Two Richmond police officers indicted for role in civil unrest, lieutenant governor candidates near double digits, Shenandoah visits spiking, and more headlines

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• A grand jury indicted two Richmond police officers on misdemeanor assault charges related to their actions during this summer’s civil unrest. Officials have not yet explained what the officers are accused of doing.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A state trooper who was recorded saying “You are going to get your a– whooped” before pulling a Black driver out of a car will not face charges in Fairfax County.—Washington Post

• A judge ruled that police can’t subpoena Portsmouth Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Morales as a witness in the felony case against Democratic Sen. Louise Lucas over vandalism of a Confederate monument, a ruling that potentially frees up Morales to handle the controversial case.—Virginian-Pilot

• Central State, a state-run mental hospital near Petersburg, is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak that has infected at least 18 patients and 11 employees.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The warden of the Baskerville Correctional Center in Mecklenburg County appears to be the first Virginia prison employee to die of COVID-19.—Mecklenburg Sun

• It’s still not clear when a COVID-19 vaccine will arrive, but Virginia officials are preparing for the possibility it could come next month.—Virginian-Pilot

• The 2021 field for lieutenant governor is already nearing double digits, with five Democrats and four Republicans planning to run.—Washington Post

• Six post office boxes in the Richmond area were broken into over the weekend, raising concerns that absentee ballots may have been among the mail taken.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Visits to Shenandoah National Park are spiking, a trend park officials say is “definitely” tied to the pandemic.—Winchester Star

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