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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - A Virginia prosecutor says she has asked Virginia State Police for additional investigative work into the death of a mentally ill inmate at a Portsmouth jail last year.

Portsmouth Commonwealth's Attorney Stephanie Morales' office says it received a preliminary report Tuesday from Virginia State Police, which is conducting a criminal investigation into Jamycheal Mitchell's death.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - For the first time since a state law took effect earlier this month, Virginia State Police were providing voluntary background checks for gun sales between private parties at a gun show in Richmond.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports State Police say three private background checks were conducted during the Richmond Gun Show on Saturday at the Richmond Raceway Complex.

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Hundreds of police officers gathered to mourn the death of a Virginia state trooper who was killed by a gunman at a bus station.

Virginia State Police say about 20 state police agencies from across the country were represented at the funeral for Trooper Chad P. Derymyer on Tuesday. More than 3,000 people were expected at the ceremony at the Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton.

Alabama State Trooper Jason Fox called Dermyer a "true American hero." He said he came to the ceremony to show Virginia State Police and Dermyer's family that they have support throughout the country.

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Authorities have identified an Illinois man as the gunman who fatally shot a Virginia state trooper at a bus station in Richmond.

State Police identified him as 34-year-old James Brown III of Aurora, Ill.

Police say Brown shot Trooper Chad Dermyer several times at the Greyhound bus station yesterday before Brown was killed by two other troopers.

Police have not said what motivated the shooting.

Authorities say two women were also injured in the shooting but are expected to recover.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police say a trooper has died after a shooting at a Greyhound bus station in Richmond.

Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. Steven Flaherty says the trooper, Chad Dermyer, died Thursday after being shot multiple times.

State Police have said two civilians were also shot at the terminal. The gunman was shot dead by two other troopers.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia legislative panel has approved a bill to include statistics on officer-involved shootings in the state's annual crime report.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the Senate Courts of Justice Committee unanimously endorsed Democratic Del. Charniele Herring's bill on Monday. The bill already won unanimous approval in the House and heads to the Senate.

Herring said she believes it's important for the public to know if there are officer-involved shootings and whether they were justified.

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In Melfa, Virginia a plane ran off the runway as it attempted to land at the local airport.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that smoke could be seen on the northwest side at around 3 p.m. yesterday.

The pilot and a passenger escape without injury.

The Accomack County Sheriffs, the Virginia State Police and the Accomack County Department of Public Safety responded to the crash.

The accident remains under investigation.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Newly released figures show Virginia State Police arrested more people than ever in 2015 for illegally attempting to buy firearms at state gun shows.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports state troopers arrested 91 people last year at 75 gun shows on charges related to someone being prohibited from possessing a firearm. That's a 54 percent increase over 2014 and the most since 71 people were arrested in 2013.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A charter bus carrying college students to three Virginia campuses overturned, leaving one person seriously injured and 35 others aboard with minor injuries near the close of the holiday weekend.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller told The Associated Press there were no reported fatalities after the bus overturned Sunday evening on an exit ramp of the Powhite Parkway in North Chesterfield County just south of Richmond, the state capital.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Starting Wednesday, Virginia State Police will be out in force as highway traffic swells for the start of the long Thanksgiving holiday.

Spokeswoman Corinne Geller says the increased patrols will continue through Sunday night.

Col. Steven Flaherty is superintendent of the state police. He says the aim of the beefed up patrols is to stress safe driving and to counter aggressive or impaired driving.

One year ago, eight people were killed in crashes over the Thanksgiving weekend.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Two people are dead after a small airplane crashed in Norfolk Botanical Garden while approaching the airport for a landing.
 
Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya says in a news release that searchers found the plane around 7:20 a.m. Wednesday in the garden's Enchanted Forest Section.
 
Coast Guard Petty Officer Nate Littlejohn tells media outlets that the plane was one or two miles away from Norfolk International Airport when the tower lost contact around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police say the state recorded its smallest number of Thanksgiving weekend traffic fatalities in more than two decades.

Five people died during the holiday reporting period, which began at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday and ended at midnight Sunday. That's the fewest since five fatalities were recorded in 1992.

The number was down from 12 last year.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is planning to lay off 565 state workers and raise the prices of distilled spirits at state-owned liquor stores as he aims to close a state budget shortfall.

McAuliffe detailed his plans Wednesday as part of an effort by state officials to bridge a $2.4 billion budget gap.

