Virginia

Virginia Gov Vetoes Bill Requiring Cooperation With Federal Immigration Officials

Gov. Terry McAuliffe;  Photo: via freebeacon.com

Gov. Terry McAuliffe; Photo: via freebeacon.com

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that would have required local law enforcement to maintain custody of arrested illegal immigrants if requested to do so by federal immigration authorities.

"Imposing these requirements on local sheriffs and jail administration really could inject a whole sense of confusion into the relationship, and I would say leads to less effective public safety concerns," McAuliffe told local WTOP.

McAuliffe suggested the legislation was anti-immigrant.

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Virginia Man Receives Life Sentence Following Pipe Bomb Attacks Against Police

Lawrence Stewart;  Photo: Larry Beckner

Lawrence Stewart; Photo: Larry Beckner

A Virginia man has been sentenced to two life sentences stemming from a series of pipe bomb attacks against Stafford, VA police officers. 

Lawrence Stewart, 29, received the stiff sentence after being convicted of placing pipe bombs at the homes of Stafford Police Detective Greg Bender and Lt. Deuntay Diggs.

Stewart is already serving seven life sentences in the state of Montana over similar pipe-bomb related crimes.

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Virginia Mayor Arrested in Alleged Meth for Sex Bust

Mayor Silverthorne;  Photo: via fairfaxva.gov

Mayor Silverthorne; Photo: via fairfaxva.gov

The mayor of Fairfax, VA has been arrested on allegations that he provided methamphetamine in return for sexual favors.

Mayor Richard "Scott" Silverthorne, 50, was taken into custody after a tip led to an undercover investigation that implicated the mayor in an online exchange to provide drugs for sex.

Undercover officers apparently used a phony profile on a website dedicated to men seeking casual sex with other men.

It was on the website that police communicated with Silverthorne and arranged a meeting. 

Silverthorne was entering his third term as Mayor of Fairfax, a town just west of Washington, D.C.

More details can be found HERE.

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Virginia K9 Nearly Dies After Becoming Overheated While Tracking Suspects

K9 Danno;  Photo: Fairfax County Police

K9 Danno; Photo: Fairfax County Police

A Fairfax County, VA police K9 nearly died after becoming overheated while tracking suspected thieves last week.

K9 Danno had to be rushed to a veterinarian after his handler noticed the dog was in distress.

Vets provided Danno with fluids and treatment and after an overnight stay he was sent home to recuperate. 

Danno is expected to make a full recovery; however, his experience is a reminder to all that heat affects humans and animals alike. Be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion.

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VA Cop Refused Service at Alexandria Noodles & Co.

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Photo: via wjla.com

A police officer in Alexandria, VA was refused service at a local Noodles & Co. after a cook allegedly stated, "I ain't serving that."

The incident occurred on Monday as the officer entered the restaurant in uniform and stood in line waiting to order.

A cook allegedly emerged from the back of the restaurant and stated, "You’re going to have to take me off the line, I ain’t serving that."

The officer realized what was occurring and instead of creating a scene decided to simply leave the restaurant.

Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook stated, "These are very difficult times right now in our relations with everyone, and to have one of my officers treated in that manner unnecessarily, your first response is anger. Then you calm down a bit and say, let’s just find out what happened.”

Noodles & Co. released a statement saying that the company does not tolerate discrimination if any form.

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Virginia Supreme Court Strikes Down Gov's Decision to Restore Voting Rights to Felons

Governor Terry McAuliffe;  Photo: Win McNamee/Getty

Governor Terry McAuliffe; Photo: Win McNamee/Getty

The Virginia Supreme Court has struck down Governor Terry McAuliffe's executive order restoring voting rights to felons in the Old Dominion. The Supreme Court ruled 4-3 on the decision.

VA House Speaker William Howell, a Republican, said of the decision, "Our nation was founded on the principles of limited government and separation of powers. Those principles have once again withstood assault from the executive branch. This opinion is a sweeping rebuke of the governor's unprecedented assertion of executive authority,"

Virginia Republicans had been critical of Governor McAuliffe's order, arguing that he exceeded his authority in doing so.

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Richmond, VA Police Memorial Statue Vandalized

Photo: AP via dailymail.co.uk

Photo: AP via dailymail.co.uk

The Richmond, VA police department was unnerved after discovering that a bronze memorial dedicated to their fallen officers had been vandalized on Wednesday.

The 8-foot tall statue, depicting a police officer holding a young child, was discovered with red paint across the face and an "X" scrawled across the officer's chest.

The vandals also painted the words "Justice for Alton" at the foot of the statue, citing the name of a man killed by Baton Rouge police officers recently.

Richmond Police Chief Alfred Dunham said, "This is a cowardly act for someone to come and air his or her grievances at a memorial in honor of 28 police officers."

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Virginia Deputy Shot Four Times by Suspected Burglar

A sheriff's deputy in Fredericksburg, VA is recovering after being shot multiple times by a suspected burglar.

The incident occurred late Tuesday after residents of a home called police to report that a known man was trying to break into their house. When a Stafford County Sheriff's Deputy arrived on scene, he was shot four times by the suspect.

The deputy was struck in his chest, arms, hip, and thigh and taken to a local hospital for treatment. He was listed in serious, but stable, condition. The deputy's bulletproof vest likely spared the officer even greater injury.

The suspect, identified as 18-year old Joshua Sumter, fled after the shooting but was taken into custody on Wednesday morning. 

Sumter allegedly tried to violently escape custody while being transported to jail; however, he was booked into the Rappahannock Regional Jail, where he remains.

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Virginia Constitutional Amendment Would Exempt Spouses of Fallen First Responders from Certain Taxes

This November, voters in the Commonwealth of Virginia will decide whether or not to amend the state constitution to allow local municipalities the ability to exempt the spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty from having to pay property taxes.

The effort is intended to ease the financial burden faced by families after the loss of a loved one in the line of duty.

Virginia Delegate Tim Hugo stated, "This is but a small recognition for the efforts of our first responders who put their lives on the line each and every day in order to keep us safe, particularly those who have given the ultimate sacrifice."

He continued, "The tragic death of Prince William Police Officer Ashley Guindon on February 27 further reminds us of the tremendous sacrifices of our first responders."

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Virginia Police Officer Shot and Killed on Her First Day on the Job

Officer Ashely Guindon;  Photo: Prince William County Police

Officer Ashely Guindon; Photo: Prince William County Police

A Prince William County (VA) police officer was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call on Saturday night. It was the officer's first night on the job. 

Officer Ashley Guindon, 28, and a training officer responded to the domestic dispute call in the Lake Ridge area of Prince William County at around 5:30 p.m.

When the officers arrived they were fired upon by a man identified as Ronald Hamilton, a U.S. Army sergeant. Officer Guindon died from injuries sustained in the shooting and two other officers on scene were wounded. 

The other injured officers, David McKeown, 33, and Officer Jesse Hempen, 31, sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Hamilton was subsequently taken into custody and booked into jail on charges of murder. Hamilton's wife was also found dead in their residence. 

"We ask for everyone's thoughts and prayers as our department deals with this tragic loss," read a statement from the police department following Officer Guindon's death. 

Guindon was a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. and earned her bachelor's degree in aeronautics. She was also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. 

Officer Guindon had previous experience as a county police officer but had only days earlier returned to the job. 

A Twitter post by the Prince William County police department welcomed her and another officer onto the force just a day before the fatal shooting. 

The post read, "Welcome Officers Steven Kendall & Ashley Guindon who were sworn in today & begin their shifts this weekend. Be safe!"

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