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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 31 2015 11:01AM
This week is your last chance to throw your support to Fredericksburg's FoodE restaurant in the Virginia Culinary Madness Challenge.
It's homemade chicken and waffles with maple syrup and rosemary has made it to the final two. Virginia First Lady Dorothy McCauliffe says about the FoodE dish... "It's really delicious. Phenomenal." You can vote daily on the competition website through this Friday and the winner will be announced Saturday.
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 31 2015 11:00AM
For the second time in a week, an area law enforcement officer is hurt trying to take someone into custody and this time it's fatal for the person they were trying to arrest.
The Culpeper Police Department says Dominick R. Wise was walking andthen running down the middle of the street. He was conscious, after being tasered, but became unresponsive when medics arrived. He died at the UVA medical center yesterday and one of the officers was treated for a broken nose and bruises. 
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 31 2015 10:59AM
The way trash is picked up in the City of Fredericksburg could change, but it would be brought in over six phases in the next couple years.
Right now trash goes twice a week and recycling one time. A city proposal would make it all once a week andask residents to take trash to a main collection bin. Phase one would start this October and finish by 2017. People that live and work in the downtown business district would be asked to find a private hauler.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 31 2015 9:41AM
Virginia Tech says a hike in tuition and fees is necessary to offset budget cuts and state-mandated costs.
The university's Board of Visitors votes yesterday to increase undergraduate tuition and mandatory fees by $468. Room and board fees will increase by $302. In-state graduate students will pay an additional $531 in tuition and fees. Virginia Tech says in a news release that the state has mandated several costs, including increases in faculty and staff retirement contributions.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 31 2015 6:08AM
10:10 a.m. Update: Police now say Wossen Assaye abandoned the first car he was in after leaving Inova Fairfax Hospital and may have stolen a second one. Heavily armed U.S. Marshalls and the FBI were among the agencies on site in Annandale when it happened and the gun involved in his escape was found inside. The latest vehicle Assaye, and maybe a girlfriend are traveling in, in is a dark colored 2008, four door Hyundai Elantra, with Virginia plates. XTU-5024.

Fairfax County Police need your help after an active shooter situation put Fairfax Inova Hospital on lockdown early this morning.
A police spokeswoman says a prisoner being taken there by a private security guard snagged his gun and escaped around 3:00 a.m. He was in a hospital gown and barefoot at the time. He is about 6 feet tall and 170 pounds.
The photo of the suspect above was tweeted this morning by the Fairfax Police Department.
 Girlfriend of Wossen Assaye, that he may be traveling with today.
Police believe Assaye may have abandoned a highkacked silver Toyota Camry, with Virginia tags: XZP-8513. It may have been involved in a crash after getting away from the hospital, near Backlick Road and could have heavy front end damage.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 30 2015 10:54AM
A Spotsylvania County deputy gets medical treatment after being attacked by four Prince William teens, that broke into the Spotsylvania High cafeteria Saturday. 
Captain Jeff Pearce with the Spotsylvania Sheriff'a Office says the door was open and the teens were breaking into vending machines, at the end of a basketball tournament, when the school's principal got there.
He tried to subdue the situation and said he was calling the cops and then they tried to physically intimidate him. A deputy got to the scene moments later and then they turned on him, a 14 year old punching him in the face. Pearce says that even though the shot caused the deputies face to be bloodied, he still kept them in control until backup arrived.
The boys range from 14 to 18 and are part of an at-risk program from Woodbridge. They are all charged with felonies... breaking and entering, malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer and assault by mob. Any or all of them could end up being tried as adults, if that's what the Commonwealth's Attorney decides to do. 
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Location : Spotsylvania County
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by The Associated Press posted Mar 30 2015 10:50AM
     CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ Frank Hammon, news director of WFLS-WNTX, was honored Saturday with the AP Robert Gallimore Distinguished Service Award for his nearly 40-year service to the broadcast industry.
     The award, named after the Associated Press Chief of Bureau in Richmond between 1967 and 1985, is presented annually to someone who has made significant contributions to the broadcast industry in Virginia.
     Hammon, 63, has led the news department at the Starradio Group’s sister stations in Fredericksburg for 15 years.
     “I had people who were willing to mentor me in certain things and those are the people who I appreciated along the way,” he said. “Be willing to listen and learn and when the time is right and you move on, then you become the teacher.”
     Hammon began his broadcast career in 1977 in his native New York at WNTQ-FM in Syracuse. Within three months of starting the part-time job, he became assistant program director. He later moved to North Carolina and worked at WOJY and WOKX-WGLD in the Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem triad.
     His reporting ranged from the police beat to business and a Discovery space shuttle launch. It also included live sports coverage of events in the Carolinas, Tennessee and Virginia for the ABC radio network.
     In 1989, Hammon landed in Virginia at WFLS-FM. Throughout his 26 years at the Fredericksburg station, he covered stories relevant to the region. He was one of the first on the scene at the start of the sniper shootings in 2002 and the tragic Lisk-Silva murders, reporting live from the field.
     When airliners plowed into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, Hammon worked 10- to 12-hour shifts to keep the listeners in his community informed.
     The Gallimore Award was presented by the VAPB at the group’s awards luncheon and annual meeting at the Omni Hotel.
     Hammon resides with his wife, Carol, in Caroline County.

Sister sation WNTX-AM was the recipient of two awards. Assistant News Director, Deirdre Blake received a meritorious award for Best News Anchor. The station also won a superior award for Best News Documentary or In-Depth Report for "Focus: Ebola Awareness."

by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 30 2015 10:42AM
You'll start seeing Metro's new safety preparedness videos on local tv stations, starting this week.
In case of an emergency involving smoke or fire in trains, they talk about when and how to evacuate, what to know about the third rail, onboard intercom use and where to find emergency signs or exits. The 60-second versions are in English and Spanish and the one that's three minutes long is on See the video:
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