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Posts from June 2013
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 28 2013 10:46AM
The transformer fire behind Mason Hall on the University of Mary Washington campus on Thursday evening appears to have been caused by a mechanical malfuntion. 
A school spokeswoman tells us that Dominion Virginia Power rushed to the scene and Fredericksburg Fire extinguished the blaze. A hazmat team was also called in. There are no injuries, but some power was lost. A few orientation leaders on site were move to UMW apartments overnight. 
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 28 2013 8:22AM
-The water main break on Butler Road in south Stafford Thursday afternoon was NOT caused by unrelated Falmouth Intersection work in the area the day before.
Stafford County's Kathy Volbrecht tells us that the six foot crack in the pipe happened  simply because of age. She says it was going to be replaced during the intersection project work, but after several decades, just coldn't hold out.
The work area that is covered in gravel could pose a danger and road crews plan to fix the problem. Asphalt will be laid in the area after today's rush hour. Right now, it is likely that work will start around  9:00 or 9:30 p.m. and take a couple of hours.
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Location : Stafford County
People : Kathy Volbrecht
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 28 2013 6:30AM
Residents in Stafford, Caroline, Louisa and Westmoreland will be lucky enough to get more state troopers to protect them and patrol area roads.
Its' thanks to the Virginia State Police Academy graduating its' largest class ever, 89 new troopers at the Meadow Event Park in Caroline today. After 34 weeks of training, the men and women report to their duty stations next Monday.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 28 2013 6:18AM
Butler Road reopens just after 11 p.m. Thursday night after some area residents and businesses lose water access and traffic is snarled for more than five hours. A water main break is responsible for a portion of the road being closed on Thursday afternoon. On the drive Friday and beyond in the area, look out for lots of loose gravel in the area that could cause damage to your car.
The county and Stafford Sheriff's Office tell us it happens just after 4:30 p.m. The road was closed from Route 1 to Carter Street and traffic was being diverted onto Winterberry Drive, through the Clearview Heights subdivision.
Officials are investigating whether it was caused by the Falmouth Intersection project work. On Wednesday, private crews moved lines in that area and had traffic down to one lane, but finished the work a day ahead of schedule.
Stafford utility crews from the Public Works Department responded to the scene of the break on Thursday.
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People : Stafford Sheriff
by AP/Deirdre Blake posted Jun 27 2013 8:18AM
NEW YORK (AP) - Even as they celebrate a momentous legal victory, supporters of gay marriage are already anticipating a return trip to the Supreme Court in a few years.
     They say a broader court ruling is probably the only viable option for legalizing same-sex unions in all 50 states.
     Wednesday's two rulings from the Supreme Court will extend federal recognition to same-sex marriages in the states where they are legal and will add California to the 12 others in that category. That will mean about 30 percent of Americans live in states recognizing same-sex marriage.
     But the court's rulings have no direct effect on the constitutional amendments in 29 states, including Virginia, that limit marriage to heterosexual couples, and some of them will likely become battlegrounds as the debate continues.
Some area residents say they were shocked and pleased to hear that the country is moving toward equality. Others say they think the move is a waste of money and won't really end in significant change. They say people will do what they want regardless and it's an issue where the government has no place. One area woman says "Call me Pollyanna, but I truly believe that love conquers hate." 
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Location : CaliforniaNew YorkVirginia
by Associated Press posted Jun 27 2013 7:11AM
 BOWLING GREEN, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police say a Maryland resident faces five felony charges after a two-vehicle crash that killed one and injured four other members of a Fredericksburg family.
     Sgt. Thomas Molnar says 51-year-old Valerie F. Gorham of Silver Springs was charged Wednesday with one count of involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence and four counts of maiming while driving under the influence.
     Police say 48-year-old Lucia Chavez was killed early Wednesday morning when the car in which she was riding was hit by Gorham's car, which was going the wrong way on Interstate 95 in Caroline County. The other four family members were taken to a hospital with serious but non-live-threatening injuries.
     Gorham escaped serious injury.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 27 2013 6:48AM
Current and former nursing students and staff at Germanna Community College are mourning the death of Dean of Nursing and Health Technologies Mary Gilkey.
She passed away on Tuesday at  VCU Medical Center of apparent heart failure after battling an autoimmune disorder. The school's president says she helped the college double the size of its nursing program and graduate two classes a year.
She came to Germanna in 2009 and was 15 when she started training as an aide in a nursing home. Funeral  services will be held in Chesapeake.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 27 2013 6:42AM
Planned delays on Butler Road in Stafford County will now not slow down your drive Thursday. 
Workers finished moving utility lines near Carter Street, for the Falmouth Intersection project ahead of schedule, Wednesday afternoon. You might slow down in that intersection Thursday though. One lane will be closed northbound, just above the Falmouth bridge from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  
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Location : Stafford County
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 26 2013 8:21AM
If the kids are bored Wednesday afternoon, there is a way to let them be crafty, stay cool and support a good cause.
