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Waynesboro Police Officer slain, suspects denied motion

A federal judge has denied a defense motion to drop several charges in the slaying of a Waynesboro
auxiliary police captain. Earlier this month, defense attorneys for the six alleged gang members
accused of a series of armed robberies under the Hobbs Act, as well as the kidnapping and killing
of Kevin Quick, filed a motion to drop several firearms charges. The attorneys argued the charges
are not predicated on “crimes of violence,” according to court documents.

Siblings Daniel Mathis, Shantai Shelton and Mersadies Shelton, as well as Kweli Uhuru, Anthony
Stokes and Halisi Uhuru are charged.

The defense argued in their motion that Hobbs Act robbery, kidnapping and murder do not qualify as
crimes of violence becausethey “do not necessarily require the use, attempted use or threatened use of
physical force,” court documents said.

In his written opinion Monday, U.S. District Judge Glen Conrad denied the motion and concluded the
defense’s arguments were without merit. Conrad wrote that although certain methods used to kill
someone may not use direct physical force — such as poison — the act of knowingly harming someone
else is enough to qualify a crime as a violent one.

In his reasoning, Conrad cited decisions made by the Supreme Court and wrote that it doesn’t matter if
the harm occurs directly or indirectly, but that “under the defendant’s reasoning, ‘one could say that
pulling the trigger on a gun is not a “use of force” because it is the bullet, not the
trigger, that actually strikes the victim,’” according to the documents.

Following the decision, Frederick T. Heblich Jr., an attorney for Mathis, said the defense was not
surprised, but said the issue has been litigated all over the country in hundreds of cases.

“We expected the ruling, but the issue will ultimately be decided in the appellate courts,” Heblich said.

Citing the case of Johnson v. United States from last June — in which the court found part of the Armed
Career Criminal Act to be unconstitutionally vague — Heblich said not all of the crimes included can be
considered crimes of violence. He said the statute is too broad and includes too many scenarios.

In his decision, Conrad found that the crimes of armed robbery, kidnapping and murder qualified as
crimes of violence, no matter the methods used.

“District judges have been following a predictable course to deny the motions and say it’s an incorrect
argument,” Heblich said. “We were not surprised,
but that’s not going to be the final decision.”

The trial is set to begin Monday in Roanoke’s federal court. The case was moved from Charlottesville
after a mistrial in May.

Article/Credit: Richmond.com

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Alexandria man pleads guilty

Alexandria man pleads guilty to conspiracy charges

Obayedul Hoque, 49, of Alexandria, pleaded guilty today to charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

In a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Hoque owned and operated a gas station in Alexandria called Skyhill Shell (2922 Duke St.) and multiple Subway restaurant franchises in Alexandria, Arlington, and Washington, DC.  Hoque admitted that between 2008 and 2014, he and his co-conspirators, who were managers of some of the Subway franchises and the gas station, conspired to defraud the United States for the purpose of obstructing the IRS in the ascertainment and collection of individual and corporate income taxes. Hoque and his co-conspirators did not deposit all of the gas station or the Subway franchises’ gross receipts into the corporate or partnership bank accounts. Instead, Hoque and the managers retained a portion of the gross receipts for their personal benefit and failed to report those funds to the IRS. For the Subway franchises that had no co-conspirator managers, Hoque retained all of the unreported gross receipts for himself.

For the period of 2008 through 2013, point of sales records for the Subway franchises reflected total sales of $20,805,667. However, Hoque and his co-conspirators provided false monthly sales figures to the accounting firm to prepare the Subway entities’ tax returns. As a result, Hoque and his co-conspirators caused false corporate and partnership tax returns to be filed for the Subway franchises, which reported sales of only $14,377,696. Hoque and a co-conspirator also caused false corporate tax returns to be filed on behalf of Skyhill Shell.  For some years, some of the entities did not file tax returns with the IRS. Hoque also filed false individual income tax returns with the IRS. Hoque admitted that his conduct caused a tax loss to the IRS of between $1.5 million and $3.5 million.

Hoque faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 when sentenced on May 13, 2016. As part of his plea agreement, Hoque agreed to pay restitution to the IRS for tax liabilities for the years 2008 through 2013. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Caroline D. Ciraolo, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Uzo Asonye is prosecuting the case along with Assistant Chief Caryn Finley and Trial Attorney Kimberly Shartar of the Tax Division.

Credit: Alexandrianews.org

 

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Amelia abduction

Amelia abduction and murder suspect shoots himself

A felon released from prison six months ago who was wanted in last week’s killing of an Amelia County man and the abduction of his wife shot himself Wednesday in Fitchburg, Mass., as police closed in to arrest him, authorities said.

