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“Mistrial declared in Rockbridge County gas station explosion case”

Roanoke Times, September 13, 2022

LEXINGTON — A Rockbridge Circuit judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the case of the Roanoke man accused of causing the 2019 Buena Vista gas station explosion that killed four people.

Phillip Ray Westmoreland, 53, delivered fuel to the South River Market shortly before it exploded on May 10, 2019. He was charged with four counts of involuntary . . .

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“Charges withdrawn in October robbery case in Roanoke County”

Roanoke Times, February 8, 2019

ROANOKE — “Charges have been withdrawn against two people who had been accused of carrying out an October robbery in Roanoke County.

The prosecutor’s office moved to drop the charges against Christopher Kendall Nicholas and Natalia Simone Smith, both of Roanoke, during a hearing Thursday in General District Court, according to online records.
Assistant prosecutor Nate Griffith said . . .

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Man charged in fatal explosion, fire in Rockbridge granted bond

Roanoke Times, March 23, 2021

LEXINGTON — “A Roanoke man charged in a fatal explosion and fire at a Rockbridge County gas station was granted bond at a Tuesday hearing, his lawyer said.


‘We asked for a bond because we argued that he has significant ties to the community,’ Dean said. ‘He’s not a flight risk, and he has no prior criminal . . .

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‘Jaunt for Justice’ helps fund legal services for the needy

Roanoke Times, September 4, 2021

ROANOKE — “The very first Jaunt for Justice in the Roanoke Valley occurred in the fall of 2020 at Fallon Park in southeast Roanoke.

Members of the Roanoke Valley Paralegal Association began planning the event in 2019. But that quickly became a challenge when the coronavirus emerged. Ultimately, the organization offered in-person and virtual options for the . . .

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“Virginia Tech breached confidentiality with cadet lawsuit statement, lawyers say”

Roanoke Times, February 21, 2021

BLACKSBURG — “Lawyers who sued Virginia Tech on behalf of former cadets blasted the university on Sunday, alleging that its statement about the cases violated the confidentiality provisions of the settlements. Tech said Friday that it was ‘pleased with the outcome’ of the lawsuits, adding that the settlements affirmed that the policies and procedures of the Corps of . . .

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