Listen: Lynchburg Police say Jessie Paige death is related to series of drug and gang-related shooting incidents

Jessie Paige (Photo courtesy WDBJ7)

Jessie Paige (Photo courtesy WDBJ7)

Lynchburg Police say the weekend shooting death of 16-year-old Jessie Paige is connected to a series of several other shooting incidents going back to last March. Lynchburg Police Captain Ryan Zuidema says all those incidents are drug and gang-related, and all are targeted attacks between specific groups and specific people. Zuidema says there is no threat to the community at large, but police are nonetheless concerned that an innocent citizen might become the victim of further incidents. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more:

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Here are Captain Zuidema and Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Doucette at today’s news conference:

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State Senate abruptly adjourns; judges are now likely to handle court-ordered redistricting

WLNI-GENERAL-ASSEMBLYThe State Senate abruptly adjourned its special session Monday, a session called to redraw the state’s congressional map. In June, a federal court concluded for a second time that legislators in 2012 illegally packed black voters into the 3rd District in order to make adjacent districts safer for Republican incumbents. The panel gave lawmakers until Sept. 1 to draw a new map. Republicans had unsuccessfully pushed for an extended deadline, saying they want to wait and see if the U.S. Supreme Court will overrule the panel.On Monday, Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman Sen. A. Donald McEachin said it was clear the General Assembly lacked the political will to redraw congressional boundaries and the Senate should just adjourn. The move sets up the possibility that federal judges could impose a congressional map of their own design, as they’ve done in in other states. Republicans blasted the Democrats’ maneuver as “blatantly hypocritical and deeply irresponsible.” “Democrats have single-handedly shutdown any possibility of a legislative remedy on redistricting and have no one to blame but themselves,” GOP leaders said in a statement.

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McDonnell renews plea to remain free during appeal

Bob and Maureen McDonnell (Associated Press photo)

Bob and Maureen McDonnell
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has made a final plea to a federal court to let him remain free while he appeals his public corruption convictions to the U.S. Supreme Court. In court papers Monday, attorneys for McDonnell argued that federal prosecutors are off base in suggesting the Supreme Court is unlikely to take his case. McDonnell says his case clearly raises important legal questions that merit Supreme Court review. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted of doing favors for a wealthy businessman in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. He was sentenced to two years in prison. She got one year and one day. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week refused to reconsider a three-judge panel’s ruling upholding Bob McDonnell’s convictions.

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McAuliffe plans to reappoint Supreme Court pick

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he will reappoint Justice Jane Marum Roush next month when her initial appointment expires. McAuliffe told reporters his plans Monday after the state Senate adjourned from a special legislative session meant to produce a new state congressional map and settle a state Supreme Court appointment. Republicans, angry that McAuliffe had not properly consulted them about Roush’s appointment, tried unsuccessfully Monday to advance their own pick for the high court. GOP lawmakers said Monday that McAuliffe wont’ have the legal authority to reappoint Roush next month because the full General Assembly has not adjourned. But McAuliffe said there’s legal precedent for reappointing Roush and said the Republican opposition to her appointment has made the GOP look “small” and ineffective.

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Interview with Outgoing Police Chief Parks Snead

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This morning we spoke with Lynchburg Police Chief, Parks Snead, who is set to retire in October of this year.  We appreciate his service and enjoyed our time with him!

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UVa computer network back online after cyberattack

UVA-LogoCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ The University of Virginia says its computer network is back online after being shut down for two days due to a cyberattack originating in China. The university says the network was restored Sunday after a system security upgrade. Administrators say no personally identifiable information was accessed and no sensitive research material was compromised. The Daily Progress (http://bit.ly/1LgqcAm) reports the attack on the university’s information technology systems targeted the email accounts of two employees. U.Va. Chief Operating Officer Patrick D. Hogan says the university is adjusting its password change program to guard against further security breaches. The university says federal authorities tipped the school of the breach, identifying the country of origin as China.

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Contentious special session begins in Richmond

General-AssemblyRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ State lawmakers are set to return to the Capitol on Monday for what’s expected to be a contentious fight over congressional redistricting and a Virginia Supreme Court appointment. Republican leaders of the GOP-controlled General Assembly plan to elect Rossie D. Alston Jr., effectively removing Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s newly appointed pick, Justice Jane Marum Roush.  Also Monday, lawmakers will begin the process of drawing new congressional maps. The GOP has indicated it will focus on redrawing parts of the 3rd Congressional District, which a federal panel found had been drawn illegally. McAuliffe said he wants new maps for all 11 of the state’s congressional districts. If the General Assembly and McAuliffe can’t find a compromise, federal judges may just impose their own boundaries, as they’ve done in other states.

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Sen. Tim Kaine embarks on 5-day tour of Virginia

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine is embarking on a five-day tour of Virginia that focuses on job creation and economic development. The Democrat plans to start the tour Monday at the Hampton VA Medical Center. He and U.S. Sen. Mark Warner are expected to speak at a Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce forum later Monday in Virginia Beach. Kaine also has a visit to Richmond on his schedule Tuesday. He’ll meet with black business leaders before visiting the Amazon facility in Chester. On Wednesday Kaine will start a two-day tour along U.S. Route 58 with stops planned in Emporia, South Hill, Boydton, South Boston, Danville, Martinsville, Hillsville, Galax and Pulaski. He’ll participate in a discussion on prescription drug abuse in Radford on Friday before making stops in Roanoke and Lexington.

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1 dead, 2 injured in Lynchburg shooting

WLNI-MLYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) _ A 16-year-old boy has died in a Lynchburg shooting that also left two injured. Police did not identify the deceased teenager or a possible suspect in connection with the Saturday night shooting. Authorities tell local media that 21-year-old Dakota Scott of Lynchburg and a 17-year-old boy are both expected to recover from their injuries. Nearby resident Hope Damata tells The News & Advance (http://bit.ly/1IVS3Cb ) that she believes the incident was gang-related and connected to a shooting that happened on the same block last week where 31-year-old Eric Payne was shot in the leg.

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Prosecutors to respond to ex-governor’s bid to remain free

Bob and Maureen McDonnell (Associated Press photo)

Bob and Maureen McDonnell
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A federal appeals court is waiting for prosecutors to respond to former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s request to remain free while he appeals his public corruption convictions. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the response by 5 p.m. Friday. The court refused Tuesday to reconsider a three-judge panel’s decision upholding McDonnell’s convictions. However, the judges didn’t say whether a previous order allowing McDonnell to remain free on bond will remain in force while he appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court. A jury in September found McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of doing favors for a wealthy businessman in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. Bob McDonnell was sentenced to two years in prison, his wife to one year and one day.

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