A.C. Moore in Fredericksburg's Central Park kicks off its' free summer crafts program today. From 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. you can buy a tote bag for a buck. They'll get help with how to spray paint on their own design. All of the proceeds from the bags go to the Alex's Lemonade Stand project nationwide. It helps to advance research in childhood cancer research.
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by Associated Press posted Jun 26 2013 5:46AM
 YORKTOWN, Va. (AP) - A Louisa County man accused of swindling an imprisoned former state legislator's family in a bogus pardon scheme is due in court.
     A preliminary hearing is set Wednesday for 52-year-old Joseph Yancey in York County General District Court. Yancey is charged with six counts of obtaining money by false pretenses.
     Yancey allegedly scammed the family of former Del. Phillip Hamilton, who was convicted of bribery and extortion after soliciting a job at Old Dominion University that he helped create with taxpayer money. Hamilton is serving a 9 1/2-year prison sentence.
     Hamilton's ex-wife has said she paid Yancey more than $20,000 to bankroll what turned out to be a fraudulent bid to obtain a presidential pardon for the former Newport News lawmaker.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Louisa CountyNewportVirginia
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 26 2013 5:17AM
The 8th annual Shop for a Cause on August 24th will give you a deal on some new duds and help local charities.
They sign up and then you buy a Macys savings pass for five bucks. It gives you a 25 percent discount most items in the Spotsylvania Towne Center store. The charities keep all of the savings pass proceeds. Among those benefiting locally, Empowerhouse and the Rappahannock United Way. Passes are for sale now  at
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 25 2013 3:43PM
State Police are looking into the cause of a plane crash at the Lake Anna Airport today. 
The pilot apparently landed because of mechanical problems and overshot the runway by 200 feet and crashed. David K. Stewart of Dinwiddie and his wife were flying from their home to Pennsylvania at the time in the 1990 Buffe W E Pulsar. Neither of them are hurt.
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Location : Pennsylvania
People : David K. Stewart
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 25 2013 8:21AM
Adjusting to civilian life from the military can be tough for many in this region. 
Combat stress could even lead to alcohol or drug abuse, domestic violence and other problems. A free program by the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program helps anonymously, on-line. is interactive training that helps with critical communication skills to adjust to post-deployment. It also talks about PTSD and tips to get help.  
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 25 2013 8:19AM
If you are a parent of the hundreds of local high school students planning to apply for a government-backed Stafford loan for college, you might want to contact your Congressman. 
If action isn't take by them before July 1st, the 3.4 percent payback rate could jump to 6.8 percent. It could saddle future students with an impossible debt load after graduation. Locally, nearly 5,000 students use the loans every year.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 25 2013 6:21AM

Local authorities again need your help to solve a crime, this time a shooting.
Caroline Sheriff Tony Lippa says a man was shot just after 6:00 last night at the Dawn Convenience Store and taken to VCU Medical Center. Their person of interest is 57 year old Wayne Douglas Harris, described as black, six feet tall and 145 pounds.
He was last seen driving a faded light blue Ford F-150 and should be considered armed and dangerous.
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Topics : Law_Crime
by Associated Press posted Jun 25 2013 5:47AM
 CULPEPER, Va. (AP) - Two former Culpeper County school employees are due in court on charges of assaulting a 5-year-old autistic boy on a school bus.
     The trial of 56-year-old Betty Turner and 50-year-old Linda Rastall is set for Tuesday afternoon in Culpeper Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Turner was a bus aide and Rastall was a teacher's aide. They were charged in April with assault and battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. 
     Authorities say the child was crying because a toy had been taken away from him as he rode the bus home from school on Feb. 20. Rastall and Turner are accused of physically and verbally assaulting the boy in an attempt to control him.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Culpeper CountyVirginia
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 24 2013 6:52AM
A tractor trailer fender bender nearly halts traffic near mile marker 141 in Stafford County on I-95 north, just after 6:30 a.m.
Traffic is slowed and then stopped at the scene. When the crash happens, in the middle lane, traffic was already heavy. Heavy equipment wreckers are called to the scene to move the crash. State police will conduct an investigation.
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Location : Stafford County
by Associated Press posted Jun 24 2013 5:23AM
 CULPEPER, Va. (AP) - Culpeper's police chief and a former police chief say they're not liable for the fatal shooting of a woman by a former officer.
     Police Chief Chris Jenkins and former Chief Dan Boring are defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the brother of 54-year-old Patricia Ann Cook of Culpeper. Cook was shot by former officer Daniel Harmon-Wright on Feb. 9, 2012.
     Harmon-Wright is serving a three-year prison sentence after being convicted in January on manslaughter and unlawful shooting charges. He's also a defendant in the lawsuit.
     The lawsuit claims Boring and Jenkins were negligent in hiring, supervising, training and retaining Harmon-Wright.
