Tom Jackman

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He says that in an investigation taking six weeks there was no attempt to protect a Fairfax sheriff’s deputy.

  • Jul 19, 2014

Samad Oraee allegedly put pain pills onto the streets of Prince William County.

  • Jul 16, 2014

Photos taken of the teen last month will not be used, and a new search warrant will not be served, prosecutors said.

  • Jul 15, 2014

Leesburg police Tuesday announced that they have formally charged a former Fairfax County deputy in an alleged shoplifting case in which a Target security officer said he lost his job when he reported the incident

  • Jul 15, 2014

A June search warrant shows that police initially sought sexually explicit photos then too, but did not follow through.

  • Jul 14, 2014

Man said he lost job at Target after reporting incident involving man police now identify as Fairfax Sheriff’s employee.

  • Jul 14, 2014

Some say his firing may have been related to the suspected shoplifter, who the officer said was a Fairfax County Sheriff’s deputy.

  • Jul 14, 2014

The Fairfax politician is adamant that the name has strong traditions and is not offensive.

  • Jul 14, 2014

He says he was accused of violating procedures. The man reportedly seen on video has not yet been charged.

  • Jul 12, 2014

Manassas City authorities initially wanted to take explicit photos of the accused teen.

  • Jul 10, 2014

Police decide against taking explicit photos of 17-year-old male who allegedly sent video to 15-year-old girlfriend.

  • Jul 10, 2014

Authorities want to take a photo of the teen’s erect genitalia to compare with a cellphone video, his attorneys said.

  • Jul 9, 2014

Police say they do not authorize invasive searches in sexting cases.

  • Jul 9, 2014

A 17-year-old is facing two felony charges for allegedly exchanging messages with his 15-year-old girlfriend.

  • Jul 9, 2014

The unarmed Springfield man was killed by a Fairfax officer, but neither police nor prosecutors will say why, 10 months later.

  • Jul 8, 2014

The concept of arranged assistance for drug users and dealers is just emerging in law enforcement.

  • Jul 7, 2014

Three homeowners will hire a company to bow hunt from the trees; Fairfax City sterilized 30 percent of its doe population.

  • Jul 2, 2014

After arresting dozens of people, the police arranged to get them into drug treatment immediately, an unusual step for law enforcement.

  • Jul 1, 2014

Nancy Fry Loftus worked on the staff of County Attorney David Bobzien for 17 years.

  • Jun 29, 2014

The assistant county attorney was told she was legally allowed to run, but not allowed to win.

  • Jun 27, 2014
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Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998. In 2011 he launched The State of NoVa blog, a state strictly defined as the boundaries of four counties and one city: Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Alexandria. It's a state of 2.2 million diverse and dazzling people, in every setting from the densely packed apartment complexes of Alexandria to the great wide open of western Loudoun. It's not like DC, it's not like Maryland, and it sure ain't like the rest of Virginia. Tom works out of The Post's Fairfax bureau and welcomes all story ideas and suggestions at tom.jackman@washpost.com. Do it now, while you're thinking about it.