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Marion man faces felony wounding charge after high-speed chase

SMYTH COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) - Smyth County investigators say a Marion, Virginia man is facing felony charges after leading police on a chase earlier this morning. According to Smyth County deputies, Timothy Allen Griffey, driving a Chevy Cavalier, was stopped by an officer about a domestic dispute that


Smyth County K9 ends early morning police pursuit

He didn't get to take a literal bite out of crime this morning, but Smyth County Patrol K9 Navir did have a paw in taking the suspect in a police pursuit into custody. Sheriff Chip Shuler said the pursuit began on Keller Lane in Marion just before 5:30 a.m., when deputies attempted to stop a 1983 Ch


Smyth County supervisors work to ease access to county administration building

Ease of access for citizens to multiple government agencies outweighed tighter security in a decision made last week. The Smyth County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to restore the main doors to the county administration building that also houses social services, the school board, voter regi


Marion takes close look at local drug problems

While substance abuse and addiction have been high on the list of community talking points over the last several months, Marion Police Chief John Clair says there are still more talks to be had.


Police: Manager allegedly embezzled money from Virginia cheerleading gym

FRONT ROYAL, Va. - An employee of a Virginia cheerleading gym has been arrested for allegedly embezzling money from the company’s bank account. Front Royal police say Donna Sue Rogers, manager of Virginia Revolution Athletics allegedly transferred an undisclosed amount of money from the business int


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


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.


Police locate suspect after cameras found in Virginia Tech restrooms

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) — Police have arrested a person accused of installing secret cameras in public restrooms on the Virginia Tech campus. According to the Virginia Tech Police Department, two separate video recording devices were found in restrooms this week.


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


Abingdon PD: Avoid section of East Main Street due to flooding

ABINGDON, Va. (WJHL) - Abingdon police are asking drivers to avoid a section Main Street due to flooding. The police department says avoid East Main Street between Tanner Street and Deadmore Street.


Rockslide reported on Interstate 81, at MM 36 Chilhowie, VA

CHILHOWIE, VA (WJHL) - The Virginia Department of Transportation reports a rockslide occurred along the shoulder of Interstate 81 in Chilhowie. The slide was reported in the northbound lane near mile marker 36.


Dunnagan-Shell couple marries in Jefferson

Ernestine Shell and James Gilbert Dunnagan III were married Sept. 8 at Wagoner Baptist Church, Jefferson. The Rev. Darrell Poole officiated. Music was provided by Andrea Spears of Jefferson and Tim Call of Ronda.


Virginia gov signs ban on people under 21 buying tobacco

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed legislation banning people under 21 from buying tobacco and nicotine products, a measure enacted in a state known historically for its tobacco production.


Rockslide blocking part of Interstate

Emergency crews are responding to Interstate 81 N near mile marker 37 in Smyth County. The slide is between Chilhowie and Seven Mile Ford. Officials say a rockslide is blocking part of the travel lanes.


Winchester resident crowned Mrs. Virginia

WINCHESTER, Va. - While many people know about the Miss USA and Miss America pageants, a Winchester resident has earned a different title: Mrs. Virginia. Brieanna King-Kulik was crowned Mrs. Virginia in early February, after holding the title of Mrs. Winchester.


Staten Island man, 72, out of coma after horrific Virginia Beach vacation crash

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The 72-year-old Staten Island man horrifically injured in a car crash hours into his Virginia Beach vacation came out of his coma and is communicating with his family by giving a high-five or a thumbs up.


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.


Photo gallery: Region 1D girls, Eastside vs. Honaker

LeeAnna McNulty and Honaker brought the Eastside girls' basketball season to an end Friday in the Region 1D semifinals at Virginia High. McNulty scored 29 points in the Lady Tigers' 72-57 victory.


Large police presence in Virginia Beach neighborhood

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia Beach Police were called out to Shell Road, off of Independence Boulevard on Friday afternoon. Police tell us they are dealing with a "person in crisis," but could not give any additional information.


Virginia Republicans seek testimony from Justin Fairfax accusers before House committee

A top Virginia Republican announced Friday that the state's judiciary committee will invite the two women accusing Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault to testify when the legislature returns in April.