     The Culpeper Star-Exponent ( ) reports that Jenkins and Boring denied the allegations in a recent court filing. They also say they are entitled to immunity under Virginia law.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Virginia
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 21 2013 12:05PM
If you know you need to Drive on Route 218, Butler Road in Stafford next Wednesday and Thursday, give yourself a little extra time.
Traffic will be narrowed to a single lane in each direction from Route 1 to Carter Street, to allow relocation of a utility line at the Falmouth intersection. Delays are expected to be more severe for westbound traffic.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 21 2013 7:37AM
If you are one of the many local adult kids caring for a loved one with Alzheimers, some help is on the way.
The local branch of the Alzheimer's Association is offering a program for caregivers of those living with the late stage of the disease. It happens on June 27th from  6:30-8:00 p.m. Register by calling 370-0835.  
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 21 2013 6:26AM
If you are riding VRE into northern Virginia from Fredericksburg starting this Sunday for a week, there could be minor morning delays.
The track work for the week will happen at night, but some speed restrictions could linger into the morning ride. If you sign up for VRE service alerts, you'll be notified of any additional delays or changes.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 20 2013 5:51PM
You'll start to see some lanes closed on your drive through Caroline County this weekend.
A long-term paving project on I-95 starts Sunday night. The project will span for seven miles northbound between the Carmel Church and Thornburg exits and goes on through October. Sunday the closures are overnight from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. After that they close at 9.  
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Topics : Weather
Location : Caroline County
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 20 2013 4:22PM

It might just be kids rebelling, but a new fad in Japan that has spread to part of the U.S. could make them sick. 
Some kids have started licking each others eyeballs, known as "worming." Fredericksburg eye doctor Lee Brock says it's scary. The mouth is a tropical wonderland of tons of bacteria brewing at 98 degrees, 24 hours a day. If a tongue licks an eyeball, it could transfer those germs and cause pinkeye or a more serious infection and lead to vision problems. It could also cause the cornea to be scratched and cause even bigger issues.
Brock says if a 16 year old in given a car and told it is the only one they are getting, the will likely take care of it well. Parents need to have the same conversation with young people about their bodies.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 20 2013 4:10PM
Better and safer access to walkers and cyclists in Fredericksburg is on the way.
The Virginia Central Railway Trail will be ten-feet-wide, connecting downtown Fredericksburg with the Idlewild neighborhood. The goal is to provide both recreational chances as well as hiking/biking access to downtown activities and the VRE.
It is one of 50 project statewide to share in $18-million from the Commonwealth Transportation Board.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 20 2013 3:58PM
If you are planning to cook for a big party this summer or fall or to  help raise money for a good cause, make sure you are safe.
A Virginia Cooperative Extension Cooking for Crowds class next Tuesday night from 6 to 8 pm. could help. It willbe held at the Orange Fire Department and teach the basics of food safety. It costs 15-bucks a person and you can sign up through the Orange Extension Office.  
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 20 2013 1:21PM
If you were planning to go to the Fredericksburg City Council meeting next month to talk about the proposed minor league baseball stadium or anything else,
it will happen earlier than planned. Lawmakers will start their regular meeting at5:30 p.m. and five public hearings at 7. If the crowd is too large, you might have to sign up to speak and see what's happening on tv and then go into council chambers when it is your turn to talk.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 19 2013 4:43PM
After next week, Virginia could be among the five most affordable states to buy gas.
AAA Mid-Atlantic estimates retail gas prices should drop by about six cents per gallon this summer. It's because of Governor Bob Mcdonnell's approved transportation plan that kicks in July 1st. The retail gas tax is being replaced with lower tax at the wholesale level.
The average for self-serve regular now is around $3.40 cents a gallon. 
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Topics : Business_Finance
Location : Virginia
People : Bob Mcdonnell
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 19 2013 4:34PM

The Virginia Department of Corrections is looking for an inmate who walked away from a work unit Wednesday morning,100 miles from Fredericksburg and 40 miles from Culpeper.
Karan Batra left the crew in teh Shennandoah Valley, but police say he has ties to northern Virginia. He is 5-feet, 5-inches tall and weights 165 pounds. he is convicted on non-vioent crimes and is not considered dangerous. He should not be approached though and if you spot him, call the Virginia State Police.
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Topics : Law_Crime
People : Karan Batra
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 19 2013 4:03PM
Metro engineers have found the problem that caused a red line train's intercom to fail when riders tried to report a fight.
They say the system on older rail cars is too weak to communicate fully with the newer cars when they are in front. Fornow any six-thousand series cars will never be in the lead. All 184 of them will get a control panel upgrade to fix the issue permanently by early August.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 19 2013 3:58PM
Thursday is national dump the pump day and officials hope you will bike to work if you can or take public transportation.
The American Public Transporation Association says it is good for the environment and your wallet. The average driver in this region could save up to $800 a month or nearly $10,000 a year by picking an alternative way to get to work, school or run errands. 
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 19 2013 3:31PM
If you are into thrills, a Kings Dominion coaster might be just up your alley.
