A three-way race in the 1st Congressional District pits an experienced Republican congressman against a Bowling Green Town Council member and an independent candidate who has repeatedly run for office. U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Westmoreland County, has held the seat since winning a special election in 2007. His Democratic challenger, Matt Rowe, has been a councilman in the Caroline County town of Bowling Green for almost two years. Gail Parker, an independent, will also be on the ballot, marking the fourth time she has vied for the 1st District seat since 2010. The election is next Tuesday, November...

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Lancaster County Sheriff Office holds warrants for the following suspects: Melissa Lynn George was wanted for obtain drugs by fraud. She is 33 years old, 5’8″, 150 lbs, brown hair, and hazel eyes. Her last known address was 94 Cavalier Trail, Warsaw, Va. Shakeen Walker is wanted for a capias on a probation violation. He is 22 years old, 5’4″, 135 lbs, brown eyes, black hair. His last known address was 596 Gaskins Rd, Weems, Va. Holly Martin is wanted for grand larceny and break and enter.She is 32 years old, 5’5″, 270 lbs, brown eyes and hair. She...

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Virginia State Police report a fatal accident occurred early Sunday morning on Route 201, White Chapel Road near Bethel Church outside of Lively in Lancaster County. Virginia State Police Trooper E. D. Haynie reports the crash occurred at 1:33am when a 2004 Acura was traveling south on Route 201 when it ran off the road striking a guardrail, then back left striking an embankment and then went airborne and overturning before striking a tree ejecting the driver. The driver of the car was identified as 25 year-old Corinne A. Ludwig of Lancaster county. She died at the scene and...

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FREDERICKSBURG – Next week, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will begin construction to upgrade the Route 721 bridge (Sparta Road) over Maracossic Creek in Caroline County.   VDOT will close Sparta Road to through traffic at the Maracossic Creek bridge at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9. The bridge is located near Route 640 (Maracossic Drive) and Route 654 (Pendleton Road).   A detour will be in place for approximately four weeks while construction is underway.   Signs will be posted along the recommended detour route, which is approximately nine miles:   Route 654 (Pendleton Rd.) Route 643...

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From vacuums to gold, $2.5 billion in property is unclaimed RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Treasurer of Virginia says one in four residents in the state has unclaimed property. WSLS-TV in Roanoke reports that more than $2.5 billion worth of cash and valuables are in the Treasury’s care. They include a solid gold bar worth about $20,000 and a three-carat diamond ring. There are also tools, cookware, vacuum cleaners and guitars. It all comes from various places. For instance, banks turn dormant security boxes over to the state. There are also life insurance policies that beneficiaries are unaware of....

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Police: Man crashes into gate of Va. naval station NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Police say a driver fleeing a traffic stop ended up crashing his car into the main gate of Naval Station Norfolk. Norfolk police said in a news release that the crash occurred shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday. Police say the driver was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police say an officer tried to stop the man on Hampton Boulevard. Police say the driver sped away and officers lost sight of him, and then he crashed at the gate of the military...

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70-year-old man fatally struck by car in Woodbridge WOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) — Police say a 70-year-old man has died after he was struck by a car in Woodbridge. Prince William County police say John Shannon of Ridgeway, South Carolina, was struck around 7 p.m. Saturday. Police said in a news release that Shannon was trying to cross Old Bridge Road when he was hit by a car. Police say he was not at an intersection and was not using a crosswalk. He was flown to a hospital, where he died on Sunday. Police say the driver remained on the...

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Man accused of poisoning, choking, dumping dead cat VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Beach man has been accused of poisoning his family’s pet cat, choking it and dumping it in the garbage. Local news outlets report that court documents show 21-year-old Curtis Kinzey was arrested and charged with animal cruelty on Wednesday. WAVY-TV reports police went to a home after receiving a call from someone says Kinzey had killed the family pet. Arriving officers found the dead cat in the trash. An arrest warrant says Kinzey told officers that he killed his cat by poisoning it, then...

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Eye doctor charged with groping patient in Va. LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — Police say an eye doctor has been charged with groping a patient during a routine eye exam in Leesburg. Thirty-five-year-old Joseph Rosina of Sterling is facing a misdemeanor charge of sexual battery. Court records show he was charged on Wednesday. Leesburg police said in a news release Saturday that the incident occurred in August. Police say a patient at Visionworks reported that the doctor had touched her inappropriately. Police say Rosana was working as an optometrist at the Visionworks location and is no longer employed there. Police...

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Halloween Safety

  Statewide Campaign Focuses on Keeping Youth and Teens Safe on Halloween Night SALEM, VA— Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO) is joining with the Virginia State Police (VSP) and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Highway Safety Office to encourage youth and teens to celebrate responsibly and be extra cautious when driving on Halloween night. The campaign’s focus is to prevent a tragedy on what is supposed to be a fun night for youth. The campaign will run October 17-31, 2016. Schools that register to participate will receive educational materials and a Halloween Safety Kit...

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Traffic on Route 611 (Peckatone Road) in Westmoreland County will be stopped for 45 minute intervals between 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 and 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31 for an emergency pipe repair. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews will be replacing a deteriorated drainage pipe. Emergency service providers will be allowed to pass through the work zone as needed. Peckatone Road will be re-opened to traffic every 45 minutes to allow any waiting motorists to proceed through the work zone. The work zone is located a half-mile north of Route 606 (Tucker Hill Road). Approximately 260 vehicles a...

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Deputies: Girl found with burn marks in locked bathroom STAFFORD, Va. (AP) — Authorities say they found a 5-year-old child with apparent burns on her face locked in a bathroom with lighters, an open Bible and a phone playing “something religious.” Stafford County deputies said in a statement that 35-year-old parents Carmen Robinson and 41-year-old Norris Robinson are charged with abuse and neglect of children and failure to secure medical attention for an injured child. Authorities responding to a hotel room Friday for a welfare check discovered the girl clothed in the bathtub with what appeared to be burn...

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VDEM Opens two Regional Offices

  RICHMOND – Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern announced the official openings of two regional offices this week—VDEM’s Region One office in North Chesterfield today, and the Region Five office in Portsmouth yesterday. The opening of the new regional offices will improve and enhance VDEM’s on-the-ground presence, thereby improving local coordination with state agencies and local governments responding to emergencies and disasters. “We want to be fast, flexible and integrated with our local partners,” said Dr. Stern. “We want to build more regional capacity without increasing spending, so we redeployed staff that were previously...

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Ex-National Guard member pleads guilty to terror charge ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former National Guard soldier from Virginia has pleaded guilty to a terrorism charge after admitting that he traveled to Africa and boarded a truck to join the Islamic State group before ultimately bailing out. Twenty-seven-year-old Mohamed Jalloh, of Sterling, was arrested in July after a sting operation in which he discussed launching a Fort Hood-style attack. At a plea hearing Thursday in federal court, new details emerged showing Jalloh made contact with the Islamic State before the government became aware of him. Jalloh, a naturalized U.S....

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Henrico County woman charged in girlfriend’s slaying HIGHLAND SPRINGS, Va. (AP) — A woman has been charged with killing her girlfriend in their Highland Springs townhouse in Henrico County. Local news outlets report that Richmond police say 33-year-old Sheena Yolonda Wilson is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 26-year-old Ava Latae Tucker. Police say Wilson walked into their police department Thursday morning and told officers to go check on Tucker, who she lived with at the Viviana Hall townhomes. WWBT-TV reports that Wilson said there was an altercation with the victim. Officers arriving at the scene say...

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Grilled Chicken Dinner Fundraiser @ Cople District Volunteer Fire Department
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