Crime Archive

Police find the wanted at home for the holidays

The Virginian-Pilot
NORFOLK — While wanted people were nestled snug in their beds, city police were fanning out with arrest warrants in the days after Christmas. From Dec. 27 to 30, police nabbed 57 people charged in outstanding warrants in what was dubbed “Operation Home for the Holidays,” the department announced Thursday.The effort sent officers to knock on doors in Olde Huntersville, Park Place and Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority communities in the city’s First Precinct, which covers the city’s . . .

Teenager shot in Suffolk discharged from hospital

The Virginian-Pilot
SUFFOLK — The 15-year-old Suffolk boy who was shot in the head Thursday has been released from the hospital, police said.Late Thursday afternoon, the teen was riding in a car with three others when a 16-year-old boy opened fire, police said.The younger teen was not the target, but a bullet lodged in his jaw. He was airlifted to a Norfolk hospital and within a few hours was listed in stable condition.Police have arrested the 16-year-old boy and charged him with one count of malicious wounding, four . . .

Fatal car explosion likely caused by acetylene tank in trunk

By Matthew RoyThe Virginian-Pilot
NORFOLK — An explosion that killed a man and reduced a car to a scorched shell on Dec. 24 was likely an accident caused by an acetylene tank in the trunk, fire officials said Thursday. They also released the identity of the victim, who had been in the car, as Errol Tony Mack, 34, of Virginia Beach. He was killed when the car blew up near the Kappatal Cuts salon in the 1400 block of Ballentine B lvd. at 4:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The car was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived . . .

Police arrest teen after Suffolk boy is shot in the head

By stephanie heinatzThe Virginian-Pilot
SUFFOLK — Late Thursday afternoon, while riding in a car near the downtown area of the city, a 15-year-old Suffolk boy was shot in the head, police said. He was in stable condition Thursday evening, and police said his injuries were not life-threatening.Police have a 16-year-old male in custody. He is charged with malicious wounding and shooting into an occupied vehicle. Shortly before 4 p.m. , police were called to the 200 block of Knight St. They found the teen, who was later taken . . .

Teenager accused in slaying of Mormon missionary

An impromtu memorial has sprung up on Elkhart Street in Chesapeake, where two Mormon missionaries were shot, one fatally, on Monday. (L. Todd Spencer/ the Virginian-Pilot)


Portsmouth officer sues owners of dogs that attacked him

By JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE The Virginian-Pilot
PORTSMOUTH — A police officer is suing the owners of three pit bulls that attacked him when he responded to a complaint about the animals running loose.Officer John B. Humphries was bitten at least four times before he managed to shoot one of the dogs near the family’s home on Birch Road. The incident happened in 2004.One puncture wound that Humphries suffered nearly reached the bone, he said at the time.The dog he shot died. The others were euthanized, and their owner, Ronald E. Cross , pleaded . . .

Grandparents who took grandchild face $150,000 bill

By JON FRANK The Virginian-Pilot
VIRGINIA BEACH — The grandparents who abducted their grandson and were fugitives in Costa Rica for 11 years were ordered Wednesday to pay almost $150,000 in restitution to the child’s father. Orpheus L. Woodbury, 72, and Sonja D. Woodbury, 60, were ordered to pay $149,240 to their former son-in-law and his family as compensation for expenses incurred resulting from the abduction.The father was granted sole legal and physical custody of his son in March 1993. That same year, the Woodburys . . .

Jurors urge clemency for 4 in 1997 rape, killing

The Virginian-Pilot
NORFOLK — Several jurors who once convicted men of the 1997 rape and murder of a Navy wife have changed their minds and are asking the governor to grant clemency to four former sailors convicted in the case.The jurors – nine from one trial and two from another – now say in letters and affidavits given to Gov. Mark Warner that they are convinced the men are innocent, according to defense lawyers.In July 1997, William Bosko returned home from a Navy cruise to find his wife, Michelle Moore-Bosko, . . .

Man in wheelchair is victim of hit-and-run in Norfolk

The Virginian-Pilot
NORFOLK — Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a driver who struck a man in a power wheelchair early Thursday. The man was traveling east in a bicycle lane on West Ocean View Avenue near 9th View Street at 7 a.m. when he was struck by a car also headed east. The car, described as a blue late-model vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet or Nissan, continued on, police said.The car should have front end damage to the passenger side. Its Virginia license plate included “JTY,” police said.The . . .

Man charged in Mormon shootings

By CINDY CLAYTON The Virginian-Pilot
CHESAPEAKE — A 19-year-old former Deep Creek High School football player has been charged with killing one Mormon missionary and wounding another Monday night. James R. Boughton Jr. is being held without bail after he was arrested late Wednesday night at his home in the 3100 block of Sir Meliot Drive. He was charged with murder, malicious wounding and several counts of using a gun while committing a felony. Boughton also was charged with the attempted malicious wounding of a third person, . . .

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