The park's Intimidator 305 is named one of the best coasters in the world on a recent episode of Travel Channel's "Insane Coaster Wars: World Domination". The popular 305 foot roller coaster reaches a whopping 90 plus miles per hour. KD's Volcano The Blast Coaster, will be featured in another future Travel Channel episode on July 7th at 8:30PM 
by Frank Hammon posted Jun 19 2013 11:41AM
A former licensed therapist convicted of sex crimes involving patients will spend 13 years in prison.
     Scott Gordon Henry pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated sexual battery and indecent liberties with a child under 15. 
     The Free Lance-Star reports that the 67-year-old Henrico County resident was sentenced Tuesday in Caroline County Circuit Court to 52 years in prison, with all but 13 years suspended.
     Henry formerly was a therapist with Rappahannock Area Community Services Board.
     Five victims were children and two were adults with mental disabilities.
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Location : Henrico County
by AP posted Jun 19 2013 11:38AM
     WARRENTON, Va. (AP) - The Fauquier Times-Democrat is changing its name due to the increasingly divisive political landscape.
     In an editorial published Wednesday, the newspaper announced it would become known as the Fauquier Times. The editorial said having the word "Democrat" in the newspaper's name in such partisan political times "is no longer a very astute business decision." 
     The newspaper is located in Warrenton, about 45 miles outside of Washington. It's published twice a week, on Wednesdays and Fridays
     The newspaper traces its roots back nearly 200 years to the Palladium of Liberty, which began publishing in 1817. In 1905, the newspaper became the Fauquier Democrat. In 1989, it changed its name to the Fauquier Times-Democrat to more closely identify with the Times Community News, the family-owned chain that owned the paper.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 18 2013 5:41PM
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Fredericksburg building officials don't think a structure on Airport Avenue will collapse after it gets hit by a truck on Tuesday. They say a truck repair worker accidentally drove the trash truck into the building. It took out a bay door and a huge chunk of the cinderblock wall.

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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 18 2013 5:31PM
The extra construction workers you will start seeing on Route 17 in Stafford in a week or so will be there for the road widening project. Kelly Hannon with VDOT says it will run from Geico to Mclane Mid Atlantic. You'll start to see highway workers soon. Hannon says now that ground has been broken, work to put in an additional lane north and south from McLane MidAtlantic to Geico gets underway. Initial work starts to the north of the Celebrate Virginia Parkway. Any traffic changes or actual lane closures will take place overnight and be cleared in time for the weekday morning commute.
In all, it will take three years to complete. The work will progress closer toward I-95 as time moves on. In addition to the two extra lanes, turn lanes will also help people get into and out of Route 17 businesses. There will be sidewalks added and traffic light improvements as well.
The changes are designed to handle the nearly 50,000 vehicles on the stretch of road every day. That number is expected to skyrocket by the time the project is done at the end of 2016.
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People : Kelly Hannon
by Frank Hammon posted Jun 18 2013 5:28PM
Virginia voters are evenly split in the race for governor, and overall, Virginians are pleased with the direction of the state, but a new poll shows serious concerns about the future for kids. 
The Strong Kids, Strong Virginia poll revealed 48% of those surveyed believe kids in the state will grow up worse off than adults are today.
Spokesman Steve Clermont says the coalition of groups that make up the Strong Kids, Strong Virginia campaign will press local and state candidates to address issues like crowded classrooms, hunger, and access to health care.
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Topics : Social Issues
Location : Virginia
People : Steve Clermont
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 18 2013 5:26PM
Some inexpensive and popular entertainment heads back to the Burg' for the summer.
The Bluemont Concert series will feature everyone from the Hula Honeys to the Martinsburg Jazz Combo. The shows are at Maury Field off Kenmore Avenue at 7:30 on Saturdays, starting July 6th. Tickets are 5 bucks for adults, Seniors and Bluemont Friends get in for five and it's two for kids under 12. 
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by Associated Press posted Jun 17 2013 5:41PM
Most of us keep up with what we owe our utilities, but some customers are more vulnerable than others. 
Casey Hollins with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative says scam artists are praying on them, calling and demanding immediate payment for overdue bills. They are being asked to get a green dot card or find another way to pay or have their service turned off.
Hollins says utility providers never contact customers demanding money and never make a call without already having their personal account information.
If you get one, never agree to make a payment, check the number on your caller i.d. and contact local police. A similar utility scam turned up in the region and state earlier this year.
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by Frank Hammon posted Jun 17 2013 9:49AM
Stafford County is about to get a school resource officer for it's middle schools. 
The county is just one of 24 statewide that will have such an officer provided thanks to grants approved by the Criminal Justice Services Board. 
The funding originates from a $1.3 million appropriation requested by Governor McDonnell and approved by the General Assembly.
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Topics : Education
Location : Stafford County
People : McDonnell
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 14 2013 2:27PM
A Virginia state senator is one of the latest people to have her e-mail account hacked, but if it happens to you, what do you do?
