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by Deirdre Blake posted May 30 2014 10:51AM

If you like cooking shows, you can check out what local Chef Chris Kyler has got on the season 10 premiere of "Food Network Star" on the Food Network at 9:00 Sunday night. 
He's got a mobile business in north Stafford, that serves our region, DC and Maryland, but lives in Falmouth.
The now 32 year old has been cooking since he was 18, getting his training in the Navy, and says food is his passion. Kyler spent a brief time in the corporate world, but missed the kitchen. WFLS asks him for advice to give aspiring chefs of food tv stars. He says, "it's not all glitz and glam and a flash of the cameras. Cooking is hard work and being a chef is about a 60 hour a week career, often in not so ideal working conditions." He knew that he wanted to do more, so started exploring what kind of tv show competition was out there. Skyler says he's a chef and a bit of a comedian, which went a long way. He went to the casting call for "Hell's Kitchen" before, but got cut during the last round. A few weeks later, the Food Network called him to ask if he'd like to try out for a new show, "Cutthroat Kitchen," last year. He ended up winning and says it was amazing. He recently did more research on shows and ended up getting picked for this Sunday's "Food Network Star" episode.
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Location : FalmouthMaryland
People : Chris Kyler
by Deirdre Blake posted May 30 2014 10:36AM
A shot at a free seafood dinner has put a Goochland man in a local jail on several charges. Police say Taylor Lucas went up to the seafood counter at the Hilltop Plaza Giant in Spotsylvania, asked for a lot of seafood and then hid it under his shirt. When a loss prevention employee tried to stop him from getting away, Taylor pulled a knife and cut him on the arm. A police dog named Hulk then tracked him to a nearby abandoned house. 
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People : Taylor Lucas
by Deirdre Blake posted May 30 2014 10:33AM
The scams around Fredericksburg just keep coming these days and now it's someone claiming to be with the IRS, trying to collect back taxes.
Enrolled Fredericksburg IRS Agent Diane Beverly is helping her client with the call she got. She says the person in the call identified themselves as a revenue officer, which would happen if the call was real. They went on to give their name and a badge number, which is also what they do, with a badge under that you couldn't understand.
Beverly tells WFLS an internet search of the phone number left in the message, flags a scam. The IRS mails letters, doesn't make threatening phone calls. If you get contacted and you're in doubt, contact the IRS directly and ask them if the call is legitimate.
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People : Diane Beverly
by Deirdre Blake posted May 30 2014 10:30AM
Here's a heads up if you've got to travel through Spotsylvania County, on I-95 at night, starting on Sunday.
The off ramp to Exit 118 off 95 south will close for paving work at 10 p.m., along with the right lane, and should reopen by 5:00 the next morning. Use Exits 126 or 110 as an alternate.
Then two lanes, headed southbound, will close for paving work near Exit 118 at Thornburg at the same times Tuesday through Thursday night. 
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Location : Spotsylvania County
by Deirdre Blake posted May 29 2014 8:27AM
Another phone scam in the area and this one seems real enough to be tricking more people than normal.
Fredericksburg Sheriff Paul Higgs says people are getting calls from a man claiming to be a city deputy and accusing them of missing court. He threatens them with a "bench warrant," but tells them they can avoid being arrested if they send money to pay a fine. It seems even more real that usual, because he's using names of real city deputies.
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Topics : Law_Crime
People : Paul Higgs
by Deirdre Blake posted May 29 2014 8:26AM
You're going to hear some more noise in north Stafford and around Quantico for a while. Daytime training on the Marine Corps Base started yesterday and will go on through next Wednesday. Today the demolitions and live-fire aircraft training runs until 5 p.m. The weather plays a role though and some conditions can make the noises seem louder. 
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 29 2014 8:25AM
 An encounter with a stranger in Fredericksburg this week is a strong reminder to secure your house before you go to bed.
Fredericksburg police think the man, in his 20s with a military buzz, got into the elderly Caroline Street woman's house through an unlocked door. She was asleep, but was woken up by her barking dog and saw the man standing in her bedroom. She asked what he was doing and he kept repeating he was in the wrong house before running out. She wasn't hurt and nothing was taken.  
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Topics : Human Interest
People : Strange Man
by Deirdre Blake posted May 29 2014 8:24AM
Do you know the definition of ululant or would you have been able to spell it under pressure? It's the word that stumped 11 year old Brianna Bartley of Montross in round three of the Scripps National Spelling Bee yesterday at the Gaylord.
She sailed through the first two round and unphased, told her parents, "I'll be back next year." Almost 50 kids did make it to the finals. Oh, by the way, ululant means to have a howling noise. 
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 29 2014 8:22AM
You might know your kids teachers well, but substitutes might leave a question mark.
A former substitute teacher in Stafford County will serve three months in jail for inappropriate conduct with some kids last February, convicted of assault and battery. Brian Dinh Nguyen, faces more severe consequences in Frederick County trial this August, charged with locking three students there in a band closet.
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Topics : EducationLaw_Crime
by Deirdre Blake posted May 29 2014 8:21AM
If you're planning on doing some digging as part of yard work this weekend, you should call 811 first. 
Bob Innes with Columbia Gas says it doesn't take long for them to come out and it's free. Once the layout of where all those important wires is done, take a picture and some measurements, so the next time you dig you have a better idea where everything else is. Cut lines and wires can be dangerous, cost you some headaches with lost services and maybe lots of money to fix.
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People : Bob Innes
by Deirdre Blake posted May 29 2014 8:19AM
More people are getting back to work across our region.
The unemployment rate in the Fredericksburg area fell slightly in April, compared with a year ago. It did the same thing in Spotsy, Stafford, Caroline and King George, but King George still has the most unemployed, at a 5.5% rate. The Virginia Employment Commission says regionally, it was 4.5%t. 
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Topics : Business_FinanceLabor
People : George
by Deirdre Blake posted May 29 2014 8:13AM
Another big horse race is on the way next weekend and Kentucky Derby and Preakness Winner California Chrome hopes to win the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes on June 7th. Penny Chenery, the owner of famed winner Secretariat from Caroline, will be on hand. The Chestnut is one of 11 to win the Triple Crown in the past 100 years.
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Topics : Sports
Location : Derby
People : Penny Chenery
by Deirdre Blake posted May 29 2014 8:12AM
You might lose your favorite 7-11 store in Spotsylvania after the chain announces they're among 75 nationwide to be closed.
They all have solid sales, but the company says they don't fit 7-Eleven's current business model. The two here are at 2700 Lafayette Blvd. and 5206 Jefferson Davis Hwy. The deadline for the bids is July 29th.
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by Frank Hammon posted May 28 2014 11:19AM

