Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather entered a plea deal July 19 in Arlington County General Court to resolve his driving under the influence case. The NFL safety was originally charged with a DUI first offense charge after a traffic stop. Law enforcement claims that Meriweather had been speeding on westbound Interstate 66 shortly before 3:00 a.m. April 26.
This month, a new law went into effect that gives prosecutors more leverage in some domestic violence cases. Virginia lawmakers passed a law that makes allegations of strangulation in domestic abuse cases a felony level offense. Virginia is not the first state to enact such a law. Twenty-nine other states have enacted laws making attempts at strangulation during a domestic dispute a felony level offense.
A Richmond, Virginia, woman pled guilty to drug charges Tuesday in Richmond Circuit Court. However, the drug crime allegations are only a part of the woman's legal troubles. Authorities also accuse the woman of child neglect and murder charges in the death of her 2-year-old son. Prosecutors accuse the woman of the accidental death of her son that occurred during the commission of a separate felony level crime.
Law enforcement in Newport News, Virginia, accuse a 21-year-old man of child neglect after witnesses reported a toddler was seen walking along Jefferson Avenue Thursday morning. The young man is facing criminal charges, including one felony count related to the child neglect allegations, and an addition charge of assault on a police officer.
A Virginia Beach man was recently arrested for an alleged robbery while he was on probation for another conviction. Police claim that the 19-year-old netted just $22 in the February 2012 robbery in the Tallwood area of Virginia Beach. But the man was charged with a slate of felonies for the alleged incident.
Suffolk Police claim that a father and son had two bundles of heroin in their car during a traffic stop last week. The father and son now face serious Virginia drug charges. Authorities claim that they received some kind of tip that men had purchased drugs July 2. Suffolk Police say that members of the Special Investigations Unit spotted two subjects in a car that apparently matched the descriptions offered in the tip police had fielded.
Authorities say that a Virginia State Police trooper and a civilian were injured in a car accident during a traffic stop early Wednesday. The car accident was reported shortly after 3:00 a.m. on Interstate 64 in Hampton, Virginia. The trooper reportedly pulled over a driver on suspicion of driving under the influence.
A 39-year-old Virginia woman reportedly turned herself in to police Sunday on a string of charges related to the death of her grandchild last year. Prosecutors in Suffolk, Virginia issued an indictment last week against the woman and her 51-year-old boyfriend accusing the couple of murder, felony abuse or neglect of a child, drug charges and conspiracy charges. The man is also accused of second offense possession of marijuana.