Archive for 'Crime'

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 [...]

Gang members indicted in Arlandria homicide

Gang members indicted in Arlandria homicide

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Alexandria police and federal law enforcement officials announced the indictments last week of three men in the June slaying of a local man in Arlandria. Jesus Alejandro Chavez and Jose Del [...]

Police: Five-year-old murder case solved

Police: Five-year-old murder case solved

By Derrick Perkins City police say they closed the book on a longstanding unsolved murder case Tuesday, accusing an incarcerated man of slaying a fugitive from justice in 2009. Authorities said Willie Smith, who [...]

State lawmakers push for privacy rights

State lawmakers push for privacy rights

By Kathryn Watson The government is watching you. Local police in Virginia randomly collect and keep photographs of license plates. Virginia universities are testing drones and, as of next July, police and other authorities [...]

Bashir found not guilty by reason of insanity

Bashir found not guilty by reason of insanity

An Alexandria judge found the former cab driver who shot and grievously wounded police officer Peter Laboy during a traffic stop last year not guilty by reason of insanity Thursday afternoon. Kashif Bashir, 29, was charged [...]

City police search for mugger

City police search for mugger

By Derrick Perkins Alexandria police remain on the hunt for a mugger who robbed a pedestrian on the 400 block of S. Fairfax St. on September 22. Though a police department spokeswoman did not [...]

Bashir pleads insanity

Bashir pleads insanity

By Erich Wagner The man who shot Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy during a traffic stop last year in Old Town claims he was insane at the time. The trial of former Alexandria Yellow [...]

Severance moves to Arlington

Severance moves to Arlington

By Derrick Perkins (File Photo) Charles Severance is no longer in Alexandria. Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne transferred the accused murderer to Arlington on Friday, citing the possible appearance of a conflict of interest. Severance is charged [...]

Officers seek overhaul of salary system

Officers seek overhaul of salary system

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) City police officers have petitioned Alexandria’s top elected officials for pay raises this year, warning of dire consequences unless changes are made. Citing sinking morale and a worsening brain drain, leaders [...]

Severance returns to Alexandria

Severance returns to Alexandria

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Officials with the Alexandria’s sheriff’s office took Charles Severance into custody Monday after Loudoun County prosecutors dropped their firearm charge against the former fringe mayoral candidate. Severance stands accused of committing [...]