Va. Gov.: Blessing more didn't die in tornado
CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says it's a blessing more people didn't die when a tornado swept through a campground on the Eastern Shore that claimed two lives and injured dozens others.
McAuliffe toured the Cherrystone Family Camping and RV Resort on the Chesapeake Bay on Friday, a day after a tornado knocked down large pine trees, demolished some campers and flipped over others. A married couple from Jersey City, New Jersey was killed when a tree fell on their tent. McAuliffe says their three children were also injured, and their 13-year-old son is in critical condition following surgery.
McAuliffe addressed reporters at the popular campground, where cleanup efforts were underway and families were retrieving whatever items they could. McAuliffe also says hundreds of acres of farmland were damaged.
Virginia keeping drug used in botched executions
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - One of the drugs used in three recent botched executions will remain part of Virginia's lethal injection protocol.
Virginia Department of Corrections spokesman Larry Traylor said Friday that officials aren't considering eliminating midazolam as one of three drugs that can be used as the first dose in Virginia's three-drug cocktail. Midazolam was one of the drugs used in bungled executions in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona.
Traylor says Virginia's three-drug protocol is not comparable to the two-drug protocol used in Arizona on Wednesday, when an inmate gasped for breath for more than 90 minutes before dying.
Virginia added midazolam to the protocol in February and has not yet used it in an execution. Eight men are on Virginia's death row. No execution dates are scheduled.
US AGENCIES HACKED-BRITAIN
British man charged in government computer hacking
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A British man has been charged with hacking into computers belonging to the Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Sentencing Commission and an FBI laboratory, among others.
A grand jury in Alexandria indicted 29-year-old Lauri Love of Stradishall, England, Thursday on charges including conspiracy, causing damage to a protected computer and aggravated identity theft.
Prosecutors say Love and others obtained more than 100,000 employee records including names, Social Security numbers, phone numbers and salary information. He also allegedly obtained credit card numbers.
Love faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted in Virginia. Online court records did not list an attorney.
Love is free on bond in England. He also faces federal charges in New Jersey and New York for allegedly hacking into other federal government computers.
Stafford doctor facing federal drug charges
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Federal prosecutors have taken over the case of a Stafford County doctor who faces dozens of criminal charges related to overprescribing pain medication.
Media outlets report 56-year-old Nibedita Mohanty was indicted in U.S. District Court in Alexandria on Thursday on 45 counts.
Mohanty had been charged in Stafford County court last year with 95 felony counts.
Among the federal charges are distribution of a controlled substance resulting in the death of a patient. According to court records, a woman died in 2011 from a drug overdose.
Mohanty also faces dozens of other distribution counts, along with health care fraud, conspiracy, and aiding and abetting money laundering.
The state Board of Medicine suspended her license last October. Mohanty is a former chief of medicine at Stafford Hospital.
Virginia man convicted in 2007 slaying
STAFFORD, Va. (AP) - A Stafford County man has been convicted of fatally shooting another man in 2007.
The Free Lance-Star reports a Stafford Circuit Court jury found 44-year-old William Joseph Hughes guilty of first-degree murder Thursday.
Hughes was charged in the June 2007 shooting of Jason Shane Plaster. Plaster's remains were found buried in March 2013 on property owned by Dennis Paul Benzie in White Oak.
Co-defendant Stuart Lee Sullivan Jr. awaits sentencing in September for a second-degree murder conviction. Benzie is awaiting trial on drug-related charges.
Benzie and Sullivan had testified that Hughes became upset with Plaster and shot him.
SCHOONER VIRGINIA SALE
Hand-built replica of 1917 schooner to be sold
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The nonprofit Virginia Maritime Heritage Foundation is putting a 126-foot wooden ship up for sale.
Foundation board president Tom Ackiss says the money required to sail and maintain the schooner Virginia outpaced the amount brought in by fundraising and sailing education programs.
Executive director Will King says the foundation has about $1 million in debt - the same amount it costs to keep the ship operating.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that the ship is in Newport, Rhode Island, on its last program with students and will return to Norfolk in mid-August to be put up for sale.
The ship debuted in 2005 as a floating goodwill ambassador to attract tourism and business investment for the state. It is a replica of a 1917 pilot schooner.
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