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Posts from February 2014
by Frank Hammon posted Feb 28 2014 1:24PM
Caroline County, Virginia – Investigations conducted 
by Caroline, Hanover, Louisa, and Spotsylvania Sheriff's 
Offices have resulted in the arrests of Daniel W. 
McFadden, 25, and Amanda A. Thresher, 25, both of 
the 2800 block of Partlow Road in Spotsylvania County. 
The arrests are in connection with a series of residential 
break-ins that have occurred in those counties between 
July 2013 and February 2014.
At least a dozen cases have been linked to McFadden 
and Thresher in Caroline County alone, as well as many 
others in Hanover, Louisa, and Spotsylvania counties.
McFadden has been charged with twelve burglaries and 
additional charges are possible. McFadden is being held 
at Rappahannock Regional Jail in Stafford and Thresher 
is being held at Pamunkey Regional Jail in Hanover. 
Caroline Investigators consider this an active 
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 28 2014 10:20AM
As of tomorrow, you've only got a month and a half left to file your 2013 federal taxes, but don't panic.
E-filing is the fastest and safest way and can cuts down on errors and red flags for an audit. The local Rappahannock United Way has in-person help if you household makes under 58 grand a year. The IRS also has its own free assistance on-line. If you make more, you can search for accountants on the American Institute of CPA's website.
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 28 2014 9:48AM
 Do you live in Fredericksburg or Stafford, have well water at your house and get worried when it looks hazy or smells a little off? Now there's a chance to get it tested.
An informational meeting will be in the Stafford Board Chambers onMarch 24th. Then you drop off a sample on the 26th. State water officials will test it for everything from too much iron or copper to e-coli. It costs 49 bucks and you'll get results by the end of April.
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Location : Fredericksburg
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 28 2014 9:47AM
Here's more proof that it's smart to buy a car with OnStar tracking or install a security system like LoJack.
A Fredericksburg woman had borrowed her Dad's car and parked it in front of her house, but it was gone when she woke up the next day. The OnStar led police to a man's home in the Mayfield area. He had apparently tried to cut the system's wire and said he didn't know anything, but the tracking and fingerprints were all the evidence cops needed to put him in jail. 
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Topics : Law_Crime
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 28 2014 9:47AM
We know there's an APP for almost everything. Now there's one to mind out about police emergencies, wrecks, job postings and other important news in Stafford County. You can download the free APP through iTunes for Apple or the Play Store for Droid devices, just search for Stafford Sheriff.
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Location : Stafford County
People : Stafford Sheriff
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 27 2014 9:37AM
You can expect a slower ride if you've gotta drive on 95 south between the Franconia/Springfield and Fairfax County Parkways tonight.
VDOT will close three of the four lanes from 11 p.m. til' 5 a.m. tomorrow. It's to put in a new ramp that will help cars leaving Fort Belovoir, headed north, get onto the future 95 express lanes, heading toward Fredericksburg.
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 27 2014 9:33AM
Local college students won't have to ask Mom and Dad for as much dough if they take advantage of the benefit from student IDs.
A number of stores give discounts at the register for clothes, shoes and craft supplies. They're also given at some movie theaters and museums. And buying a card at student-advantage-dot-com for 22.50 a year also offers up to 20 percent off rides on Greyhound, Amtrak and renting a car.
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Topics : Education
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 27 2014 9:32AM
A plan that gets a nod from some Virginia lawmakers this week will let the City of Fredericksburg get a kickback on the planned minor league baseball stadium at Celebrate Virginia South.
It can now claim more than three percent of the sales tax itraises to help pay back money borrowed to build the nearby parking lot. The baseball investors plan to buy the land for it by the end of next month and have the stadium ready for the start of the 2015 season.
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Topics : Sports
Location : Fredericksburg
People : Virginia South
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 27 2014 9:30AM
Are you wondering what you can and can't get the best interest rates on for the rest of the year?
Mortgage rates had a recent spike and they could still go higher, but maybe at a slower pace. Car loan rates should also stay low. But for saverswho count on returns from CDs and bonds, the federal reserve is nowhere closer to boosting short term interest rates. Thinking about longer term CD rates, like ones with 3, 4 and 5 year maturities, wait til' after June. 
