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by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 26 2015 10:47AM
The winter weather could hit Fredericksburg and areas to the north and west by the evening commute. Snow will move in across the region and the coastal storm bringing it really gets developing after then, into the overnight. One to 3 inches is likely in the D.C. metro area, it's 3 to 6 in the northern and western suburbs and 3 to 5 in the east. The good news? We are going to dodge what will be a blizzard in most of New England.
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Location : New England
by Staff posted Jan 23 2015 12:07PM
Free Lance–Star Publishing LLC announced Friday that it is selling its four radio stations to Alpha Media of Portland, Ore.
Alpha has agreed to purchase WFLS–FM, WNTX–AM, WVBX–FM and WWUZ–FM, pending approval from the Federal Communications Commission. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Sandton Partners, which purchased The Free Lance–Star in a bankruptcy auction in June, announced late last year that it would sell the Fredericksburg-area stations after being directed by the FCC to divest itself of either the newspaper or its Star Radio Group holdings.
"We are proud to have been owners of the Free Lance-Star radio properties," said Robert Orr, managing director for the company.
"The transaction with Alpha Media gives us great comfort in knowing that the stations will be in very capable hands, and that listeners in the Fredericksburg area will continue to benefit from the excellent entertainment and news programming that they have come to expect from us."
Free Lance–Star and Star Radio Group Chief Executive Officer Gene Carr said Alpha will continue to operate from the FLS building on Amelia Street with existing staff.
"The staff are an integral part of serving the listeners and advertisers of the Fredericksburg region; I am pleased that the entire staff will be offered employment with Alpha Media," Carr said.
"We will continue to operate the Star Radio Group until FCC approvals have been finalized and we look forward to seeing the continued growth of these radio stations," he added. "Alpha Media has an excellent reputation in the industry."
When completed, the deal will give Alpha a total of 93 radio stations across the country.
"Fredericksburg is a thriving place that continues to grow. It will be a nice addition to our East Coast footprint," said Alpha Media Chairman Larry Wilson. "I feel privileged to be able to get into that market and work with the great people there."
In addition to the radio stations, Alpha Media owns the digital media and marketing company Xapsis in Peoria, Ill., and two performance venues, Bing Lounge in Portland, Ore., and Alamo Lounge in San Antonio, Texas.
George Reed of Media Services Group brokered the deal.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 23 2015 10:05AM
Yesterday it was "freezing fog," but tomorrow and again next week Accuweather Forecaster Bill Deger tells us it could be winter weather, depending on where you are.
The first of two systems move across the state, starting later tonight, into tomorrow. It could mean a slushy mess and a couple inches of snow in the extreme north and west of Virginia. A winter weather advisory starts at 4:00 p.m. today in the west and at 6:00 p.m. in DC.
The real story for Fredericksburg is the second system, an Alberta Clippper, that's coming in from Canada. It should hit Fredericksburg by later Sunday night into Monday and start maybe as a mix. It's still too early to tell, but it could mean a couple inches of snow on the ground Monday morning. How far it moves of the East Coast and how much moisture it pulls in will help decide how much snow we can expect.
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Location : East CoastVirginia
People : Bill Deger
by Frank Hammon posted Jan 22 2015 2:03PM
Caroline County Sheriff's Office investigators have arrested 23 year old Terry Smithers, of Hanover in conection with last weekend's shooting in Dawn.

Smithers faces charges of attempted malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possessing a firearm as a felon.

The shooting incident happened during a large birthday party on January 18 at the Dawn Progressive Center.

Investigators reported collecting more than 20 bullet casings from the scene of the shooting and found several bullet holes throughout the Dawn Progressive Center building. Six separate vehicles were also struck by bullets during the incident.

26 year old King William County resident received non-life threatening gunshot wounds and has since been treated and released by a hospital.