Tim Alexander with Northern Virginia Computer Systems in Fredericksburg says you often only know if you get a call from a friend or a text message saying they got an odd e-mail from you. The best line of defense is to be smart up front. Many people pick a password that is a favorite team name, a pet or another item close to them. Alexander says that is a terrible idea. You should pick something most people would not associate with you, then add some capital letters and numbers.Even without prompting, passwords should be updates frequently. You should also install store bought virus protection and keep it current.
If you do find out that your e-mail has been hacked, disconnect your primary computer immediately and change all of your passwords. You can always call a computer technical professional in the area, if needed.
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Topics : Human Interest
People : Tim Alexander
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 14 2013 2:17PM
If you want to do something healthy that supports a good cause, this Sunday's Mary Washington Healthcare Cancer 5k Run/Walk is an option.
It takes place at 8 a.m. on Sam Perry Boulevard. This year's goal is to raise 20-thousand-dollars to benefit the Mary Washington Healthcare Regional Cancer Center. It will help offset the cost of services not covered by insurance.
Register on-line by Friday at, at VA Runner in Fredericksburg's Central Park on Saturday or at the race site on Sunday morning. The cost is $33.
by Frank Hammon posted Jun 14 2013 11:38AM
It's only a drill! 
People traveling through Richmond International Airport tomorrow morning might think that another incident like the one earlier in the week is happening. But that's not the case. It's a long planned emergency exercise required by the FAA. 
Signs will be posted and public address announcements will be made throughout the airport.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 13 2013 6:20PM
Periods of rain over Fredericksburg on and off until mid-evening Thursday with some storms to the south, but the worst has passed. Rappahannock Electric's Anne Lewis says they have more than 5,000 in the dark south of Fredericksburg. Lightning and fallen trees are the likely culprits of the outages. She says they have line crew and tree cutters on teh ground and will work round the clock until all of the lights are back on.
One of those trees fell very close to Gary Cooper's south Stafford home. He tells WFLS they feel lucky. He says the huge maple has been in his subdivision off Truslow Road for years. It apparently fell over Thursday afternoon and ripped the entire root ball out of the ground. When it came down, it went between his garden and a swing, falling close to the house. For the most part, Cooper says it missed everything and they feel blessed. We asked if he has any advice for his neighbors or our readers and listeners. "Many of these trees in older subdivisions look great on the outside, but might be hollow." He walked around the base of the fallen tree and says the roots look rotted. He says people shouldn't take safety for granted and might want to keep an eye out on their property after bad storms.
While you are out driving through Friday morning, Fredericksburg Deputy Fire Chief Mike Jones says remember that areas near small streams and creeks prone to flash flooding. In the city, some of those are near Hazel Run, Fall Hill Avenue and Normandy Village. Though many parts of Route 1 north to Stafford and south to Massapponax could also pose problems. VDOT's Kelly Hannon says if you do come across a closed road, take an alternate route. If you can't see the bottom of pooled water never try to drive through it. If you come upon a road with a fallen tree or that is flooded and not marked, call 1-800-FOR-ROAD.
Issues with high water from the Rappahannock River could return in the area over the next couple days as the rain that fell to the west moves downstream.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 13 2013 2:10PM
If you had planned to run in the sold out Marine Corps Marathon this fall but something has come up and you can't, here's some good news.
A transfer program is open to pass your bib on to another willing participant. The new runner will pay a $30 transfer fee. You won't get a refund of money already paid from the organizers, that's between you and the person that takes your bib.
If interested, go to by the end of August..
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 12 2013 5:48PM
Bob Spieldenner with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management says if you know your house is flood prone, take action now.
Keep exterior basement drains free from debris and protect anything on lower levels that could be damaged from water. Elevate big items like furnaces and hot water heaters. If they get water inside, they won't work and can be expensive to replace. You should also tie down grills and outdoor furniture to avoid it blowing away and causing damage to your home.
Sometimes weather watches and warnings come in time, but not always.
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People : Bob Spieldenner
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 12 2013 5:44PM
Some local hometown heroes are getting recognition from the local personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen for their local acts of kindness and heroism. 
Annually, area residents are asked to  nominate their favorite local hero. The winners will be honored at a Brass band event in Charlottesville next month and at the Trace Adkins Celebrate Virginia concert here in August. 
There are multiple local winners. Get the complete list at under hometown heroes.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 12 2013 5:42PM
Get ready for another round of severe weather across Fredericksburg and the region. 
Meteorologist Eric Pindrock with Accuweather says we'll be on the south side of a June low pressure system by Thursady afternoon. It could bring torrential rain, lightning, gusty or even straight line winds and might spawn a tornado. It could mean problems for fallen trees with the ground already saturated and power outages.
The system should move pretty quickly and leave the region by later Thursday evening. 
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 12 2013 1:30PM
Ground is officially broken on the Route 17 construction project to ease your drive through Stafford County.
