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Tazewell County Officers warn people of impersonation scam

Tazewell, VA (WVNS) - A new scam has law enforcement worried that members of their community may be putting their trust in the wrong people. Tazewell County Sheriff Brian Hieatt said people need to be careful.


Richlands police charge two with drug and weapon offenses

A Wardell couple is facing multiple charges after Richlands police responded to a call of a suspicious person at Gateway Shopping Center. Gary Arlando Thompson and Connie Sue Thompson had stopped at the shopping center after picking their child up from sports practice. Gary Thompson was charged with


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


'It'll Never Be Enough:" Virginia to Pay $520,163 to Man Wrongfully Imprisoned for 11 Years

The General Assembly has approved more than $520,000 in compensation for Gary Linwood Bush, who served almost 11 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of two bank robberies.


UPDATE: Senator Ben Chafin's sister voted to 12-year term on Virginia Supreme Court

Teresa Chafin, the sister of state Senator Ben Chafin of Lebanon, will be elevated to the Virginia Supreme Court. The General Assembly voted to give her a 12-year term. Chafin, who is a Republican, is her brother and former law partner.


Over 6,000 people lose power in Tazewell County during winter storm

TAZEWELL, VA (WVNS) - Tazewell, VA looked like a ghost town on Wednesday. Traffic lights failed to blink red yellow, and green, while surrounding banks, restaurants, and stores, like Bargain Mart, could not open for business.


Woman seriously injured after Virginia Beach Oceanfront shooting

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – One woman is in the hospital after an early-Saturday morning shooting at an Atlantic Avenue hotel. At approximately 12:48 a.m., dispatch received a report of a firearms violation at the Hyatt Hotel, located at 2705 Atlantic Avenue. When officers arrived, they located an adult w


Thousands without power in Tazewell County

TAZEWELL, Va. — Tazewell County has been hit hard by power outages, including in Bluefield, Va. where town hall has no power and Route 102 is blocked from a tree across the road.


Honaker PD searching for man accused of assaulting a police officer

RUSSELL COUNTY, VA (WJHL) - The Honaker Police Department is looking for a man accused of assaulting a police officer. Jonathan Thomas Hess is wanted on several charges including assaulting a police officer, according to the Russell County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.


Washington Co., VA leaders pass admission tax

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Va. — The Washington County, Va. Board of Superisors passed an admission tax for future entertainment and sports facilities at the Pinnacle. The tax would only apply to purchases made on tickets for events at the Pinnacle.


Driver crashes into Bluefield, VA store

BLUEFIELD, VA (WVVA) The driver of an SUV caused serious damage to the entrance of a Dollar General Market in Bluefield, Virginia. It happened Friday afternoon off Leatherwood Lane when the vehicle crashed into a column, sending bricks flying through the store’s glass doors.


Flood Warning issued February 23 at 8:04AM EST expiring February 24 at 11:09PM EST by NWS Blacksburg VA

Clinch River Near Richlands affecting Tazewell County. Over an inch of rain has fallen in the headwaters of. the Clinch River since Friday, and another one to one. and a half inches is expected through tonight.


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


Buchanan County fire still under investigation

BUCHANAN COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) - Emergency crews are still investigating a fire that happened in Buchanan County Thursday evening. According to the Oakwood Fire and Rescue Facebook account, firefighters responded to the Tri-State Exhaust and Service Center in Oakwood, Virginia.


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.


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.


Two arrested after search warrant executed at McDowell County residence

IAEGER — A search warrant executed at a McDowell County residence netted narcotics and two arrest. Deputies with the McDowell County Sheriff's Office, troopers with the Welch Detachment of the West Virginia State Police and members of the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force conducted


Woman shot at Oceanfront hotel in Virginia Beach this morning, police say

A woman suffered serious injuries during a shooting early Saturday at an Oceanfront hotel. Police received a call about 12:48 a.m.,​ reporting a firearms violation at the Hyatt Hotel, 2705 Atlantic Ave., they said in a news release. Responding officers found a woman with a gunshot wound.


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.


2 arrested on drug charges in McDowell County

(WVVA) Police in McDowell County arrested a man and woman on suspicion of dealing methamphetamine and Suboxone. Members of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office, the West Virginia State Police in Welch, and the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force searched a home in the Sandy Huff area