secured bond.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the other incidents to determine their relation to each other. In the initial incident a counterfeit $50 bill was given at the Madison Heights Wendy’s drive thru by a black female driving a green older model Ford Taurus. The other incident at CVS Madison Heights involved 2 black males. 1 dressed in all black, and the other with a white/black letter jacket bearing a “C” and khakis. They passed counterfeit $20 bills at that location. If you have any information regarding these incidents please call the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office at 434-946-9300 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers.

 

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Slain Blacksburg teen’s dad, stepmom arrested on domestic abuse charges

wlni-defaultWYTHEVILLE, Va. (AP) – Authorities say the father and stepmother of a slain Virginia teenager have been arrested after a domestic violence incident. Wytheville Police Chief Ricky Arnold said Thursday that David Madison Lovell and Terri Surratt Lovell have been arrested and charged with unlawful wounding against each other. Arnold declined to provide further details about the incident. David Lovell’s daughter, Nicole Lovell, was found dead in January. Two former Virginia Tech students have been charged in connection with the girl’s slaying. Karen Akers, clerk of the Wythe Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, said they’re being held at the New River Valley Regional Jail. Akers said a $10,000 bond has been set for David Lovell. A bond hearing hasn’t yet been held for Terri Lovell. Their attorneys didn’t immediately return requests for comment.

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State high court to consider case related to redistricting

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The Virginia Supreme Court will consider whether current and former state senators need to provide records related to a redistricting lawsuit. Redistricting advocates have sought lawmakers’ communications with outside consultants related to the 2011 redistricting. The lawmakers have refused and a lower court judge has ruled the lawmakers are in contempt. The Daily Press reports the high court’s decision to take the case was announced Wednesday. The decision means the issue will skip the Virginia Court of Appeals. Virginia’s 2011 redistricting effort has come under fire from critics who say the lines were unfairly drawn to favor incumbents, and outside groups have challenged the current district boundaries in both state and federal court.

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Supreme Court hears former Governor McDonnell’s case

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

The Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in the appeal of former Governor Bob McDonnell and The High Court is expected to make a decision on the case in June. WLNI’s Ian Price has details:

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Virginia state senator travels to Syria, praises Assad

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The official Syrian news agency says a conservative Virginia state senator is touring the war-torn country and meeting with officials from Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government. Loudoun County Republican Sen. Dick Black arrived in Syria on Tuesday for a three-day visit. President Barack Obama and other U.S. officials have repeatedly said Assad has lost his legitimacy to rule the country, but Black has praised Assad, saying he has protected Christians in Syria and fought against terrorist groups. The Syrian Arab News Agency erroneously reported that Black is a U.S. senator. Black is a state representative who has no role in official U.S. foreign policy. The outspoken socially conservative senator sent a letter praising Assad in 2014 that was posted on the Syrian president’s Facebook page.

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Man charged in shooting of Pittsylvania County sheriff’s deputy

wlni-fbKEELING, Va. (AP) – Authorities say they’ve charged a man in the shooting of a sheriff’s deputy near Keeling, Virginia. News outlets report that the Pittsylvania County deputy was shot after responding to a domestic-related call Tuesday night. Sheriff Mike Taylor says 37-year-old Brian Cundiff shot at one responding deputy and went inside the home. The deputy suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the head. A news release states the deputy was treated at a hospital and released. Taylor says Cundiff barricaded himself in the home for hours and after SWAT teams entered the home, he surrendered early Wednesday. Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Haskins says Cundiff is charged with attempted capital murder, malicious wounding and two counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

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Nearly 400K Virginia students to take shorter SOL tests

Education-News1RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Nearly 400,000 Virginia elementary and middle school students will take shorter Standards of Learning math tests this spring. The state is expanding the use of computer-adaptive testing, which it says means shorter exams for students. The Virginia Department of Education says the computer-adaptive version of the test third graders will take this year has just 32 items. Last year, the exam third graders took had 50 items. The computer-adaptive tests this year for 7th and 8th graders each have 53 items. Last year, their traditional tests had 60 items. Gov. Terry McAuliffe says computer-adaptive tests “can reduce stress and frustration for students, teachers and parents.” Lawmakers approved the governor’s requests for $7.2 million to make all Standards of Learning math and reading exams for grades 3-8 computer adaptive by 2017.

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High Court could overturn McDonnell corruption case

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Supreme Court seems likely to overturn the conviction of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on political corruption charges and place new limits on the reach of federal bribery laws. Several justices on Wednesday expressed major concerns that the laws give prosecutors too much power to criminalize the everyday acts that politician perform to help constituents. Chief Justice John Roberts said it was “extraordinary” that dozens of former White House attorneys from both parties have said upholding McDonnell’s conviction would cripple the ability of elected officials to do their jobs. Justice Breyer said the law presents “a real separation of powers problem.” McDonnell was convicted of accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman in exchange for promoting a dietary supplement.

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