From the U.S. Attorney’s Office: Timothy J. Heaphy announced today that he will step down as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia at the end of 2014, after serving more than five years in office. Mr. Heaphy has informed President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder of his decision. After leaving office, Mr. Heaphy will become Chair of the White Collar Defense and Government Investigations practice at an international law firm based in Richmond, VA. First Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Giorno will become Acting United States Attorney on January 1, 2015.
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Many in Congress are upset with President Obama’s announced plan to use executive action that would protect more than 4 million illegal aliens from deportation … a local U.S. Representative says its a sign that the President will not work with the new Congress. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:
Click below for an extended conversation with Congressman Morgan Griffith (and WFIR’s Gene Marrano)
This is a very busy week at all U.S. airports, and if you have air travel plans this week, expect slower going than normal. At Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport, there are more passengers passing through than usual, many of them not used to the ticketing and screening routines. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.
Roanoke County Police say a car hit two pedestrians Saturday night as they walked across Franklin Road near the Wal-Mart in Clearbrook. 70-year-old Stephanie Orange died from her injuries. A man walking with her was taken to the hospital. Police say alcohol may have been a factor. At last word, no charges had been filed.
The University of Virginia has suspended activities at all campus fraternal organizations amid an investigation into a published report in which a student described being sexually assaulted by seven men in 2012. President Teresa Sullivan said in a letter to the university community on Saturday that the Board of Visitors is scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss the allegations contained in a Rolling Stone article, along with the university’s policies and procedures concerning sexual assaults. She says groups of students, faculty, alumni and others will hold similar discussions.Sullivan has asked Charlottesville police to investigate the alleged rape at the Phi Kappa Psi house. The fraternity has voluntarily surrendered its fraternal agreement with the university. Sullivan says the suspension of all fraternal groups is effective until Jan. 9.
Six people were displaced yesterday after a house fire in the 1700 block of Wise Avenue. Roanoke Fire-EMS responded to the call around 11:30 a.m., when crews arrived on the scene smoke and flames were coming from an upstairs bedroom and had extended into the attic. No injuries were reported. The American Red Cross is assisting the family.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of a former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend. George W. Huguely V of Chevy Chase, Maryland, is serving a 23-year prison term in Virginia for the May 2010 beating death of Yeardley Love, a 22-year-old from suburban Baltimore. According to court records, the justices refused without explanation to hear Huguely’s appeal Wednesday. The Virginia Court of Appeals previously declined to reconsider its decision upholding his conviction. In that appeal, Huguely’s lawyers raised issues involving jury selection and the absence of one of his attorneys when she fell ill during the trial.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The University of Virginia’s first choice as independent counsel to investigate how the school responds to rape allegations has been scuttled. Attorney General Mark Herring said Friday that the university agreed to withdraw its appointment of former federal judge and prosecutor Mark Filip. In college, Filip was a member of Phi Kappa Psi – the fraternity named in a Rolling Stone article in which a U.Va. student described being sexually assaulted by seven men in 2012. Herring said another investigator will be chosen because “the independence and objectivity of the review must be unimpeachable.” University President Teresa Sullivan also has asked Charlottesville police to investigate the alleged rape at the Phi Kappa Psi house. The fraternity has voluntarily surrendered its fraternal agreement with the university and suspended all chapter activities.