Caroline County Sheriff Tony Lippa stated "This investigation is on-going and additional arrests are expected".
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Location : King William County
by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 22 2015 11:50AM
Do you've got some bottles of Mean Green Super Strength or Industrial Cleaner & Degreaser under the sink? Stop using them now and call the company.
Maker CR Brands is recalling over 80,000 bottles that may contain ammonia and cause a dangerous reaction, when mixed with other cleaners. They were sold at area Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Walmart stores from last August to November.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 22 2015 11:13AM
Are you a trekie, then there's good news for your weekend in Virginia.
The Dulles Annex of the National Air and Space Museum, in Chantilly is hosting a Star Trek open house this Saturday. For one day only, the museum will display the original starship "Enterprise." It'll sit on a wooden stand during some conservation work in a lab and you can go through rooms that are normally off-limits. The event's from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 22 2015 10:45AM
If you live in Stafford or travel around the Marine Corps Base in Quantico today, you'll hear some extra noise, but don't panic. Officials say they're doing some demolition training today from now until 5:00 p.m.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 22 2015 9:32AM
The chance for freezing rain last night was enough to postpone a planned public hearing on proposed attendance zones for some Stafford County middle schools kids. Parents of kids at Rodney Thompson Middle, Shirley Heim and H.H. Poole middle schools is now next Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at Colonial Forge High School.
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Location : Stafford County
by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 22 2015 7:45AM
The railroad reopened for trains on the Manassas around 7:00 this morning. Trains still scheduled are leaving approximately every 10 minutes. VRE officials say that trains 330 and 332 are expected to run on time.
Manassas City Police confirm that a pedestrian was struck near Quarry road that led to an investigation. There is no information yet on the vicitim, the circumstances or their condition.
VRE officials say that it was a freaight train, on the VRE shared CSX tracks, that was involved and an investigation is continuing.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 21 2015 10:08AM
If you've ever eaten at a North-Carolina based Cook Out restaurant or one of the 130 locations throughout the south, this should make you smile. Construction for the new one in the Greenbrier Shopping Center on Route 3 in Fredericksburg, is getting underway. Known for its grilled burgers, corn dogs and hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, Carolina-style barbecue, milkshakes and Cheerwine, this spot will open in April.
Another one is planned along Route 1, near the Massaponax exit off Interstate 95 near Steak 'n Shake, but it's on hold for now.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 21 2015 7:29AM
The Virginia State Police announce around 8:45 this morning that an elderly Fairfax resident, with a memory impairment, is found safe, after wandering away from his home early this morning. James Lewis Goble is white, 67 years old, five foot nine and 160 pounds, with blue eyes and white hair.
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Location : Fairfax County
by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 21 2015 6:53AM
A cold rain is expected for much of the Fredericksburg region later this morning, but there could be ice in areas to the north and west. Federal Government is open today, allowing unscheduled leave. Loudoun and Winchester Schools are closed.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 20 2015 11:50AM
Hopefully it won't mean many jobs lost, but you will have to do your last shopping at the Cosner's Corner Staples store on Valentine's Day.
It's one of 225 U.S. stores being closed. The other ones locally: at Doc Stone Commons in Stafford, in the Warrenton Village Center, in Culpeper and in the Westwood Shopping Center in the Burg' will stay open. Some of the employees at the closing store will shift to the Westwood location.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 20 2015 11:42AM
Lots of folks in our region are stepping up to help the Spotsylvania family that lost their 12-year-old, Roanna Hill and her grandmother Carole in a house fire.
Her Aunt Tiffany has started a Gofundme page to raise money. As of today, there have been more than $22,000 in donations. Roanna's Dad Andy and Mom Vicky suffered severe burns. They and her brother Tyler also had smoke inhalation. Check out the page at, to get the latest on giving.
She was a student at Ni River Middle School and the staff and PTA there are partnering to hold a gift card donation drive for the family. It will help them buy everything from food to clothes and furniture. They can be mailed to the school, labeled "the Hill Family" or dropped off at the school's main office from today through the 30th.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 20 2015 11:33AM
