Police investigate fatal hit-and-run by tractor-trailer

LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police are investigating a hit-and-run by a tractor-trailer that left a Tennessee man dead. Police said in a statement Thursday that a trooper saw what he thought was a broken down car along Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County last week. The trooper stopped to help early Friday morning and found 65-year-old Donald Davis of Newport, Tennessee, dead on the ground behind his vehicle. An investigation found Davis was struck by a tractor-trailer believed to be a Freightliner. Police are asking anyone who may have information to contact them. The statement says the tractor-trailer...

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Busch Gardens OK’d to build tall attraction in Virginia

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — County officials in Virginia have granted Busch Gardens an approval the park needed to move forward in building a new, tall attraction. News outlets report the James City County board of supervisors this week unanimously approved a request from Busch Gardens for a height waiver that will let the park construct an attraction of up to 315 feet. The park hasn’t said what exactly it will build, but the project is named Busch Gardens Madrid in planning documents. The park has themed areas representing countries including France, Ireland, Germany and England. The park’s overall tallest...

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100s pack Richmond hearing on Confederate monuments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of people in Richmond have packed a contentious community meeting to weigh in on what should be done with the city’s Confederate monuments. Local media report more than 500 people gathered Wednesday night at the Virginia Historical Society and more were turned away due to space restrictions. The meeting was the first of two public comment sessions that have been scheduled as a commission studies adding context to the statues or building new ones. Mayor Levar Stoney has said he does not think the statues should be removed, though a number of speakers said...

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Virginia man guilty of murder in wife’s antifreeze death

STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — A jury says a Virginia man deserves life in prison after convicting him of first-degree murder in the death of his wife, who was poisoned by drinking antifreeze three years ago. The News Leader reports a jury found 69-year-old David Vatter of Verona guilty this week. Augusta County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tim Martin said evidence showed that David and Shelby Vatter were facing financial difficulties and that David Vatter mistakenly thought his wife had a $70,000 insurance policy. Shelby Vatter was hospitalized in March 2014 after becoming violently ill, and died three weeks later. The newspaper...

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Navy secretary says ‘any patriot’ should be able to serve

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The nation’s new Navy secretary says he’ll take direction from the Pentagon regarding President Donald Trump’s call for a ban on transgender service members, but he adds that “any patriot that wants to serve and meets all the requirements should be able to serve in our military.” Richard V. Spencer made the comments Thursday in response to reporters’ questions as he visited a naval base in Norfolk, Virginia. The former businessman was sworn in Aug. 3, a little more than a week after Trump declared the ban via Twitter. Transgender people have been allowed to...

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Virginia doctor convicted in pill mill operation

(Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com) RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia physician accused of being a key player in an oxycodone pill mill operation has been convicted on 19 drug-related charges. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports a federal jury returned the verdict Thursday against 62-year-old Clarence Scranage Jr. of King George. He was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to possess controlled substances with the intent to distribute them and 18 counts of distribution of controlled substances. Scranage ran a pain-management practice in the Richmond area and acted as his own attorney. Prosecutors alleged that over four years, he wrote...

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‘Alt-right’ rally organizer sues city over location change

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The organizer of a weekend rally that’s expected to draw hundreds of “alt-right” activists and white nationalists is suing a Virginia city over its decision to relocate the event. Attorneys for right-wing blogger Jason Kessler filed the federal lawsuit Thursday against Charlottesville. The city says Kessler’s Saturday event can’t take place in its downtown Emancipation Park. Citing safety considerations, they ordered it moved to a park about a mile away. The rally was sparked by Charlottesville’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park. Kessler’s lawsuit argues moving the...

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Fatal Crash in King George County

Virginia State Police report that around 11:10 a.m. yesterday (Aug. 10), Trooper   J.L. Simone was called to the scene of a fatal crash in King George County.   A bicyclist was traveling westbound on Windsor Drive about a half mile west of   Route 301 when a 2005 Dodge Caravan moved to pass the cyclist in a legal   passing zone. As the driver attempted to pass, the cyclist appeared to veer into the   lane and was struck. The cyclist – 28 year-old Edward W. Abendroth, of King   George – was pronounced dead at the scene....

