Crime and courts reporter @RTDNEWS. Skeptical, old school scribe. Mizzou alum, KC Royals fan mbowes@timesdispatch.com

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Reduced fear of firearm restrictions with the election of President Trump, combined with panic buying "hangover" during the Obama administration, largely responsible for 3.5 % drop in Virginia gun sales in 2017, dealers say.  http://bit.ly/2DsXZc7 
Up in smoke: Catwalk linking Petersburg factory building being renovated into residential units to occupied development next door fuels massive fire that destroys both. But miraculously, no one is killed or injured.  http://bit.ly/2B8bmbR 
Medical examiner: Amelia senior and softball standout found shot Saturday died of self-inflicted gunshot wound. Mother says daughter had argued with boyfriend, shooting occurred in stressed moment but she didn't intend to kill herself.  http://bit.ly/2B98o6Q 
Ex-member of Grape Street Crips in N.C. sentenced to 20 years for fatally shooting and attempting to rob Chesterfield man in botched drug holdup planned by former L.C. Bird High School student.  http://bit.ly/2ASQzIZ 
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