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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) In the end, there was no smoke, no fire and not even a sprinkler system going off. Fire officials say they sent half a dozen fire trucks to the federal courthouse in Richmond this morning, interrupting the trial of five motorcycle gang members.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia forestry officials say a few large fires resulted in four times more acreage being burned during Virginia's fall fire season compared to last year. The forestry department says 63 fires scorched nearly 2,600 acres, well above the 638 acres that burned last year.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) The Norfolk naval station is getting set to debut a $9.3 million child development center in coming days. The center will serve hundreds of children from newborns to kindergartners of those staff, officers and others at the naval station.

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) It's time for some holiday cheer in Colonial Williamsburg. The historic district is kicking off the winter season with its 76th Grand Illumination on Sunday and says fireworks, 18th century fife music and a real gun salute will be part of festivities.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A federal agent who infiltrated the Outlaws motorcycle gang is set to testify again today in federal court in Richmond. Prosecutors say they expect Jeffrey Grabman to testify in the trial of five current or former biker gang members, including Outlaws national president Jack Rosga of Milwaukee.

STANARDSVILLE, Va. (AP) A Greene County judge has found a blogger not guilty of charges that she stalked a federal agent. The judge ruled yesterday that while Elisha Strom's behavior seemed bizarre, it didn't meet the state's statute for stalking.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) A Delaware man faces up to 30 years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to commit mortgage fraud for properties in Virginia's Eastern Shore. Forty-year-old Michael Schmuff, of Wilmington, Del., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to commit bank fraud in Norfolk federal court.

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