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Topics : Business_Finance
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 27 2014 9:30AM
Eating a sub at one Stafford restaurant next month will fill you up and let you help a good cause.
During Jersey Mike's Subs in Stafford Market Place's "Month of Giving" campaign, you can make a donation to the Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness in Bluemont. Then the "Day of Giving" is on March 26th. All of the day's sales at its' locations nationwide go to more than 100 charities, from hospitals and youth organizations to food banks.
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 27 2014 9:27AM
 The Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center is all ready to celebrate Women's History month in March.
It will present its "Woman Adorned: A Community Look" exhibit, featuring clothes from the women of Fredericksburg over the decades. Civil rights activist and world-renowned blues visionary Gaye Adegbalola will host a lecture and performance there next Thursday at 7 p.m., but space is limited.  
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Topics : Social Issues
People : Gaye Adegbalola
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 27 2014 9:26AM
Another school system is set to make up snow days.
Kids in Caroline will be in classes all day on March 11th and 27th, even though they were scheduled as early release days. Parent teacher conferences at Caroline High School will now be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 11th.
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Topics : Education
by AP posted Feb 26 2014 5:01PM
     RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Used car dealership chain CarMax says it plans to hire more than 1,200 workers across the country.
     The Richmond-based company said in a news release that the positions include sales, service operations, purchasing and the business office. Both full-time and part-time positions will be filled.
     Some of the areas with a large number of sales opportunities include Albuquerque, N.M., Hartford, Conn., Baton Rouge, La., and locations in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore area. 
     CarMax has more than 18,000 employees and operates more than 125 used car superstores.
     Applications will only be accepted online at
by Frank Hammon posted Feb 26 2014 11:50AM
Feel edgy when it comes to doing your taxes because the last thing you want is the taxman knocking at your door?
You're not alone as most Americans believe the everyday taxpayer is being honest when filing his or her annual income taxes.
A new national survey finds that 71-percent of us believe most of their fellow countrymen try to be honest when filing.
But there are 13-percent of you that are more cynical and think most people are trying to hide something.
by Frank Hammon posted Feb 26 2014 11:14AM
The group working to build a new assisted living facility in Caroline County takes its message to the residents this Sunday.
The Caroline Care Group already has received the $2-million land donation, but it's going to take community-wide support to get the $8-million loan to construct the 100 unit facility in Bowling Green.
Members of the group will make a public presentation, complete with drawings and layout of the facility at St Mary's Church on Ladysmith Road this Sunday at 3 p.m.
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Topics : Business_Finance
Location : Caroline County
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 26 2014 9:38AM
If you saw or heard something unusual in the sky yesterday morning near the Caroline and Essex County line, it was two Apaches helicopters running into each other.
They were part of a training exercise over Fort AP Hill. The pilots were not hurt, but taken to a local hospital as a precaution. Both choppers landed safely and an accident investigation team was dispatched here from Alabama. 
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Location : AlabamaEssex County
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 26 2014 9:36AM
Anxious Redskins fans might be wondering if their home team could be lulled away from Fed Ex Field to a proposed state-of-the-art stadium on the site of RFK in DC.
A public hearing with lawmakers is on the way to discuss studying the plan. It would include a domed stadium, an 18-hole championship golf course, hotels and even a waterpark. One hotel developer William insists it would create thousands of new jobs.  
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 26 2014 9:35AM
Have you wondered where your car stands in the ratings or what you should buy if you're in the market for a new one?
Consumer Reports is out with its' top picks and the Tesla Model S electric sedan takes the number one spot. The Toyota Prius hybrid gets the nod as the top green car. The Honda Accord is the top midsize car and the BMW328i as the best sports sedan.
Chrysler's Ram 1500 is named best pickup. Lexus, Acura and Audi are also top brands. Jeep and Ford get the lowest scores on road tests and reliability.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 26 2014 9:34AM
Do you still want to weigh in on what the future Riverfront Park on Sophia Street in Fredericksburg should look like?
