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String of fast food restaurant robberies in Newport News


Newport News and Hampton Robbery Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in solving five business robberies that have occurred at fast food restaurants since July 2010.  In all incidents, an armed suspect enters the restaurant and demands money from the safe or registers. 

The first Newport News robbery occurred on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 9:32 P.M. at Arby’s located in the 400 block of Oriana Road.  The armed male entered the business, demanded money from the safe and after getting an undisclosed amount of money, he left on foot. 

The latest Newport News incident occurred on Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 8:45 P.M.

Members charged of heroin trafficking

Ten members of an accused operating heroin trafficking ring were charged in federal court today. Official say the group was operating on the Peninsula. Court records claim the group has been bringing drugs to the area since at least 2005. All 10 defendants face a charge of conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.

Bicyclist recovering after being hit by a drunk driver on Saturday night

A bicyclist is recovering in the hospital after he was hit by a car Saturday morning in Newport News.

Newport News Police say Bernard Sumpter was driving drunk on Jefferson Ave. just before 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning when he crossed into the southbound lanes and struck another car.

The Durango kept going and hit a bicyclist who was riding on Lester Rd.

21-year-old Len Joahim was rushed to the hospital.

Sumpter has been charged with driving under the influence. This is his second DUI arrest.

Trial in Newport News murder case to begin today

By Peter Dujardin

NEWPORT NEWS — A jury trial is set to take place today against Edward Lee Cooper, charged with first-degree murder in the death of his fiancée in June 2008.

Police say that Cooper, 54, killed Barbara Norvell in a jealous rage after learning she had spoken on the phone with a male cab driver friend. The next morning, Norvell, 52, was found stabbed to death with multiple stab wounds.

Norvell, who lived on 25th Street in the Southeast section, in a house built by Habitat for Humanity.

Police investigate string of pizza delivery robberies

Police have new information on a string of robberies in Newport News.

Police say 19-year-old Julien Rashko is one of the people who robbed pizza delivery drivers in the area of Randolph Road and Tyler Avenue.

Now police are trying to find him.

Over the past few weeks drivers from Chanello's, Domino's, and Pizza Hut have been robbed by men with guns in the River Walk neighborhood.
  
The driver showed up to a vacant or non-existent home in each case.
 
If you have any information on where police can find Rashko call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

30th Street Fatal Stabbing

Newport News police are investigating the stabbing death of a 66-year-old man. According to police, the stabbing happened around one this morning on 30th Street near Jefferson Avenue. Police say the man's family was having some kind of party in the back yard. At some point the doorbell rang, the man answered and never came back. According to police the family went to the front of the house and found the man stabbed. He was taken to the hospital where he died. Right now police don't have any suspects.

Newport News murder case could be dropped for insanity ruling

NEWPORT NEWS — Owen Atlee Walker Jr. will be in court today for a charge of murdering Danielle Knarr, who was found dead shortly after midnight on Feb. 2 at Aqueduct Apartments. She was stabbed 26 times with a hunting knife, her two children were in the next room.

Walker confessed to killing her but two doctors – one for the prosecution and another for the defense attorney -- have ruled that Walker, 27, was insane at the time of Knarr's slaying.

The charges could be dropped against him.

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Check back at dailypress.com for updates on this hearing, and look for complete coverage in Wednesday's Daily Press.