Math teacher sentenced in sexual battery case

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A former middle school math teacher in Virginia was told he’ll spend eight years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual battery in a case involving two female students. Television station WRC-TV reports 36-year-old Jose Daniel Estrada of Clifton was sentenced to 20 years in prison with 12 years of his sentenced suspended. The station reports he will be on supervised probation during those 12 years and will be required to register as a sex offender. Authorities said previously that Estrada was removed from his assignment as a math teacher...

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Flags lowered in honor of Maryland soldier who died in Japan

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Flags in Maryland are flying at half-staff for a sailor who died in June when the U.S. Navy destroyer he was on collided with a container ship off the coast of Japan. Flags are being flown at half-staff on Wednesday from sunrise to sunset in memory of Xavier Alec Martin. The 24-year-old sailor was from Halethorpe, Maryland, and his remains are scheduled to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia in Wednesday. Martin was one of seven soldiers killed when the ship he was on, the USS Fitzgerald, collided with a container ship off...

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Drone testing finds some elevated pollutants at Army plant

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Researchers have flown a drone into the plumes of smoke from the burning of hazardous waste at an Army ammunition plant in Virginia and found higher-than-expected levels of arsenic, lead and other pollutants. That’s according to a draft report on the testing conducted last year by several government agencies at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant. It was obtained by The Associated Press through an open records request. Researchers found that for the majority of substances, levels were lower than what the plant assumed they would be. But according to the draft report, lead, arsenic, silver,...

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Teen named 1st American world champion at Excel spreadsheets

(Information from: WUSA-TV, DUMFRIES, Va. (AP) — Millions of applicants, hundreds of competitors, nearly 50 countries and thousands of dollars — among all those figures one American came out with the best spot on the spreadsheet. WUSA-TV reported Sunday that a Virginia teen has become a world champion at Excel spreadsheets. It’s the first time in the competition’s 16 years that an American has clinched the title. After winning first place and $3,000 in the national competition, which challenges Excel users by giving them real-world scenarios to work with, 17-year-old John Dumoulin earned a spot in the world competition,...

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Lost Purple Hearts returned to families of dead soldiers

NEW YORK (AP) — The families of seven dead U.S servicemen have gathered in New York to receive lost Purple Heart medals their loved ones had earned in four wars. An eighth veteran was present for the ceremony at the historic Federal Hall on Wall Street on Monday, National Purple Heart Day. The Vermont-based group Purple Hearts Reunited has made it its mission to track down misplaced medals. Founder Zachariah Fike says as many as five are found each week across the country. Seven of those medals returned Monday went to men who served in World War I, World...

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Man on vacation buys $1 million lottery ticket

(Information from: Daily Press, WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — A man has won a $1 million lottery ticket while on vacation. The Daily Press in Newport News, Virginia, reported Monday that Jonathan Jones bought the ticket at a small grocery store in Williamsburg. He was vacationing with his family at Busch Gardens, a nearby amusement park. Jones, of Washington, D.C., bought a Powerball ticket at Terrace Grocery. The ticket matched the first five numbers for the July 22 drawing. He had used the Easy Pick option. The winning numbers were 5-32-44-53-60. The Powerball number was 9. His ticket was the...

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Firefighter accused of starting a string of dumpster fires

(Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A firefighter in Virginia is accused of starting a string of dumpster fires. The Virginian-Pilot reports 50-year-old Mark D. Stuck was arrested Thursday and charged with five counts of arson. Chesapeake Fire Department spokesman Capt. Scott Saunders says Stuck is accused of setting one fire a month since March. The last fire was set on July 31. Saunders says authorities were led to Stuck after investigators obtained footage of at least one of the fires. According to court documents, he is cooperating with investigators and has written a confession. Officials say...

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30 percent collections fee hits Va. college students hard

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — College students in Virginia who fall behind on tuition payments can have a hard time digging out thanks to a state law that pushes unpaid bills into the hands of private collection agencies. The Washington Post reported Sunday that a little-known Virginia law requires public colleges to turn over unpaid accounts of less than $3,000 to private debt collectors if they are 60 days past due. The debt collectors can add a 30 percent fee to the unpaid account. George Mason University in Fairfax, the state’s largest university, estimated about 1 percent of student accounts...

