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The Triggerman & The Death Penalty

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Yesterday news broke that the Virginia Senate Courts of Justice Committee had voted down Sen. Mark Obenshain’s proposed repeal of the so-called “triggerman” law. Obenshain’s bill would have made accomplices to murder eligible for the death penalty in Virginia. But lots of people, including Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney, said it was flawed, and spoke out against […]

ICE Arrests 12 In Harrisonburg Area

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Last Friday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the arrest of dozens of unauthorized immigrants and fugitives wanted for various criminal activities. The operation netted 36 people statewide; 12 arrests were made in the Harrisonburg area.

General Assembly In Session

Thursday, January 14, 2010


General Assembly is back in session in Richmond, and Sen. Mark Obenshain and Del. Matt Lohr have introduced some familiar-looking bills. For Lohr, his HB393 abortion clinic bill looks an awful lot like 2008’s HB894. Obenshain is still working to redefine the triggerman rule, which Kaine vetoed more than once, but McDonnell will likely sign […]

HPD: Fewer Burglaries in 09

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


The HPD says there were 26 percent fewer (reported) burglaries in Harrisonburg in 2009 than in 2008. Here are the numbers they announced today: 2007 –- 264 burglaries 2008 –- 254 burglaries 2009 –- 187 burglaries.

Jones Sentenced

Monday, December 28, 2009


It’s been almost a year since Sherry Anderson was killed by a drunk driver while jogging on Main Street. Today WSVA reports that Bethany Jones, the driver, received a 12-year (suspended) prison sentence. The judge suepnded all but one year and seven months of that time. He also imposed four years of probation and ordered […]

The Pub Owners Charged

Saturday, November 14, 2009

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Last night TV3 reported that criminal charges have been filed against the owners of The Pub. Charges against the owners of the Pub are going before a Rockingham County grand jury Monday. William Royer and his business partner, Terri Life, face three felony charges of embezzlement, one misdemeanor charge of money laundering and eight misdemeanor […]

HPD looking for con man

Thursday, October 22, 2009

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The HPD is looking for a man swindling money from Harrisonburg stores using one of the oldest ploys in the book: the short change scam.

Gangs: Problem vs Perception

Thursday, September 3, 2009


If you read local media headlines, it’s apparent that Harrisonburg has a gang problem. CHARGE says we have more than 800 “gang members and associates in the area.” In the wake of a recent drive-by shooting on Kelly Street, commenters on the DNR were quick to blame the violence on gangs (despite the fact that […]

Bolsinger Sentenced

Friday, August 28, 2009


Early last year I posted about the sex abuse charges filed against former DNR political reporter Andrew Bolsinger. Technically this is old news, but I promised a follow-up.

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