A suspect is in custody after a standoff in Madison County this morning. 
It happened at the Skyline Restoration Body Shop on Route 29 at about 7:30 a.m. where shots were fired. 
Authorities say the suspect went into the body shop and the employees there fled with the suspect staying there until he was arrested at around 10 a.m. 
The situation led to the closing of Route 29 in both directions. A detour was set up and traffic was backed up for several miles in all directions on 29 and side roads. The highway has since reopened.
There was a temporary lockdown at Madison County High School, but the school has been reopened. 
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Location : Madison County
by Deirdre Blake posted May 28 2014 10:30AM
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What's the toughest word that you can still spell? Be careful, you might be beat by a middle schooler.
It's what eleven year old Brianna Bartley from Montross hopes to so at the Scripps National Spelling Bee this week. She won the Free Lance-Star sponsored regional contest in March. Brianna is one of 281 kids after the $30,000 cash prize and engraved trophy. The event got underway today.
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 28 2014 10:29AM

Can you imagine making lunch for about a thousand people, soon after making them breakfast, in under an hour?
It's happening all week in the cafeteria at the combined Thomas Jefferson-Trevilians elementary campus in Louisa County. It's part of the scramble after the 2011 earthquake all but destroyed the schools. Some state and federal lawmakers toured the campus this week and are impressed with what they've done. 
by Deirdre Blake posted May 28 2014 10:28AM

If you take your trash to the Belman or Eskimo Hill dumps, you might have to start paying a $3 fee.
It's one plan to deal with the Rappahannock Regional Solid Waste Management Board's budget problem, after Stafford and Fredericksburg lawmakers said no to ponying up more money. The R-Board's got to find money dig a new landfill spot for trash, or can't take any more after next December. 
by Deirdre Blake posted May 28 2014 10:26AM

If you've got the extra cash, it might not be a bad idea to invest in a generator this week. It's one of the many items tax free in area stores for the annual Hurricane Sales Tax Holiday, through Saturday. Even though you think they might not be a threat to us, remember all the damage and power outages from Sandy and Isabelle? And that can cost you money, from replacing spoiled food, to having to stay in a hotel. 
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 28 2014 10:25AM