More people are going organic these days, but would you consider drinking unpasturized milk? It's already a topic of debate with state lawmakers, because some people are. They're deciding whether the state's constitution preserves our right to buy raw milk directly from farmers. Opponents say it could lead to us consuming more unsafe food. Some say state rules already have enough loopholes that let people buy it anyway.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 20 2015 11:32AM
Cops in Spotsylvania need our help to find four men they say started a fight at a high school-aged party at the Harrison Road Community Center around 9:30 Saturday night.
They apparently tried to get in and got turned away, but snuck in through a side door and the fight broke out. They say one of them dropped a gun as he ran from police. The young men got away in a white four door vehicle.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 20 2015 11:25AM
Free fillable forms are available online and the IRS is accepting 2014 federal tax returns as of today.
David Prokupek with Jackson Hewitt tells us, be sure you're ready. You'll need all of your W-2 forms and 10-99's from every employer. It's also smart to have all the hard copy receipts, for items you plan to deduct and to know what life event affect your deductions. It could save you money or help you get a refund if: you moved to a new state for a job, got married or divorced, had a child, went back to school or turned 65. There is also a credit if you are caring for an aging parent and if you're a single Mom.
Employers legally have until January 31st for you to get your 10-99 or W-2.
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People : David Prokupek
by Frank Hammon posted Jan 19 2015 12:59PM
A 31-year old man was killed Monday morning when the car he was driving crashed into the back of a fire truck that was at the scene of another accident on I-295.
Brad T. Cartwright struck the back of the fire truck that was blocking the left and center lanes of the Interstate with its emergency lights flashing.
artwright, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was declared dead at the scene.
Two firefighters that were in the truck were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 19 2015 8:25AM
The University of Virginia plans to conduct an internal review of academic integrity in its athletics programs.
The university says in a news release that U.Va. President Teresa A. Sullivan has commissioned a task force to examine practices and procedures involving mentoring and advising of student athletes, enrollment in courses and evaluations.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 19 2015 8:24AM
Caroline County authorities are investigating an early Sunday morning shooting in Dawn.
Major Scott Moser says a man was shot around 1:00 a.m. at the Dawn Progressive Association, also known as Dawn School. The Sheriff's Office says it appearsto have involved a confrontation that happened at a birthday party being held there. A man suffered non-life threatening injuries, but no suspects have been identified.
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Location : Caroline County
People : Scott Moser
by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 16 2015 10:26AM
You can save yourself a drive to Richmond and do a whole lot more business with your local DMV this year.
By this summer, it will start issuing copies of marriage, divorce and death certificates. Last March it started offering birth certificate copies too. You can also take driver's license and CDL exams at some of them, buy an Express Lanes compliant EZ-Pass and renew your car tags for up to three years.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 16 2015 10:15AM
If you drove on part of Fall Hill Avenue yesterday, you might have sat in some major delays. Part of the road, near Celebrate Virginia, was closed for nearly an hour, around 11:00 a.m., after a wreck that involved a city police officer. A city police spokeswoman says the cruiser was T-boned by a 21 year old driver as they went through the light near the entrance to Wegmans grocery store. Witnesses told police that the other driver had a green light, but neither one was seriously injured.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 16 2015 10:12AM
Less folks are willing to pony up money to help former Governor Bob McDonnell save himself from a full jail sentence. Donations to his legal defense fund dried up after his conviction on corruption charges last September. IRS officials say the fundraised just over $3,000 in the last three months of 2014. That's compared to the over $320,000 raised in the three previous quarters combined.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 16 2015 10:10AM
Tax season is right around the corner and the Fredericksburg region's health care navigator thinks lots of locals will stop by her office after they file for 2014. This marks the first time uninsured taxpayers will be penalized for not having coverage the previous year. If you have an insurance plan in place by March 1st, you won't have to pay the penalty for 2015.
by Frank Hammon posted Jan 13 2015 2:39PM
A young child playing with fire starting materials in the first floor living room is the cause of last evening's fatal fire in Spotsylvania.