The U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force, working with Massachusetts State Police, located Dana L. William, 43, about 9:10 a.m. at an apartment in Fitchburg and attempted to arrest him. But William, who was armed, shot and critically wounded himself as officers prepared to enter the residence, authorities said.

He was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries, said Massachusetts state trooper Paul Sullivan, a department spokesman.

The Amelia Sheriff’s Office said in a release that William had died, but Sullivan said the suspect remains alive and is in critical condition. Massachusetts State Police is investigating the shooting.

“As soon as they went to the door there was a single gunshot fired, and Mr. William was (found) suffering from a critical life-threatening injury,” said Kevin Connolly, a supervisor for the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in Richmond. “No law enforcement weapons were discharged.”

Authorities are now focused on locating Olene H. Brooks, 68, who police said William abducted after killing her husband, Woodell E. Brooks, also 68. Police said William took friends and family hostage last Thursday near the couple’s home in the 1700 block of Poor House Road.

Police found Brooks bound and dead in the couple’s home, and William left the area after taking Olene Brooks hostage, Amelia authorities said.

“We’re hoping that she’s found alive, but her whereabouts are currently unknown and everybody’s trying to find her,” Connolly said.

The Amelia Emergency Squad and the Amelia Emergency Squad Auxiliary have offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to Olene Brooks. The U.S. Marshals Service has contributed an additional $2,500.

William was married to a daughter of Olene Brooks.

The Amelia Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force had conducted a manhunt for William since last Thursday.

The state medical examiner’s office has ruled Woodell Brooks’ death a homicide and the cause asphyxiation due to ligature strangulation.

Connolly said early in the case that the Richmond-area fugitive task force had developed information that William may have fled to Fitchburg, his hometown.

“(But) we didn’t think he would go there,” Connolly said. “We had leads in North Carolina and Florida, and Fitchburg, as well as here.”

Then on Friday evening, the Richmond-area squad developed additional information and the Marshals Service Task Force in Boston conducted interviews in the Fitchburg area. “But it wasn’t until (Tuesday) that we developed information here of a possible address he would be at in Fitchburg,” Connolly said.

The Richmond squad then provided that information to the Marshals Service in Boston, and that group went to the home to arrest William, Connolly said. William was staying with a “female associate,” Connolly added.

“There were multiple addresses that were being watched, but this is the one we felt he was in,” Connolly said.

William was released from prison a little more than 6 months ago after serving 2 years and 2½ months for one count of rape and five counts of violating a protective order, according to Virginia Department of Corrections records.

He was convicted in Chesterfield County on April 22, 2013. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison with 38 years suspended for the rape, and 12 months with 11 months suspended on each of the protective order violations, DOC records show.

William was released to community supervision on July 6 of last year.

With his rape conviction, William was required to register as a sex offender, and he was entered into the state database in May 2013.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Olene Brooks can call the Amelia Sheriff’s Office at (804) 561-2118 or Amelia Crime Solvers at (804) 561-5200.

Credit: Richmond Times Dispatch

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Harrisonburg, 5 year, Sentence

Harrisonburg man sentenced to 5 years

WAYNESBORO – A Harrisonburg man who last year led Waynesboro police on a high-speed chase — with a rifle, drugs and a toddler inside his vehicle — was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to several charges.

But legal troubles for David L. Blair III, 28, are far from over.

On May 22, authorities arrested Blair following a high-speed chase that began in Waynesboro when an officer tried to stop a 2015 Jeep Cherokee driven by Blair, who was operating the SUV with a revoked license, police said. During the chase, which crossed into Augusta County, speeds exceeded 100 miles per hour and Blair was seen tossing drugs from the SUV near Kate Collins Middle School in Waynesboro, a press release stated.

He eventually surrendered.

Officers found marijuana in the vehicle, and recovered methamphetamine and digital scales on the side of the road near the middle school.

Blair’s 14-month-old daughter and his girlfriend were in the SUV during the chase, police said, but were uninjured.

The next day, an Augusta County man found an M4 semi-automatic rifle while mowing his property on Hermitage Road, a police report stated. Waynesboro police on foot patrol and all-terrain vehicles also discovered a knapsack along Va. 254 containing about $2,000, a cell phone and lottery tickets. Blair’s ID was found with the money, according to police.

On Wednesday in Waynesboro Circuit Court, Blair pleaded guilty to child abuse, possession of a controlled substance, marijuana distribution, felony eluding, driving on a revoked license and possession of a gun while in possession of a Schedule I or II drug, court records show.

The rifle found along the side of the road was stolen during an Elkton home invasion where a woman was thrown to the floor during a drug-related break-in, authorities reported at the time.