The road will be widened to six lanes for over a two mile stretch from I-95 to Stafford Lakes Parkway. VDOT hopes it will help handle the more than 40 thousand vehicles a day more expected to drive the road within the next 20 years. It should be finished by early December 2016.  
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Location : Stafford County
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 11 2013 10:20PM
Now that the planned Dominion Raceway in Thornburg gets a few green lights to move forward, its' developer wants another exception and you get another chance to speak out.
Spotsylvania's noise ordinance would let the vroom vroom go on until 10 p.m., but owners want it to be 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. A public hearing on the new request will likely come within two months.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 11 2013 5:53PM
If you have driven around the area and region in the last few days, you've probably seen how high the Rappahannock is.
Local river steward Bill Micks says if it is ever over the banks, muddy, full of debris or moving fast, stay out. It only talks a few seconds for you or your friends to get into trouble. Already a group of canoeists did not heed the warning and got stuck over the weekend.
Always plan before you head out to the river and make sure the water levels are safe. A more than 30 mile spanse from Remington to Culpeper and Fredericksburg is listed on
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Topics : Environment
People : Bill Micks
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 11 2013 5:45PM
As expected, turnout has been light for primary day around the region, but some local voters still make their presence known. Some tell WFLS they go to exercise their civic duty and others are voting to support a specific candidate.
Ballots in the Democratic primary are being cast for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general and several other local races. Polls are open until 7 p.m.
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Topics : Politics
Location : Virginia
People : Turnout Light
by - posted Jun 11 2013 5:30PM
Arrests Made, June 3, 2013 – June 9, 2013
On 6/8/13, Deputy E. Perkins, arrested Michele Marion, 39 of Spotsylvania County for 2 counts Forgery and Uttering, 1 count Petit Theft in the area of Heatherwood Drive. 
On 6/6/13, Detective Swift arrested Adam Caldwell, 24 of Spotsylvania, in the 6700 Block of Timberbrook Lane for Grand Larceny of a four wheeler.
On 6/4/13, Sr. Deputy R. Wahl responded to Macys for a reported larceny.  Keyouna Richardson, 18 of Fredericksburg was released on a summons for petit larceny.
On 6/3/13, Sergeant Belcher arrested Otis Knapp, 30 of Stafford for Shoplifting from Wal-Mart. 
On 06/04/13, Deputy Kelley arrested Emanuel Smith, 24 of Spotsylvania for Strangulation (felony) and Assault (misdemeanor) in the 3600 block of Timber Ridge Drive.
On 6/3/13, Deputy Medina arrested Phillip Smith, 30 of Spotsylvania for multiple counts of Assault and Battery. 
On 6/8/13, Deputy Fuller arrested Dawn Edgerton, 48 of Spotsylvania for DUI, Refusal, Child Endangerment and Resisting Arrest at the Tobacco World located in the Chancellor Center. 
On 6/8/13, Deputy M. Woodard arrested Kelvin D. Gerald Jr., 27 of Fredericksburg for DUI in the area of Plank Road, east of Andora Drive.
On 6/8/13, Deputy B. Seay arrested Randy F. Toombs, 40 of Bowling Green for DUI in the intersection of Plank Road and Rutherford Drive.
On 6/4/13, Deputy Friedman arrested Constance Benfield, 53 of Gordonsville for DUID after performing a traffic stop on her vehicle at Smith Station Road and Courthouse Road for changing lanes in an intersection. 
On 6/9/13, Sr. Deputy R. Wahl released Jasmine Jackson, 21 of King George on a summons for Possession of Marijuana and Jonathan Merrill, 26 of King George on a summons for Driving While Revoked in the area of Lansdown Rd and Artillery Ridge Rd.
On 6/9/2013, Sr. Deputy T. Medina released Deontay Washington, 20 of Fredericksburg on a summons for Possession of Marijuana, Expired Inspection Sticker and Stopping on a Highway.
6/9/13, Sgt. Assur released Jerry Barker, 45 of Spotsylvania on a summons for Soliciting and Obstruction of Justice. 
On 6/9/13, Deputy J. Arndt arrested Joey Collier, 49 of Ruby, Virginia for Public Intoxication in the area of 12101 Orange Plank Rd.
On 6/9/13, Deputy B. Seay arrested Gena Wood, 43 of Spotsylvania for Disorderly Conduct in the area of WAWA at Cosner Corner. 
On 6/8/13, Deputy Setlock arrested Tony Prunty, 22 of Spotsylvania for Disorderly Conduct and Urinating in Public at the Subway at Harrison Crossing. 
On 6/7/13, Sr. Deputy R. Wahl arrested David Blanchard, 26 of Spotsylvania for Reckless Driving and Driving While Suspended.
On 6/7/13, Fsgt. B. Harvey arrested Troy Haley Sr., 40 of Spotsylvania for Drunk in Public and Carry a Concealed Weapon in the Wendy's parking lot at Southpoint I.
