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Police: 4 found dead after Petersburg fire

PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) - Petersburg police say they are investigating the deaths of four people after a house fire.

Police spokeswoman Esther Hyatt told media outlets that the fire was reported about 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Four bodies were found.

Hyatt said authorities are handling the case like a homicide investigation because of the severity of the fire and the number of victims. She could not immediately say whether there was evidence of foul play.

The identities of the victims and other details were not released, and Hyatt did not immediately return a telephone message left by The Associated Press.


1 dead after solo-car crash in Loudoun County

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police say a man is dead after a single-car crash in Loudoun County.

Troopers say it happened Saturday around 12:18 a.m. on Route 7, just beyond Yellow Schoolhouse Road.

Troopers say a pickup truck was traveling along Route 7 when the truck ran off the right side of the road and into a ditch and overturned.

The pickup truck's driver, 45-year-old Eddie W. Todd, of Philomont, Va., was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected from the vehicle. He died at the scene.

State police say speed was a factor in the crash.

Todd was the only person in the pickup.


Heroin dealer gets 30 years after 3 customers die

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A D.C. drug dealer has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after three of his customers in Fairfax County died.

Eugene Asomani Williams pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Williams acknowledged as part of a plea deal that 33-year-old Joshua Pearson and 22-year-old Kara Schachinger, both of Fairfax County, an 23-year-old Timothy Huffman, an active duty soldier at Fort Belvoir, died as a result of heroin he distributed.

Williams was sentenced Friday in federal court in Alexandria, Va. After hearing his sentence the 35-year-old told the judge he "would rather just die." Williams' attorney had asked for a 15-year sentence.


U.Va. revokes 2 fraternities' charters for hazing

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The University of Virginia is revoking the charters of two fraternities for hazing.

According to The Daily Progress, the university announced Friday that it has terminated its organization agreements with Sigma Nu and Pi Kappa Alpha. The announcements said the incidents involved the "new member education process," but they did not provide specifics and U.Va. spokesman McGregor McCance declined to elaborate.

Occupants of both fraternity houses will be allowed to stay until their leases expire.

Michael Haines, president of the Pi Kappa Alpha chapter at U.Va., said the fraternity is appealing the decision.

Sigma Nu representatives declined to comment.

Established in 1868, Pi Kappa Alpha is one of just two fraternities founded at UVa. Sigma Nu was founded as an anti-hazing fraternity at the Virginia Military Institute in 1869.


Death toll from Va. Beach crash doubles to 4

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Two more people have died from injuries suffered in a car crash in Virginia Beach, increasing the toll to four.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that police identified the latest victims as 38-year-old Marlo Teofila Bayot and 13-year-old Garbiel Kalani Proctor.

Fourteen-year-old Cheyenne Desire Patricia Gurney and 10-year-old Chris Lailani Gurney also died in the Wednesday night crash. Three other people in the car were injured.

Police say Bayot was driving the car carrying six passengers when she ran off the road, overcorrected, crossed the road and hit a pickup truck. The pickup truck driver received minor injuries.

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