Blair faces charges of abduction, grand larceny and breaking and entering in Rockingham County. A jury trial is scheduled for Thursday, court records show.

Credit: News Leader

 

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Fugitive Waynesboro Anthony Paul Wells

Fugitive Anthony Paul Wells

THE WAYNESBORO POLICE DEPARTMENT is requesting assistance in locating fugitive Anthony Paul Wells, a white male, 36 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 170 pounds, with no known last address.

Wells is wanted on one felony charge of Circuit Court Capias / Probation Violations, and he has been wanted since September 1, 2015.

If anyone has information concerning his whereabouts, then please contact the Waynesboro Police Department at (540) 942-6675, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 322-2017.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Anthony Paul Wells
36 years old
W/M
5’11”
170 Lbs.

Last known addresses: None
Wanted on one felony charge –

• Circuit Court Capias/Probation Violations
He has been wanted since September 1, 2015.

If anyone has information concerning his whereabouts, please contact the Waynesboro Police Department at (540) 942-6675 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-2017.

Credit To:

Waynesboro.com

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Guns Drugs

Guns, drugs seized from Albemarle man

ALBEMARLE – An Albemarle County man was arrested and drugs and guns were seized after members of the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement Task Force and the Albemarle County Police Department executed a search warrant Wednesday.

The operation, conducted at about 2 p.m. at an apartment on Arden Creek Place, ended in the seizure of six firearms, two digital scales, “illegal pills” and a quarter of an ounce of cocaine with a potential street value of $800, according to a news release.

Brian Eric Ray, 23, was charged with the intent to distribute cocaine and for possession of a firearm while in possession of drugs. He is being held without bond and has a hearing Thursday morning at Albemarle General District Court.

The investigation is ongoing, and additional arrests and charges are pending.

Credit to: The Daily Progress

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Fugitive Dexter Brown

Fugitive Running Around Woodbridge REWARD AVAILABLE

Dexter Jerome Brown, a 23 year old Dumfries resident, is now a dangerous fugitive. Wanted by Prince William County for multiple charges of Failing to Appear in court, pretrial violations, multiple larcenies, resisting arrest, obstruction of justice, and Hit & Run charges.  This individual has a lengthy record of possession of narcotics, controlled substances, marijuana, and numerous driving on suspended charges. He is also wanted by Angel’s Bail Bonds, Inc. for skipping on a total of $8,000 bonds.

Last night when SRT (Surety Recovery Taskforce) got a call that someone had spotted him, they rounded up the troops and found him driving by Potomac Crest Dr. in Triangle, they commenced what turned out to be a car chase onto Jefferson Davis Highway, Route 1. The car he was driving did not belong to him, there were two other males in the vehicle at that time.

The car spun through side roads trying to lose their tail, almost crashing various times into other vehicles. The inclement weather did not aid SRT as their vehicle was also spinning on the ice trying not to lose sight of the fugitive. Dexter then pulled the car over behind a shopping center in Triangle, climbed up a snowy hill and fled the scene.

The two males in the vehicle were identified,  interviewed and later released due extenuating circumstances; they stated, the reason they were unable to open their doors was because the child safety locks were on their doors, making it difficult to open from the inside, they also stated that they had just been picked up by the Mr. Brown and tried to convince him to stop the vehicle.

Due to their testimony Dexter Brown is now looking at two possible Abduction charges, obstruction of justice, and eluding charges when apprehended. He is also known to possibly be armed and is considered dangerous as he is an active drug user, he’s known to have fits of rage, and has past assault charges in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Dexter brownHe was last known to be in the Dale City area off of Melvin Ct. at his girlfirend’s house, where he has been staying after cutting off his ankle monitor and failing to appear in court. He also has ties to the Dumfries area off of Mcdowell Ct. He is tall, 6’6  about 215 lbs lean, black hair, and brown eyes. Last seen wearing a green jacket and black hoodie underneath, with black pants and boots.

 

SRT states, “There is a Reward Available for any information leading to Dexter Brown’s arrest. What he did, we take very personal and we will not stop until we find him, its only a matter of time.”

If you have seen or know anything about the whereabouts of Dexter Brown call the tip line at (571)216-0355 or call  the local police department.

 

UPDATE- FUGITIVE CAPTURED 

Dexter Brown was apprehended last night January 22nd, around 10pm. He was found in his girlfriend’s house, no further altercations took place. He is now being held in the Prince William County Adult Detention Center on several charges, without bond. Thank you SRT.

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Blizzard

Blizzard 2016- Update!

Blizzard 2016- WINTER HAS ARRIVED WITH A BANG!

