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Lack of evidence leads to dropping of assault charges

A Muslim cab driver claimed, days after the Boston Marathon bombing, that a Virginia man had beaten him, leaving him badly injured with a concussion and broken jaw. Prosecutors initially filed criminal assault charges. The problem, it turned out, was that a video of part of the incident only showed the man insulting the cab driver verbally. The cab driver claimed that the beating occurred subsequently, off camera, but prosecutors concluded that there were enough discrepancies in his story that they had little choice but to drop the case.

5 accused of taking 80 computers from FedEx

Five people have been arrested by Virginia Beach police and accused of involvement in taking 80 laptop computers from a FedEx facility there. Police stated that a security guard claimed to have encountered three men in masks running from the premises slightly after midnight. A later inspection of goods in the freight service center found that a pallet believed to have held the computers was not in the locked trailer where it was supposed to be. All of the computers were Apple brand.

Four men accused of involvement in heroin sales

Federal prosecutors have charged four men of drug-related offenses involving heroin trafficking in five counties in Northern Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. Each of them allegedly sold over 1,000 grams of heroin. One of them was also charged with two federal firearms charges -- possession of a firearm despite a previous felony conviction and having a gun to use in conjunction with drug sales.

Woman arrested on check theft charges

A 25-year-old woman has been arrested in Virginia and faces theft-related charge. Authorities claim that she purloined a friend's blank checks and began fraudulently passing them in various locations. They also say that she went to her friend's house with three other people who waited for her outside in a car while she went inside.

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