Archive for 'Crime'

Sheriff’s deputy arrested on sexual assault charges

Sheriff’s deputy arrested on sexual assault charges

By Erich Wagner (File photo) An Alexandria sheriff’s deputy was arrested Tuesday evening after allegedly raping a female inmate at the city jail that morning, police said. Deputy Bryant Pegues, 52, is charged with rape and [...]

Red-light cameras don’t deter scofflaws

Red-light cameras don’t deter scofflaws

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Although city leaders repeatedly assert that the justification for red-light cameras in Alexandria is based solely on safety and deterring motorists from running red lights, statistics continue to suggest that, at [...]

Severance back in Virginia

Severance back in Virginia

By Erich Wagner (File photo) The man connected by West Virginia prosecutors and in media reports to three unsolved Alexandria homicides was extradited to Loudoun County last week. Charles Severance, 53, unsuccessfully fought entering the custody [...]

Teen shot near Braddock Road Metro station

Teen shot near Braddock Road Metro station

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Alexandria police are investigating the non-fatal shooting of a 17-year-old boy near the Braddock Road Metro station Tuesday night. Police spokeswoman Crystal Nosal said that around 9:30 p.m., police responded to [...]

Police rethink license plate reader policy

Police rethink license plate reader policy

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Following intense media scrutiny, city police officials twice adjusted policies governing the storage of data collected by automatic license plate readers, but those changes have failed to mollify privacy advocates. The [...]

Limiting police license plate readers

Limiting police license plate readers

By Kathryn Watson (File photo) Several Virginia lawmakers plan to file legislation restricting police use of controversial automatic license plate reader (ALPR) technology, though others have yet to take a public stance. Police use of ALPR [...]

Severance to return to Virginia

Severance to return to Virginia

By Erich Wagner (File photo) The man linked in media reports and by West Virginia prosecutors to three unsolved killings in Alexandria will soon return to Virginia after the state Supreme Court denied his request for [...]

Reporter reveals extent of police surveillance on personal vehicle

Reporter reveals extent of police surveillance on personal vehicle

By Kathryn Watson (File photo) The police know exactly where my car has been — and when — during the past few months. They could have the same information — or more — about you. As [...]

Putting license plate readers to the constitutional test

Putting license plate readers to the constitutional test

By Kathryn Watson (File photo) The widespread use of automatic license plate reader technology by local police departments is not only unsettling — it’s unconstitutional, one civil liberties advocate argues. “One problem is it bypasses the [...]

ACLU campaign against police license plate readers rolls on

ACLU campaign against police license plate readers rolls on

By Kathryn Watson (File Photo) They’re watching you. At least, they sure could be. Local police departments in Northern Virginia are still randomly scanning license plate data — including the date, time and exact location where [...]