On 6/6/13, Sgt. Hammond arrested Blake William Biggers, 19 from California, MD in the area of Jefferson Davis Hwy and the Blue & Gray Parkway for Eluding and Reckless  Driving.
On 06/06/13, Deputy Wine arrested Robert Kirkland, 23 of Spotsylvania for Drunk in Public in the area of Courthouse Rd and Edinburgh Dr.
On 06/04/13, Sgt. Assur arrested Ms. Lilly Macauley, 18 of Spotsylvania for felony Child Neglect.
On 6/4/13, Sr Deputy R. Wahl released Thomas Turnball III, 56 of Fredericksburg on a summons for Solicitation in the area of Spotsylvania Mall Dr.
On 6/3/13, Deputy Setlock arrested Daniel Haga, 31 of Spotsylvania for Drunk in Public in the area of Overview Drive and Timberlake Drive. 
by Frank Hammon posted Jun 11 2013 7:39AM

VIDEO -      RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Richmond International Airport has reopened its terminal following a threat that prompted an evacuation.
     The airport announced the terminal's opening in a posting on Twitter shortly after 9:45 a.m. Tuesday.
     Virginia State Police Sgt. Thomas Molnar says the airport received a threatening phone call shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday.
     Canine units were brought in to sweep the terminal and the parking decks. The airport says nothing was found during the sweeps.
     Molnar says airport workers will resume normal operating procedures.
     Most flights were held while the airport was checked. Molnar says five flights were permitted to land, although they were to be held short of the terminal.
     The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified.
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by Frank Hammon posted Jun 10 2013 12:55PM
The Better Business Bureau says don't get caught up in the latest scam involving free airline tickets.
Tom Gallagher says area residents are receiving letters from US Airlines. 
He says it's a phishing expedition to obtain personal information from you.
Gallagher says the problem is to start is that there is no US Airlines and the scammers want you to bite on the bait and call them. He says don't. You could lose your identity and ruin your credit.
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by Frank Hammon posted Jun 10 2013 10:51AM
Just as the widening of Route Three winds up, another major road widening project is about to get underway.
Groundbreaking is set for Wednesday morning for expanding U.S. 17 from four to six lanes for a two-mile stretch. The projects starts at McLane Drive and ends just north of Stafford Lakes Parkway.
The price tag on the project is $50 million.
by Frank Hammon posted Jun 10 2013 10:50AM
The Virginia primary elections will be held tomorrow. Polling locations will be open from 6:00am to 7:00pm. 
It's expected that polling places will be less busy mid-morning and mid-afternoon. 
Remember Virginia law requires all voters to present a valid form of ID at the polls. 
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by AP posted Jun 10 2013 9:39AM
     RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Union First Market Bankshares Corp. plans to acquire StellarOne Corp. in a stock transaction valued at $445 million.
     The banks announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement on Monday in a news release. They say the merger will create the largest community banking institution in Virginia, with total assets of more than $7 billion.
     The combined company will retain the Union name. Its headquarters will remain in Richmond.
     Union CEO G. William Beale will lead the combined company's leadership team. StellarOne president and CEO O.R. Barham Jr. will retire, effective when the merger is completed. StellarOne chairman Raymond D. Smoot Jr. will become chairman of the combined company.
     The merger must be approved by regulators and shareholders. It's expected to be completed around Jan. 1, 2014.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 5 2013 6:16PM
If you ride VRE and have questions, there is a chance to ask them on-line on the first Wednesday of every month from noon until 1.
Riders can visit vre/org/chatterbox to participate. Just click the "Ask" button to submit a question, or just sit back and watch the q & a from others. 
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 5 2013 6:13PM
Area forecasters are still watching a tropical depression to see what it will mean for us, but you better be ready to pack an umbrella later today and tomorrow.
Fredericksburg might be just on the edge of a heavier band of moisture along the coast, so the amount of rain we'll get is up for debate. Either way, clouds and showers enter the picture for a couple of days. There may still be some peeks of sun this coming weekend.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 4 2013 6:48PM
Better news than expected news for your wallet as plans come together for summer travel. 
Crude oil falls below $93 a barrel Tuesday, driven by investors that are shaky over some weak manufacturing reports. Tammy Gobert with Triple-A Mid-Atlantic says they already thought the price at the pump would go down this summer. The lastest crude drop means they will likely fall even further.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 4 2013 6:47PM
When you head to the yard, park, pool or beach this spring and summer, stay protected. 
Dr. Mark Eid with the Virginia Dermatology and Skin Surgery Center in Fredericksburg says your skin remembers every time it is burned, so always use sunscreen. One with an spf of 30 or above is the best.
Avoiding direct exposure during the hottest times of the day, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. is also smart.
Reaching epidemic proportions, one in five Americans is predicted to develop some sort of skin cancer in their lifetime.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 4 2013 6:23PM
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More than 100 new high school graduates from the greater Fredericksburg area that are joining the military will be honored Wednesday night.