There are now three new ways. You can stop by an open house on March 8th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Marriott on Caroline Street. The city's website at also has a comment section. And as of this week, the park has its own Facebook page. 
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Topics : Human Interest
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 26 2014 9:33AM
There's good news if you own a home in Spotsylvania County, your real estate taxes are about to go down.
Lawmakers are advertising a proposed tax rate of 87-cents for every hundred grand your home's appraised at and that's a penny lessthan it is now. A public hearing on the plan is set for April 3rd at Courtland High School.
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Location : Spotsylvania County
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 26 2014 9:14AM
If you'll be driving around the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda or plan to pay a visit there Thursday, you'll see lots of cops and hear loudspeaker announcements, but don't panic. Officials say the hospital will be participating in a Navy-wide anti-terrorism exercise. There will be little impact on patients, the building operations or traffic nearby.  
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 26 2014 9:13AM
Your chance to learn more about the massive Falmouth intersection project in Stafford next Monday.
VDOT will hold the meeting at its' auditorium on Deacon Road from 5 to 7 p.m. A construction team and contractor will be there to answer questions and show maps and work plans. The formal groundbreaking is next Wednesday and the project should be done next September.
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Topics : EnvironmentLaw_Crime
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 26 2014 9:12AM
The "S word" causes a few problems around the region this morning. The Fredericksburg area and much of northern Virginia could see afew inches by midday. Colder road temperatures could mean that snow will stick and make the drive a little tricky. 
VDOT has been out treating roads and VRE is asking you to give yourself extra time and be careful in parking lots and on its' ramps.
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Topics : Weather
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 25 2014 7:25AM
If you use College Avenue in Fredericksburg as a cut through between William Street and Route one, expect some extra delays this week.
Starting Wednesday and running through Friday, there will be lots of extra tractor trailers. They'll be delivering crane parts and steel for the University of Mary Washington's Campus Center project. The traffic will be heavy initially with the delivery of the crane, but then decrease to an average of two or three trailers every three days through the end of May.  
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Topics : Education
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 25 2014 7:24AM
In our tech savvy world, you can give your kids and teens a leg up in learning how to write computer code for free.
The Fred-x Coder Dojo is on March 8th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Learner Space on the Stafford campus of the University of MaryWashington. It's for kids from seven to 17 and will introduce them to learning code, computer languages and 3-d scanning and printing. They don't need prior experience, but should bring a laptop. 
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 25 2014 7:24AM
It's proof again that you need to know where your teenagers are, who they're with and what they're doing.
A young Stafford County man is jailed on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after he was caught with several younger teens in a motel room filled with pot smoke, cigarettes and beer cans Saturday night. Police found the 19 year old with two 15 year olds and a 14 year old at the Country Inn and Suites and three more ran away into the woods. 
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Stafford County
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 25 2014 7:21AM
Most of us have got random gift cards laying around the house that are still good, so what do you do with them?
If they are from a drugstore or pharmacy like CVS, Walgreens or Rite-Aid, you can donate them for a good cause. The National Police Defense Fund in New Jersey collects them. The non-profit uses them to help provide free medical help to cops that have been injured or disabled in the line of duty.
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Topics : Social Issues
Location : New Jersey
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 25 2014 7:21AM
Who does the laundry in your house and do you have any complaints?
A new survey says it's the woman in the house that does it most, but more men are stepping in to help? Is there work passing muster though? Some women say they need some tips. Experts say don't wash stains in hot water. If you have to wash the hand washables, use the delicate cycle. Check the right cycle for bleach, don't overload the machine and never use too much soap.
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 25 2014 7:20AM
If you're used to heading to the Plains or another spot to catch an annual hot air balloon festival, the drive will be a little shorter this year.
The Meadow Event Park in Caroline will host the Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival on May 10th and 11th. There will be 20 hot air balloons, Virginia food, wine, craft beer, live music and a kids area, according to the event's website. They'll also be balloon rides both days from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tickets online are $15 for adults and $5-dollars for kids from ages 5 to 12.  
