Governor Declares State of Emergency in Response to Pending Winter Storm

~ Virginians Urged to Prepare Now, Especially in Northern and Northwest Virginia ~   RICHMOND – With forecasts calling for a major winter storm event to impact portions of Virginia tonight through Tuesday, Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency at 2 p.m. today. This action authorizes state agencies to assist local governments as they prepare and respond to the coming winter weather over the next 24 hours. In declaring a state of emergency, the governor authorizes state agencies to identify and position resources for quick response anywhere they are needed in Virginia. This action does not apply...

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Jail officials investigate inmate’s death in cell

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — Jail officials in Portsmouth are investigating the death of inmate who was found unresponsive in his cell. The Hampton Roads Regional Jail says inmate Jakim Funderburk was found in his cell with a bedsheet tied around his neck hanging from the top bunk. Guards doing a security check found Funderburk at 12:30 a.m. Sunday and administered CPR until paramedics arrived. He was pronounced dead an hour later. Portsmouth police are investigating, along with jail officials. Funderburk had been in jail since December on charges including abduction, malicious assault and armed burglary. The Justice Department announced...

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Person arrested on White House grounds

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Secret Service says a person is under arrest after climbing a fence and getting onto the south grounds of the White House. The breach happened at about 11:38 p.m. Friday. President Donald Trump was at the White House. The agency says the individual — whom it did not identify — was arrested without further incident. No hazardous materials were found during a search of a backpack the individual carried. The Secret Service also says a search of the south and north grounds of the White House complex found “nothing of concern to security operations.”...

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Unclaimed tax refunds on debit cards exceed $14 million

(Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More than 100,000 Virginia taxpayers who had their tax refunds issued on prepaid debit cards never used them, leaving $14 million in refunds unclaimed. Virginia issued the prepaid cards from 2013 to 2015, in an effort to save money on paper checks. Taxpayers due refunds had the option of a direct deposit or a prepaid debit card. The program proved unpopular and was discontinued after tax year 2014. Recipients complained the cards were unwieldy and carried hidden fees. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Sunday that 9 percent of the 1.2 million...

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Father charged in slaying of toddler son goes on trial

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man is going on trial for the death of his 1-year-old son, more than four years after the boy’s death. Prosecutors say Joaquin Rams murdered his son Prince to collect on more than $500,000 in life insurance. Rams has maintained his innocence and says Prince died after suffering a seizure. Rams was granted visitation with his son despite objections from the boy’s mother, who told a judge she feared for Prince’s safety. Prosecutors suspect Rams also killed his ex-girlfriend in 2003 and his own mother in 2008. But a judge barred any evidence...

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Virginia redistricting trial to start Monday

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A lawsuit challenging several Virginia legislative boundaries is going to trial. The trial starts Monday and could last through Thursday in Richmond Circuit Court. The lawsuit was brought by OneVirginia2021, a redistricting advocacy group. The group says lawmakers during the 2011 redistricting process violated the requirement that election districts must be compact. The group is challenging 11 House and Senate districts, which are currently held by both Democrats and Republicans. If OneVirginia2021 wins the case, Virginia’s electoral map could be redrawn. House leaders say the current map was overwhelmingly approved with bipartisan support. There is...

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FBI to dedicate memorial to fallen agent in Abingdon

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — The FBI is honoring an agent killed 75 years ago in the line of duty by dedicating a memorial in the Virginia town where he was fatally shot. Law enforcement officials and family members of Special Agent Hubert J. Treacy Jr. will dedicate a memorial plaque in his honor Monday in Abingdon. The FBI says Treacy was the only Richmond Division special agent to be killed in the line of duty during an adversarial action. He and another agent were attempting to take two U.S. Army deserters into custody in March 1942 when he was...

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Chesapeake barber college owner sentenced for fraud

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — The co-owner of a Chesapeake barber college has been sentenced to more than five years in prison on charges he defrauded the Veterans Affairs Department out of more than $4.5 million. Media outlets report 45-year-old William E. Grobes, IV pleaded guilty to the charges in November 2016. His wife, Katherine, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and will be sentenced Friday. The charges against the Grobses relate to their operation of the College of Beauty and Barber Culture from October 2011 through this past September. Court documents show the school collected more than $4.5...

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Va. officers cleared in shooting of knife-wielding man

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Two police officers who fatally shot a mentally ill man who attacked them with a knife have been cleared of wrongdoing. The Virginian Pilot reports that Norfolk prosecutors determined Thursday that officers Vernon Dozier and Chad Wacker acted in justifiable defense when they fired 13 shots at Willie Demetrius James on June 2 of last year. Commonwealth Attorney Greg Underwood said prosecutors would not seek criminal charges against the officers. Police say James, whose psychological problems were known to family members and law enforcement, assaulted his sister and niece, and a relative ran outside to...

