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  • Elderly couple kicked out of Va. McDonald's for sitting too long

    03/10/2014 1:36:24 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 106 replies
    WTOP.com ^ | Monday - 3/10/2014, 1:24pm ET | By Kathy Stewart
    WASHINGTON -- After an elderly couple got the boot from their local McDonald's for sitting too long, management and the owner are not answering the question if there really is a 30-minute sitting limit at the Culpeper, Va. fast food restaurant. Carl Becker, 87, a World War II veteran, and his wife Barbara Becker, 81, say they both were at the Culpeper McDonald's on Feb. 21 at about 2:30 p.m. when they were approached by the manager. The location is a place the pair has frequented for years. "And he says 'You two are going to have to leave.' He...
  • Culpeper Cop Who Shot and Killed Patricia Cook Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

    05/25/2013 10:31:58 PM PDT · by Altariel · 59 replies
    Reason.com ^ | May 3, 2013 | Mike Riggs
    19Daniel Harmon-Wright, the police officer in Culpeper, Virginia, who shot and killed former Sunday school teacher Patricia Cook in February 2012, has been sentenced to three years in prison. This is what the jury recommended upon convicting Harmon-Wright of manslaughter three months ago. According to WJLA, the Cook family will proceed with its lawsuit against Harmon-Wright. Here's a brief recap of the damage done to Cook by Harmon-Wright: The first two rounds, fired at point-blank range, tore into Cook’s face and arm. Another round, fired as Cook was driving away from the shooter, entered her brain. A fourth round severed...
  • Former Culpeper police officer guilty of manslaughter

    01/30/2013 2:32:56 PM PST · by Altariel · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 29, 2013 | Justin Jouvenal,
    A former Culpeper police officer was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and other charges Tuesday for killing a 54-year-old homemaker during a routine suspicious-vehicle check that spiraled out of control last February. A Culpeper Circuit Court jury deliberated for about nine hours before returning the verdict in the trial of Daniel Harmon-Wright, who fired seven shots into Patricia Cook’s Jeep Wrangler when she tried to drive away from the then-officer. He faces a maximum of 25 years in prison.
  • UPDATED: Widower of woman shot by Culpeper officer found dead

    11/21/2012 6:07:18 PM PST · by Altariel · 23 replies
    Inside Nova ^ | November 13, 2012 | Rhonda Simmons
    The widower of the woman shot and killed by a Culpeper police officer on North East Street in February was found dead in his Friendship Heights apartment Tuesday, seven months after his wife’s untimely death. According to Virginia State Police, a maintenance crew who entered Gary D. Cook’s apartment to conduct routine service for the apartment complex discovered his body. He was 62. Preliminary findings of an autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Manassas revealed Cook died of natural causes, according to VPS spokeswoman Corinne Geller. Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Cook’s residence around...
  • Culpeper police officer Daniel Harmon-Wright pleads not guilty in death of Patricia Cook (Virginia)

    06/17/2012 3:30:29 PM PDT · by deks · 20 replies
    My Fox DC ^ | June 8, 2012 | Bob Barnard
    CULPEPER, Va. - June 8, 2012 A Culpeper police officer is free on $100,000 bond after pleading not guilty to murder and gun charges. Police have said Harmon-Wright was responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle in a church parking lot when he fatally shot 54-year-old Patricia A. Cook on Feb. 9. [Culpeper is halfway between Fairfax and Charlottesville in Culpeper County, Virginia] Video at link. . .Please see comment #1 for background concerning the murder of Patricia Cook, appointment of a special prosecutor and special investigative grand jury, and the indictment.
  • Culpeper officer indicted for murder in woman’s shooting

    05/31/2012 2:45:39 PM PDT · by Altariel · 25 replies
    Fredericksburg.com/ ^ | May 29, 2012 | Donnie Johnston
    A special investigative grand jury Tuesday handed down a murder indictment against the Culpeper town policeman who shot and killed a 54-year-old unarmed woman on Feb. 9. Thirty-two-year-old Daniel Harmon–Wright, aka Daniel Wayne Sullivan, aka Dan Wayne, turned himself in to Prince William County authorities Tuesday night near his home in Gainesville, sources said. According to the Virginia State Police, Harmon–Wright has been charged with one count of murder, malicious shooting into an occupied vehicle, malicious shooting into an occupied vehicle resulting in a death and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. The charges stem from...
  • Prosecutor requests grand jury probe in Pat Cook shooting

    04/09/2012 9:30:38 AM PDT · by Altariel · 5 replies
    Culpeper Star-Exponent ^ | April 2, 2012 | Allison Brophy Champion
    The special prosecutor assigned to review the Feb. 9 fatal shooting of local housewife Patricia Ann Cook by a Culpeper Police Officer has requested a special grand jury investigate the matter. Potential grand jurors from Culpeper could be summoned as early as next week to commence their work the first week of May, according to Fauquier County Commonwealth’s Attorney James P. Fisher. The special prosecutor said he was hopeful the grand jury review and evidentiary review could be complete by the end of June at which time all the forensic and scientific evidence would also be finalized. “Whether such an...
  • 54-Year-Old Woman Patricia Cook Killed in Police Shooting in Culpeper

