3 people plead guilty to charges in 4-state heroin ring

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Three people have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a multistate heroin trafficking operation. Thirty-four-year Jeffrey David Murphy of Martinsburg pleaded guilty on Tuesday to aiding and abetting charges, along with using a telephone to facilitate the distribution of heroin. Twenty-four-year-old Veronica Thomas of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to one count … Continue reading

Health / Virginia

Governor says trade mission boosts Virginia seafood exports

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe says a recent trade and tourism mission to Canada has increased exports of Virginia seafood. McAuliffe said Thursday that Rappahannock River Oyster Company has secured deals with Lagoon Seafood of Lachine, Quebec, and Toronto-based seafood importer SeaCore as a result of the September mission. Rappahannock will supply SeaCare … Continue reading


VCU students seek more black profs, go to president’s office

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — About 30 Virginia Commonwealth University students peacefully assembled at the president’s office, expressing solidarity with students at the University of Missouri and demanding more black professors. Media reports state that President Michael Rao listened to the students outline their concerns before they left his office Thursday. While the primary complaint was … Continue reading


Woman convicted of killing former father-in-law

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — A jury deliberated for less than 30 minutes before convicting a woman of killing her former father-in-law in Christiansburg. Media outlets report that a Montgomery County Circuit Court jury found 24-year-old Amanda Taylor guilty Thursday of murdering Charles Taylor. She was sentenced to life in prison. Prosecutors said Amanda Taylor and … Continue reading

Local / Virginia

Gannett Co. posts 3Q profit

MCLEAN, Va. (AP) — Gannett Co. (GCI) on Thursday reported profit of $39.2 million in its third quarter. On a per-share basis, the McLean, Virginia-based company said it had profit of 33 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 43 cents per share. The owner of USA Today and other newspapers and TV stations posted … Continue reading

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Trial in entombed body case postponed indefinitely

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — A woman charged with killing a man whose body was found entombed in concrete has been declared incompetent to stand trial. The Roanoke Times reports ( ) that 52-year-old Janice Burney Widenor’s scheduled Dec. 7 trial has been postponed indefinitely. Widenor is charged with killing 70-year-old James Austin and concealing his … Continue reading