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Free cybersecurity training being offered to Virginia vets

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Free training in cyber security is being offered to qualified veterans in Hampton Roads. The office of Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the eight to 12 week program is being offered by the SANS Institute. The deadline to apply is March 17. Courses begin April 24. Those interested can visit . Graduates are provided opportunities to gain access to cybersecurity employers. The program is offered in partnership with the United Service Organizations. The training is valued at up to $30,000 for each student depending on curriculum...

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Va. man charged after 21 dead dogs were found in his home

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — A Hampton man has been charged with animal abuse and other offenses after authorities discovered 21 dead dogs in his home. WAVY-TV reports that Vernon Alonzo Silver was arrested Wednesday night and charged with felony cruelty to animals and disposal of dead companion animals. Police were called to Silver’s home earlier this week to investigate a smell coming from the house. When officers went inside they found 21 dead dogs and one still alive. The station reports that Silver was issued 32 summonses in 2014 for animal cruelty, and that Animal Control removed more than...

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Driver charged after tractor trailer strikes trooper’s car

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police say a Maryland man is facing charges after a tractor trailer loaded with 1,000 pounds of mail sideswiped a trooper’s patrol car and another vehicle on the side of Interstate 64. Police said in a statement that after Trooper I.K. Ibrahim stopped a Kia early Thursday in Newport News, a tractor trailer struck the patrol car and Kia. Police say Ibrahim, who had activated his emergency lights, was inside the patrol car when it was hit. He was treated for minor injuries at a hospital and released. The Kia driver wasn’t...

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Lancaster High School Bomb Threat

Lancaster County Sheriff Patrick McCranie reports that someone left a note stating that a   bomb would go off at Lancaster High School on Thursday.   This occurred around 10am when the sheriff’s office was contacted and students were   evacuated from the school.   Sheriff McCranie stated that investigators have identified a subject and the incident is   still being investigated. An arrest is forthcoming.   Students at the high school were dismissed at 11:30.   Lancaster County Deputies and Virginia State Police responded and a state police bomb sniffing dog was called in and searched the...

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Fairfax teen gets 7 years in jail for drug that killed girl

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A Virginia teenager has been sentenced to seven years in prison for providing a classmate with a morphine pill that contributed to her death. Eighteen-year-old David Evers was sentenced on Wednesday. He received a 12 year sentence with five of those years suspended. Evers, a former senior at Centreville High School, pleaded guilty in September to giving 17-year-old Alexia Springer the pill at a party in February of last year. Evers traded the pill to Springer in exchange for an Oxycodone pill. Springer took other pills and drank alcohol at the party before she went...

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Transgender student wants court ruling before graduation

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Attorneys for a transgender teenager who’s suing his school board for the right to use the boys bathroom are asking that arguments be expedited so he might see a ruling before he graduates. The filing Wednesday in Gavin Grimm’s case comes two days after the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order handing the case back to a Richmond appeals court without reaching a decision. The motion asks the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear arguments in May to facilitate a ruling before Grimm graduates June 10. It says a ruling would allow him...

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Mar 23 all-day
The Rappahannock Raiders Booster Club is looking for committed workers for their Concession Stand during the upcoming Soccer, Baseball and Softball season. If you can help, please contact the Booster Club.
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Free Community Lunch @ Henderson United Methodist Church
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Henderson United Methodist Church, Callao will host a free community lunch and fellowship time on Thursday, March 23rd from 11:30am to 1pm. The church is lcoated at 72 Henderson Drive (Rte 202)
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Get Fit While You Sit! @ King & Queen Branch Library
Mar 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Ages 18 and up join in for Get Fit while You Sit! at the King & Queen Branch Library on Thursday, March 23rd from 1 to 2pm. This is a short and simple, zero-impact cardio[...]
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Northumberland Co School Board M... @ Northumberland County School Board Office
Mar 23 @ 5:00 pm
The Northumberland County School Board will hold a Joint Budget Meeting, on Thursday, March 23rd, at 5 p.m. at the school board office in Lottsburg. The Superintendent will present the School Board 2017-2018 budget request[...]
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Caring for the Entire Senior: M... @ Carousel Physical Therapy
Mar 23 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Caring for the Entire Senior: Mind, Body and Soul and educational workshop for Seniors and Family Caregivers will be held on Thursday, March 23rd from 5:30 to 6:30pm at Carousel Physical Therapy in Hartfield. Learn[...]

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