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Virginia school district to consider Confederate flag ban, requests community discussions

BEDFORD, Va. (WDBJ7/WWBT)-- People filled a Bedford County School Board meeting Thursday night with calls to ban the confederate flag in schools. This comes weeks after a picture of Jefferson Forest High School students posing with confederate flags on school grounds sparked outrage among some on so


Danville police determine that reported abduction, robbery never happened

DANVILLE, Va. - UPDATE. Danville police have determined that a reported robbery and abduction never actually happened. Police were looking for two people in their early teens, based on information the officers had received.


All-Dogwood District girls basketball teams

Player of the Year: Makeyla Mease, Gretna. First team: Mease (Gretna), Paris Calloway (Gretna), Aliyah Fitz (Dan River), Shaniya Johnson (Appomattox), Charlotte Mabry (Altavista), Nysheia Miller (Chatham), Tamsyn Thorley (Gretna), Hailea White (Nelson).


Virginia School Apologizes After Having Students Play Slavery 'Game' for Black History Month

The principal at a Virginia elementary school has apologized after officials had students act as slaves in the Underground Railroad as part of a Black History Month lesson. Madison’s Trust Elementary School Principal David Stewart sent an apology letter to parents earlier this month after drawing cr


Judge sends Virginia dog fighter to jail, bans him from having pets

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. — A Diniwiddie man was sentenced to 10 years in jail and received a lifetime ban on having pets after he was convicted of 37 counts of animal cruelty and dogfighting. Eldridge Freeman, Jr., 44, fought dogs on Wilson Road in Dinwiddie.


Authorities ask for public's help after break-in at Pittsylvania County business

Authorities are searching for several suspects they say are wanted in connection to breaking and entering a Pittsylvania County business last week. According to the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office, the incident happened at Gun's, Gear and Ammo located at 13278 Martinsville Highway in Cascade on


11 MS-13 Members Indicted in Killings of 2 Virginia Teens, Prosecutors Say

Eleven alleged MS-13 gang members, including a leader, were indicted Thursday on charges that could carry the death penalty in the kidnapping and murder of two Virginia teens whose bodies were found in a Fairfax County park, prosecutors say.


Chatham Concert Series presents Virtuoso Solos for Strings and Piano

Over the centuries, the greatest violinists wrote or arranged music to show off their talents and dazzle the audience. Some of the works will be featured March 8 when the Chatham Concert Series presents Virtuoso Solos for Strings and Piano featuring pianist Judith Clark accompanied by Bryan, Kevin a


Patriots owner Robert Kraft arrested on sex crime charges in Florida

(Gray News) – Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots, has been arrested on charges of soliciting another to commit prostitution, according to a report from WPTV.


POLICE: Door-to-door scammer(s) in Danville asking for donations

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR News) - Danville Police are investigating reports that an individual or individuals are going door-to-door soliciting money on behalf of the Boys and Girls Club of the Danville Area (BGCDA).


Though Pittsylvania Pet Center budget passed in 4-3 vote, board still looking to see further cost reduction

CHATHAM — The Pittsylvania Pet Center director has been able relax somewhat after the board recently passed a budget for the center to last through the end of the fiscal year.


Discussions reveal tight Pittsylvania County budget for 2020

CHATHAM — Two weeks out from the submission of the county’s recommended budget, Pittsylvania County’s board of supervisors heard from the county staff and school system about spending priorities for 2020.


Suspected diesel leak turns Danville creek red as crews respond to clean it up

A hazardous materials team responded to a suspected diesel leak in a small creek in Danville. The incident occurred in an area on James Road near Riverside Drive on the western side of the city.


Virginia man uses a dating app to meet a woman, but ends up shot in the buttocks

PETERSBURG, Va. - Police in Petersburg, Virginia, are investigating an attempted robbery and shooting linked to a dating app. Sources told WTVR that the victim thought he was meeting a woman. However, when he arrived to a dark, narrow Petersburg street Wednesday morning, someone was waiting to rob h


Sailor dies in Virginia Beach motorcycle accident

A junior sailor died late last month in a Virginia Beach motorcycle accident, according to Navy and police officials. Fire Controlman Seaman Isaiah Rashon Johnson, 19, was riding a motorcycle southbound on Oceana Boulevard at about 5 p.m. on Jan. 30 when it crossed the median into oncoming traffic a


Driver abandons puppy in cart outside Virginia grocery store

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Authorities in Virginia are asking for the public’s help identifying the person who abandoned a puppy in a cart outside a Chesterfield grocery store last week, according to WTVR.


Two Virginia Beach eagles found injured after likely mating season fight over female

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Two male eagles were found injured and exhausted by a group of concerned citizens on Thursday. Virginia Beach Animal Control said they got a call about the young bald eagles that were likely fighting over a female, as this is their mating season.


Two cameras found hidden in public bathrooms at Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Two hidden cameras have been removed from two separate bathrooms on Virginia Tech's campus. Campus police recovered the two devices, which were found in public bathrooms.


UPDATE: Fuel oil spill contained near Danville

DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- UPDATE:. Danville officials say there is no danger to the public or water system after a fuel oil spill leeched into a small stream near the city. According to a news release from the city, Danville Fire Department received a call about the spill, located at 154 James Road,


Virginia just killed an amendment that would have helped women so much, and this is BS

It’s 2019, and despite the fact that some people continue to insist that women are entirely equal now, gender equality is still not protected by the U.S. Constitution. In fact, the Equal Rights Amendment, which would codify equal rights for all genders, still needs to pass in one more state before i