McAuliffe said most of the layoffs would come from the Department of Corrections, which will close multiple facilities. It also will delay the opening of a women's correctional center.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gun sales in Virginia are down following three years of growth.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch says Virginia State Police logged background checks for 219,491 transactions during the first seven months of 2014. That's down 23 percent from 286,480 transactions during the same period in 2013.

Transactions at gun shows declined by 21 percent during the same period, from 24,870 to 20,492.

Robert Marcus owns Bob's Gun Shop in Norfolk. He says he's surprised that the sales decline isn't greater because 2013 was an aberration.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is on pace to break its annual gun sales record following record transactions on Black Friday.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch says Virginia State Police statistics show 3,902 gun transactions in the state on Black Friday. That broke the previous record of 3,856 transactions on the same day in 2012.

As of Monday, gun transactions totaled 431,693. The record is 432,387 set in 2012.

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Charles Smith says he set the fires in a series of arsons in Accomack County from November of last year to April of this year out of love for his fiancé.

Smith and Tonya Bundick were arrested April 2nd .

Since then Smith has pleaded guilty to 67 arson counts and one count of conspiracy to commit arson.

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Virginia State Police are investigating another fire in Accomack County.   

It occurred last night at 9:15 pm when emergency workers responded to a blaze at the intersection of Drummondtown Road and Folly Farm Road near the town of Accomac.

Authorities say the fire took out an abandoned two-story wooden structure that was located off the roadway in the woods.

No injuries were reported.

WBOC reports that officials have not yet confirmed if this fire is part of a series of more than 70 arsons since mid-November.

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There was another fire in Accomack County.

Virginia State Police said units responded to a blaze early Sunday morning at 1 a.m. at a single structure on Bullbegger Road in Withams.

Police say the building was not occupied and there were no injuries.

So far, police say they do not know if it is related to the recent series of more than 70 arson fires since last November on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

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The firefighters struggling with more than 70 arson fires in Accomack County are getting some help from community groups and even those outside the state.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that local residents have stepped up by gathering items that fire companies need to restock their rehab unit as they  find their resources strained by the string of blazes.

The offering range from things like hot chocolate and water to sports drinks and snacks that are coming through local businesses across the Eastern Shore.

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Virginia State Police are looking into whether a brush fire in Parksley early Saturday morning is connected to the recent spate of arsons that have hit Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

They say the blaze on Dennis Drive and County appears to be the result of arson.

Police are urging the public to come forward with any leads on the fires with a $25-thousand reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

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Another fire in Accomack County.

This time Virginia State Police say it occurred around 10 pm last night at the intersection of Paige Fisher Road and Nocks Landing Road in Oak Hall.

Police say they suspect arson caused the blaze, if so it would be the 65th such fire in the region since last November.

Authorities have set up checkpoints and are handing out flyers with information about a tip line and the $25-thosuand reward leading to the arrest and conviction for those responsible for the arsons.

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The Virginia State Police have set up a checkpoint in Accomack County hoping to catch those responsible for 64 arson fires in the region.

On Saturday the police say that they had divided the county in half creating only one way in and out.

Officers are handing out flyers with the tip hotline and an explanation of the reward for those who help lead to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators.

There have been no arson fires since the stepped up surveillance.

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In Accomack County another fire broke out.

Just after 9 p.m. last night firefighters were on the scene of an abandoned building fire at the intersection of Saxis and Wessells Farm Roads in Temperanceville.

WBOC reports that when fire companies arrived on the scene the building was fully engulfed in flames.

It is still under investigation by Virginia State Police, and has not yet been confirmed as arson.

There have been upwards of 50 arson fires set in Accomack County since November of last year.

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HALLWOOD, Va. (AP) - The authorities are investigating another fire on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The Virginian Pilot reports that the fire was reported Thursday night in Hallwood. No one was injured in the structure fire, which was described as minor.

Investigators have not said whether the fire is linked to the nearly 50 that have been set since November.

There were two more fires in Accomack County.

The blazes by an apparent arsonist resurfaced Sunday night after being quiet for several weeks.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that authorities were called to a fire at a storage shed in Nelsonia and brush and a tire pile fire at F&G Automotive on coastal Boulevard in Onley.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Michelle Anaya said these fires have been included in the investigation into a string of more than 40 arson fires that started November 12th at an abandoned house.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police say 13 people were killed on Virginia's roadways over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

That's an increase over the past two years, when 11 died in 2011 and 10 in 2010.

The holiday ran from Wednesday through Sunday.

Three of those killed were pedestrians, while one was on a motorcycle. A crash in Fairfax County killed two. It was the only fatal crash on an interstate.

State police say alcohol was a factor in at least three of the crashes. Five of those killed were not wearing seat belts.