The agency that runs the Metrorail system has assumed formal control of the new Silver Line in northern Virginia.
Today's formal transfer starts the 90-day clock for passenger service to get underway on the line, running through Tysons Corner between Falls Church and Reston. Testing and training by Metro and the Federal Transit Administration comes up next.
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 28 2014 10:24AM

An unexpected find for some Caroline residents, floating down the Mattaponi River, Monday night.
It was the final missing piece from the hot-air balloon crash that killed three people at the Meadow Event Park back on May 9th. It was about 90 percent of the actual balloon and part of the basket and it took five people to pull out of the water.
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 28 2014 10:22AM
How do you feel about kids using a cell phone at school? Middle and high school kids in Stafford can't get too excited yet about a plan to relax the restrictions.
The Stafford School Board put off talking about it more this week, after several teachers spoke against the change. Staff permission would still be required in class, but kids would be able to use them in the halls or cafeteria. County staff will be collecting more feedback from teachers and parents, in the coming weeks. 
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 28 2014 10:21AM

The I-95 express lanes project is almost done, but if traffic in some of the 29 mile stretch every day is a clue, it could be a long summer for drivers. 
Mike McGurk with Flour Transurban says you'll need and EZ Pass or Flex Transponder to use them, for a fee. They cost a one time $35 and that money will be banked for use on tolls here and anywhere it's accepted. They're available by phone or online at and also in-person at most area Giant or Wegmans' stores AAA offices.
If you ride in a van pool, slug or use HOV3, you should get the flex type. It comes with a switch you can flip and when you're in them with three or more people, you can avoid the tolls altogether.
The work should wrap up later this year and the 29 miles of toll lanes will be open, starting in Stafford County north, by early 2015.
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Location : Stafford County
People : Mike McGurk
by Deirdre Blake posted May 28 2014 10:16AM
Hiking in our region makes for family fun, but could get you in trouble, if you aren't careful. Spray on some bug repellant, but look out for deer ticks that could carry Lyme Disease too. Keep and eye out and scan your body when you're done. Takeany out with tweezers and get the head out. Lyme disease starts with a red bullseye rash around the bite mark and causes joint pain, muscle aches, fatigue and nerve problems.
by Deirdre Blake posted May 27 2014 8:36AM

Former Fredericksburg City Councilman Hashmel Turner is the latest to call for the Ward 4 VFW Princess Anne Street polling place to be temporarily moved.
Some lawmakers are worried the inconvenience of the Fall Hill Avenue closure will keep votersfrom casting a ballot this fall. Turner wants it moved to the Bragg Hill Family Life Center and the Electoral Board will meet again at noon tomorrow to talk more about a change. 
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Location : Fredericksburg City
People : Hashmel Turner
by Deirdre Blake posted May 27 2014 8:26AM
Many of the boats that hit the water on Lake Anna, the Potomac River or another body of water over the weekend had already been christened.
Some boat owners polled say they use kids names or places they'd like to travel. Surprisingly, some usethe same name books or online lists they use to pick a name for their new babies that they use to name their boats and even their dogs and cats.
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 27 2014 8:25AM
Many folks opened their pools at home for the summer over the long holiday weekend, so make sure they're safe for you kids and pets and the liability of others getting in.
Fence it, with gaps no more than four inches. Put in latched gates too high for kids to reach and add an alarm. Cover pools and hot tubs, never leave kids alone near them and teach them how to swim early. 
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 27 2014 8:24AM

You shouldn't be scared every time you order a burger at a restaurant or eat one off the grill, but be careful.
There have been massive recent recalls of ground beef for E-coli, so know what to look for. It happens fast, lasts for about a weekand can cause cramps, nauseau, diarrhea or vomiting. Cooking your own, it's got to reach 160 degrees inside to kill any bacteria.
by Deirdre Blake posted May 27 2014 8:24AM
How old were you when you decided what you wanted to be when you grew up?
Kids at King George Middle School are getting asked the question early with a new Career Corner in the library. The computer program shows kids what their starting and ending salary could be in a particular field. It's open for students during lunch Tuesday through Friday.
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Topics : Education
by Deirdre Blake posted May 27 2014 8:23AM

