Richmond police chief resigns after months of scrutiny and more headlines in Virginia

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• Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith has resigned after months of scrutiny over whether he embellished details of an alleged July 4 mass shooting plot, which he said his department had stopped. Smith got the job in the summer of 2020 amid the turmoil following the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The man who escaped from Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg was nabbed a few miles from the mental institution after being spotted at a convenience store, police said.CORRUGATED

• Governor Glenn Youngkin has said he supports a bill that would allow drug traffickers to be charged with murder for contributing to overdose deaths. “Since this bill was vetoed in May 2019, we have lost 4,702 Virginians to a fentanyl overdose,” he said.WRIC

• A Navy sailor living in Virginia Beach was convicted of selling illegal machine guns and possessing other heavy weapons like grenade launchers and anti-tank missile launchers.—Virginien-Pilot

• “Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and his inflammatory father warned voters at a rally in Northern Virginia this week that the nation would falter if they did not send Yesli Vega to Congress.Washington Post

• A Richmond judge has sided with the city in a lawsuit over the fate of a monument to Confederate figure AP Hill which also serves as his burial site. The decision potentially paves the way for the city to remove its last Confederate statue.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Attorney General Jason Miyares’ office has advised the State Board of Education not to accept in-person public comments on Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s controversial policies regarding transgender students, a suggestion the board’s Democratic chairman dismissed as ” bad policy”.VPM

• Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan called the federal government’s process for selecting a site for a new FBI headquarters “outrageous and disappointing,” saying late changes to the selection criteria seemed to rig things for the Virginia.OMCP

• In a t-shirt that read “Stop the cronyism,” NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Smith denounced what he called a rigged system for Virginia Beach developers.—Virginien-Pilot

• An Albemarle County man has been arrested for allegedly hanging a noose around the neck of a statue of the poet Homer at the University of Virginia. He was charged under a hate crimes law prohibiting the display of nooses to intimidate. A letter found on the site contained no racial or religious references and claimed the statue “glorifies pedophilia,” according to police.—Daily Rider

• Officials are in the early stages of planning a 25-mile paved bike path from Charlottesville to Afton Mountain.—WVTF

• Some VCU faculty aren’t thrilled with the university’s decision to let its logo be used on VCU-branded beer.—WRIC

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