Hearing set on white nationalists’ motions to dismiss suit

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – A federal judge is set to hear arguments from white nationalists and others that a lawsuit against them over last summer’s violence in Charlottesville should be dismissed.
A hearing on motions from a number of defendants to dismiss the lawsuit brought by 10 Virginia residents is scheduled for Thursday morning in federal court in Charlottesville.
The lawsuit was filed in October by plaintiffs who said they were injured as a result of white nationalist events last August.

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Buchanan announces new town manager

From Press Release: The Mayor and Town Council of Buchanan are pleased to announce Jason Tyree as the next Town Manager. This announcement is the result of a thorough search process begun earlier in the spring and culminating with the consideration of several highly qualified candidates. Tyree rose to the top of the candidate pool, earning the support of Town Council for the position.
“I am very humbled to have this chance to serve Buchanan as Town Manager,” said Tyree. “My family and I have visited the Town many times as tourists, but now, I cannot wait to work with Council and the citizens to move the Town into its next chapter.”

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Third man guilty in beating of black man in Charlottesville

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – A third man has been found guilty in the beating of a black man who was left severely injured the day of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
News outlets report that 19-year-old Daniel Borden of Ohio entered an Alford plea Monday to a charge of malicious wounding in the attack on DeAndre Harris.
The plea means Borden did not admit guilt but acknowledged that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him.

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Appeals court: pardons render resentencing hearing moot

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court says a man who received two partial pardons from Virginia governors is not entitled to further judicial review.

Travion Blount was initially sentenced to six life terms for his role in a 2006 Norfolk house-party robbery he committed when he was 15 years old.

But then-Gov. Bob McDonnell issued a partial pardon reducing the prison sentence to 40 years. Earlier this year, outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe cut the sentence even further, to 14 years.

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Protesters seek answers on death of man shot in police chase

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of protesters are seeking answers about the death of a northern Virginia man who was shot and killed by U.S. Park Police after a brief car chase.

Family and friends of 25-year-old Bijan Ghaisar of McLean marched in Washington Saturday and rallied outside the Justice Department. Saturday marked six months since Ghaisar was shot after a minor car crash on the George Washington Parkway followed by a police chase.

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Lynchburg man in custody after shots fired incident

Christopher Phelps

From Lynchburg Police: On May 19, 2018 at 4:18 a.m., officers of the Lynchburg Police Department responded to 4602 Hartford St, for a report of shots fired.

When officers arrived on scene, they determined that an argument among family members and acquaintances had ensued inside the above listed residence which escalated when a male suspect brandished a handgun and fired shots at the victim.

No one was struck by the gunfire and no injuries were reported.
LPD Criminal Investigations and Forensics Units responded to assist with the investigation.

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Judge fines Virginia couple who allowed tree-sitters on farm

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) – A federal judge has found a Virginia couple who own a farm in the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in contempt of court after protesters took to trees on their property.
The Roanoke Times reports U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth Dillon determined Tuesday that Carolyn and Ian Reilly took both passive and active steps to support the tree-sitters’ goal of blocking pipeline construction.
The Reillys were fined $1,000 each.

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Democrats pick candidate in 5th congressional district

PC: Congressman Garrett

Virginia Democrats in the congressional district that includes Charlottesville and Danville have picked a former journalist to face incumbent GOP Rep. Tom Garrett in the general election.
Democrats finished a week-long caucus Saturday by picking Leslie Cockburn the unofficial winner. She previously worked for 60 Minutes and Vanity Fair and beat out Roger Dean Huffstetler, a former Marine, and Andrew Sneathern, a former prosecutor.
Cockburn’s victory will be made official at convention next month in Farmville. Cockburn said her opposition to President Donald Trump helped inspire her to run for office.
Trump won Virginia’s 5th congressional district in the 2016 election. Garrett is a former state senator seeking a second term in Congress.

Lynchburg police arrest man after juvenile hospitalized for gunshot wounds

Requandre Murrell

On April 17, 2018 at 3:45 pm, officers responded to the 3200 block of Forest Brook Rd for a shots fired call.
Upon arrival, officers found a juvenile male with apparent gunshot wounds. Lynchburg Fire Department responded to assist and transported the juvenile to Lynchburg General Hospital where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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Has the bald eagle population along the James River peaked?

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – The bald eagle population along Virginia’s James River made a stunning comeback after falling to zero in the 1970s.
Scientists now wonder if the James has reached “peak eagle.”
William & Mary said in a press release Wednesday that the population has plateaued. Two university biologists are now looking out for signs of natural population decline.
Bald eagles live up to 30 years. They’re extremely territorial and generally mate for life. So, more and more eagles are competing for limited space.
Biologists survey the river by airplane each spring. In late April, they’ll count hatched chicks along the river.
The birds’ recovery can be traced to the federal government’s ban of the pesticide DDT in 1972. Eagles were also given endangered status under the Endangered Species Act in 1967.