You might think you're a safe driver, but look out for the other guy, especially at intersections. A new safe roadsreport looked at 2,200 red-light cameras in 20 states and found out more than 3 million drivers ran through them last year. Over 10,000 of them were caught in Arlington and Falls Church alone. 
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 27 2014 8:21AM
Healthy families Virginia will make sure that lowered income local families can keep their kids safe in the car this weekend.
They team up with Geico and the Virginia Department of Health to give out free car and booster seats. Kids have to be on Medicaid and parents have to register in advance. It's at Geico on Route 17 this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 27 2014 8:20AM
Lots of us can breathe a little easier now that some of the blooming Spring plants are done, but pollen and new trees are still causing allergies for some of us.
If you've gotta do stuff outside, avoid 5 to 10 a.m. when counts are highest and always wash your hair before bed. If you feel like your allergies are worse these days, you're not crazy. Research shows rising counts that could double by 2040.
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 27 2014 8:19AM
If you drive into or around Culpeper, look out for some headaches starting tomorrow.
A new traffic pattern will start at the intersection of James Madison Highway and North Main Street, for VDOT to continue work on a traffic circle there. Startingnext week, Virginia Avenue, from First Street to the Sperryville Pike, will close for a few months. 
by Deirdre Blake posted May 27 2014 8:18AM

