From the U.S. Attorney’s office: A Federal grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke has charged a local doctor with federal drug and child pornography charges. In an indictment returned today, the grand jury has charged Steven Joseph Collins, age 51, of Roanoke County, Virginia, with one count of receipt of child pornography and two counts of distributing oxycodone by authorizing controlled substance prescription orders outside the usual course of professional practice. According to the indictment, between July 2010 and July 2013, Collins received digital video and image files of a minor who had not obtained 12-years-of-age, engaged in sexual activity. In addition, the indictment alleges that on separate occasions, January 7, 2014 and April 2, 2014, Collins, in his role as a medical doctor, authorized controlled substance prescription orders for oxycodone outside the usual course of professional practice.
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The Lynchburg Humane Society is one of three finalists in the running to win the $25,000 Community Engagement Award in the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals announced Wednesday the other finalists as Clay County Animal Care & Control in Green Cove Springs, Fla. and Kansas City Pet Project in Kansas City, Mo. All three also are in the running to win the $100,000 grand prize. The winners for the national event will be announced on October 7, 2014. Roanoke’s Angels of Assisi also had been competing for the prize in the contest that ran from June through August of this year.
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Updated: Thurs., Sept. 18 at 7:11 a.m.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ Police say they’ve reviewed additional surveillance videos from two businesses showing a missing University of Virginia student and others walking the night she disappeared. Charlottesville police Capt. Gary Pleasants said Wednesday night the videos of 18-year-old Hannah E. Graham taken early Saturday are from the Downtown Mall, a popular row of shops and restaurants. According to the Daily Progress (http://bit.ly/1uJMFuy), Pleasants says one video shows Graham walking by a shop’s doorway, and a male who had stopped there steps out and follows her. Pleasants says another business video filmed two minutes later shows the same male following Graham, who is next to someone else. Police released two other surveillance videos earlier Wednesday showing her walking past a pub and running past a service station. Graham’s friends reported her missing Sunday.