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James City County police search for missing, endangered man

JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. — Have you seen 31-year-old Aaron Jacobson?. James City County police are looking for Jacobson who was last seen at his residence in the 100 block of Old Stage Road in Toano on Feb. 12 around 9 p.m.


City Council allows short-term rentals in Williamsburg

Homeowners across the city will soon be able to rent a room in their their homes through services like Airbnb and VRBO, following City Council’s approval at its Feb. 14 meeting.


New rides under construction at Busch Gardens, Water Country USA

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Busch Gardens and Water Country USA are swinging into 2019 with new rides. Two new rides, currently under construction, are expected to open this spring. Busch Gardens will have a new Screamin' Swing ride called Finnegan's Flyer, and Water Country USA will debut Cutback Water Coa


Food Truck Tracker: Find your favorite kitchen-on-wheels this weekend

You’ve seen them almost every time you’ve visited a brewery. You’ve probably tried their food at community events. Maybe they’ve even stopped by your office to cater lunch.


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,


What's open and closed on President's Day

While Feb. 22 would be George Washington’s 287th birthday, on Monday the national holiday to celebrate Washington’s birthday will cause municipal offices and schools across Williamsburg to shutter.


New motel hopes to bring more tourism to Williamsburg

Lodgings in Lightfoot are getting a face lift as the former America’s Best Value Inn transforms into Motel Zuma. The property was purchased by Zuma Elsamahy in October 2017 and in January, Elsamahy stepped away from the franchise to start his own motel.


If you see this man or know where he is, call the cops

James City County Police are asking the public for help finding a man with “mental health issues,” said Deputy Chief Steve Rubino. Aaron Jacobson, 31, was last seen by a family member at his home in the 100 block of Old Stage Road in Toano on Feb. 12 at approximately 9 p.m., according to a news rele


Concord couple claims $4 million Virginia Lottery prize

The Virginia Lottery announced today that Stanley McIvor of Concord claimed a $4 million lottery top prize. The first indication McIvor had that something unusual had happened was when his wife, Marilyn, walked out of the store toward their car.


Virginia man charged with several child sex, drug crimes

GREENE COUNTY, Va. - A Virginia man is in custody and is now facing child sex charges, according to the Greene County Sheriff's Office. Authorities have charged David Totten, 37, of Ruckersville with two counts of forcible sodomy, five counts of sexual battery, five counts of contributing to the del


Richmond Catholic diocese publishes list of 42 clergy with 'credible' abuse allegations, 3 with ties to Williamsburg

The Catholic Diocese of Richmond released a list Wednesday of 42 clergy members who "have a credible and substantiated allegation of sexual abuse against a minor." It follows the conclusion of an independent investigation completed by a third party. Citing the "highly sensitive nature of the informa


6 dead, 5 police officers injured in Illinois workplace shooting

The suspect – along with five victims – died in a shooting at a manufacturing plant on Friday in Aurora, Illinois. Five police officers were injured as were a “number of civilians,” Ward 4 Alderman Bill Donnell told CNN, citing Deputy Mayor Chuck Nelson.


2 displaced after crews battle fire at Williamsburg condo

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) -- Two people were displaced after a condo caught fire in Williamsburg Tuesday night. Officials with the Williamsburg Fire Department said crews from Williamsburg, York County and James City County were dispatched to the 50 block of Priorslee Lane around 4:45 p.m.


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.


Virginia tax changes signed into law, refund processing can begin

WASHINGTON — Gov. Ralph Northam signed emergency tax legislation into law Friday, which will allow delayed state tax return and refund processing to begin soon. The bill conforms state law to match the federal GOP tax cut bill, but includes extra refunds for many taxpayers this fall and additional d


Owl with broken wing rescued by Williamsburg Police, Animal Control

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Member of the Williamsburg Police Department and Williamsburg James City County Animal Control were able to rescue an injured owl. According to officials, the owl had a broken wing and needed to be captured so that it could receive much-needed treatment. It was then safely transp


NWS: Milder winter in Williamsburg due to jet stream flows

A high of 74 degrees Fahrenheit in February? It’s not fiction; it was reality on Feb. 8. Williamsburg has had record warmth so far this year. From Jan. 1 to Jan. 6, temperatures were as much as 21 degrees Fahrenheit above the normal observed temperature range, according to preliminary climate data f


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


This Lightfoot store near Harris Teeter is ‘finally’ open

Outside one small storefront in the Lightfoot Marketplace, a brightly-colored sign stands on the sidewalk, catching the eyes of passersby. In neon letters, it reads: “HEY Williamsburg WE ARE FINALLY OPEN.”


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