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 25 2014 7:19AM
Local school boards have been scrambling to make up time in class missed because of snow and ice.
Now Spotsylvania County elementary and middle school kids will be there for full days on March 7th and April 4th, which were originally scheduled as half days. Virginia requires a minimum of 990 instructional hours per year from school divisions and many divisions are cancelling holidays or teacher workdays and tacking on days to the end of the school calendar.
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Topics : Education
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 25 2014 7:18AM
If you work hard all week and then try to cram everything in to your weekend, you might not be getting the sleep you need.
It could be why the vision in the mirror this morning looks tired. The Journal Sleep reports that people who consistently get less than seven or eight hours sleep a night look older. They are also more likely to have dark under eye circles, saggy skin and fine facial lines. So dvr that favorite show and put your kindle down early to hit the sack instead.
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 25 2014 7:14AM
Is you skin itchy and dry? It happens to alot of us in the winter from the cold and the dry air inside with the heat on. Doctors say you can do alot to help though.
Keep showers short, like five to 10 minutes and turn down the hot water a little. And even though you might like a long soak in a hot bubble bath, cut back on those too. The hot water can make things worse. Also use a cream with olive oil on your skin and don't forget sunscreen with an spf when you're outside. 
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 25 2014 7:13AM
The toys that you buy for kids for birthdays and Christmas this year might look a little different.
One toy industry expert says 2013 was tough for buyers wallets and for them, since kids tastes constantly change. What was cool last season, may not be cool this season and technology has changed toys. Now designers think simple might be better. So expect to see less electronic based gadgets and more that go back to person-to-person playing.
by AP posted Feb 24 2014 3:56PM
     NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Two college students in Virginia have been slain in separate incidents.
     Norfolk police tell media outlets that 20-year-old Paul Johnson was hit in the head early Sunday morning and died Sunday afternoon at a local hospital. The Old Dominion University sophomore was found in a parking lot.
     Richmond police say in a news release that 20-year-old Kahron M. Lee of Woodbridge was shot shortly before midnight Sunday. Lee was a sophomore at Virginia Union University.
     Police found Lee lying in a road. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital at 12:37 a.m. Monday.
     Two suspects have been charged in connection with Johnson's death. No arrests have been made in Lee's death.
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Topics : Education
Location : Virginia
by AP posted Feb 24 2014 3:55PM
     WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama will propose a 1 percent pay raise next year for federal workers.
     The increase would mark the second year in a row that civilian federal workers would get a 1 percent hike after three straight years of pay freezes. Pay went up in January.
     The Pentagon said military pay would go up by 1 percent as well. Service members did not experience the pay freezes that civilian workers did.
     Obama actually sets the pay increase by presidential order but his budget, which comes out on March 4, sets aside the money for it.
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Location : Washington
People : Barack Obama
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 21 2014 10:03AM
You'll have to dish out a little dough, but you could see some big names Redskins and help boost the Athletic's Department at the University of Mary Washington this May.
It will hold its first athletics gala on the 22nd at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center in Fredericksburg. It costs $125 a pop and $1,000 for a table of ten. It's hosted by NFL hall-of-famer Darrell Green. He'll be joined by the Skins' DeAngelo Hall and Pierre Garçon.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 21 2014 10:01AM
People have been racing to get in for the online registration for the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon here in the Burg'.
Within 24 hours of it opening on Wednesday afternoon, nearly 3,000 people had registered for the May 18th race. Registration for other events sold out in under an hour. Regular registration for the full marathon opens at noon this Sunday and closes at midnight on March 15th. 
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 21 2014 10:00AM
If you're heading up I-95 in the evening over the next few weekends, expect some changes. The HOV lanes will be closed the next two weekends so crews can work on the express lanes project. It starts at 11:00 p.m. the next two Fridays and continue through 4 p.m. on the next two Sundays. The work includes road markings and striping and pulling fiber optic lines. 
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 21 2014 9:58AM
If you're a parent in the region looking for something to do with your kids this weekend, the Fredericksburg Kids Expo at the Expo Center this Saturday and Sunday might be fun.
