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Suspicious fire under investigation in Orange County

Orange County Fire Marshall Craig Johnson is investigating a suspicious fire that burned dozens of railroad ties near Caroline Street in Orange Tuesday evening. According to Orange Volunteer Fire Company (OVFC) Chief Whit Jacobs, firefighters responded to a call behind Darnell’s Garden Patch and Ora


Another snow day in rural counties; 2 hour delay for others

(CHARLOTTESVILLE – WINA) It’s another snow day for school kids in Madison, Culpeper, Nelson, Augusta, Rockingham. Other school divisions, such as Fluvanna, Louisa, Orange, Buckingham, Waynesboro, and Staunton will operate on a two-hour delay.


Orange County family loses money in pet scam

ORANGE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Hyer family of Orange County loves dogs so much, they have six on their 21-acre property. But they had room for one more in their home and in their hearts. And for good reason, eight-year-old grandaughter Adelyne is a cancer survivor.


Virginia police responding to report of active shooter in Henrico County

(CNN)Police in Henrico County, Virginia, are responding to a report of an active shooter at a school, the department tweeted Wednesday afternoon. "At this time there are no reported injuries and no confirmed reports of gun fire. We are continuing to investigate," police tweeted.


Virginia Beach food truck owners unhappy with outcome of council vote on business license

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A battle over food trucks continues in Virginia Beach. City council voted to eliminate some fees for truck owners Monday, but the restaurants on wheels still aren’t happy.


Icy Tuesday night into Wednesday morning commute expected

CHARLOTTESVILLE (WINA) – The National Weather Service has Charlottesville, Albemarle, Greene, Nelson, Madison, Culpeper, and Orange counties under a Winter Storm Watch from 10pm Tuesday through 10pm Wednesday. For Fluvanna, Louisa, and Buckingham counties… the Weather Service has NOT posted a watch,


Culpeper Jail overcrowding reaches crisis point

It appears the Culpeper Jail has reached a breaking point. Built in 1987 as an addition to the historic Sheriff’s Office building, the jail fronting on West Cameron Street was made to hold around 70 inmates.


"Tangible Spirit" exhibit

The Arts Center In Orange opened its latest exhibit, “Tangible Spirit,” with a gallery talk and reception Sunday, Feb. 10. The exhibit features work from more than 30 African-American artists and is funded in part by the Petrucci Family Foundation, the Morin family, Mason Insurance Agency, the Orang


Virginia State Police search for missing woman

NORFOLK, Va. — The Virginia State Police issued a Critically Missing Adult Alert after a woman was reported missing to the Norfolk Police Department. On Wednesday, 24-year-old Olivia Oliver was reported missing to Norfolk police at 5:30 p.m.


Virginia school librarian charged after slapping 10-year-old girl

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) -- Jasmine Webster says the outrage is still fresh after finding out a librarian at a Virginia elementary school slapped her 10-year-old daughter a few weeks ago.


Police identify man found shot to death outside Virginia Beach apartment

Police have identified the man who was found shot to death outside an apartment early Tuesday morning. Damen Ellington Graham, 27, of Virginia Beach, was found by officers at the apartment in the 6700 block of Chartwell Drive. Officers were dispatched there around 12:16 a.m. for a report of a person


Man arrested for abducting Norfolk woman from gas station

NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk Police arrested a man Wednesday night after they say he abducted a woman from a gas station. Virginia State Police issued a Critically Missing Adult Alert, also known as an Ashanti Alert, Wednesday night for 24-year-old Norfolk woman Olivia Oliver on behalf of the Norfolk Poli


Fuel tanker bursts into flames on Virginia highway

FINCASTLE, Va. — No one was seriously hurt when a tanker truck overturned and caught fire Wednesday morning on US 220 North in Botetourt County, Virginia. The crash was reported at 6:24 a.m.


Virginia governor cancels first stop on listening tour after blackface controversy

(CNN)Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam canceled the first stop on his apology tour following a letter from the Virginia Union University student government asking him to not attend a chapel service Thursday honoring a group of 1960s-era civil rights protesters.


Cost of living comparison between Virginia and Florida

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Man pleads to misdemeanors in body dumping case in Spotsylvania

A man who dumped his friend's body in a stranger's yard after the victim overdosed in his vehicle last summer pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors Tuesday. Jarred Michael Smith, 24, of Locust Grove pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and unlawful entry. He was sentenced to a total of 24 months in


Reputed Hells Angels biker from Staten Island admits to shooting rival in Virginia

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – A reputed Hells Angels motorcycle gang member from Staten Island has admitted to shooting a rival biker in an attack outside a Virginia motel five months ago.


Virginia sees second highest bear harvest

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Virginia bear harvests are the second highest they’ve ever been. Wildlife biologists with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries have released statistics for the 2018-2019 hunting season.


Fake $100 bills circulating in Northern Virginia officials say

STAFFORD, Va. (FOX 5 DC) - Fake $100 bills are making their way around Northern Virginia, according to authorities. The Stafford County Sheriff's Office said they’ve noticed an uptick and fake $100 bills and $20 bills circulating in the area.


Polar vortex may have killed 95% of stink bugs, Virginia Tech researchers say

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Virginia Tech researchers say extreme cold from events like January’s polar vortex may have killed off a majority of invasive insect species like stink bugs.