Margaret Matray, The Virginian-Pilot

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Norfolk, VA, United States

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Past articles by Margaret:

Man killed his friend inside a van in Portsmouth, prosecutors say. Now the case is heading to a grand jury.

Vinol Shinault, 60, is charged with first-degree murder in the December death of Rommel Stroud. → Read More

Chesapeake Bar Association is hosting a top prosecutor candidate forum, looking for questions from the public

The Chesapeake Bar Association, which is hosting the event, is asking people to submit questions by emailing them to → Read More

Prosecutors drop murder charge against man accused of killing cellmate at Hampton Roads Regional Jail

Prosecutors dropped the case because of “an issue with one or more witnesses.” → Read More

Case moves forward against 2 men charged in death of 7-year-old in Portsmouth

Prosecutors dropped charges against a third man who also had been accused in the December death of Mylani Everett, saying they did not have enough evidence to proceed in their case against him at this time. → Read More

Her 11-year-old daughter needs a new kidney. So Mom knits.

Channing Taylor, a 34-year-old mom from Chesapeake, knits and sells chunky blankets to raise awareness about living kidney donation and her daughter, Peytan, who has a rare illness, cystinosis. The funds will help with Peytan's care, medical bills and the family’s living expenses during and after transplant. → Read More

Portsmouth has narrowed its police chief search, but it won’t name finalists until a forum Thursday

Portsmouth residents will get to meet and hear from the four police chief finalists in a community forum scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at I.C. Norcom High School’s auditorium. → Read More

Man orchestrated killing of 19-year-old roommate while jailed in Chesapeake, prosecutors say

A judge on Wednesday moved the case against William Whittaker and Seth Morgan a step closer to trial. The men are charged in the July 2020 death Antonio San Antonio, 19. → Read More

Recall petition against state Sen. Louise Lucas dismissed by judge

A Virginia law for a recall trial of certain officials doesn’t apply to state lawmakers because the commonwealth’s constitution provides a process to remove them, Chesapeake Circuit Court Judge John Brown found. → Read More

Teen’s body was dumped in a Portsmouth cemetery. She was asked to babysit before she died, police say.

This spring, police charged two people in connection with the death of Nye’Tazia Hicks, a 17-year-old whose body was found dumped at a Portsmouth cemetery nearly two years ago. → Read More

He told police he and another man talked about robbing a woman. Now they’re accused in her death.

Luther Polston IV and Matthew English are accused in the April 2019 death of 30-year-old Toni Isenburg. → Read More

Chesapeake school board chairwoman under police investigation regarding unemployment benefits, court records show

In February, a Chesapeake detective obtained a search warrant for Proffitt’s contracts, documents and pay records from Tidewater Community College, where she had worked as an adjunct math professor since 2015. → Read More

Virginia is moving to shut down the Hampton Roads Regional Jail

Jail Review Committee says jail shows “an egregious lack of concern for the health and safety of all who enter” and is “a significant public safety threat to inmates and correctional officers.” → Read More

Man gets over 5 years in prison for knife attack outside Chesapeake courthouse

James Franklin Wood attacked and stabbed a man who'd been waiting in line at a hot dog cart. Wood's estranged wife was cut on her arm when she tried to intervene. → Read More

After 16 years as Chesapeake’s top prosecutor, Nancy Parr will retire at the end of 2021

Matt Hamel, an attorney who served in the Navy and has been on the City Council since 2018, is the only candidate who has filed to succeed Parr. → Read More

After a fight in Portsmouth, one Navy sailor was dead. Another is charged with murder.

Taiquan M. Moore, 23, is charged with second-degree murder in the October shooting of 19-year-old Darius D. Whitted. Both were in the Navy. → Read More

Hampton Roads Regional Jail is in crisis. But you wouldn’t know it from this week’s board meeting.

If the latest deaths and two sheriffs’ plans to pull their inmates out were discussed, it wasn’t in public view. The board met in private for over two hours. → Read More

Man being held at Chesapeake jail dies in apparent suicide

Michael Shawn Hastings, 46, had been at the jail for just over two weeks. → Read More

Norfolk, Chesapeake sheriffs plan to pull all their inmates from Hampton Roads Regional Jail

The unprecedented move would leave the jail, struggling with low staffing and other problems, without inmates from three of the five cities that pay to house people there. → Read More

‘He’s dead. ... I shot him.’ Man headed to trial in Portsmouth killing, but motive remains unclear.

Javon Simms is charged with murdering 37-year-old Khamarl Mahs in July 2020. → Read More

‘Continuous deaths’: Hampton Roads Regional Jail’s accreditation revoked

In a letter this week, a copy of which was obtained by The Virginian-Pilot, the American Correctional Association said its accreditation commission met earlier this month and decided to revoke its backing of the jail. → Read More