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News from Hampton Roads and Northeast North Carolina
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    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A student is facing charges after officials say they brought a gun to school.

    After receiving a tip, a handgun was found inside a Woodside High School student’s backpack Wednesday afternoon.

    Reports say the weapon was turned over to the School Resource Officer.

    The student is facing police charges and expulsion from school and an investigation is underway.

    There are no further details at this time.


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    HAMPTON, Va. – A Hampton High School student was arrested Thursday for having a gun and marijuana in his car while on school property.

    At approximately 10 a.m. on October 24, Hampton Police performed routine contraband scans in the school’s student parking lot. It was in partnership with Hampton City Schools.

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    During the scan, a police K-9 alerted on a vehicle. As a result of the investigation, officers recovered a firearm and narcotics.

    Police say 18-year-old Antonio D. Ashe, a Hampton High student, was charged with possession of a firearm on school property and possession of marijuana.

    There was no threat to the school, and the investigation remains ongoing.

    Ashe is currently being held at the Hampton City Jail.

    Download the News 3 app for updates. 


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    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Thursday morning, the family of 57-year old Jeffrey Tyree filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Virginia Beach Detective Bradley Colas and another Virginia Beach Police officer.

    Tyree was shot and killed on February 9, 2019, near the 5700 block of Pauite Road.

    Police responded to a domestic incident at his home, where they said they encountered a man holding a large knife attempting to harm himself. Officers attempted to negotiate with him for several hours to put the weapon down.

    The man put the knife down, and officers went to engage with him. At that time, the man picked up the knife and approached an officer in what the department called a "threatening manner."

    A second officer discharged his firearm once, striking the man.

    "We are filing a wrongful death lawsuit, seeking justice and accountability. The purpose is to get answers to questions, and this is what it has come down to," said Attorney Sarah Gelsomino, who is representing Tyree's estate.

    In September of this year, prosecutors said Detective Colas was justified for using deadly force.

    They said after reviewing all the information in the investigation, it is “clear” that Colas was acting in defense of another officer on scene.

    No criminal charges were brought against Colas.

    Tyree's family disagrees with the findings of the Commonwealth.

    "Jeff was made out to be a monster. He was a great man, great in his community. He was also disabled and there was no way he could of lunged at officers," said Tim Tyree, Jeffrey's brother.

    Tim said family members called the police seeking help that day because Jeffrey was suffering from a mental health crisis. They claim Jeffrey was in the yard of his mother’s home when Defendant Officer Tuft-Williams tackled him without warning from behind. Defendant Colas then fired his gun, striking Tyree.

    Tyree later died.

    "A major problem since this all went down is that we have been seeking information from the police and Commonwealth's attorney, and they have refused to give us anything," said Gelsomino.

    The family and their attorneys are stressing the need for more transparency and have made numerous public record requests for reports, photographs and interviews they believe should be public as the investigation is complete.

    "I have never once dealt with a department or prosecutor's office that has been so disinterested in transparency and accountability," said Gelsomino.

    News 3 reached out to the City of Virginia Beach. They say the City Attorney's office has not seen the lawsuit, so they are unable to provide comment.


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    NORFOLK, Va. – A New Jersey man was sentenced today to 34 months in prison for conspiring to purchase firearms in Virginia and traffic them to New Jersey for resale on the streets.

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    Court documents say that 32-year-old Clifton K. Walston, aka “Moosky,” of Jersey City, arranged for Virginia residents to obtain and traffic firearms from Virginia to New Jersey and sell the firearms in New Jersey to New Jersey residents for a profit. None of the conspirators was licensed to conduct interstate firearm transactions.

    “ATF will continue to work diligently to uncover and expose firearms trafficking schemes such as we saw in this case as part of its mission to combat violent crime,” said Ashan M. Benedict, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF’s Washington Field Division. “Gun traffickers are not simply committing paperwork violations.  These criminals put guns in the hands of serious criminals who pose a significant threat to the safety of our communities.  I’m incredibly proud of the outstanding investigative work put in by the agents and prosecutors to bring to justice these two criminals.”

    In early October 2017, a Virginia associate contacted Walston and asked how to make some easy money. Walston knew that the associate was a convicted felon and was prohibited from possessing firearms, but still said that if the associate were to obtain firearms in Virginia, he would set the associate up with prospective buyers in New Jersey, where it is much more difficult to obtain firearms. The two would then profit from the resale.

    Over the next several months, the two men conspired together to use a straw purchaser to traffick multiple firearms from Virginia to New Jersey, including at least one firearm that was recovered by law enforcement during a traffic stop.

    Within weeks of that arrest, Walston ordered three more handguns and an extended magazine from the Virginia associate. However, ATF agents arrested the Virginia associate before he could engage in additional firearms trafficking.


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    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Local Democrats are calling on Republicans across the Commonwealth to take heed and listen to voters.

    “I was disappointed and disgusted that we could not move forward because they were upset about the election results,” Del. Marcia Price (D-95) explained to News 3’s Brian Hill.