    02/19/2012 10:16:11 AM PST · by Altariel · 183 replies · 3+ views
    My Fox DC ^ | February 10, 2012 | Audrey Barnes
    By AUDREY BARNES/myfoxdc CULPEPER, Va. - Investigators are trying to figure out what led to a police shooting that killed a 54-year-old woman in Culpeper. A telephone pole on North East Street is where police say the confrontation between Patricia Cook and a five-year veteran of the Town of Culpeper Police Department ended. Ironically, it began about 75 yards up the street outside of the church Cook attended. And if you had to pick a person least likely to be shot and killed by police, the victim's next door neighbor said it would be Patricia Cook. “She’s always talked really...
  • tribute to the brave men of the Culpeper Minute Men

    02/08/2012 11:14:53 AM PST · by do the dhue · 10 replies
    Harmonize.com ^ | July 2008 | harmonize.com
    In tribute to the brave men of Culpeper, Orange, and Fauquier counties who helped establish our lasting heritage of Freedom and the identity we all share today The Minute Battalion of Culpeper County, Virginia 1775 - 1776 Left to Right: Private Man, Officer in Captain Taliaferro's Company, Private Man, Officer in Captain Wm. Pickett's Company Military Uniforms in America Plate No. 259 Copyright 1973 by Company of Military Historians Provided to Culpepper Connections! by Chip Culpepper who received it from Gene Norris Culpepper. At the Virginia convention held May 1775, in Richmond, Patrick Henry and the Committee of Safety ordered...
  • [Culpeper Va.] Mayor Chip Coleman decides to call it a career with DHS [bureaucrats increase 9-fold]

    12/05/2010 2:52:52 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    Culpeper Star Exponent ^ | December 05, 2010 | By Vincent Vala
    After heading the Culpeper Department of Human Services for the past 21 years, and being elected mayor of the Town of Culpeper last May, DHS Executive Director Calvin “Chip” Coleman is retiring from the post at the end of this month. Since taking the reigns in February of 1989, Coleman has overseen the Department of Human Services’ growth from about 20 employees to more than 180, and the development of a myriad of local programs to help DHS’ clients with everything from finding work and obtaining transportation to accessing affordable childcare.
  • School system in Va. won't teach version of Anne Frank book

    01/28/2010 8:29:57 PM PST · by ozguy · 36 replies · 1,462+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Friday, January 29, 2010 | Michael Alison Chandler
    Culpeper County public school officials have decided to stop assigning a version of Anne Frank's diary, one of the most enduring symbols of the atrocities of the Nazi regime, after a parent complained that the book includes sexually explicit material and homosexual themes. "The Diary of a Young Girl: the Definitive Edition," which was published on the 50th anniversary of Frank's death in a concentration camp, will not be used in the future, said James Allen, director of instruction for the 7,600-student system. The school system did not follow its own policy for handling complaints about instructional materials, Allen said....
  • Democrats look set to lose key election

    10/24/2009 2:39:38 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 18 replies · 1,887+ views
    Times Online (U.K.) ^ | October 25, 2009 | Christina Lamb
    The hundreds of civil war gravestones in Culpeper cemetery tell of the town’s bloody history. Halfway between the opposing capitals of Richmond and Washington, it saw more battles than anywhere else in the United States. Today this town in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge mountains is a battlefield of a different kind. In 10 days’ time Virginia, which last November voted for a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time since 1964, goes to the polls for a governor in the first electoral test of the Obama presidency. This contest between Bob McDonnell, a Republican, and Creigh Deeds, a...
  • "Virginia: Immigrants (sic) Now a Target of County Supervisors" (Culpeper)

    08/08/2007 7:09:56 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 30 replies · 804+ views
    Univision (translated from Spanish to English) ^ | 8 August 2007 | Univision TV (Translated into English)
    PROJECT: COUNTERINTELLIGENCE SUBJECT: ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION / RESPONSE ON THE U.S. LOCAL LEVEL FILE: OPPOSITION RESEARCH TRANSLATION: SPANISH to ENGLISH (w/BABELFISH) Original Spanish Title: ("Virginia: Inmigrantes Son Ahora Blanco de Junta del Condado") TEXT OF SPANISH-TO-ENGLISH TRANSLATION Text of Article: ”8 August of 2007, 03:41pm ET CULPEPER, Virginia. (AP) – Even without a debate, in a meeting of the County Supervisors of Culpeper County in Virginia, they have unanimously declared a resolution making English the official language of the county. Also, the meeting held on Tuesday was whether to go along with other localities in Virginia to look to the...
  • County's alien crackdown may spread to other areas (VA)