Lots of veterans around Fredericksburg and northern Virginia were honored yesterday for good reason. One in every hundred is a retired military vet. A new Wallet Hub survey looks at the best and worst states for them and Virginia did pretty well. It ranks third in veteran job opportunities and one in every 1,000 small businesses is owned by a vet. 
From the Fredericksburg national cemetery luminaria to local musical concerts, lots of people took time to honor sacrifices of the military over the weekend and yesterday. The sound of all the motorcycles heard around northern Virginia and DC yesterday were from the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally. It honors military vets, in particular the ones who are still missing in action.
On the heels of Memorial Day, you might see lots of military on modified bikes rolling through the area today. They're part of the Ride to Recovery Memorial Challenge that helps disabled vets modify bikes to ride and raise awareness. On the six day ride, they're headed from DC to Virginia Beach. The up to 200 riders are set to get to Fredericksburg from Manassas today and leave for Richmond tomorrow. 
by Deirdre Blake posted May 27 2014 8:12AM
Are you planning a cruise, a safari or another trip? If you're planning to get help from a travel agent, know who you're dealing with.
Mike King with Travel Leaders in Fredericksburg tells us a license isn't required in virginia. Just like the man down the street that does a good job working on cars from his garage, a travel agent that work's from their basement might not have the latest training or be on the cutting edge of the industry. So, make sure you deal with a reputable and established company that has bonding insurance to protect your money. What you will pay depends on what you're doing and where and when you're going. If you're booking a trip last minute, expect to be billed the full amount. For trips like tour groups or cruises a while out, a deposit is usually requested and then you can make payments as you go.
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 23 2014 10:52AM
Make sure you're parked when you do it, but the DMV wants you to take out your phone, take a selfie with your seatbelt on and tweet or share it at hashtag #SafetySelfieVA.
Then they'll get posted every day on its new Instagram page. The Safety Selfie campaign is a fun and hip way to convince people that aren't buckling up that it's the right thing to do. For the past three years, more than all half of all the fatal accidents involved people without a seatbelt. 
by Deirdre Blake posted May 23 2014 10:49AM
They've got to be bonded first, but how honest is your banker? A Spotsy woman that worked at Wells Fargo is in trouble again.
She first got convicted of embezzlement from there and served three months of a three year sentence. Now Amber NicoleDahmen is convicted on three charges of identity theft. Cops tracked her through a paper trail and a safe in her house had credit cards and mail stolen from at least 20 people. Now the 29 year old could get up to 15 years.
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 23 2014 10:46AM
 If you are hitting the water in Virginia or Maryland this Memorial Day weekend, know the law. All boat drivers need a license and now so do drivers of a jet ski. Penalties for boating and drinking in Virginia are stricter than those for drinking and driving.
Most pools open for the summer and many people will head out to the beach. Ron Rosner YMCA's Aquatics Director tells us the ocean is very different from a pool or lake and kids should be watched carefully. Even adults should use caution and heed lifeguard warnings. Sometimes the strongest swimmer can get caught in an undertow that could become fatal.
You're probably gonna grab the sunscreen when you head to the barbeques, beach or the pool, but which one is best? Consumer Reports tested 20 and found just two -- BullFrog WaterAmor Sport InstaCool SPF 50+ and Coppertone Sensitive Skin SPF 50, have the sun protection factor promised. Make sure you wear something though. Local dermatologists tell us your skin remembers everytime its burned and it could set you up for skin cancer.
Hopefully your car will be ready before you travel, but things still happen. So if you have a problem this holiday weekend, VDOT's Service Safety Patrol will be ready to help. They have visible refelective uniforms and will patrol the interstate around Fredericksburg and from Stafford to DC. They can provide a gallon of gas, a jump start, water for an overheated radiator, tire changes and directions. 
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Location : MarylandVirginia
People : Ron Rosner
by Deirdre Blake posted May 22 2014 9:52AM
Culpeper Mayor Chip Coleman is charged with misdemeanor sexual battery.
The complaint was investigated by the Virginia State Police and an arrest warrant was issued this week. Coleman came under criticism on various issues for the past year. He's the former head of Culpeper Human Services and served one term on the Culpeper Town Council before being elected mayor in 2010.
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Topics : Law_CrimePolitics
Location : Culpeper
People : Chip Coleman
by Deirdre Blake posted May 22 2014 9:44AM
An afternoon fire destroys a mobile home in rural Spotsylvania yesterday afternoon. Firefighters got to the Walnut Farm Lane home within 10 minutes and found massive flames. Dozens of them used 10 vehicles, including water tankers, to battle the blaze. All they could do was keep the fire from spreading to nearby woods. The single homeowner wasn't there and is getting help from the American Red Cross.
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 22 2014 9:42AM
There are lots of Memorial Day events planned around the region.
Thunder for the Cause is at the Fredericksburg Fairgrounds, starting tomorrow. Rolling Thunder's at the Old Mine Ranch. The fifth annual Fredericksburg City and Confederate Cemetery Tour is Saturday and the Memorial Luminaria's at Fredericksburg Confederate Cemetery at 6 p.m. and the annual Lumination at Fredericksburg National Cemetery is at 9 p.m.
by Deirdre Blake posted May 22 2014 9:37AM
Planning to pause and honor the military this Memorial Day weekend, you might want to check out the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle.
An impressive motorcycle, handbuilt by a Dad that list his son to the global war on terror is on display. It's got images of Corporal Lawrence Tremblay and other's lost in action with him and lots of Marine memorabilia. It's open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with free admission and parking.
by Deirdre Blake posted May 22 2014 9:36AM
 More than 220 acres in Stafford's Celebrate Virginia North were sold to two high bidders at auction yesterday, but the cheap prices might not hold up in court.
Delancey Street Financial got most of it and a Loudoun real estate company got the rest. The auction came after the Silver Cos. didn't pay assessments and real estate tax payments owed to Celebrate Virginia North's bondholders and to Stafford County. 
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Location : Stafford County
by Deirdre Blake posted May 22 2014 9:35AM
The clock is ticking of you plan to nominate someone in your community that you think's deserving of being named a "Hometown Hero."
Fredericksburg's Allen and Allen Law Firm will recognize 50 people this year. They could be anyone from a local leader, nurse, firefighter, a member of the military or even your neighbor. You've got until 5 p.m. tomorrow at
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Location : Hometown
by Deirdre Blake posted May 22 2014 9:33AM
It's probably common sense to most of us, but make sure your house is ready before you travel. Lock all your doors and windowns, turn on any alarms and make it look lived in. Lights with timers inside and out are smart, along with having someone move the cars around and putting your mail or paper on hold.
Before you pull out of the driveway for this holiday weekend, make sure your car's ready. Top off all the fluids and test your tire's air pressure. AAA responds to the most calls for flat tires and cars overheated. It doesn't have to be super expensive either. Lots of local mechanics and places like Jiffy Lube will check things out when you get an oil change.
You're still gonna see lots of cars on the road this weekend, but you'll get a little break from construction and maintenance work. On most roads, it's being stopped at noon tomorrow through noon next Tuesday. Triple A says over 31 million people are expected to drive to their weekend holiday and that the most in a decade. Get a list of wrecks, delays and travel times by calling 511 from your cell or checking the 511 Virginia website.
Even though all those people will be on the roads this weekend, don't think that will help you too much at Virginia airports. AAA says almost three people will be flying, up over two percent from last year. Prepare for some lines at TSA checkpoints, but know before you go. Follow the 311 rule for liquids and gels and download the My TSA mobile App. You can ask questions about what you can pack and what to do at the airport.
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 22 2014 9:28AM
 Some skeptics that felt tremors from a 3.2 magnitude earthquake, reported west of Richmond last night, are worried that fracking could have caused it. 
The US Geological Survey says it was shallow and fast, just before 10 p.m. It was 0.7 miles deep and was 21 miles west of Brandermill, 27 miles west-southwest of Short Pump and 32 miles west of Richmond. Lots of people called their local media to report tremors, but it's too early for damage reports. 
If you don't remember hearing after the 5.8, 2011 Louisa quake, our region is on top of the Central Virginia seismic zone. Since then there have been hundreds of aftershocks.
by Frank Hammon posted May 21 2014 2:19PM

