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Rape charge against Wytheville man sent to grand jury

Grand jurors will now hear the case of a Wytheville maintenance man accused of sexually assaulting a long-term guest at the motel where he worked and lived. On Thursday, a Wythe County General District Court judge sent a single rape charge against 49-year-old John Edward Linaburg to an April grand j


PikeView finishes fourth in the region

Chase Conner won a regional title in the 138-pound weight class to lead the Panthers grapplers to a fourth place finish in Region 3, Class A-AA wresting meet at Independence on Saturday.


Virginia middle schoolers are learning about blackface. Here's what they have to say.

Scandals at the highest levels of Virginia's government are forcing some of the state's younger residents to have difficult conversations about race. After a racist photo was discovered on Gov. Ralph Northam's 1984 yearbook page, he and the state's third highest-ranking official admitted they wore b


Virginia lawmakers introduce bill to rename bridge after fallen Trooper Dowell

RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ7) - Virginia Senate introduced a bill on Thursday to honor Trooper Lucas B. Dowell by renaming a Smyth County bridge after the fallen trooper. The bill, SB-1789, introduced by Senator Mark J. Peake (R) proposes that a bridge on I-81 in Smyth County over Whitetop Road be named the


Former Virginia Gov McAuliffe writes book about confronting white nationalism: 'Beyond Charlottesville'

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has written a book examining the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally in 2017 that dissolved into riots and resulted in the death of a counter-protester and two state troopers.


7-year-old hit, injured by Virginia school bus

SMYTH Co., Va. (WDBJ7) - Virginia State Police say a seven-year-old boy is suffering from serious, but non-life threatening, injuries after a Smyth Co. Public School bus hit him Tuesday afternoon.


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.


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,


Teacher accused of having drug paraphernalia at Wilkes Central High School

WILKES COUNTY, N.C. — A Wilkes County teacher is accused of having drug paraphernalia at the school, according to a news release from the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office. Phillip Ray Bare, 35, of Boomer, is charged with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.


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.


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


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.


Death investigation: Wythe deputy acted properly in arrest

A special prosecutor asked to review the case involving the arrest and death of Max Meadows resident Billy Dunford has determined that the single use of force used by a Wythe County deputy when he arrested Dunford was not a contributing factor in the man’s death.


Campbell County couple wins $4M Virginia Lottery prize

A Campbell County couple won a $4 million prize in the Virginia Lottery. Stanley and Marilyn McIvor, of Concord, won the prize on a Super Cash Frenzy ticket purchased at Carson's Mart at 10060 Village Highway in Concord.


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


Joy Of Vaping Owner Charged With Multiple Drug Offenses

The owner of Joy of Vaping in West Jefferson was arrested on multiple drug charges. 51-year-old Mason Christopher Harris was charged with 15 offenses all related to the possession and selling of marijuana in his store.


Cracker Barrel love: photos go viral

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a story about love, marriage, breath-taking photos and hash brown casserole. A bride and her wedding photographer, both with ties to Wytheville, made national news last week, thanks to a series of photos taken at the Cracker Barrel in Christiansburg, where Katrina a


Missing spring break, adding extra time to school day possible in Wythe County

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. - Wythe County Schools are changing the calendar after missing a dozen days so far this school year because of weather. Students missed nine days in the first semester, which is highly unusual, according to Becki James, the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction.


Virginia Track Coach Charged With Soliciting Student for Sex

A Virginia track coach is in jail for allegedly trying to pay a boy for sex — and authorities say more possible victims have come forward. Stafford County deputies arrested 37-year-old Delvin Ladon Jackson on Wednesday on charges of soliciting a minor for prostitution.