    07/13/2007 10:59:43 AM PDT · by JZelle · 41 replies · 1,189+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 7-13-07 | Natasha Altamirano
    Prince William County [Va.] supervisors have taken immigration enforcement into their own hands — an encouraging example for other jurisdictions that want to crack down on the influx of illegal aliens into their communities. "I'm extremely excited about what Prince William County has done, and I certainly hope that kind of fans the fire of other municipalities across the state — including Culpeper," said Culpeper Town Council member F. Steve Jenkins. Culpeper County is one locality that appears to be taking Prince William County's lead on addressing the cost of illegal aliens.
  • Sloshed Virginia man busted driving his Turf Trac to 7-Eleven

    06/11/2005 2:35:55 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 5 replies · 320+ views
    Smoking Gun ^ | 6/11/05 | Smoking Gun
    JUNE 10--Meet Jerry Hawkins. The 43-year-old Virginia man is facing a drunk driving rap after blowing a whopping .32 on a police Breathalyzer test. While that's nothing special, as noted in the below Culpeper Police Department report, Hawkins was pulled over as he tooled down Main Street astride a red riding mower. Hawkins, who reeked of booze, explained to cops that he was headed to the 7-Eleven for gasoline.
  • Culpeper charges man with DUI - - on mower

    06/10/2005 2:17:14 AM PDT · by leadpenny · 16 replies · 656+ views
    Fredericksburg.com & The Free Lance-Star ^ | June 10, 2005 | Donnie Johnston
    By DONNIE JOHNSTON A Rixeyville man has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol on Culpeper's Main Street--on a lawn mower. Town police Sgt. Chris Settle was patrolling the 880 block of North Main Street about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday when he noticed a man on a red riding lawn mower heading north in the left lane, according to Detective Richard Brooking. At one point, the man stopped in the middle of the lane for almost a minute and carried on a conversation with the driver of a passing vehicle, Brooking said. "After Settle watched the man almost get...
  • Proposal stirs opposition (Suggested Culpeper County, VA shooting ordinance)

    05/11/2005 10:05:13 AM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 460+ views
    Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star ^ | May 11, 2005 | DONNIE JOHNSTON
    Sportsmen pack meeting Concerned hunters and other gun owners turned out in force yesterday to voice their disapproval of a suggested Culpeper County shooting ordinance. Wearing blaze-orange caps and sporting National Rifle Association insignias, more than 125 outdoorsmen skipped work to form an overflow crowd at the Board of Supervisors' Rules Committee meeting. And the exclamation heard over and over again was a resounding, "This is not Fairfax County!" The gun enthusiasts showed up to complain about a suggested ordinance--a slightly reworked version of a Fairfax County law--that would limit shooting to parcels of land 20 acres or larger and...
  • East Coast bigfoot hunters want respect

    10/08/2004 4:23:00 PM PDT · by churchillbuff · 22 replies · 661+ views
    kentucky.com/Wash Post ^ | Oct. 3, 04 | David A. Fahrenthold
    William Dranginis says he saw Bigfoot near Culpeper, Va., on a spring day in 1995. He and two friends were using metal detectors in a field when a 7-foot-tall thing with thick hair and bulging muscles jumped from behind a tree. Soon afterward, Dranginis reported his sighting to one of the nation's premier Bigfoot researchers in the Pacific Northwest. The guy laughed at him, Dranginis says. ... It was his initiation into the East Coast Bigfoot hunters, a group whose members say they are a put-upon subculture in the already marginalized world of sasquatch researchers. ...
  • Town Curbs Prayers ( In Jesus' name, you can't pray )

    10/06/2004 9:52:18 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 24 replies · 798+ views
    TheFreelanceStar ^ | 10/6/2004 | By DONNIE JOHNSTON
    In Jesus' name, you can't pray. The Culpeper County Ministerial Association isn't bowing down to that "suggestion" from the Culpeper Town Council. The group says it may challenge an Aug. 11 memo from Town Attorney Robert W. Bendall asking ministers not to refer to "Jesus, Christ or any variations of those names" while praying at the opening of council meetings. The memo stems from a U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision July 22 ruling that a Great Falls, S.C., legislative prayer violated the First Amendment clause prohibiting the establishment of a state religion. The ruling sparked a similar controversy...
  • Sheriff investigating golf-course hijinks

    10/24/2003 10:19:00 AM PDT · by BBell · 10 replies · 231+ views
    The Free Lance-star ^ | 10/23/03 | Donnie Johnston
    Sheriff investigating golf-course hijinks By DONNIE JOHNSTON Date published: 10/23/2003 A Fauquier County sheriff's deputy has resigned and two others have been "severely" disciplined after they allegedly shot up a golf cart during a tournament at a Culpeper County golf course last week. Culpeper County Sheriff Lee Hart confirmed yesterday that his office is conducting a criminal investigation of the incident and will let Commonwealth's Attorney Gary Close decide whether to prosecute. The alleged shooting occurred on Monday, Oct. 13, during a birthday celebration for the wife of one of the officers at South Wales Golf Course near Jeffersonton, Fauquier...