RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A Virginia man who police say set his girlfriend on fire, killing her, has been arrested in the Richmond area. Media outlets report that Lewis Edward Reeder was arrested Thursday, one day after the death of his alleged victim, 64-year-old Delores Williams. Fairfax County police say officers responded to an Alexandria home on Nov. 19 for the report of a house fire and a disorderly man. Firefighters extinguished the blaze and found that Williams had been badly burned. Police say Williams and Reeder, her live-in boyfriend, had been arguing when he set her on fire. Reeder fled from the scene and evaded authorities until his arrest. Reeder was sought for aggravated malicious wounding, although police say additional charges are possible. It’s unclear if Reeder has an attorney.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Legislative leaders from both parties say increasing salaries and reducing staffing shortages among Virginia State Police will be a priority in the upcoming legislative session despite the state’s budget shortfall. The state is facing an estimated $1.5 billion shortfall due to lower-than-expected income and sales tax collections, which prompted Gov. Terry McAuliffe over the summer to scrap planned raises for state employees. The head of the State Police says since that time, departures have escalated, leaving the agency with a severe manpower shortage. Sen. William Stanley, a Republican from Franklin County, and Senate Minority Leader Richard Saslaw, a Democrat from Fairfax County, both said Thursday that the low pay and staffing shortages were a major issue. The two spoke at a forum on legislative issues in Richmond.