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Plans to build juvenile detention center move forward in Isle of Wight County

ISLE OF WIGHT Co., Va. - After nearly five and a half hours, the Board of Supervisors voted to move forward to start negotiations on the terms of sale on the land for the juvenile detention facility.


7 charged following narcotics raid at Newport News apartment, police say

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) -- Seven people are facing charges after an apartment raid in Newport News. Newport News police said in a news release officers executed a narcotics search warrant at a home in the 1600 block of Ivy Avenue on Thursday.


Ammonia pipe burst at pet food plant in Smithfield injures two

SMITHFIELD, Va. (WAVY) -- An ammonia pipe burst inside at a pet food plant in Smithfield Thursday, prompting an evacuation and sending two employees to the hospital. Maj. Matt Rogers with the Smithfield Police Department said the pipe burst inside Premium Pet Health. This caused the building to be e


Man seriously hurt in shooting; one person arrested in Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Police arrested a man after he witnessed another person get shot Thursday in Newport News. Officers responded to the shooting around 4:11 p.m. in the 500 block of Catina Way.


Isle of Wight County to start negotiations with state to allow juvenile correctional facility

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Va. — After a fiery and at times spirited public hearing Thursday night, the Isle of Wight County Board of Supervisors made a motion to move forward with negotiations of the terms and agreements with the Department of Juvenile Justice.


Smithfield to bring 170 jobs

Smithfield Foods will lease a 20,000-square-foot space in North Suffolk’s Bridgeway Technology Center II on Harbour View Boulevard, bringing with it about 170 new jobs to Suffolk.


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


Smithfield barn fire under investigation

SMITHFIELD, Va. (WAVY) - No one was hurt when a large fire broke out at a barn in Smithfield. Video from the Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department shows flames erupting from the structure off Days Point Court Sunday night.


Judge sends Virginia dog fighter to jail, bans him from having pets

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. — A Diniwiddie man was sentenced to 10 years in jail and received a lifetime ban on having pets after he was convicted of 37 counts of animal cruelty and dogfighting. Eldridge Freeman, Jr., 44, fought dogs on Wilson Road in Dinwiddie.


Search warrant leads to guns, drugs seized in Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Seven people have been charged after police said they found guns and drugs inside a Newport News home. Officers executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1600 block of Ivy Avenue shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday. According to investigators, two handguns, suspected marijuana,


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.


R. Kelly charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago prosecutors have charged R&B star R. Kelly with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse, according to media reports citing court records. Friday's charges come after years of allegations directed at Kelly, accusing the now 52-year-old of sexual misconduct involving women and unde


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.


Virginia elementary school draws outrage for ‘runaway slave’ gym lesson

A Virginia elementary school apologized after criticism over a Black History Month lesson that instructed children to pose as runaway slaves. The principal at Madison’s Trust Elementary School acknowledged the mistake after parents complained when teachers modeled a gym exercise after the Undergroun


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.


Thousands without power in Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) -- Over 3,600 Dominion customers in Newport News are without power Friday morning. Dominion Energy said the call came in around 3:40 a.m. for a power outage along Jefferson Avenue, starting at Richneck Road, including Fort Eustis Boulevard, on into Newport News Park.


Smollett's 'Empire' character to be removed from final two episodes of season

CHICAGO (AP) — Producers of "Empire" say Jussie Smollett's character will be removed from the final two episodes of this season.


NBC: Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with soliciting prostitution

(WAVY) -- New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is being charged with allegedly soliciting prostitution, NBC News reports citing police in Florida. NBC Boston reports Kraft is being charged with two counts of soliciting another to commit prostitution based on two separate visits.


Two cameras found hidden in public bathrooms at Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Two hidden cameras have been removed from two separate bathrooms on Virginia Tech's campus. Campus police recovered the two devices, which were found in public bathrooms.


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