Jane Harper, The Virginian-Pilot

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Virginia Beach, VA, United States

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Recent articles by Jane:

Virginia Beach officer who fatally shot Donovon Lynch at Oceanfront will not be charged, prosecutors say

A special grand jury impaneled to investigate the fatal shooting of Donovon Lynch at the Oceanfront earlier this year by a Virginia Beach police officer has recommended the officer not be criminally charged, prosecutors announced during a press conference Tuesday. → Read More

Longtime Virginian-Pilot movie critic Mal Vincent, beloved for his tales of Hollywood stars, dies at 83

Vincent interviewed many of Hollywood’s best and brightest stars in a career that spanned more than half a century; he began his storied career with The Pilot in the 1960s. He was still writing freelance articles for the newspaper at the time of his death. → Read More

Residents sue City of Norfolk for allowing demolition of Historic Freemason District house

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Norfolk over the city's decision to allow an Historic Freemason District home to be razed. The Grandy House was damaged in a fire in 2016 and torn down in 2018 after the city granted an emergency demolition order that nearby residents said violated state and local laws and subverted rules meant to protect historic properties. → Read More

Judge denies Norfolk doctor’s attempt to get ban lifted on ivermectin use on COVID-19 patients

Norfolk Circuit Judge David Lannetti refused to order Sentara Healthcare to immediately end its ban on using ivermectin and several other drugs on its COVID-19 patients. The judge’s ruling, however, doesn’t put an end to the case. It will still move forward to trial, according to Marik’s attorney Fred Taylor. → Read More

Two women died of overdoses in a Norfolk man’s home. A third told a judge he raped her in his apartment.

A Virginia Beach woman testified during a preliminary hearing Tuesday she'd gone barhopping with some friends one night in May. The last thing she remembered was sitting at a table with them. When she woke up the next day, she was lying naked in an apartment where two other women had recently died of overdoses after having gone out drinking with friends. → Read More

New details emerge in 2011 cold case murder of ODU student

The information was revealed during a bond hearing for 28-year-old Rashad Dooley. Norfolk Circuit Court Judge Michelle Atkins denied Dooley’s request for bail. → Read More

19-year-old suspect identified in Norfolk shooting that left 3 women dead, 2 injured

A 19-year-old suspect in a shooting last night in Norfolk’s Young Terrace neighborhood that left three women dead and two injured was arraigned this morning in Norfolk General District Court. → Read More

Norfolk man failed to protect his son from being beaten. Now, he faces decades in prison

Hank Larkin Smith Jr. was found guilty of felony homicide and three felony child abuse and neglect charges at the end of a week-long trial in Norfolk Circuit Court. He faces a maximum penalty of up to 70 years in prison when sentenced in January. → Read More

Norfolk local election preview: Sheriff, Commissioner of the Revenue

Two men are facing off to be Norfolk's next sheriff, and there’s a three-way race for Commissioner of the Revenue. → Read More

Virginia Beach local election preview: Sheriff, Commissioner of the revenue, treasurer

Virginia Beach voters will be selecting candidates in races for sheriff, commissioner of the revenue, and treasurer. → Read More

Portsmouth local election preview: City council, school board and sheriff

Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Morales, Commissioner of the Revenue Frankie Edmonson and Treasurer Paige Cherry are all running unopposed to keep their positions. → Read More

Trial begins for Norfolk man accused of failing to protect 4-year-old son from beating death

While prosecutors haven't accused Hank Larkin Smith or his girlfriend, Catherine Seals, of beating Smith's son, they believe the two are also responsible for his death because they failed to protect him from Seals' teenage son. Police said the teen admitted to beating the child. → Read More

‘He seemed a little off’: Neighbor describes man accused of killing Hampton Roads real estate agent

Albert Baglione, 84, bought a house in Portsmouth "sight unseen" on Oct. 4. He saw it for the first time a few days later and was reportedly unhappy with it. Police believe he shot and killed his Realtor, 41-year-old Soren Arn-Oelschlegal, at the house on Oct. 8 before shooting himself. → Read More

Man accused of hiring hitman to kill ex-wife set free after Virginia Beach prosecutors withdraw charges

Richard Stoner, the man charged with being the hitman, is refusing to cooperate. Without his testimony, prosecutors don’t believe they have enough evidence to win a conviction. → Read More

Ex-Virginia Beach investment advisor bilked clients of more than $25 million. Now he’s sentenced to 35 years.

Daryl Bank, 51, was convicted of 27 counts of fraud, conspiracy and money laundering in April. Bank ran a fraud scheme for about 10 years that cost hundred of elderly victims their life savings. → Read More

Federal lawsuit filed by relatives of woman who died at Portsmouth city jail settles for $500,000

Pamela Riddick died at the Portsmouth city jail in August 2017, less than two days after being booked and telling jail staff she was suffering from heroin withdrawal. A lawsuit filed by the family said deputies failed to check on her as required, then falsified logs to make it appear that they had. → Read More

Teen who fired into truck and killed man outside a Virginia Beach restaurant sentenced to 17 years

Cameron Barclift was just 16 when he fired a shot into the back of a truck in the parking lot of Croc's 19th Street Bistro in 2019. The bullet shattered the rear window and struck Cole Stuart Grant, 23, in the head. Grant died at the scene. → Read More

Virginia Beach woman gets 12 years for what could be biggest coupon scheme in U.S. history

Lori Ann Talens was allowed to remain free on bond for a few weeks while she and her husband, who also was sentenced to prison for his role in the scheme, make arrangements for their children, ages 6, 9 and 17. → Read More

A Virginia Beach bank was robbed Saturday. Less than 20 minutes later, a suspect was in custody.

A Navy Federal Credit Union branch on Shore Drive in Virginia Beach was robbed shortly after noon Saturday, police said. A suspect was taken into custody about three miles away and less than 20 minutes later. → Read More

5 years after a woman was killed by a flying beach umbrella, Virginia senators still pushing for safety measures

From 2010 to 2018, about 2,800 beach umbrella-related injuries were treated in emergency rooms across the country, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. → Read More