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Police: Boy showed signs of trauma

By Ashley Kelly

NEWPORT NEWS — Police say a 1-year-old boy who was found dead Tuesday had visible signs of trauma on his body.

The boy was found dead in a basement-level apartment on Aqua Vista Drive. Police have not determined how he died, although an autopsy was being conducted Wednesday.

Authorities were called at 4:34 p.m. Tuesday about an unresponsive child at Aqua Vista apartments. The boy, who was found in a bedroom, was pronounced dead shortly after police arrived, according to Holly McPherson, a spokeswoman for Newport News Police Department.

The boy and his 5-year-old sister were being cared for by the boyfriend of their mother, who was at work. No one has been charged in the boy's death.

Former Newport News sheriff's deputy arrested in James City

By Dan Parsons

JAMES CITY — A former deputy with the Newport News Sheriff's office has been arrested in James City County charged with stealing two motorcycles.

Rashawn Edmond Cassar, 26, was arrested Monday night at his James City County home in the 5000 block of John Tyler Highway, said Stephanie Williams-Ortery, a James City police spokeswoman.

Cassar admitted to having the bikes when police arrested him, but said he had purchased them knowing they were stolen rather than steal them himself, Williams-Ortery said. He has been charged with one count of receiving stolen goods.

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Pastor In Jail

A Newport News pastor is in a Virginia Beach jail after police say he abducted and attacked a woman. Police say last week 48 year-old Thurman Leonard held a female family member against her will and beat her. Leonard is a religious leader at The Restoration and Faith Ministry on Wickam Avenue.

Newport News Police search for suspect in credit card fraud case

Newport News Police need help identifying a woman wanted for the unauthorized use of a stolen credit card.

On May 30, 2010 at about 2:20 am an unknown woman entered the 7-11 Store located at 5988 Jefferson Ave. and made three purchases using a stolen credit card.

The victim's purse and credit card was stolen while she was at a nearby club and within minutes of the larceny a black female was observed on surveillance video fraudulently using the card.

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Anyone that may be able to identify this subject is asked to contact Crime Line at 1-888-Lock-U-Up. When calling Crime Line, callers do not have to give their names or appear in court. If the caller's information leads to an arrest, the caller could qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.

Spurned love preceded killings?


— Hours before police say Mark Anthony Adoremos shot dead his girlfriend and then himself, he said goodbye on his Facebook page.

"Good bye to all me friends all my family I love all yall please don't judge me for what I've done just remember all the good times we had," Adoremos wrote Sunday afternoon.

Four hours later, Jasmine Williams, 22, was found shot to death at The Harbours apartment complex on Waters Edge Drive. Police found Adoremos' body on the second floor of one of the apartment buildings. Witnesses told police the two were ending their relationship.

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Newport News couple dead in apparent murder-suicide

NEWPORT NEWS — Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide that occurred just before 9 p.m., Sunday on Water's Edge Drive.

Police were called around 8:50 p.m., July 4, after shots rang out in the 500 block of Water's Edge Drive, said Harold Eley, a Newport News police spokesman. When officers arrived, they found two victims dead of gunshots wounds, Eley said.

The body of Jasmine Williams, 22, was found lying in the outdoor, ground-level foyer of another apartment in the complex where she lived. The body of 26-year-old Mark Adoremos, of the 100 block of Delmar Lane in Newport News, was found on the second level. A handgun was found next to his body, Eley said.

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Witnesses told police that Williams and Adoremos were ending a romantic relationship, Eley said.

Judge signs off on murder charge for man accused of killing girlfriend

NEWPORT NEWS — When being questioned by police on the morning of his girlfriend's death, Aaron L. Harris changed his story multiple times — never sticking with one version of events, a police homicide detective testified Wednesday.

At the end of a preliminary hearing that lasted nearly three hours, a Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court judge signed off on murder and gun charges against Harris, sending the case to a grand jury and possible trial at Newport News Circuit Court.

Tynesha Barksdale, 34, was shot to death Dec. 15 in the Turlington Road apartment she shared with Harris, while her two daughters — ages 12 and 9 — were in the bath tub.