The Latest: Virginia State Police superintendent retiring
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville (all times local):
The superintendent of the Virginia State Police is retiring, but the agency’s spokeswoman says his departure is unrelated to this summer’s violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.
Col. W. Steven Flaherty’s retirement marks the third departure in two days of a public official who had a role in responding to the rally. State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said Tuesday afternoon, however, that Flaherty’s retirement is unrelated. She says he had been planning to step down at the end of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration.
Flaherty has been with the agency more than 42 years. In a statement, he said serving as superintendent has been the “greatest honor” of his life.
Officials announced earlier Tuesday that City Attorney Craig Brown will leave his job at the end of January. Police Chief Al Thomas announced his retirement Monday after less than two years in the job.
Gov.-elect Ralph Northam’s office says Lt. Col. Gary Settle will become the new superintendent.
An Ohio man accused of driving into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville has been indicted on 10 felony counts, including first-degree murder.
Court records show a grand jury returned an indictment Monday against 20-year-old James Alex Fields.
Prosecutors say Fields drove into peaceful counterprotesters the day of the rally that drew hundreds of white nationalists to the Virginia college town. A woman was killed, and authorities say 35 people were injured.
Fields, described by a former teacher as fascinated with Nazism, was initially charged with second-degree murder. The charge was upgraded last week.
Also indicted Monday were three men charged in connection with an attack on a man in a parking garage the day of the rally, and a man charged with firing a gun.