    Those results she referenced saw Democrats gain control of both the Senate and House of Delegates.

    Republican leaders canceled a meeting for Tuesday, where the Virginia Crime Commission was going to discuss their recommendations on preventing gun violence.

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    “I think that it underscores that people chose the right people to be in place for this 2020 session,” Del. Price explained.

    The commission’s chairman stated Tuesday’s election results and comments the Governor made about the legislation as the reasons behind the cancellation.

    “For reasons both practical and pragmatic, the Crime Commission will not meet on Tuesday,” Senator Mark D. Obenshain (R-Rockingham) said. “The results of Tuesday’s elections, coupled with recent comments from Governor Northam regarding the fate of the legislation we’ve been reviewing, makes holding a meeting impractical.”

    They now want to discuss the issue in January.

    "January is coming, and I have already started to draft my bills,” Price said.

    After the cancellation of Tuesday's meeting, the GOP announced their special session for next week will now be a pro forma session.

    Lawmakers tell News 3 this means there won’t be any discussion or a vote.

    Republicans believe it would be a waste of taxpayer resources to have a session with no chance of producing legislation.

    “The November 18 special session was an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to come to the table and have a comprehensive conversation,” Del. Price said.

    With this setback, Democrats said they will double down on their efforts. Price has four bills she plans to put forth.

    “Right now, there is a ban on localities putting into place policies that would impact guns or ammunition. Let the localities best figure out how to keep their people safe,” she explained.

    “Governor Northam made it clear that he and the incoming majority caucus have their own agenda, and any legislation to come out of the special session would likely be met with a veto," House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert explained. "The incoming majority will have the opportunity to propose and make their case in January for policies that reduce gun violence while hopefully protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners. Republicans stand ready to propose our own ideas for reducing gun violence just as we have done in this special session.”

    Starting November 18, lawmakers can start filing bills for the January session.

    Click here for our full coverage on the 2019 Virginia General Assembly election. 


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    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Newport News Police Department announced that 757 illegal firearms have been taken off the streets! 

    That number is based off the latest data as of November 18.

    The department emphasizes that this is a 33% increase in illegal firearms being taken off the streets from the same time last year.

    Newport News police say they are committed to keeping the city safe.


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    GLOUCESTER Co., Va. -- More than 300 signatures were received on a petition in favor of making Gloucester County a Second Amendment sanctuary county.

    The petition was started by Shawn Coyne, a local county resident. He said the petition is a response to Gov. Ralph Northam's gun law proposals he unveiled last summer.

    "These are the people that are going to be affected if these laws go into effect," Coyne said.

    Northam's proposal included eight different measures that are expected to be up for discussion in the 2020 General Assembly.

    "I am confident the legislature will come to Richmond in January and discuss these pieces of legislation," Northam said in a visit to Norfolk on Nov. 13. "There may be others as well that are added to that and we will finally have some laws that will make Virginia safer."

    The petition said it hopes to "to protect the second amendment rights of the residents of Gloucester County." The petition also references Carroll County, Virginia, which also adopted a measure to make itself a sanctuary county earlier this year.

    Coyne said the Second Amendment, while not only a constitutional right, is vital to rural communities.

    "For me, it gives me the right to protect my family, to protect my home and my property," Coyne said. "I’m not a hunter, which is kind of rare for Gloucester.”

    Coyne added he does not lean left or right on the political spectrum. He added he does agree with Northam's proposal on background checks.

    Related: Local Democrat 'disappointed and disgusted' after Republicans cancel important gun control meeting

    "I am not against background checks personally," Coyne said. "All my firearms were obtained legally. Everything I purchased went through an FFL to purchase."

    The Second Amendment sanctuary topic is also set to be discussed on the local government level. The Gloucester Board of Supervisors will discuss this during its Tuesday night board meeting, according to the agenda.

    "I'm very pleased to see our supervisors considering the motion," Coyne said. "I think we've gotten a pretty fair response from them thus far."

    The meeting is set for Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will take place inside the Colonial Courthouse located at 6504 Main Street in Gloucester. Coyne said he will submit his petition to the board that morning.


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    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Police in Newport News were engaged in a tactical situation near the 12000 block of Warwick Boulevard after a 53-year-old man barricaded himself in an empty warehouse on Thanksgiving day.

    Traffic in both directions on Warwick Boulevard between Turlington Road and City Center Boulevard was impacted, but traffic was flowing as of 12 p.m. on Thursday.

    The staging area for the tactical situation was at First Baptist Church in Warwick Boulevard.

    Police said this all started as a fight between two people who work together but their jobs were not specified.

    Darrell Roberts is accused of showing a gun to others in the fight then running into the warehouse, refusing to come out.

    Roberts has been as arrested on an outstanding warrant. Other charges are pending, polcie said.

    No one was hurt in this situation.

    The investigation remains ongoing.

    Download the News 3 App for updates.

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    High school students in states that require universal background checks on all prospective gun buyers are less likely to carry guns compared to students in states that require background checks only on sales through federally licensed firearms dealers, according to a study published Monday in the medical journal Pediatrics.