They'll be more than 60 kid-related vendors and exhibits. Kids can play and you can learn about summer camps, schools, sports leagues, nutrition, day care and more. It runs from 10 to 5 Saturday and 11 to 4 Sunday. Adults cost $8 at the door and $7 online. Kids between 4 and 12 pay $3 at the door and $2 in advance. 
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 21 2014 9:57AM
Most of us know we're expected to pay our credit card bills on time or get charged a fee, but now one company says it will stop at nothing to track you down if you bail on the debt. The new Capital One terms of service agreement makes it clear, saying "we may contact you in any manner we choose." So that includes calls, texts, emails, faxes and even a personal visit. 
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Topics : Business_Finance
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 21 2014 9:55AM
Results of new research of more than 500 expectant Moms and then their kids means there is more reason for them to avoid getting sick.
The study in this month's issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says if a mother catches more common colds, other infections and is exposed to bacteria during pregnancy, it will increase her baby's risk of developing allergies and asthma in childhood.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 21 2014 9:54AM
Local residents are coming out to the community room of the Rappahannock United Way in droves to get free tax help.
The IRS-certified volunteers are there to help anybody that has a household income of 58-grand a year or less. Either they can do them for you or you can get advice and file on-line with a computer there. And you can even file from home for free with help. Just two weeks into the program at its' 22 tax sites have helped over 300 folks get over 637 grand in credits and refunds.  
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Topics : Social Issues
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 21 2014 9:52AM
If you got stuck in the massive backup on I-95 north headed into Stafford mid-morning yesterday, it was because of a nasty crash.
State Police say it happened about 11:00 a.m. near the 144-mile marker in North Stafford. The wreck involved several cars and two tractor trailers. It closed all the northbound lanes and took nearly three hours to get everything back to normal. 
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 21 2014 9:49AM
The long-awaited Caroline YMCA finally has an opening date.
A grand opening is set for 1:30 p.m. on March 14th, with Virginia Senator Mark Warner as the guest speaker. That day, anyone who has purchased a membership prior to the opening will be able to use the facility and it will be open to the rest of the public the next day.
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People : Mark Warner
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 21 2014 9:49AM
 The man who helped put the Fredericksburg area on the map for musicals has died.
Rollin Edward "Ron" Wehman was 74 and died at his home of natural causes. He was the founder and general manager of Riverside Dinner Theater & Conference Center in Stafford. Covenant Funeral Service is handling Wehman's arrangements and the Riverside will hold a memorial and celebration of Wehman's life at a date yet to be determined.
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Topics : Human Interest
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 20 2014 8:44AM
Most area school systems are hard at work to rewrite schedules after most of them have missed at least 10 days of school due to the cold and snow.
It afffects state tests, exams and athletics. Some went to class on the President's Day holiday and others have been tacked on at the end of the year. Most school boards are still deciding what to do if we get more of the white stuff. 
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Topics : Education
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 20 2014 7:52AM
Do you need a convenient way to do some business with the DMV?
It could be possible in your neck of the woods today. The DMV's full service mobile customer service center, DMV 2 Go will be at the Michah Services Fair on Princess Anne Street. It'll be set up there from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 20 2014 7:51AM
The IRS says more people are filing their tax returns early this year.
Over 9 in 10 are sending in their returns electronically, not through the mail. The Earned Income tax credit is a big benefit and you can get money back even if you don't owe any tax and even if no tax was taken out of your paycheck. If you earned $52 thousand or less last year you may qualify. The federal filing deadline is April 15th. This year it falls on a Tuesday.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 20 2014 7:51AM
You'll get your chance to speak out on what you think the landscape of Fredericksburg will look like in the future.
The city is updating its comprehensive land-use plan and will hold a meeting about it next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall on Princess Anne Street. Then more public forums are planned about every two months through December. 
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Topics : Human Interest
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 20 2014 7:49AM
We no using somebody elses WIFI can put our personal information at risk, but when you're on the go and need to get on-line, what do you do?
