Archive for 'Crime'

Child sex trafficker sentenced to 11 years

Child sex trafficker sentenced to 11 years

By Susan Hale Thomas (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) An Alexandria man was sentenced to 11 years in prison last week, after he pleaded guilty to child sex trafficking. “You might as well get paid for something most [...]

Severance to undergo competency evaluation

Severance to undergo competency evaluation

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Former fringe mayoral candidate Charles Severance made his first public statements since investigators connected him with the slayings of three Alexandrians earlier this year at a preliminary hearing in court last [...]

Incidents highlight local police accountability

Incidents highlight local police accountability

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Alfred Street Baptist Church Pastor Howard-John Wesley’s congregation was in the midst of a service geared toward young people earlier this month, when word that a New York police officer would [...]

Man indicted for murder of D.C. corrections officer

Man indicted for murder of D.C. corrections officer

By Chris Teale (File photo) A grand jury formally indicted Monday an Alexandria man on murder charges in connection with the death of D.C. Deputy Director of Corrections Carolyn Cross earlier this year. Dawit Seyoum is [...]

Severance attorneys say detectives lied in warrant

Severance attorneys say detectives lied in warrant

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Attorneys for a former fringe Alexandria mayoral candidate accused in three high-profile killings have asked a judge to throw out the charges against him. Charles Severance, 54, stands accused of fatally [...]

Social media helps return food truck to local owner

Social media helps return food truck to local owner

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Rich Arslan, owner of the local food truck business Popped! Republic, feared the worst when he realized his food truck, customized for selling gourmet popcorn, had been stolen last Friday. “I’m [...]

BREAKING: Local food truck stolen overnight

BREAKING: Local food truck stolen overnight

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Rich Arslan, owner of the local food truck business Popped! Republic, noticed his bright orange truck was not in the parking lot along South Dove Street as he got to work [...]

Local social worker accused of child sex abuse

Local social worker accused of child sex abuse

By Chris Teale (Photo/Alexandria Police Department) Authorities have accused a former Alexandria social worker of sexually abusing a minor he had a supervisory relationship with during scheduled therapy sessions. Gary Hankins was a licensed clinical social [...]

Despite indictments, officials downplay gang activity

Despite indictments, officials downplay gang activity

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Despite the indictment of at least two Alexandria MS-13 members on murder charges earlier this month, city officials have said gang-related activity in Alexandria is infrequent. Alexandria police and federal officials [...]

State lawmaker targets civil forfeiture

State lawmaker targets civil forfeiture

By Kenric Ward (File photo) Blasting a “fundamentally un-American” seizure of assets from Virginians, a state lawmaker wants to rein in police powers in the commonwealth. “Current Virginia law allows for seizure of personal property without [...]