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UPDATE: Man arrested in Newport News shooting involving City Council candidate

UPDATE: Police have arrested 25-year-old Antonio J. Crews of Newport News in connection to the Ivy Avenue shooting which occurred on Monday evening. He was arrested Wednesday at his residence at approximately 12:38 p.m. He has been charged with reckless handling of a firearm, discharging a firearm in public, and shooting into an occupied vehicle.

Police say that after the 22-year-old man was shot in the 600 block of Aqua Vista Drive, Crews, who knows the victim, chased after the suspected shooter. Once in the 600 block of Ivy Avenue, Crews discharged his firearm after hearing gunfire.

Neighbors say Newport News mom charged with abuse is a ‘good mother’

Newport News, Va. – Police say a Newport News mother left bruises on her 7-month-old baby boy. The reported abuse landed 31-year-old Jamie Cox behind bars.

However, her neighbors in Newport News paint a much different picture of Cox.

“I’d be shocked,” says Randy Freeman, who has known Cox for more than a decade. “I’d really be shocked.”

“I just think these charges are ridiculous,” says Rita Crall, who lives across the street.

Crall She says Cox is a first-time mom and would often come over for help.

“Jamie has always been very good to that baby,” she says. “Whenever I been over there to babysit for her, that baby has been very well took care of. I don’t think she would harm that baby.”

City council candidate’s car shot while driving through Newport News neighborhood



“It’s a miracle that I’m here.”

A Newport News city council candidate is thankful to be alive. The 28-year-old’s car was shot at repeatedly while she was driving through a Newport News neighborhood last night.

Erica Greenway will have more on her terrifying ordeal on NewsChannel 3 at 5 and 6.

Two arrested for drug possession, stolen firearm, child neglect in Newport News

Newport News, Va. – Two men are facing numerous drug charges after a traffic stop in Newport News.

On March 27, 2014 at about 11:15 p.m., police initiated a traffic stop for equipment violation in the area of Colony Road and Warwick Blvd.

As officers approached the vehicle on foot, the officer on the passenger side saw a firearm under the passengers’ side seat.

Neither the driver, 28-year-old Brandon Robinson of Newport News, nor his passenger, 33-year-old Michael Vanhook of Newport News, possessed a concealed handgun permit, police say.

The firearm was seized and returned stolen out of Hampton.

Robinson was summonsed for driving without a license, and charged with possession of a stolen firearm. Vanhook was charged with possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Spring Cleaning: Man steals laundry items from Newport News 7-Eleven

Newport News, Va. – A man is wanted for stealing numerous cleaning supplies from a Newport News business, police tell NewsChannel 3.

On March 23, 2014 at about 10:40 p.m., a man entered the 7-Eleven store located at 2600 Jefferson Avenue. He picked up cleaning supplies (two bottles of Gain, one bottle of Extra washing detergent, two boxes of Bounce dryer sheets, four cans of Glade, and two cans of Lysol deodorant spray) and proceeded to leave the store with no attempt to make a payment, police say.

The man placed all the items under his coat and ran away from the store heading southbound.


The suspect is described as a black male about 5’5 in height and weighing about 160 pounds.

Newport News man charged after child found with visible red marks

Newport News, Va. – A Newport News man is charged with child abuse and assault after police found a 9-year-old with visible red marks on his body.

On March 23, 2014 at approximately 11:50 a.m., officers responded to the first block of Ivy Farms Road in reference to child abuse.

When officers arrived, they met with Fredrick Taylor and his two children, a 9-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter. Officers saw red marks on both arms, the chest, and back of the 9-year-old. The 14-year-old had no injuries.

The injuries on the 9-year-old were consistent with being hit with a belt and extension cord, police say.

Fredrick Taylor was arrested and charged with child abuse and assault on a family member. Child Protective Services was contacted and the children were released to a family friend.

Stay with NewsChannel 3 for updates.

UPDATE: Mom charged, fugitive son arrested after morning standoff in Newport News

Newport News, Va. – A wanted fugitive has been arrested after an early-morning standoff in Newport News.

Police arrested 36-year-old Ralph Lloyd Ledford, Jr. of the 1000 block of Berkshire Drive. He is now in the custody of the Newport News City Jail. He is charged with burglary and assault and battery of a family member.

Left: Beverly Hayes. Right: Ralph Lloyd Ledford, Jr.

Left: Beverly Hayes. Right: Ralph Lloyd Ledford, Jr.

Ledford’s mother, 59-year-old Beverly Hayes was charged with obstruction of justice in connection with her son’s arrest, police say. She has been released.