The Virginia Department of Transportation says it will have “all of its resources on hand” for the anticipated blizzard coming Friday.

“We ask that drivers prepare now to stay home tomorrow and Saturday,” said Branco Vlacich, VDOT’s district maintenance engineer for Northern Virginia. “For the public safety and the safety of VDOT employees, it will be vital to stay off the roads those two days as the storm comes through.

“Our crews are preparing for heavy accumulation, limited visibility and severe road conditions, and they will need the roads to be clear of traffic to make repeated passes on roads throughout the storm.”

In Northern Virginia, VDOT is mobilizing 4,000 trucks to keep up with the storm.

Crews are pre-treating major roads and trouble spots Thursday in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties. On interstate bridges and ramps prone to freezing such as the Springfield interchange, I-66 at Route 29 and the Capital Beltway at Route 1, crews use liquid magnesium chloride.

On other major roads, such as the Fairfax County Parkway and routes 1, 7, 28, 29, and 50, problem spots will be pre-treated with salt brine.

What drivers and residents should do now:

  • Make plans now to stay off the roads both Friday and Saturday. With two days of snow, road conditions are expected to be treacherous, with limited visibility and blizzard-like conditions. Crews will need as much room as possible to plow and treat roads.
  • Park in driveways or on the odd-numbered side of the street before the snow begins, to allow plows to clear the road ahead.
  • Check www.511virginia.org for road conditions
  • When two inches has accumulated, check truck progress and neighborhood status 24/7 atwww.vdotplows.org

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Louisa’s portion of jail funding expands

ORANGE – The cost of keeping people behind bars is likely to continue to be a significant growth area of the Louisa County budget as the regional jail adds staff for its expansion.

The Central Virginia Regional Jail Authority meets this evening to begin review of its draft budget for fiscal year 2017. Once the authority completes work on its finances, the Louisa County Board of Supervisors will fold the jail funding into its own budget.

Preliminary estimates indicate that Louisa’s budget for the jail may increase $235,000, or 12 percent, a larger rise in one year than is generally the case for county budget items. The line item grew by seven percent last year. The county’s total contribution is anticipated to be $2.2 million.

Louisa contributes more prisoners to the jail than the other counties that use the facility, which include Greene, Orange, Madison and Fluvanna counties. The county pays for roughly 35 percent of the local share of the jail budget.

This is the second year of an expanded budget to pay for the jail, Teresa Miller, CVRJ finance director, said. The jail’s expansion, its third since it was opened in 1990, will add 200 beds to the roughly 300 it has now. The fiscal year 2016 budget included funding for 29 new positions for the expansion. The cost of construction for the new jail is $16.9 million.

Last year, because of limited space, the jail budgeted over $900,000 to send an average of 70 inmates a day to other facilities. The jail’s new wing is intended to provide more beds, but also to provide room for services to help keep people from becoming repeat offenders, including employment assistance.

While the cost of expansion is driving much of the jail’s recent growth, other factors have also caused costs to go up in recent years. Louisa’s portion of the jail budget was $289,000 in 2009, but it has grown rapidly due to changes in the makeup of the prisoner population.

 

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Scammers prey on fears before storm

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WAYNESBORO-Local residents are being targeted by scammers ahead of Friday’s storm, Waynesboro police say. Over the last few weeks, businesses in different parts of Waynesboro received phone calls from someone claiming to represent Dominion Power. In each case, the caller said the business was late paying their bill and unless they immediately handled it over the phone, the power would be cut off.

“In today’s incident, the second in three months to a downtown merchant, the recipient of the call did not go through with the “payment” and reported it to their landlord, who subsequently notified the police department,” said Waynesboro Police Sgt. Brian Edwards.

Later on Wednesday night, the police department got another call from a business owner, who also was told he was late paying his power bill. When the owner refused, the caller disconnected, according to what he told police.

Officials from Dominion made it clear that they would never call and ask for payment in the same way the con artists did.

“Dominion would never demand immediate payment via cash, a green dot card or a PayPal service,” company officials said in a statement. “We would set up a payment plan and provide multiple notifications to avoid disconnecting service.”

Dominion officials also said to always ask for a company-issued photo I.D., if someone is physically telling you the power is going to be cut off. Also, don’t let anyone in your home who claims to be from the power company without an appointment. For scam calls, a resident can hang up and call 1-866-366-4357 to check that a caller is a legitimate employee of Dominion.

The calls have been coming in to Waynesboro businesses for the last few weeks, as cold weather returns. Before that, the scammers had been calling last July. Officials say in these types of scams, the con artists wait until some type of severe weather is coming, either hot or cold, to take advantage of people’s fear.

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