Police stop protesters from removing J.E.B. Stuart monument, weapons charge dropped against pastor, airport police officer charged with trespassing near Lee statue, and more headlines

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• Police prevented protesters from pulling down the J.E.B. Stuart monument in Richmond Sunday night, citing safety concerns. Now some local officials want the city to take down its Confederate statues immediately as a matter of public safety. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A Shenandoah County judge has agreed to drop a weapons charge filed against a Black pastor who was arrested after calling 911 on a group of White people accused of threatening him and trespassing on his property. The pastor’s lawyer said the dismissal doesn’t go far enough. — Northern Virginia Daily

• An armed Richmond Airport Police officer was charged with trespassing after he was spotted on the roof of a building overlooking the Robert E. Lee Monument. — WTVR

• The Alexandria City Council banned guns and ammunition on city property and streets where special events are being held, “making it the first city to take advantage of new Virginia laws that tightened gun restrictions this spring.” — The Washington Post

• Five Roanoke-area restaurants were dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks among their staff after reopening. — The Roanoke Times

• Marine Corps veteran Aliscia Andrews won a GOP primary and will try unseat freshman Democrat Jennifer Wexton in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. — The Associated Press

• Five graduates of a Fredericksburg high school who attended a socially distant graduation ceremony last week have tested positive for COVID-19. — The Free Lance-Star

• The Virginia Beach hospitality industry is scrambling to replace hundreds of foreign workers barred from the country because of the pandemic. — The Virginian-Pilot

• Some Richmond protesters have been showing up heavily armed as part of a “volunteer security force.”  One said: “We’ve turned our last cheek.” — The Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Gov. Ralph Northam’s decision to make Juneteenth a state holiday on short notice forced the DMV to cancel almost 6,000 appointments. In Hampton Roads, some people still showed up to find locked doors. — The Daily Press

• With workers furloughed and mines shut down, Virginia’s already-shrinking coal industry has been hit hard by the pandemic. — Bristol Herald-Courier

• State regulators have rescinded a company’s license to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Staunton after the project failed to move forward on time. — The News Leader

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