The fire was called in by a resident of the home at about 5 p.m. When firefighters arrived minutes later they found flames and smoke pouring from the structure on Fox Gate Drive.

Two people were pulled from the second floor of the home, 12-year old Roanna Hill and 75-year old Carole Hill. Efforts to resuscitate both failed and they were pronounced dead at Mary Washington Hospital. A third person was taken to VCU Medical Center with significant injuries. That person's condition is not available.

The Red Cross is assisting the family.
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by Corinne Geller posted Jan 7 2015 5:18PM

VSP troopers were involved in TWO SEPARATE pursuits Wednesday (Jan. 7) in Northern Virginia… the following is all I have to release at this time on them. I'll follow up with more details as they become available.

PURSUIT #1 – Prince William County to Arlington County
At approximately 12:53 p.m. Wednesday, a Virginia State Police trooper was on patrol along Cardinal Drive (near Minnieville Road) in Dale City when a 1995 Chevrolet Tahoe with an expired inspection sticker passed by. The trooper initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, which refused to stop and sped away from the trooper. The suspect vehicle made its way to the Prince William Parkway and then northbound on Interstate 95 and then into Arlington County on I-395. The Tahoe took the Glebe Road exit and continued into a residential neighborhood. The driver and two passengers pulled up to a residence on South Veitch Street, fled the vehicle on foot and entered the residence. All three males have been taken into custody without incident and charges are pending. The investigation remains ongoing at this time.

No injuries or vehicle crashes resulted from this pursuit.

The Fairfax County Police helicopter was instrumental in assisting state police with following the suspect vehicle and locating the subjects at the residence. In addition, the Arlington County and City of Alexandria Police Departments also assisted with the incident.

PURSUIT #2 – Stafford County to Arlington County
At approximately 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, a Virginia State Police trooper was in the crossover at the 137 mile marker in Stafford County monitoring northbound traffic when a Toyota Camry came through radar at 94 mph. When the trooper pulled out to initiate a traffic stop on the car, it sped away in excess of 100 mph. The car continued northbound on the shoulder and weaving through lanes. Within 10 minutes near the 158 mile marker in Prince William County, the trooper terminated the pursuit for public safety purposes. The Toyota continued northbound. There were three subjects in the vehicle.

At 2:53 p.m., Virginia State Police were notified of a hit-and-run crash in the northbound lanes of I-395 at the Seminary Road Exit. Based on witness statements, it is believed this crash was caused by the same Toyota Camry. A Honda Civic was northbound on I-395 when it was sideswiped by a black sedan. The black car continued northbound at a high rate of speed. The driver of the Honda Civic, a 24-year-old Woodbridge woman, was transported to Inova Alexandria Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. She was wearing a seat belt and was the car's only occupant.

Anyone with information about the black Toyota Camry with Tennessee plates is asked to please contact the Virginia State Police at 703-803-0026 or #77 on a cell phone.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 6 2015 5:50AM
So far, in our immediate listening area, Stafford County Schools are two hours late today. Fauquier County Schools are closed. Slow down and be careful, since more snow is falling to the north and west of Fredericksburg. Get all the delays at
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 6 2015 5:46AM
Spotsylvania detectives need help to find out if ant more young people at the Fairview at River Club Church may have been the victim of a former youth volunteer.
Gregory Richard Yeamans was arrested on New Year's Eve, for taking indecent liberties, after a tip to social services. Right now the two victims of the 52 year old are identified as 11 and 12 year old boys.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 5 2015 2:17PM
How to deal with the overcrowding in nearly half of Stafford's schools kicks into high gear.

