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Sep 27, 2014

Suspect in UVA student’s disappearance returned to Virginia

By John Clarke

(Reuters) – The man arrested in Texas for the abduction of a University of Virginia student was returned to Virginia on Friday to face charges in the case as newly released records showed he was the focus of a college rape investigation in 2002.

Jesse Matthew, 32, was flown into Charlottesville Albemarle Regional Airport shortly before 6 p.m. and booked into jail there, a Charlottesville police spokeswoman said.

Sep 26, 2014

Suspect in Virginia student disappearance tied to 2002 rape probe

By John Clarke

(Reuters) – The man arrested in Texas for the abduction of 18-year-old University of Virginia student Hannah Graham was the focus of a college rape investigation in 2002 and has a long history of arrests, records revealed on Friday.

That revelation came as authorities said they were extraditing Jesse Matthew, 32, to Virginia from Texas on Friday for a court appearance next week in connection with Graham’s disappearance.

Sep 25, 2014

Police arrest suspect in search for missing Virginia student

By John Clarke

(Reuters) – Police searching for a missing University of Virginia student said the suspect in the case was arrested in Texas with the help of FBI agents on Wednesday, a day after a warrant was issued accusing the man of abduction with the intent to defile.

Police said Jesse Matthew, 32, was seen entering a bar in Charlottesville, Virginia, with 18-year-old sophomore Hannah Graham in the early hours of Sept. 13. She has not been seen since.

Sep 24, 2014

Ka-pow! Marvel Comics heroes get academic treatment at Baltimore college

By John Clarke

(Reuters) – The University of Baltimore is making it OK to read Spider-Man and X-Men comic books in class, and even will give you college credit for it.

In what is believed to be a first, the school is offering a course next spring on the superhero world of Marvel Comics, a university spokesman said on Wednesday.

Sep 24, 2014

Arrest warrant issued for suspect in Virginia student’s abduction

By John Clarke

(Reuters) – Police issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday for a suspect in connection with the disappearance of a University of Virginia student who has been missing for 10 days.

The warrant seeks the arrest of 32-year-old Jesse Matthew on suspicion of abduction with the intent to defile, Charlotteville Police Chief Tim Longo told reporters at a Tuesday evening press conference.

Sep 20, 2014

Person of interest identified in hunt for missing Virginia student

By John Clarke

(Reuters) – Police looking for a missing University of Virginia student have identified a person of interest and searched his car and apartment on Friday in what they said was a “major break” in the case.

Acting on more than 400 tips about missing student Hannah Graham, 18, Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo said officers identified the 32-year-old man, who he said was seen with the teenager on the night she disappeared.

Sep 19, 2014

Police check car, apartment in search for missing Virginia student

By John Clarke

(Reuters) – Police looking for a missing University of Virginia student searched a car and apartment on Friday in a major break in the case, a police spokeswoman said.

Acting on several tips about missing student Hannah Graham, 18, police in Charlottesville, Virginia, executed search warrants on the apartment and car in what the spokeswoman called a “major break.”

Sep 18, 2014

Baltimore cop who cut dog’s throat was within his rights: lawyer

By John Clarke

ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) – A Baltimore police officer facing felony animal cruelty charges after cutting the throat of a dog that bit a pregnant woman on the hand in June was legally authorized to euthanize the animal, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Criminal charges against 49-year-old Jeffrey Bolger are not supported by necessary probable cause, defense attorney Charles Curlett wrote in a letter to Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein asking that the case be dropped.

Aug 21, 2014

PETA joins protest against sale of rabbit meat at Whole Foods

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has joined a nationwide protest to stop Whole Foods stores from selling rabbit meat, the animal rights group said Thursday.

A group calling itself House Rabbit Society staged demonstrations at 44 Whole Foods Markets Inc stores across the nation on Sunday, accusing the food store chain of being “bunny butchers” and demanding that the high-end supermarket chain stop offering the product.

Aug 20, 2014

Maryland trooper suspended after accused of being naked in bar

By John Clarke

(Reuters) – A Maryland State Police trooper has been suspended without pay after sheriff’s deputies responded to a call reporting a naked man drinking at a bar in a barbecue restaurant, authorities said on Wednesday.

The incident is the most recent in a spate involving naked people around the country.