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Man suffers life-threatening injuries from shipyard accident

(Information from: WAVY-TV, http://www.wavy.com/) PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — A man has suffered life-threatening injuries following an accident at a shipyard in Virginia. WAVY-TV reported that the accident occurred Tuesday afternoon when the man’s legs were clinched between a concrete pylon and a tugboat that was being moved for repair. The man got stuck in the process of moving the boat. He is reported to be in his 50s. Rescue crews rushed him to a local hospital. The incident occurred at East Coast Repair and Fabrication in Portsmouth. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, also known as OSHA, is...

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Loggerhead sea turtle released after rehab

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — A loggerhead sea turtle that was rescued in Virginia and named Humphrey has been released back into the ocean after undergoing rehabilitation in New Jersey. The turtle flapped its flippers and headed into the surf Tuesday at Point Pleasant Beach in New Jersey. Humphrey was tagged so the recovery center can keep track of its whereabouts. The turtle was found suffering from a lung infection in Virginia on Dec. 24. It was transferred to New Jersey’s Sea Turtle Recovery in Essex County in May. Humphrey was the recovery center’s first turtle to be...

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Virginia State Police officer indicted on sex crimes

GATE CITY, Va. (AP) — A Virginia State Police officer has been indicted on two felony sex-related charges, including rape. The Times-News in nearby Kingsport, Tennessee, reported Tuesday that Matthew M. Phillips was indicted by a grand jury in Scott County in southwestern Virginia. Phillips lives in Bristol, Virginia. Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller told The Associated Press in a phone interview that Phillips has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the investigation. The Times-News reported that Phillips has until Aug. 15 to turn himself in. Court documents allege that Phillips committed sodomy in 2014 and...

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Tow operator opens wallet to put brakes on McAuliffe veto

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Newly filed records show the owner of one of Northern Virginia’s largest towing companies spent several thousand dollars in an effort to stave off a veto by Gov. Terry McAuliffe on legislation loosening towing regulations. John O’Neill, the owner of Advanced Towing, hired two of McAuliffe’s longtime friends as lobbyists and made a large campaign contribution to a Democratic state senator who had opposed the bill but McAuliffe said was later a key advocate convincing him to sign it. Those involved said it was a full-court press by the business community that convinced the governor...

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TSA: Airport checkpoint detects handgun

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Federal officials have cited a woman on weapons charges after her loaded baby blue handgun was allegedly discovered at a Virginia airport. The Transportation Security Administration said in a statement on Wednesday that the gun was found in the woman’s carry-on bag at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport. The 9mm was loaded with five bullets. The woman was catching an early morning flight. She said she forgot the gun was with her. The TSA did not identify the woman but said she was from Camden, North Carolina. The TSA said the typical first offense...

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911 Address Verification in Essex County

Over the next several months, Timmons Group, an Engineering and Technology firm based in Richmond, is assisting Essex County in correcting their addressing system. Technicians from the firm will be visiting each structure in the county and verifying that the actual 911 address of the structure matches the address in Essex County’s Geographic Information System. Ensuring that all addresses are accurate and up-to-date will enable first responders to locate an emergency as quickly as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Susanne Joy (Essex County Geospatial Program Coordinator) at 804-443-3490...

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Construction to start on Norfolk IKEA this fall

(Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com) NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Swedish home furnishings store IKEA hopes to break ground on its new Hampton Roads location this fall. That’s according to spokesman Joseph Roth, who tells The Virginian-Pilot the retailer doesn’t have a more “exact time frame.” The company announced its plans to open the 331,000-square-foot (30,751-square-meter) store last year. The company had initially planned to begin construction as early as this spring, but ran into unexpected development issues. Because the land backs up to a reservoir, IKEA will build a parking facility and elevate the site for underground stormwater retention. IKEA...

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Aug 17 all-day
  Interested in giving back to your community, but don’t have the time to commit to volunteering regularly? Host a Wine & Design party! Wine & Design is a mini-fundraiser for The Haven where a[...]
8:00 am Veterans Mobil Service Office
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Aug 17 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
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12:00 pm Caroline County Blood Drive @ Caroline County YMCA
Caroline County Blood Drive @ Caroline County YMCA
Aug 17 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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1:00 pm Rappatomac Writers Critique Group @ Java Jacks Cafe
Rappatomac Writers Critique Group @ Java Jacks Cafe
Aug 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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1:46 pm Back to School Supply Drive @ The Haven Office
Back to School Supply Drive @ The Haven Office
Aug 17 @ 1:46 pm – 2:46 pm
  This month the Haven is collecting school supplies for local students. Any and all materials for school are welcome. Items can be dropped off until Friday, August 28th at their office located at 5726[...]

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