The School Board's plan to redraw the boundaries for who goes to what school could affect kids and parents at 15 of them. The amount of students has ballooned by over 5,000, since 2000. The board will hear a committee's recommendations next Monday. Then parents have a chance to speak up at three public hearings throughout January.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 5 2015 2:12PM
Do you ride VRE and want to make your voice heard?
The Virginia Transit Association has launched a new outreach program. It's aimed at giving you a direct line to lawmakers from the local to state level. They want your feedback and once you sign up, you'll get alerts on what's happening in your city or county, state and in DC. Click on to learn more.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 5 2015 2:05PM
Give yourself extra time for your morning trip if you commute using VRE from the Burg', starting tomorrow.
Work on the sewer lines and manholes on Charles Street means traffic to be detoured from the intersection of Charles and Frederick streets starting tomorrow, weather permitting. It will also close Charles Street at Lafayette Boulevard. Those detours could be in place through the end of the month. Detours next week will impact commuters who use park-and-ride lots C, G and H.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 5 2015 2:04PM
Your Christmas tree might lay at your curb for a day or so in Fredericksburg, but then city crews will take it, by Friday.
Stafford folks can drop their trees at the landfill on Eskimo Hill Road where they will be shredded. If you live in Spotsy, drop them at the Berkeley, Livingston and Harrison Road convenience centers. They'll be shredded and turned into mulch.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 5 2015 2:01PM
After lots of folks off work or away for the holidays, this will be the first real full week of the tolled Express Lanes for some of us.
A bump in commuter traffic is expected this week and next. Remember, the big change is the E-ZPass transponder, that all cars and vans using the lanes must have. Buses and motorcycles are exempt. Vehicles carrying at least three people may use the lanes for free, but still need an E-ZPass Flex.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 5 2015 1:28PM
Lets hope you got to enjoy the unusually warm weather yesterday because for now, it's about gone.
Winter Storm Gorgon has formed over the Northwest, and in under 48 hours it is expected to bring a swath of snow more than 2,000 miles from the Midwest and into tomorrow.
It's a fast moving system, and a little snow could move through our region by tomorrow. About 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. tomorrow is the best chance for at least a dusting or more. It could be more severe to the north.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 1 2015 10:39AM
You can continue to enjoy the lower gas prices in Virginia, but could expect to see a hike of about five cents a gallon in the coming days or weeks. The almost two percent tax hike on wholesale gas goes into effect today and will likely trickle down to our price at the pump. It's happening because Congress failed to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act last year. It would have let states apply the sales tax to Internet sales, but since it didn't the gas tax hike takes place instead.
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Location : Virginia
by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 1 2015 10:38AM
Is your live Christmas tree still fresh or are you just ready to get rid of it now?
Some mulching programs are in place in the region, so contact your county or city's public works department. In Fredericksburg you have to wait a little longer. They're being collected by crews next week. Make sure yours is placed at the curb no later than 7:30 a.m. next Monday.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 1 2015 10:36AM
If giving back more this year is a resolution for 2015, you can start tomorrow with a blood drive at the Red Cross Fredericksburg Donor Center from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
There are also another 14 being held in Fredericksburg, Stafford and Culpeper through the 15th. During this National Blood Donor Month, get more at red-cross-blood-dot-org and search by your zip code.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 1 2015 10:33AM
Dads with kids propped on their shoulders, people bundled up and sipping cocoa and kids in "Frozen" costumes were among the hundreds in downtown Fredericksburg last night.
The annual First Night event kicked off at 7:00 p.m. and ran until midnight. You could hear music from the many stages from blocks away and see or hear the midnight fireworks that helped usher in 2015.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 1 2015 10:31AM
Have you made a resolution to get more active or lose weight this year?
The Virginia State Park System plans to help you out. "First Day Hikes" start today at all 36 Virginia state parks. Last year more than 27,000 people hiked about 66,000 miles in 885 parks across the country. Get the list at
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 1 2015 10:04AM
There were several major data breaches last year, the latest announced on the eve of this New Year.
Chick-fil-A's website says they received reports of potential unusual activity involving payment cards at a few restaurants. It's working with security companies and police to get all the facts. It will also give free credit monitoring to anyone affected. If you're worried, check the site's Q&A or report your issue, starting tomorrow.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jan 1 2015 9:54AM
Don't be surprised if you see blue lights shining on the porches of your neighbors and others across the region or country, starting tonight.
National Blue Light Week was created to remember and honor the lives of police officers that have died in the line of duty. It starts at 6:00 p.m. tonight and runs through 6:00 p.m. on the 7th.
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