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Little League softballers disqualified ahead of championship

KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) — Atlee Little League’s Junior softball team has been disqualified from its World Series championship matchup over what officials say was an inappropriate social media posting. Little League officials announced the disqualification Saturday morning, just hours ahead of the championship game which was broadcast live on ESPN2. Little League described the offending post only as “an inappropriate social media post.” The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that an Atlee team member posted a photo on Snapchat showing six of the girls giving the middle finger. The post was directed at the host club from Kirkland, Washington, which Atlee...

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Motorcyclist dies after 130 mph chase in Virginia

OCCOQUAN, Va. (AP) — A motorcyclist is dead after leading police on a pursuit down Interstate 95 in northern Virginia in speeds exceeding 130 mph. Virginia State Police say they received a call at about 2:40 a.m. Sunday of a motorcycle traveling too fast on I-395 in Arlington County. Police say they saw the motorcyclist weaving in and out of traffic at about 80 mph when they sought to pull him over. Instead, police say the motorcyclist, 36-year-old Clint Gaskins of Woodbridge, sped off onto southbound I-95. Police say the motorcycle exceeded speeds of 130 mph while being pursued....

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Boy, 9, dies in Smith Mountain Lake

HUDDLESTON, Va. (AP) — A 9-year-old boy is dead after being pulled from the water following a play session on a floating trampoline. Media reports indicate the boy was visiting from Durham, North Carolina. According to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the boy was playing with other children on the trampoline about 50 feet from a dock in the lake. Officials say that when the children swam back to shore, the boy did not return. Emergency crews were called before 6 p.m. Saturday, and the boy’s body was found in about 20 feet of water two...

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Kilmarnock Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival winners

The 82nd Annual Kilmarnock Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival concluded on Saturday night with the drawing of the Grand Prize … a 2017 Toyota Tacoma 4 by 4 pickup.   The winner was Kay Shelton of Morattico.   The second place prize of a $2500 dollar shopping spree at Booth Furniture was Donna Dull of Kilmarnock.   The Kilmarnock Volunteer Firemen would like to thank all of the volunteers and those who attended this...

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Virginia Sales Tax Holiday

When is it? August 4-6, 2017. The 3-day sales tax holiday starts the first Friday in August at 12:01 am and ends the following Sunday at 11:59 pm. What is it? During the sales tax holiday, you can buy qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products without paying sales tax. What items are eligible? School supplies, clothing, and footwear  Qualified school supplies – $20 or less per item Qualified clothing and footwear – $100 or less per item Hurricane and emergency preparedness products   Portable generators – $1,000 or less per item Gas-powered...

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Virginia judge reverses Freedom Of Information Act ruling

(Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge in Virginia has reversed a ruling he made in June, saying he made a mistake when he wrote that Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act applied only to public bodies and not individual officials. Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Henrico County Circuit Court Judge Hames Yoffy announced the reversal Wednesday. Resident Brian Davison had filed paperwork in court arguing that state Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant violated the FOIA by not responding to a request he made in January within the five-day window required by law, and by not turning over records he asked...

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Man charged with threatening Virginia governor, family

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say a man has been charged with making threats against Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his family. Henrico County Police say state police notified them that 47-year-old Leonard Szweda made threats against the governor and his family. Court records show he was arrested last week. Police say Henrico officers found evidence at Szweda’s home that resulted in additional charges, including possession of a firearm while subject to a protective order and possession of a firearm by a mentally incompetent person. A State Police spokesman says the threats were made over the phone, but...

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Wine & Design Hosts Needed
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
Veterans Mobil Service Office
Aug 17 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
So many veterans feel confused about benefits and services they’ve earned. There’s so much to know…and so many changes from one year to the next. That’s why the nonprofit D-A-V (Disabled American Veterans) offers help.[...]
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
The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage. A Blood Drive will take place in Caroline County on Thursday, Aug.[...]
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
The Rappatomac Writers Critique Group will meet Thursday, August 17th, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Tappahannock at Java Jacks Cafe, 504 S Church Lane. Join us for lunch at noon and share your creativity.[...]
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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