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Weapons crimes: Man charged for allegedly bringing gun to airport

Security has become a serious concern in many places around the country. Though carrying a gun is legal in many areas, one type of location where they are typically banned is airports. One Virginia man is now facing charges related to weapons crimes after allegedly bringing a gun to a Virginia airport.

According to authorities, the man was at a security checkpoint when the loaded handgun was discovered. An officer first noticed it in the man's carry-on bag in an X-ray screening. It is unknown whether the man intentionally brought the gun with him or mistakenly forgot that it was in the bag. In either case, the weapon was confiscated by police. Officials stated that a similar incident occurred at another Virginia airport only two days before.

Student charges: What is the aim of juvenile justice in Virginia?

Any person under the age of 18 is regarded as a juvenile under Virginia law. Those facing student charges may be concerned about the consequences, and understanding the juvenile justice system might help. This is a system that has a separate set of procedures and laws that govern the treatment of juveniles who have made some missteps.

Authorities believe that the level of responsibility some juveniles have is different from adults, and for that reason, the law treats them differently. Furthermore, young offenders have more potential for rehabilitation than older individuals. Based on those facts, the justice system emphasizes rehabilitation rather than punishment when it comes to juveniles.

2 Virginia men accused of weapons crimes after shots fired

Many people who move about Virginia cities may have concealed weapons of which others may not even be aware. Then, now and again, there are those who openly brandish firearms, often even firing some shots. Such behavior recently led to the arrest and filing of charges related to weapons crimes against two men in Petersburg.

According to an arrest report, authorities were alerted to the fact that three individuals were firing shots into the air in a Petersburg neighborhood on a recent Thursday. When officers arrived at the scene, a crowd of people was standing in the street watching three men firing handguns. All three tried to flee on foot, but police caught up with two men and arrested them.

Couple faces charges related to weapons crimes

Traffic stops are often simple interactions between drivers and police officers. In many cases, a few questions and answers are exchanged and the driver is sent on his or her way. This was not the case for a couple recently visiting the Virginia area, however. After their traffic stop, they are now facing charges of weapons crimes and other offenses.

Police stated that an officer pulled the couple over because their car did not have a license plate. Authorities reported that the driver then gave the officer a fake license. Police then searched the car, allegedly finding ammunition in it. This led to a search of the couple's hotel room, where police reported finding a gun and drugs.

Virginia man charged with a drug crime pleads guilty

Being accused of any kind of crime can be a scary and stressful experience. An attorney may be able to help those charged with a drug crime clear their name or achieve a reduction in a sentence. Recently, a Virginia man chose to plead guilty to distributing heroin that led to the death of a woman.

Reports indicate that the man admitted to selling heroin to a woman who overdosed and died the next day while in the hospital. In addition to admitting to selling the drugs on that occasion, the man also allegedly admitted to selling a total of 48 grams of heroin in separate transactions over the course of four months. Authorities claim that he was also in possession of about 1 kilogram of heroin and 2 kilograms of cocaine at that time.

Man facing more than 1 criminal charge after alleged arson

Having to deal with some type of conflict on a regular basis is a normal situation for many people in Virginia and across the country. These disputes are often settled verbally. When altercations turn physical, those involved may find themselves facing a criminal charge. One man was recently arrested and charged after allegedly setting a fire and assaulting a woman and her child.

Police said that the man was arguing with the woman in her apartment when he allegedly attempted to physically assault her. During this time, he reportedly set fire to a rug, which caused the apartment to fill with smoke. Authorities further stated that the man then pushed the woman's child toward the fire in a stroller before fleeing the area.

Virginia community leader facing DUI charge

It is commonly known that driving under the influence of alcohol can lead to unfortunate situations. Sometimes severe injuries can result from accidents due to recklessly drinking and driving. However, even when collisions are avoided, a driver may still face a DUI charge. A Virginia pastor and school board member is now being accused of driving under the influence.

According to a Virginia State Police officer, the man was seen driving between two lanes on the interstate. After being stopped by the officer, he allegedly refused to take a breath test to ascertain the level of alcohol in his bloodstream. He was then arrested and taken to jail.

Many people charged with a drug crime after recent investigation

Multiple Virginia law enforcement agencies have been working together in an attempt to crack down on narcotic and other drug use. The recent lengthy investigation, known as "Operation Firecracker," led to at least 50 indictments on a variety of charges. The majority of people involved were charged with a drug crime, though other charges were also made.

Various local, state and federal law and drug enforcement agencies assisted one another over the course of the investigation, which lasted for 16 months. Four traffic checkpoints were set up and 16 home visits were made in an attempt to apprehend individuals who were wanted for drug offenses. In total, 102 sealed indictments were served in two counties.

Virginia man facing DWI charge after fatal accident

Many people enjoy drinking alcoholic beverages, whether in a social situation or as a way to relax at the end of the day. However, getting behind the wheel of a car after consuming alcohol could lead to a DWI charge. One Virginia man is now facing this charge in addition to several other charges after his alleged involvement in a fatal car accident.

According to the Virginia State Police, the man was traveling on Interstate 81 when his vehicle ran off the right side of the road. His car struck a disabled tractor-trailer that was parked on the right shoulder of the roadway. Tragically, a passenger riding with him was not wearing her seat belt and was killed. Neither the man driving the car nor the truck driver were injured.

Man accused of assault against Virginia police officer

Many Virginia residents may not be aware of the legal avenues available to them after being accused of a crime. Those accused may benefit from speaking with an attorney for a better understanding of the charges and guidance on what to do next. One man is likely considering his defense options after being charged with assault against a police officer.

According to police reports, an officer was injured while responding to a call related to vandalism. Allegedly, the man now facing these charges was smashing car windows. The responding officer claims that the man assaulted her by striking her in the head with a hard object. She then fired her weapon, though the bullet did not hit anyone.