Lots of folks turn to mobile hotspots, but might wonder which ones are best. A poll by Lifehacker shows the Karma Mobile Hotspot and Walmart's Internet on the Go service let you pay as you go. Also topping the list: the Verizon Jetpack and FreedomPop Overdrive Pro. 
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 20 2014 7:48AM
Are you thinking about running the Marine Corp Historic Half Marathon in Fredericksburg this May or maybe you're already training?
Well registration for the race is open. If you get on board now, it's 65 bucks and goes to $85 on March 31st. You can also join our team and be a St. Jude Hero. We ask you to raise 500 bucks for the historic half or 100 bucks for the 5 and 10K races. Get more at
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 20 2014 7:30AM
If you're at work today, you may have already realized that you're not holding the more than $425 million winning Powerball ticket from last night.
Someone in Milpitas, California is though. The winning ticket was sold at a gas station there and since it was the only one to match all the numbers, the owners get a million bucks too, as a bonus. 
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Location : California
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 20 2014 7:27AM
You'll be safer if you plan to travel to the Virginia Beach oceanfront in a couple months. Officials and business owners say they want to avoid a repeat of last year's rowdy College Weekend event. So, city staffers, police and business owners plan to meet Thursday to discuss tourism-related issues. Police made nearly 150 arrests stemming from the April 2013 College Weekend event. There were also several shootings, stabbings and robberies and at least eight people were injured. 
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Location : VirginiaVirginia Beach
by Frank Hammon posted Feb 19 2014 12:30PM
The Virginia AMBER Alert was cancelledat about 1 p.m. 
A Virginia State Police Trooper spotted the suspect vehicle while on patrol in Accomack County. 
5-year-old Amiyah M. Dallas was safely recovered. 
The aunt, Olivia N. Dallas, was taken into custody without incident.
On behalf of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police appreciate everyone's  immediate attention to this AMBER Alert and assisting.

Amiyah Monet Dallas
Gender : female
Race : Black
Date of Birth : 12/01/2008
Height : 3 feet 00 inches
Weight : 40 Lbs
Hair: pigtails Black
Eyes: Brown
Date and Time of Abduction: Feb 18, 2014 03:50 PM
Child was last seen at 15239 Mountain Track Rd. , Orange, Virginia. Child was last seen wearing a Pink w/buttons Thermal shirt shirt, Blue Jeans pants, White Chuck Taylors shoes, Pink multi Sweater.
Olivia Nicole Dallas
Black female, 5 feet 03 inches, 110 Lbs, Black hair, Hazel eyes. Abductor has a history of depression and drug use.
May be traveling in a 2001 C240 Mercedes , Burgundy , Maryland tag 8AFZ03. North.
P.S. Amiyah Monet Dallas, 5, was last seen in the custody of her aunt, Olivia Dallas. There has been no contact with Amiyah or her aunt since Feb. 18, 2014, and their whereabouts are unknown. Investigation has led investigators to classify case as an abduction and believe the missing child could be in imminent danger. The aunt has connections to Maryland and South Carolina. Anyone with information needs to call Orange Co. Sheriff at (540) 672-1200 or State Police at #77.
by Frank Hammon posted Feb 18 2014 12:34PM
Authorities in Caroline, Hanover and King William Counties are investigating a series of church break ins over the weekend. 
Three churches in the Route 30 corridor of Caroline were broken into early Sunday morning. 
According to Sheriff Tony Lippa at one of the churches the burglars tripped an alarm and they never actually entered the church. 
Lippa says if anyone saw or knows of anything to contact the sheriff's office at 804-633-5400 or the anonymous tip line at 804-633-1133.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : CarolineHanoverKing William
People : Tony Lippa
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 18 2014 5:37AM
The dusting of snow that fell overnight was ice in some areas. This morning many schools have reported two hours late. On the list: Spotsylvania, Stafford, Caroline, Orange, Culpeper, King George, Fauquier, Prince William and Fairfax County. 
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Topics : EducationWeather
Location : Fairfax County
People : GeorgeWilliam
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 17 2014 10:13AM
The unseasonably cold weather means you could be facing sticker shock when the electric bill comes, so what do you do?
