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Halifax County family cleans up storm damage

HALIFAX COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - A typical spring afternoon for Ronnie Roller and his grandson Cameron, includes baseball. "Oh that was in there," said Ronnie Roller to Cameron as he just barely misses the ball.


Damage in Halifax County ruled result of thunderstorm winds

BLACKSBURG, Va (WDJB7) -- The National Weather Service in Blacksburg reported Monday that storm damage in Northeast Halifax County was a result of straight-line thunderstorm winds.


15 tornadoes touched down in Virginia during outbreak on Good Friday

RICHMOND, Va. -- Four additional tornadoes were confirmed Monday by the National Weather Service (NWS), bring the total in Virginia to 15 on Good Friday, April 19. The 15 tornadoes rank as the 3rd most on any single day in Virginia recorded history and the second most for a non-tropical event.


South Boston suspect faces felony drug charge

A 24-year-old South Boston man faces a felony drug charge for distributing a controlled substance, according to Halifax County Sheriff’s Office records. Wayne Matthew Wiley Jr. of Valley Drive was charged with the alleged offense that occurred April 9, and Cpl. T. A. Mocarsky served the warrant Thur


Virginia State Police looking for missing elderly man

LOUDON COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Virginia State Police need your help locating a missing elderly man. Police say Albert Vandegriek, 87, of Sterling, Va. was last seen April 22 around 2 p.m. at Providence Village Drive in Sterling. He was driving a white 2004 Subaru station wagon with VA plates ZJ-2363.


‘Repeat drug dealer’ made profit off addiction of others, regional prosecutor says; gets 20 years on drug, gun violations

A man described by law enforcement as being a problem in his community for some time, will serve an effective 20 years in prison for drugs and firearms charges. Judge Kimberley S. White sentenced 53-year-old Kenneth Johnson Harris, aka “Baldy,” of Alton to 10 years in prison for possessing cocaine w


Virginia DMV wants drivers to get 'REAL ID'

(WRIC)-- The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles wants drivers to switch over to the REAL ID. By October 2020, you must have a REAL ID in order to board a domestic flight or access federal facilities such as military bases. It will also meet federal requirements.


Virginia State Police investigating deadly crash

ORANGE COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - Virginia State Police are investigating a deadly crash in Orange County. Police said the crash happened at 11:45 a.m. on Ponderosa Drive on Monday. Troopers said Lester M. Steenberg, 71, of Barboursville, was driving a 2013 Can-Am Spyder northbound when it ran off the righ


How a fake Virginia Trump supporter ended up in the Muller Report

WASHINGTON D.C., DC — She was known for glamorous looks, and serious shade. But who would’ve thought an apparent - yes apparent - Virginia Trump supporter would end up in the Mueller Report?


National Weather Service to survey damage in Halifax County Monday

ROANOKE, Va. - The National Weather Service in Blacksburg confirmed a high-end EF-3 tornado in Franklin County, as well as an EF-1 tornado in Bedford County, following Friday's storms. However, it appears that their work is not yet done.


Danville teen to serve 50 for shooting deaths

A Danville teenager will serve 50 years in prison for a pair of shooting deaths and related firearms charges from last August. Kurtyus Latrell Hairston, 18, pleaded guilty to the charges last month and was sentenced Monday by Circuit Judge James Reynolds following a sentencing hearing.


Virginia taxpayers will get money back from the state in October

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) -- It's been a busy year for David Kembel Tax Services in Roanoke. Kembel just opened a second location in Salem and said it's been non-stop this tax season.


Body Found In Burned Virginia Apartment Building

Authorities in Virginia say one person was found dead in a Centerville apartment building that was damaged in an overnight fire. Ken Molestina reports.


Four arrested after shots fired into air at late-night party in Danville

A late-night party on Virginia Avenue in Danville led to four arrests after police responded to reports of shots fired at a residence early Sunday morning, police report. The incident, reported between 2:30 and 3 a.m. Sunday at 340 Virginia Ave., also resulted in an unconscious woman being transport


Virginia police officer saves choking infant at Chick-fil-A. 'He knew what he had to do and he did it.'

Ashlee Hubbard and her fiance knew her 7-month-old daughter, Ava, was in serious danger when her face started turning red and then blue while she was gasping for air. Frantic, Hubbard said her first reaction was to try and remove whatever was lodged in her baby's throat.


Racist video prompts calls for Virginia legislative hopeful to quit

A political newcomer seeking to oust Del. Luke Torian in Virginia’s June 11 Democratic primary is facing calls to end his candidacy over a racist video he posted to Facebook last fall.


NWS confirms at least 14 tornadoes touched down in Virginia

VIRGINIA (WWBT/WDBJ) — The National Weather Service has confirmed at least 11 tornadoes touched down in Virginia during Friday’s severe weather. The NWS will continue to conduct surveys on Monday and Tuesday, including in West Virginia as well.


Military father drives from Georgia to Virginia to surprise daughter at dance

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Talk about dedication after a military father stationed in Georgia drove to Virginia to surprise his daughter at her elementary school’s Daddy Daughter Dance.


Virginia residents will need a ‘REAL ID’ to board an airplane starting October 2020

Virginia residents who want to board an airplane will soon need a star on their driver’s license, indicating that it is a REAL ID credential. Without the star, they will need another form of approved identification to board their flight or enter a secure federal facility.


Hampton Roads state lawmaker pleads guilty to DUI

PORTSMOUTH — A state lawmaker from Hampton Roads has pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated. Del. Matthew James, D-Portsmouth, made a plea agreement Monday that allows him to avoid jail time if he stays out of trouble for the next year, The Virginian-Pilot reported. He also will need a restrict