Another fast food chain coming to Caroline County this fall. 
Virginia Beach-based BurgerBusters, Inc. says it will open a Taco Bell along Route 207 in the Carmel Church area. 
Site plans have been submitted and an opening is likely for October. 
Thirty people are to be hired to operate the location.
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 21 2014 8:54AM
If you or your loved ones are in the miltary, you'll get some free entertainment and education this summer.
Starting on Memorial Day, over 2,000 museums will give free admission to military personnel, national guard, reserves and their families. This the the fifth year for the Blue Star Museums program. The free admission runs through Labor Day.
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 21 2014 8:50AM
A measure headed to the House could make military families here and around the beltway breathe a little easier.
It would give the Veterans Affairs secretary more authority to fire or demote senior executives. It comes as the number of VA facilities being investigated nationwide for problems have expanded to 26. There have been allegations that some vets died while waiting to be treated. 
by Deirdre Blake posted May 21 2014 8:49AM
 You can expect to see lots of cops on the roads too, starting this weekend. They'll be taking part in the annual Operation Care. They hope to crack down on speeding and aggressive driving, along with texting and sealtbelt violations. Never drink and drive and if you break the law, you can expect a ticket.
by Deirdre Blake posted May 21 2014 8:44AM
A preliminary report by the NTSB is confirming the hot air balloon involved in the fatal crash May 9th in Caroline was destroyed by fire after hitting a power line while trying to land. The report says there was no flight plan filed. The Eagle C-7 Balloon had accumulated 270.4 hours of flight time.
It took until mid-morning May 11th to find the body of the third person in the hot air balloon that caught on fire and crashed in Caroline on the 9th. 

It was part of a run before more than 700 people, at the start of the Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival at the Meadow Event Park. A 20 year veteran pilot from Delaware, Daniel T. Kirk, was the Delaware pilot. It reportedly hit a live power line, caught fire and the basket separated from the balloon. It crashed near Caroline's Meadow Event Park Friday had decades of flying experience.  
A college basketball coach was also aboard. During her senior year at the University of Richmond, Ginny Dolye set the NCAA women's record with 66 consecutive free throws. Director of its' Basketball Operations Natalie Lewis also died.
The final body was recovered Sunday and the well liked athletic's members were memorialized at the University's graduation, last weekend.
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Location : Delaware
by Deirdre Blake posted May 21 2014 8:25AM
If you or your loved ones are in the miltary, you'll get some free entertainment and education this summer.
Starting on Memorial Day, over 2,000 museums will give free admission to military personnel, national guard, reserves and their families. This the the fifth year for the Blue Star Museums program. The free admission runs through Labor Day.
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 21 2014 8:25AM
 Ever dropped your phone in a cup of water or worse yet the toilet? If you have, you've probably broken out the bag of rice or the blow dryer, but it might not have worked. Rule number one, never plug it in or try to turn it on.
Almost all insurance plans don't cover water damage, but a new gizmo could help. For now, the Drybox Rescue is only at Zagg Phone Repair in DC, but could pop up in convenience stores. It uses a drying chamber that removes moisture in under 30 minutes, within two to three days of it getting wet. 
by Deirdre Blake posted May 21 2014 8:24AM
No suspects have been named in the Sunday homicide of a Spotsylvania woman, but police say they're following strong leads.
Nancy "Lynne" Mercer worked the 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift as a nurse at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center inWashington, and her boss called them after she didn't show up for work. Police found her body lying on the floor around 11:40 p.m. Sunday.
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 20 2014 8:15AM
You never know what people will do and a North Carolina man makes a scary situation for a few women in Stafford, before being arrested.
The first two women described the heavyset man leering at them with his hand in his pants at the Garrisonville Road Walmart. It happened the next day at the Dollar General. He got away again, but was found at a house in Foxwood Village and is charged with an indecent act. 
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Location : North Carolina
by Deirdre Blake posted May 20 2014 8:12AM

