ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Supporters of Chelsea Manning have called for her release from prolonged solitary confinement at a Virginia jail, but an official disputes that she’s being held in those conditions.
Former Army intelligence analyst Manning was sent to jail March 8 for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. She served years in prison for leaking troves of classified U.S. documents.
The Chelsea Resists group says in a Saturday news release that Manning “has been kept in her cell for 22 hours a day. This treatment qualifies as Solitary Confinement.”
Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne says in a statement that the group’s accusations “are not accurate or fair.” The sheriff says the facility does not have solitary confinement but uses “administrative segregation” and inmates have access to visits, books and recreation.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond police have arrested a woman who allegedly pulled out a gun during a fight after a dance competition at a local high school in Richmond, Virginia.
News outlets reported that police responded to Huguenot High School Saturday night and encountered a fight among participants in a dance competition that had recently ended. Police broke up the fight and arrested the woman with the gun.
Several people received minor injuries during the fight. One person was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
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CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — A Virginia police officer has been charged with soliciting a minor online for sex.
The Chesterfield County patrol officer was arrested Friday, just four days after another county officer was suspended for his alleged affiliation with a white supremacist organization.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Officer Simeon Isaiah Crispin Steers-Smith of Richmond was charged with three counts of using a communications system to “facilitate certain offenses involving children.”
Police Chief Jeffrey Katz said department personnel are angry and “reeling with sadness and frustration.”
Katz said the officer is alleged to have made an online solicitation to a task force officer posing as a minor. He has worked for the department since May 2017.
Katz said he has recommended the termination of another officer for alleged activities with a white supremacist group.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A proposal to ban Virginia motorists from holding cellphones while driving may get a second chance.
One bill died during this year’s legislative session. But AAA has asked Gov. Ralph Northam to amend another bill to include the ban.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that AAA is calling on Northam to amend a bill that would bar drivers from holding a cellphone while driving in a highway work zone. That bill cleared the legislature. AAA wants the legislation to apply to driving on any road.
Northam has a midnight Tuesday deadline to sign, veto or seek to amend the bill. The legislature will return April 3 to take up Northam’s vetoes and amendments.
State law already makes it illegal to text or email on a cellphone while driving.
A gymnastics coach in Fairfax County was arrested on Friday and faces several charges related to what police call an “inappropriate sexual relationship” with a teenage girl.
Capital Gymnastics National Training Center coach Aryan Mazloum-Yazdi, 28, was charged with five counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a child.
The Burke gym said in a Saturday statement that gym instructors are prohibited from having contact with athletes outside the gym and that Mazloum-Yazdi will not longer be employed at Capital Gymnastics.
Fairfax County police said an investigation into Mazloum-Yazdi was opened earlier this month. The investigation led to the Friday arrest at Mazloum-Yazdi’s Manassas home.
Parents who are concerned their children may have had an inappropriate relationship with Mazloum-Yazdi should contact their major crimes bureau at 703-246-7845.