The Latest: Community members protest police shooting

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal police shooting of a naked and unarmed man in Richmond (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

More than 200 people have turned out for a community meeting to protest the death of a young, black man who was fatally shot by a Virginia police officer after he ran naked onto an interstate highway.

Speakers at the meeting at Richmond’s Second Baptist Church said they were angry that police used deadly force on Marcus-David Peters, who was unarmed and appeared to be mentally unstable in the May 14 episode.

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Town changes name to ‘Capitalsville’ for Stanley Cup Final

LOVETTSVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia town has temporarily changed its name to “Capitalsville” after the Washington Capitals clenched a spot in the Stanley Cup Final. News outlets report a resolution renaming the Town of Lovettsville to Capitalsville was passed Thursday after the Capitals won against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night.

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CANCELLED: Virginia Senior alert activation, missing Henry County couple

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UPDATE: The Virginia Senior Alert for the missing Henry County couple has been cancelled. They have been safely located. For additional detail, please contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Read the rest of this story »

Altavista man faces multiple charges after police chase

From Virginia State Police: An Altavista, Va., man is facing numerous charges after leading Virginia State Police on a pursuit through Campbell County Friday morning. At approximately 9:41 a.m. on May 25, Virginia State Police Trooper T.M. Wertz initiated a traffic stop on a Honda Civic that was traveling south on Route 29 at Callahan Road. The Honda’s offense was for expired registration. The driver of the vehicle, Commilous Waller, 26, of Altavista, Va., refused to stop for the trooper. A pursuit was initiated. During the course of the pursuit, Waller crossed the double-center line several times, ran a stop sign at Route 24, and ran through a red light on Route 29. Waller reached speeds of 90 mph during the pursuit and intentionally struck another state trooper’s vehicle. The vehicle was finally brought to a stop in the Town of Altavista on 7th Street and Waller taken into custody without further incident. Trooper Wertz charged Waller with one felony count of eluding police, one felony count of hit and run, as well as for possession of marijuana, expired registration, driving on a revoked license, reckless driving, and failure to obey a stop sign. Waller was transported to the Campbell County Adult Detention Center. No troopers were injured during the pursuit. No other motorists’ vehicles were damaged during the pursuit. The incident remains under investigation.

Politico: Former Garrett staffers say they were treated like servants

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Politico is reporting that the recent blowup in Congressman Tom Garrett’s office may have to do with tasks requested of his staff. The Politico website says Garrett and his wife asked the staff to essentially act as personal servants at times during working hours, like shopping for groceries to caring for their pet dog. The news site reports much of the controversy stemmed from Garrett’s wife, Flanna, who is frequently present at his capitol office. A Garrett spokesperson has declined comment.

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UPDATE: Teacher, student shot and suspect in custody in Indiana school shooting

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A male student opened fire at a suburban Indianapolis middle school Friday morning, wounding another student and a teacher before being taken into custody, authorities said. The attack at Noblesville West Middle School happened around 9 a.m., police Chief Kevin Jowitt said at a news conference. He said investigators believe the suspect acted alone, though he didn’t release the boy’s name or the names of the victims, who were taken to hospitals in Indianapolis. Indiana University Health spokeswoman Danielle Sirilla said the teacher was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital and the wounded student was taken to Riley Hospital for Children. She didn’t know the seriousness of their injuries.

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