Police Immigration Enforcement Dropped
State Force Won't Pursue Federal Agreement
Virginia State Police have backed off a plan that would have allowed some officers to make immigration arrests.
Proceeding with an agreement with federal authorities would have made Virginia the third state to adopt such a practice.
The idea of involving police in immigration enforcement grew out of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, which were carried out by 19 foreigners, three of whom were in the country illegally. Several localities that expressed interest in the idea have ultimately abandoned it because of a lack of resources or opposition from immigrant groups worried about ethnic profiling.
Col. Steve Flaherty, chief of the state police, said that he was sensitive to the immigrant groups' concerns but that the decision to put the federal agreement on hold was "more of a practical decision." He said authorities determined that a new Virginia law covered the kinds of immigrants, such as drug traffickers and gang members, that state police were worried about.
Murder Charges Filed in Bicyclist's Death
Alexandria Man Strangled on Daingerfield Island
Federal officials filed murder charges in the slaying of a bicyclist along a popular bike and jogging path in Alexandria.
Andre D. Suggs, 35, of Alexandria was charged with strangling Mark Creasy, 48, on federal land on Daingerfield Island on May 28. According to court documents, Suggs killed Creasy, of Alexandria, during a robbery, then threatened a witness and hopped on Creasy's bike to briefly chase the witness. When two other people approached, the court papers say, Suggs jumped off the bike and ran into a wooded area. Less than an hour later, Alexandria police arrested a naked Suggs about a half-mile away when he crossed George Washington Memorial Parkway at Bashford Lane.
Ex-GMU Official Convicted in Porn Case
Jury Also Found Man Guilty of Extortion Attempts
A former George Mason University administrator who videotaped himself having sex with young men at home and in his campus office was convicted of trying to extort money from two of the men as well as eight child pornography charges.
The jury deliberated less than 90 minutes before finding Ronald J. Sinacore, 56, guilty of all charges. It recommended a total sentence of 14 years in prison. Sentencing was scheduled for Sept. 16.
Sinacore was associate director of the university's Office of Equity and Diversity Services when he was arrested in October. He was fired in January. He did not take the stand in his defense during the three-day trial in Fairfax County Circuit Court.
Teen Charged in Fatal Car Crash
Extradition Sought for Driver Now in Alabama
A Springfield area high school senior has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for his role in a high-speed car crash that took the life of his passenger on Old Keene Mill Road in March, Fairfax County police said.
The driver's family placed him in a residential center for troubled teens in Alabama and wants him to remain there for as long as a year, rather than return immediately to Fairfax to face charges. Fairfax authorities said they are seeking his extradition and want to try him as an adult.
The victim, Adam Foote, 17, a senior at West Springfield High School, was riding in a 1989 Ford Mustang driven by a schoolmate, whose name was not released because he was a juvenile at the time. Police said they believe that the Mustang was "engaged in an exhibition of speed" with a 1996 Chevrolet Camaro when the Mustang slammed into the rear of a dump truck. The driver, who has since turned 18, suffered minor injuries. The driver of the Camaro, 17, slammed into a light post but was not seriously hurt.