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Danville City Council poised to create land bank to help revitalize city

DANVILLE, Va. - Through a land bank program, the city's neighborhood development corporation will purchase or otherwise acquire rundown properties and vacant lots and in so doing eliminate any liens on the property.


Virginia man wanted for attempted murder arrested following manhunt in Thomasville

THOMASVILLE — A Virginia man accused of trying to kill an officer was arrested following a manhunt in Thomasville Friday morning. Billy Alexander Stratton, 26, of Kingsport, Tenn., is wanted on charges of attempted capital murder of a police officer, felony elude and brandishing a firearm in Bristol


Gov. Northam signs legislation that will allow Virginia to start processing tax returns

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) -- Governor Ralph Northam signed legislation on Friday that will allow the Virginia Department of Taxation to start processing citizens' individual income tax returns.


Chamber debuts Morning Brew event next week

The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce plans to debut a new networking venture next week. Byrnes Gould Law and Firefly Yoga — located at 312 and 310 Main St., respectively, — will host the first-ever Morning Brew at 8 a.m. Feb. 22 offering tours and coffee and refreshments in Danville’


Private transactions over social media lead to ‘everyday folks’ as victims of bogus bills in Danville

The difference between being scammed and being paid what you are owed is as simple as a holographic number and a careful eye, detective Wilmer Abbott said. “Just take an extra second to look at it,” he said Friday.


After months of wear from heavy equipment, residents near pipeline construction site want road repaired

CHATHAM — After construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline started in their area last fall, residents living along Mill Creek Road in Chatham say the heavy equipment has left their road damaged.


Danville Police investigate bomb threat

DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- The Danville Police Department has investigated a bomb threat made at George Washington High School today in Danville. According to a statement on the department's Twitter page, The threat allegedly was made by a juvenile and after an investigation, it was found not to be a


Mistrial declared in Virginia Beach murder trial after jurors' cars burglarized

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A mistrial has been declared in the trial of a man accused of killing a high school student outside of a Virginia Beach Applebee's in 2016. A judge declared the mistrial after several of the jurors' cars were broken into outside the courthouse. Prosecutors and the defense were


Concord couple claims $4 million Virginia Lottery prize

The Virginia Lottery announced today that Stanley McIvor of Concord claimed a $4 million lottery top prize. The first indication McIvor had that something unusual had happened was when his wife, Marilyn, walked out of the store toward their car.


Proposals sought for Danville airport operator

Danville is seeking proposals from firms interested in operating Danville Regional Airport. The city’s current contract with General Aviation Inc., the airport’s long-time fixed-base operator, expires June 30 and the March 1 deadline for submitting proposals is two weeks away.


Danville man convicted of Capital Murder sentenced to life in prison

A man in Danville has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Antwan Rucker, of Lynchburg, back in 2013. Rucker was shot and killed in November 2013 in the 1000 block of Piney Forest Road. He died at the scene.


UPDATE: Threat to shoot up Danville school ruled not credible; charges sought against student

The Danville Police Department and the city’s public schools investigated a social media post made against George Washington High School and determined it was not credible Wednesday, authorities reported.


2 dead, 4 injured in Va. Beach accident

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) -- Police are investigating an accident that killed two people and injured four. Emergency communications received the call at 12:53 a.m. for an multi-vehicle accident at the intersection of Military Highway and Indian River Road.


Virginia woman arrested after hiding her mother's corpse for 44 days, police say

A Virginia woman was charged with concealing a dead body after hiding her mother's corpse in their home for 44 days, authorities said Friday. Jo-Whitney Outland, 55, of Bristol, Virginia, hid the corpse of Rosemary Outland, her 78-year-old mother, under 54 blankets in their southwest Virginia home,


Police: 4 charged in fight, shooting at Virginia mall

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say four men have been charged in a shooting inside a downtown Norfolk mall, including one of the two people shot. Norfolk police said in a statement Friday that the shooting happened during a fight between two groups of people inside the MacArthur Center on Th


Search warrants reveal new details about Danville's latest shooting

DANVILLE, Va. - Search warrants reveal new information about a shooting in Danville last week. According to one warrant, swabs, gunshot residue and drug paraphernalia were collected from the suspect's truck.


Danville public transit buses honor African-American legends

For the first time ever, Danville public transit users can ride a city bus displaying images of prominent African-Americans. The Danville Transit System has placed a bus-wrap around the vehicle featuring 12 individuals including local legends Ruby Archie and Wendell Scott, and national figures such


Virginia husband sentenced on federal charges for firearms; Wife to be sentenced later

ABINGDON, Va. (WJHL) - A St. Paul, Virginia man, who illegally possessed more than a dozen firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition, was sentenced yesterday to 71 months in federal prison, United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced today.


Photos: Working on the railroad

A train whizzed by construction workers riveting wooden slats to metal tracks along Monument Street in Danville on Thursday. As the train passed, it blew its horn, and the workers waved. The new section of track will replace one along the railroad line cutting through Danville.


Shots Fired Inside Norfolk, Virginia Shopping Mall

Shots were fired at Norfolk’s MacArthur Center Mall Thursday during a ‘fight’, police say. The scene is at 300 Monticello Avenue. A general manager says shots were fired on the first floor near Nordstrom.