    On average, 5.8% of nearly 180,000 students who responded to the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey reported carrying a gun during the study period. The study did not account for adolescents who were not enrolled in school.

    Researchers from Indiana University studied the survey data to determine if the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) had an effect on adolescent gun carrying, taking into consideration differences in state laws. The laws examined do not directly apply to adolescents.

    About 17% of respondents who carried guns were from states with a universal background check (UBC) law at point-of-sale, whereas 83% were from states that did not have such laws.

    “We’ve found that extending background checks is important to address the problem, but generally it involves more than just background check requirements,” said Dr. Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, who was not involved in the new research. “We find that licensing laws have a much bigger effect on legal access and use.”

    NICS in combination with universal background checks was found to reduce youth gun carrying by 25%, whereas NICS by itself did not. However, state laws requiring UBCs had no effect on adolescent gun carrying until after the NICS was implemented.

    NICS, launched in 1998, is used to determine — through national databases — whether prospective buyers are eligible to purchase firearms. The study argues that one shortcoming of NICS is that it applies to licensed gun dealers but not to unlicensed private gun sellers, which generates a loophole in the law.

    As a result, gun buyers denied by licensed sellers may purchase through private sellers, rendering NICS less effective in reducing sales to ineligible buyers, including adolescents.

    Universal background checks are implemented by requiring licensed gun sellers, in addition to private sellers, to conduct background checks through NICS on all prospective buyers — closing the private seller “loophole.”

    Impact of gun purchasing policies

    Although restricted by age in purchasing guns, adolescents can still obtain guns through straw purchases — someone purchasing on behalf of another person, or directly through unlicensed or illegal gun dealers. They may also have access to guns owned by family members or friends.

    Youth access to guns increases the risk of firearm injuries to their peers and to themselves, and also increases public health care spending. About 86% of homicide victims ages 10 to 24 are killed by firearms, according to a 2016 report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The new study noted earlier findings that said 43% of youth suicides involve firearms and 44% of firearm injury costs are generated by people ages 15 to 24, suggesting that current policies to prevent gun sales to minors may be ineffective at reducing adolescent firearm access.

    Most high school students who reported carrying a gun to school were older teens, male and white.

    Regarding the racial differences, Webster said white students may carry guns for different reasons, including sports shooting and hunting.

    “I worry a little bit about whether the part of the racial effects or differences that are reported here have something to do with a culture of sports shooting more for whites than for blacks or other non-whites,” Webster said.

    Of the students who reported carrying guns, 28% said they were threatened or injured by someone with a weapon such as a gun, knife or club on school property. However, experiences outside of school such as bullying, anxiety around mass shootings and other factors that could influence youth carrying were not accounted for.

    “Their weapon-carrying practices have far more to do with what’s going on outside of school than what’s going on inside,” so the survey data aren’t an “ideal control for how risky the environment was for them,” Webster said.

    Factors behind adolescent gun carrying

    It’s possible that adolescents may be more likely to purchase from private sellers if they do not meet the minimum age requirements. Requiring all gun sales to be made through licensed dealers who either require a background check or a gun permit issued only after a background check could deter purchases by adolescents, the study said.

    Adolescents also obtain firearms from their own homes, purchased legally by adults who may not always secure the weapons.

    The study did not examine all possible reasons for students carrying guns, such as for school sports.

    Webster said the study is “a signal and a reminder” for pediatricians to talk to parents of youth about how unsafe gun storage can be risky for their teen.


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    A shooter injured 10 people early Sunday on Canal Street, on the edge of New Orleans’ French Quarter, and a person has been detained though not charged, police said.

    The victims are being treated at local hospitals. Two of the victims are in critical condition, the New Orleans Police Department said.

    The critical patients suffered gunshots to the torso, Chief Shaun Ferguson told reporters. No officers are among the injured, he said.

    “An individual was detained near the scene,” police said, but her or his possible involvement in the shooting is under investigation.

    No arrests had been made as of about 12:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m. ET), according to police.

    Police received a call reporting a disturbance at 3:21 a.m. When officers arrived on the scene, they could hear gunshots and found victims immediately, NOPD spokesman Aaron Looney said.

    There were so many people in the area that the officers were not able to determine who fired the shots, Ferguson said.

    “We had officers right there within that very block that actually thought that they were being fired upon and took a position to respond to this,” the chief said.

    It’s early in the investigation, and it isn’t clear what sparked the gunfire, he said.

    The shooting address provided by police is a brief walk from the popular Bourbon Street, where tourists are known to congregate.

    Paramedics and state and federal police also responded to the scene.

    A witness who wished to remain anonymous told CNN he was on Canal Street across the street and on the same block where the shooting happened.

    He heard a verbal altercation and “at least” five or six gunshots, and he saw sparks, but because of the crowd he could not see where the shots came from. People ran from that location, some toward the waterfront, and were in such a panic that they were tripping and falling on each other.

    The Bayou Classic was played Saturday night at the Superdome, about a mile away. The rivalry game is played annually between Grambling State University and Southern University.


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