Scott Daugherty, The Virginian-Pilot

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Past articles by Scott:

Man charged in Ashanti Billie’s death won’t stand trial, judge rules

The judge ruled that Eric Brian Brown — who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia — is incompetent to stand trial and his competency cannot be restored. → Read More

A Virginia Beach prosecutor got the coronavirus. The entire office will close Friday for cleaning.

Other members of the staff have had symptoms or close contact with someone with symptoms. “We are just being extra cautious,” a spokeswoman said. → Read More

Anthony Burfoot, Ron Villanueva among thousands of inmates to be released amid coronavirus concerns

Both the former Norfolk Treasurer and state delegate were among 2,431 inmates who have been moved to home confinement. → Read More

Police officer kills person while serving warrant in Virginia Beach, officials say

No officers were injured. As a result of the shooting, police closed the north and southbound lanes of Pacific Avenue between 34th street and 32nd Street. → Read More

Jails around Hampton Roads are trying to stop the coronavirus from getting inside

“I can’t stress how bad it would be if we had a pandemic in here,” Virginia Beach Sheriff Ken Stolle said. “This is probably the most dangerous situation I’ve seen in 40-some years in law enforcement.” → Read More

A Chesapeake woman hatched a scheme to undercharge a customer. She’s now charged with fraud.

Tonya Saxby, the former owner of Mail Solutions of Virginia LLC , was charged Monday on one count of mail fraud. A plea hearing will be set later this year in U.S. District Court in Norfolk. → Read More

Norfolk publicly honored female firefighters as it quietly settled a discrimination lawsuit one of them filed

The city said it's long welcomed women as firefighters, but one said she faced years of discrimination and retailiation. The city will pay $87,000 to settle her claims. → Read More

Mayors of Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake urge The Virginian-Pilot to reconsider move

The newspaper's parent company, Tribune Publishing, announced it will move The Pilot's office to Newport News. The three Southside mayors asked the company to reconsider “to keep local reporters local and demonstrate its commitment to local news.” → Read More

A 3-time sex offender sought redemption at a Portsmouth church. He molested another girl.

Lavelle Mayfield is "every parent’s worst nightmare," a prosecutor wrote in court documents. "He specifically seeks impressionable, naïve young girls in order to sexually abuse them." → Read More

Ex-owner of home health care company gets 1 year for $863,000 Medicaid fraud

Sandy Varzmanesh, formerly of P&S Home Health Care Solutions, pleaded guilty last September to one count of health care fraud. → Read More

Tired of telemarketers, Chesapeake man decides to sue. It’s easier than you think.

Most people think there's either nothing you can do about endless robocalls or that they can’t afford to file a lawsuit. One lawyer says that’s not true because of a key section in state and federal laws: fee shifting. → Read More

Leaders of a Filipino megachurch with a Virginia Beach branch forced members into sham marriages, feds say

The FBI alleges the leaders of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ Church made members raise money for a fraudulent charity whose proceeds the leaders pilfered for their own use. → Read More

“Please be young,” the Craigslist personal ad read. Feds say it led them to a Portsmouth man’s stash of child porn.

Robert H. Birchett, a petty officer 1st class stationed aboard the USS George H.W. Bush, denied trying to have sex with a child. → Read More

A Chesapeake tax prep firm’s co-owner faces federal fraud charges. But the company is open for business.

Nikia Tull faces a 34-count federal indictment. Her husband, who co-owns Phoenix Financial Tax Service, is accused of no wrongdoing. → Read More

Chesapeake’s top prosecutor appointed to President Trump’s national law enforcement commission

Commonwealth's Attorney Nancy Parr said she was honored by the appointment. The commission's membership — made up of police and prosecutors — has drawn criticism for failing to include defense attorneys or civil rights groups. → Read More

Woman attacked by dog inside Portsmouth Humane Society, lawsuit says

An attorney for the non-profit, which the city pays more than $400,000 a year to run an animal shelter, argues the woman was at least partially to blame for what happened. → Read More

Police searching for ‘person of interest’ in Portsmouth homicide

Robert Howard, 32, of Portsmouth, is wanted for questioning. → Read More

Portsmouth city jail, medical provider pay $375K to settle wrongful death lawsuit

The Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office agreed to pay $115,000 and Correct Care Solutions, now Wellpath, agreed to pay $260,000. → Read More

Second-in-command will take over Hampton Roads Regional Jail temporarily

The jail’s board voted last week to promote Assistant Superintendent Christopher J. Walz until it finds a permanent replacement for Superintendent David Hackworth, who's retiring March 1. → Read More

“It looks like this was sheer greed”: Virginia Beach doctor over-billed patients in $460,000 fraud

Thirteen years ago, a patient — a former boxer — attacked the doctor inside a Virginia Beach hospital, resulting in a fractured eye socket, a cataract, double vision and concussion. Sentara Healthcare eventually paid out $4.2 million to settle the ensuing legal claim. → Read More