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Former Martinsville Principal Claims Reverse Discrimination in Lawsuit

By Simms Showers LLP |

After suffering a demotion last year, a former high school principal claimed reverse discrimination and sued the city of Martinsville, the city council and the city school board, according to an article by the Martinsville Bulletin. The former principal sued in U.S. District Court, asking for a jury trial and approx. $10 million in… Read More »

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Virginia Man Charged With Larceny In Missing Evidence Case

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The son of a former Augusta County sheriff was charged with grand larceny and larceny with intent to sell or distribute, as reported by The News Virginian. The charges stem from a two-year-old probe into missing evidence. At least one firearm and $4,000 in seized funds disappeared from the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office. To… Read More »

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Authorities Remind Virginia Citizens About Texting While Driving

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Law enforcement authorities have issued a reminder on Virginia laws for texting while driving, according to an article by the InsideNoVa. Citizens should be aware that cell phone use can also contribute to the criminal charge of reckless driving under certain conditions. In light of this reminder, it feels like a perfect time to… Read More »

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Victims Mounting After Virginia Man Commits Indecent Exposure, Assault & Battery

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After arresting a Virginia man on charges of indecent exposure and assault and battery, Arlington police have discovered at least one other victim and are searching for more, according to an article by WUSA. The man allegedly made unwanted physical contact with at least two women. In addition to groping victims, the man also… Read More »

COMMON PITFALLS WITH SOCIALIZING GOVERNING DOCUMENTS

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By Justin R. Coleman, Esq. (SS Quarterly 2017 – 4th Quarter)   Whenever an entity organizes or amends its governing documents, the voting members[1] of the entity must vote to legally adopt these documents.  In order to intelligently cast their vote, those members must have an opportunity to actually see and review the proposed… Read More »

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How Can Virginia Businesses Prevent Crime?

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The Powhatan County Chamber of Commerce recently organized a seminar to help Virginia businesses prevent crime, according to an article by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The seminar featured Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Cerullo as a primary speaker. Over the course of 45 minutes, Cerullo answered a number of relevant questions that concern Virginia businesses. What… Read More »

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Police Raids Deal Major Blow to Virginia Drug Trafficking

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A coordinated raid by federal and state authorities shut down a drug trafficking organization operating out of Portsmouth, as reported by The Virginian-Pilot. Authorities believe this drug ring trafficked more than 80 kilograms of cocaine as well as 100 kilograms of heroin and fentanyl in a decade. At least 300 police officers participated in… Read More »

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Indoor Mold Continues to Cause Problems for Virginia Residents

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A Christiansburg resident is considering civil litigation against her former landlord for continuing problems from indoor mold, according to an article by The Roanoke Times. The tenant moved to a 1,716-square-foot property in Christiansburg from Las Vegas to pursue a doctorate degree at Virginia Tech. Within days of moving into the landlord’s property, the… Read More »

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Reckless Driving Leaves One Dead and One Seriously Injured

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After a car accident that resulted in one death and serious injuries, a Georgia man faces reckless driving and several additional charges in Virginia, according to an article by the Free Lance-Star. The Virginia State Police stated that the Georgia man slammed into the rear of an SUV, which forced the SUV into a… Read More »

Pastoral Separation Agreements

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By Mike Grubbs, Esq. and Robert Showers, Esq. Reasons for a pastoral separation can span the spectrum from voluntary resignation to involuntary termination. Perhaps the pastor accepts a position at another church or leaves vocational ministry. Other times, poor performance, a change in ministry direction, and funding can initiate a pastoral separation. In other… Read More »

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