It's that time of year again, so have you seen or smelled them in your house yet? The return of the dreaded stink bug.
If they're bugging you, a Virginia University study comes up with this simple trick. Set up a foil pan, filled with water and dish soap and a light source, in a dark room. It's proven to nix 14 times more stink bugs than pricey store bought traps.
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 20 2014 8:08AM

You probably worry about keep your cell phone charged and ready, but did you know your habits could be hurting it?
The automatic updates for all your need to have Apps suck alot of power, so go to settings and turn off the background App refresh. Games like Candy Crush and the flashlight App also use alot of juice and stop charging overnight. Your battery could last a year or two longer if you keep it between 20 and 80 percent charged.
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People : Candy Crush
by Deirdre Blake posted May 20 2014 8:04AM
The results of an Expedia survey of more than 2,000 drivers shows its pretty tough out on the roads and what you do could be adding to other people's stress. 
We get the top annoyance list from Tarran Vallaincourt. It starts with people using their phones, then tailgaters, multi-taskers, drifters that end up in your lane and people that are going too slow.
She says being courteous and paying attention can go a long way and keep everybody safe this upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Remember, texting and driving is illegal and a primary offense in Virginia, but lots of people still admit to doing it. Think about this though, you might think it's one quick text, but so are half the other drivers on the road with you.
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Location : Virginia
by Deirdre Blake posted May 20 2014 7:51AM
The controversial Rappahannock Parkway that would add collector-distributor roads along I-95 from U.S. 17 in Stafford to State Route three. It's been a topic of heated debate, but local transportation officials played a little nicer in talks last night. They could bring back about $2 million for it, that had been cut, and about $30 million for the Stafford interchange project.  
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 20 2014 7:49AM
You know that corruption case against our former governor, Bob McDonnell and his wife? It's in the hands of a federal judge in Richmond now.
He's deciding whether to toss out most of their corruption charges for taking lots of money and personal gifts from a businessman that supported McDonnell's campaign. The Judge will also decide today if the former first couple should be tried together or separately.
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by Frank Hammon posted May 19 2014 11:38AM
Spotsylvania authorities are investigating a homicide in an area south of the courthouse area. 
Deputies were asked to check on 58-year-old Nancy Mercer late Sunday night after her employer noted she failed to show up for work. Once they arrived at her home on Eastridge Way they found her body. Details as to the cause of her death are being withheld pending an autopsy by the medical examiner.
No suspects have been identified, however, detectives are following up on leads developed at the scene.
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People : Nancy Mercer
by Deirdre Blake posted May 19 2014 9:35AM
Changes might be on the way for some Fredericksburg voters and the city's Electoral Board wants your opinion tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.
It came up after a now elected City Council candidate asked for a temporary precinct, because of the Fall Hill Avenue road closure. He says it's making getting to the Princess Anne Street American Legion precinct too much of a pain for some Ward 4 voters. The Board will consider the feedback and talk about it again May 28th. A change could happen by November's election. 
by Deirdre Blake posted May 19 2014 8:37AM
If you drive in Route 606 in Thornburg, you can make your voice heard this week on some improvements on the way.
Tomorrow night's public meeting is from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Riverview Elementary on Roxbury Mill Road in Spotsy. VDOT will be there to talk about what a replacement bridge over I-95 should look like. They'll also explain two other projects to improve the road, to the east and west of the interstate. There's more info that's being posted today at You can also email comments, if you can't make the meeting, to fredericksburginfo@VDOT.Gov.
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 19 2014 8:25AM
Students at the University of Mary Washington and anybody shopping or eating at Fredericksburg's Eagle Village Center on Route 1 are being asked to be aware. It follows a shooting and a stabbing there in recent months and increased local crime over five years. More police will start showing up there too, patroling the area. 
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 19 2014 8:24AM
If you are still looking for last minute deals for a Memorial Day getaway, check out There are tons of options. Staying close to home, a trip to an east coast beach is a win. 

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