Four people are charged with an armed robbery at an Amherst County home. The sheriff’s office says the call came in around 4:30 am last Friday to the home along US 60 about five miles east of Amherst. Two men and two women faces various counts; officials say all have prior felony records. The investigation led to unrelated charges against two others.
Here’s the press release from Virginia State Police: BEDFORD CO., Va. – Virginia State Police are investigating a two vehicle fatal crash which occurred on Stewartsville Road, just east of Good View Road. The crash occurred at 6:04 am in Bedford County. A 1996 Ford Explorer was traveling west on Stewartville Road when it ran off the roadway on the right side, over corrected, came back into the roadway crossing the center line and struck a Ford pick-up truck head-on. The driver of the Ford Explorer was Shayna Darlene Alls, 21, of Moneta, Va. Ms. Alls was wearing her seatbelt and died at the scene. Also in the vehicle was a 2-year-old female juvenile who was in a child safety seat, she also died at the scene. The driver of the Ford pick-up was Kevin J. Corwin, 59, of Roanoke, Va. Mr. Corwin was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured. The crash remains under investigation.
BRISTOW, Va. (AP) – Posing for pictures is part of every governor’s job. Posing with a can of marijuana – not so much. But Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe did just that, inadvertently, when he went to greet country music legend Willie Nelson this weekend. A picture posted on Twitter shows McAuliffe and Nelson, who was performing in Virginia. On the table between them is a can of Willie’s Reserve, Nelson’s brand of marijuana that’s sold in Colorado and Washington. Marijuana possession is illegal in Virginia. McAuliffe Spokesman Brian Coy said the governor spent about 10 minutes in Nelson’s trailer and didn’t realize what was on the table. Coy said McAuliffe wouldn’t recognize marijuana or paraphernalia “if it walked up and shook his hand.” Coy said McAuliffe may be cool, “but he’s not that cool.”
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – An appeals court is set to hear a challenge to Virginia’s law regarding life sentences without parole for juveniles convicted of capital murder. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down mandatory life terms with no chance of parole for teenage killers in 2012. The court ruled this year that even those convicted long ago must be considered for parole or given a new sentence. A man serving a life term for a murder he committed when he was 16 says Virginia law violates that ruling by effectively mandating life-without-parole sentences for some juveniles. Jason Clem is seeking a new sentence. Virginia officials argue Clem’s life term wasn’t mandatory because the judge could’ve suspended all or part of the sentence. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will examine the case Tuesday.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ Four people convicted in the slaying of a Waynesboro reserve police officer have been sentenced to life in prison. Local media outlets report that Daniel Mathis was sentenced to life plus 132 years for the death of 45-year-old Waynesboro Reserve Police Capt. Kevin Quick. Shantai Shelton and Mersadies Shelton were each sentenced to life in prison plus 82 years and Kweli Uhuru was sentenced to life in prison plus 10 years. The four were found guilty by a Roanoke jury in February of murder and kidnapping in Quick’s death. Quick was reported missing on Feb. 1, 2014. His body was found days later in woods northwest of Richmond. He had be
WASHINGTON (AP) – Simon Tam has openly criticized the Washington Redskins team name as a racist slur that demeans Native Americans. But Tam and his Asian-American rock band, The Slants, have formed an unusual alliance with the NFL franchise as they both battle the U.S. government over trademark protection for names that some consider offensive. The Supreme Court could decide as early as this month whether to hear the dispute involving the Portland, Oregon-area band. And if the football team has its way, the justices could hear both cases in its new term. At issue is a First Amendment challenge to a law barring the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from registering trademarks that disparage minority groups.
Lynchburg Police say gunfire from a car struck four people early Sunday morning along the 400 block of Rivermont Avenue, leaving one person dead and three others wounded, one of them critically. Police say it happened shortly after 2:00 am near the Ellington Building, the gunshots fired from a dark-colored four-door sedan. 21-year-old Shawn Johnson Jr. was pronounced dead at Lynchburg General Hospital. Officials say 30-year-old Kevin Foxx is in critical condition there and 28-year-old Jamall Randolph and 25-year-old Angelena Garland are hospitalized with non-life threatening gunshot wounds.
NEW YORK (AP) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that an explosion that rocked a crowded Manhattan neighborhood, injuring 29 people, doesn’t appear to be linked to international terrorism, and he vowed that authorities would find and prosecute whoever was responsible. He noted that 1,000 additional law enforcement officers were being deployed after the Saturday night blast in Chelsea, a primarily residential neighborhood on Manhattan’s west side that’s known for its art galleries and large gay population. He encouraged New Yorkers to go about their day as usual. “We’re not going to let them win,” Cuomo said at the scene. “We’re not going to let them instill fear.” The Democratic governor said the preliminary investigation didn’t appear to show a link to international terror, and he noted that no terror group had taken credit for it.