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Mercy House receives money for rapid re-housing program

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — The Virginia Housing Trust Fund is allotting $2.2 million in grants to help reduce homelessness throughout the commonwealth, and an organization in Harrisonburg is on the receiving end of some of that money.


Nine arrested in connection with online minor solicitation

The Staunton Police Department has arrested nine individuals — one from Harrisonburg — after conducting a task force investigation on the online solicitation of minors. The investigation took approximately one month, and arrests were made from mid-March until last week.


Undercover Cops Posing as Drug Buyers Arrested by Undercover Cops Posing as Drug Dealers

Well, this is a new one. A gigantic drug raid mistake led to police officers arresting…well, each other. Turns out undercover cops in Detroit posed as drug dealers to help catch a pair of sellers. However, thanks to a “tiny” mess up, another undercover police group thought they were real drug dealer


Former Pastor Arrested On Probation Violation

HARRISONBURG — A former Luray pastor who served prison time for molesting a child has been arrested for violating his probation after having contact with a minor. In 2014, James Richard Daley, 76, pleaded guilty in Page County Circuit Court to six felony counts of aggravated sexual battery of a mino


Two people attacked by family dog in Virginia

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Bedford County deputies say the dog responsible for the attack of a mother and daughter has been put down. Deputies say at 2:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from the 8800 block of Falling Creek Road from a female reporting that she an


Augusta County Searching for Grottoes Woman, Seeks Public Assistance

Press Release from Augusta County Sheriff's Office:. The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a missing Grottoes woman who last spoke (by phone) with a family member on April 21, 2019. The family member reportedly speaks with the woman daily, and has re


1on1: Dine and Donate at Urgie's Cheesesteaks on Wednesday

Find out about the benefit for Hose Company #4 which happens Wednesday, April 24, from 3 - 9 p.m. at Urgie's Cheesesteaks, 245 E. Water St., Harrisonburg. We also show Tommy Urglavitch making one of his Philly cheesesteaks.


Virginia funeral home owner pleads guilty to forging death records

DUMFRIES, VA (AP) - A man who owned a Virginia funeral home has pleaded guilty to forging death certificates. News outlets report 33-year-old Shaun Reid pleaded guilty this month to the charges in Maryland, where he’s been banned from performing funeral service work since 2014. He was sentenced to t


Three City, County Residents Charged In Staunton Sting

HARRISONBURG — Staunton police arrested nine men, including three from Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, following an online sting involving the solicitation of minors. Sgt. K.A. Shifflett said that one of them, Jerry Ray Plaugher, showed up to meet the “child” wearing a badge.


'White Noise' Exhibit Confronts Supremacy

HARRISONBURG — Artist Chris Cohen examines his identity as a white, Southern American male by confronting white supremacy in his master’s of fine arts thesis exhibition “White Noise” at James Madison University’s Duke Hall Gallery.


Authorities searching for missing Virginia teen

TAZEWELL COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Authorities in Tazewell County are asking for the public's help in locating a missing teenager. Deputies say Sabrina Nicole Carbough, 15, from Springville, Va. has gone missing.


County School Board Approves $115K HVAC Bid

HARRISONBURG — At a meeting Tuesday night, the Rockingham County School Board approved a $115,543 bid for HVAC replacement to Riddleberger Brothers Inc. out of Mount Crawford.


Sex offender indicted for failing to register

FRONT ROYAL – A town man stands accused of failing to register with state police as a sexual offender. A grand jury handed up an indictment on Monday in Warren County Circuit Court charging Steven Neal Hall with a second offense of failing to register as a convicted, violent sex offender. Hall, 49,


Police issue Senior Alert for missing Virginia man

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — The 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-23


Waynesboro man among 9 facing online solicitation charges

A 51-year-old Waynesboro man is among nine men charged by Staunton police with attempting to solicit sex from undercover officers posing online as a teenage girl. On Tuesday, the Staunton Police Department released the names of the nine suspects, who were arrested over a period of about a month. The


Judge says Virginia Beach teen who stabbed officer wasn't too high to waive his rights

A judge on Tuesday ruled that statements an intoxicated teen made after being charged with stabbing an officer can be admitted during his trial this summer. An attorney representing Riley Garrett Miller had asked the judge to throw the statements out because the then 17-year-old was too high to know


Elkton's New Town Manager Gets Ready

ELKTON — Kim Alexander is ready to get to know Elkton and all it has to offer. On May 1, Alexander will begin her position as Elkton’s new town manager. “I think this is a great point of time for the town of Elkton,” Alexander, 41, of Harrisonburg, said in an interview Monday. “There seems to be a l


Deer injured after jumping through glass window and into Virginia Beach store

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Not something you expect to see first thing in the morning on your way into work, but was the reality for a group of employees setting up a new retail store in the Lynnhaven Mall; a deer jumping through their storefront window.


Chicago fugitive wanted for murder arrested in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Virginia task force officials arrested a fugitive out of Chicago on Tuesday who’s wanted for a 2017 murder and a robbery. The Norfolk fugitive task force, Virginia Beach fugitive task force, Virginia Beach SWAT and United States Marshal’s service assisted in arresting Queon Smi


Virginia mother fighting for special needs child's education granted new trial

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) -- The mother of a special needs child who's been fighting Fairfax County Public Schools for her son's education will get a new trial. This is an update to an 8News investigation that first aired in December that was part of series where 8News uncovered special education d