Anita Filson started playing judge when she was six years old. Sixty years later, the same gavel that sentenced childhood playmates to punishments maintains order in the Rockbridge County Circuit Court.
Capt. Mark Riley, a 23-year veteran of the Lexington Police Department, wasn’t surprised when he first heard that a local 19-year-old woman had been charged with operating a mobile methamphetamine lab across the street from the city’s Central Elementary School.
States differ greatly in how their police forces deal with speeders. In Tennessee, one of the more lenient states, the maximum speeding fine for a first offense is $50. But drivers pulled over in Virginia face up to $2,500 in fines and up to a year in jail.
Designated a Virginia holiday in 1904, Lee-Jackson Day celebrates the lives of Lee and another Confederate general, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Lee-Jackson Day falls on the Friday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day every year.
Shortly before 5 p.m. on Nov. 13, Skylar Kovack Jr. joined the 98 percent of Rockbridge County defendants who accept a plea bargain to resolve criminal charges.
Lexington Police Chief Sam Roman admits that he went through a phase as a kid when he wanted to be a pest exterminator. It didn’t last long. Roman became the chief of police in Lexington on Oct. 2 after spending 25 years at the Roanoke Police Department, where he had reached the rank of deputy chief.
Officials say some progress has been made in addressing conditions at the Rockbridge Regional Jail in the months since a high-profile investigation was launched into beatings of sex offenders.