Someone reportedly spray-painted "White Lives Matter" and "WLM" on various parts of the statue on Wednesday morning.
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said Tuesday he expected the Richmond Police Department to "be willing to come around the table with the community to reform and reimagine public safety."
A white Virginia man was charged with multiple misdemeanor counts of brandishing a firearm that he pointed at four black men on bikes who the suspect said were on "private property."
Officials said that the turtle was likely a pet that was released into the wild by its owner.
The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office also confirmed five individuals involved in the incident were arrested on assault, hate crime and trespassing charges late last week.
The man convulsed on the ground and lost "a great amount of blood" after being struck by the monument, according to a witness.
Four statues forming part of a Confederate monument in Portsmouth, around 80 miles outside Richmond, were also pulled down.
"I am personally committed to continuing the conversation on police reform with the community," said Richmond, Virginia Police Chief William Smith on Monday.
"We are investigating whether hate crimes charges are appropriate," said Virginia Commonwealth Attorney Shannon Taylor in a Monday statement.
Protesters pulled the statue of Gen. Williams Carter Wickham from its pedestal in Monroe Park in Richmond using ropes.
Several cities, including Washington, D.C., Denver and Phoenix, have imposed curfews amid violent protests erupting across the country.
"I am taking this step because science shows the virus spreads less easily when people wear face coverings," Northam said Tuesday.
An additional 1,615 cases were reported in Virginia, the state's highest daily increase in new cases since the pandemic began.
The governor was seen without a mask a day after he announced the state is reviewing a mandate that would require all Virginia residents to wear a mask in public.
Officials estimate the search and rescue operation took approximately 15 hours and no serious injuries were reported.
On Friday, the Virginia Department of Health confirmed 813 new cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, and 37 new fatalities.
It's best to check what your state and local restrictions are before venturing out to your local park for the holiday weekend.
The Virginia Department of Health reported an increase of 1,229 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, six days after most areas of the state began to ease public health restrictions.
Entomologists predict that as many as 1.5 million cicadas could gather per acre in certain states as adults emerge from the soil to breed.
Emily Schantz, her husband and their two children left their home in Caroline County for a drive and accidentally ran over a bag stuffed with bills.
Arizona, North Carolina, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia have all reported their largest weekly increases in COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.
The Virginia Beach oceanfront was busy despite the beach being closed under the directive, with people buying food and gifts and sunbathing near the water.
A spokesperson for Maruchan Virginia Inc. said its factory in Chesterfield County had undergone a deep cleaning after the infections were discovered.
"While the data show Virginia as a whole is are ready to slowly and deliberately ease some restrictions, it is too soon for Northern Virginia. I support the request from localities in this region to delay implementation of Phase One to protect public health," Northam said in a statement.
California plans to open around 25 of its DMV offices this month, while Virginia also announced it is preparing to reopen its facilities with social distancing guidelines and other measures in place.
Phase 1 of reopening Virginia would involve easing restrictions on businesses but continuing with social distancing measures.
Members of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) held a protest Wednesday morning outside Salem Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Virginia.
The 18-year-old found the perfect hiding spot in the washing machine, but soon found she couldn't get out. Eventually, the Prince William County Fire and Rescue had to come and free the teen.