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative alone recorded energy usage in January that was over 12% higher than the previous year. Insulate your attic, cover or seal windows, get your heat pump tuned up and your furnace serviced. Most providers also have a home energy audit on-line to give you extra tips. 
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 17 2014 9:54AM
The Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office and a local family breathe a sigh of relief this morning after their missing elderly relative is found safe in the city of Fredericksburg. Ben Davis Hoff apparently stayed in a hotel room and was trying to get to the bus station Sunday night and found it closed. An area resident saw and recognized him from a local news story and photo and called police. 
He is here visiting from California and apparently wandered away from the 6400 block of their Old Plank Road home around 1:00 Sunday afternoon. Hoff suffers from Alzheimers, which added to their concern. He has now been reunited with his loved ones.
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Location : CaliforniaFredericksburg
People : Ben Davis Hoff
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 17 2014 9:30AM
It's one of the first studies to follow children from grade school to middle school -- and look at the psychological and physical effects of bullying.
Researchers questioned nearly 4,300 children and their parents when the kids were in the 5th, 7th and 10th grades. The lead author at Boston Children's Hospital says it seems to cause anxiety, nervousness, sadness, self-esteem issues and difficulty concentrating. The pain seems to last a lot longer if they're bullied in more than one grade.
by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 17 2014 9:29AM
If you were near the Spotsy/Caroline line yesterday morning on I-95 north, you might have been caught in delays or seen lots of cops, but why?
State Police were trying to stop a white minivan that was flying down the road after hitting another vehicle and taking off and then trying to ram a trooper's vehicle, sending it off the road into a guardrail. The driver then lost control and flipped. The 15 year old driver was taken to the hospital with charges likely on the way. Police are looking for the Chesterfield owner of the stolen van. 
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Topics : Law_Crime
by AP posted Feb 14 2014 12:17PM
VIDEO - The sun was shining and the number of cancelled flights down, as passengers arrived at National Airport outside Washington to try and catch flights. A winter storm had caused massive delays across the Northeast. 
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Location : Washington
by posted Feb 14 2014 11:28AM

The students and staff of Colonial Beach Elementary have made a video to try to get help from Ellen DeGeneres to rebuild their school. They hope to get on Ellen’s talk show.

Here’s the video:

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by AP posted Feb 13 2014 4:42PM
     RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police are attributing two deaths to a winter storm that left many roads treacherous and troopers busy responding to more than 2,200 crashes and disabled vehicles statewide.
     One death occurred in Halifax County on Wednesday as the storm swept into Southside Virginia. State police investigators say the 55-year-old male victim was killed on Route 501 when his car was hit head-on by another vehicle. The victim's wife was hospitalized with serious injuries.
     In northern Virginia, state police say a state-contracted truck driver clearing snowy roads died early Thursday after he was struck by another VDOT truck. 
     Through Thursday afternoon, state police emergency dispatch centers fielded 4,052 calls for service. Troopers responded to 1,095 traffic crashes and assisted 1,115 disabled vehicles. Most involved vehicle damage and no injuries.

by Frank Hammon posted Feb 13 2014 4:40PM
As the snow starts to melt you might notice some ponding on your street. Officials ask for your help to shovel snow and ice away from storm drains that might have become clogged. That will alow the water to drain and not re-freeze overnight. 
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by Frank Hammon posted Feb 13 2014 4:39PM
Local fire officials are asking residents to be sure if there's a fire hydrant near your home that it is clear of snow. It only takes a few minutes to take the precautionary measure of shoveling snow away from a hydrant.
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by Frank Hammon posted Feb 13 2014 2:58PM
Virginia State Police are looking for the driver of a silver Dodge pickup truck wanted in connection with a hit and run early Thursday in Caroline County. 
The accident happened after 1 a.m. along northbound  U.S. 301 near Wagon Wheel Road. 
A 44-year-old woman was walking southbound in the northbound travel lane when she was hit by the truck. The driver failed to stop and remain at the scene. 
The woman suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and taken to Mary Washington Hospital. 
The Dodge truck should have front end damage. 
Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities.
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