The Our Community Salutes ceremony at the University of Mary Washington is being organized by the mother of a local marine. The ceremony at  Dodd Auditorium starts at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. The organization does the same thing in multiple cities across the country.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 4 2013 2:39PM

If you ever get tired of being bored while you wait for your plane at a Virginia airport, there is a service to help you meet new friends or even find romance. lets you connect with people that might fly out of the same airport you do or even meet someone new in another state or country.
Vino Volo at Dulles International airport is rated in the top five "best date restaurants" by nearly five thousand of the sites 80,000 members.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 4 2013 2:36PM
Kids and families in Spotsylvania can celebrate the end of another school year at the end of this week.
The 11th annual Spotsylvania Movie night is this Friday in the field behind Robert E. Lee Elementary. "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" is free and open to the public.
Gates open at 8 p.m. and it starts after dark. Lawn chairs or blankets are a good idea, but pets are not allowed. Food will be sold on-site.  
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by AP posted Jun 4 2013 11:14AM
     WASHINGTON (AP) - A Virginia man who admitted to tricking a memory-impaired woman out of more than $170,000 for home improvements that were not performed has been sentenced to more than 2 years in prison.
     Fifty-two-year-old James F. Butler of Culpeper had pleaded guilty to theft of a senior citizen in November. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the woman, who was 93 when the crime was committed, at sentencing on Monday.
     According to court documents, Butler obtained the money over a 3-month period. Prosecutors say he told the woman, who lived alone in Washington, she owed him money for work that was not done.
     Authorities say on some occasions, Butler would have her write him multiple checks on the same day, knowing that she did not remember having paid him. 
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by Frank Hammon posted Jun 4 2013 11:07AM
Stafford County breaks ground today on an $11-million indoor competition pool and gym complex.
The sports complex including outdoor athletic fields will be built in the Embrey Mill subdivision. The building will be county-owned, but will privately operated. 
The Rappahannock YMCA has expressed interest in bidding for to be the operator.
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Location : Stafford County
by Frank Hammon posted Jun 4 2013 11:06AM
Good news for Potomac River watermen. Virginia is shedding its late 19th century oyster tax for an annual user fee.
The new system will spare watermen mounds of paperwork and return the proceeds of the user fee back to the Chesapeake Bay to replenish public oyster stocks.
The new system begins July 1.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 3 2013 5:26PM
Here's a reminder to check on your local personal property tax bill, if you haven't already paid it. 
Personal property and real estate taxes are due this Wednesday for Caroline residents. The treasurer's office has extended its hours for the deadline, from 8:30 a.m til 6 p.m. every day until then. Like most localities, late payments are subject to a penalty and interest.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 3 2013 5:25PM
A reminder to lock up everything outside and inside of your car and to not leave items of value out on plain view.
Fredericksburg police are still looking for a man reported to be breaking into cars at VRE Lot G on Prince Edward Street Sunday around 10 a.m. Several cars had broken windows and there was evidence of glove boxes tampered with, but no suspect.
He is described as young and black wearing a white tank top, brown or tan shorts, and black glasses. 
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by Frank Hammon posted Jun 3 2013 7:44AM
King George County residents say a proposed noise ordinance needs some tweaking. 
Two groups have weighed in on the measure, which deals with those who want to enjoy weekend events at Fairview Beach and those who fear that farm machinery and animals would break a county law. The proposed ordinance is based on decibel readings. 
The hearing is Tuesday evening at 6:45 p.m.
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by Frank Hammon posted Jun 3 2013 7:41AM

Some family friendly changes are in the works for the State Fair of Virginia. 
The fair is seeking permission from Caroline County officials to relocate the kiddie rides and livestock exhibits for this year's event. Separating the kids rides away from adult midway would make the offerings safer and attract more people. 
Moving the livestock exhibits to the south side of the fairgrounds across Route 30 would open up the space for moving the kids rides.
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by Frank Hammon posted Jun 3 2013 7:38AM

Caroline County officials are in early discussions with the Potomac and Rappahannock Regional Transportation Commission. According to The Free Lance-Star, the county is seeking information about joining the group. Currently about 75 residents ride the VRE. 
But the county's main reason appears to be to enhance the the ability to make highway improvements. 
Based on current fuel sales the county could expect more than $6-million annually in revenue from a 2-percent tax levy.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 3 2013 4:30AM
If you are a member of the military looking to break into the civilian workforce or if you have been looking for a while, there is some local help.
A job fair for veterans, service, reserve and national guard members is this Wednesday. It's being held at the VFW Post 3103 on Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg from 9 a.m. til 1 p.m. Bring a current resume and be prepared.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 1 2013 12:00PM
Get ready for a fun filled Fredericksburg weekend, but expect lots of traffic, people and closed roads. 
The masses will gather at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow to cheer on dozens of young racers in the annual Soap Box Derby on William Street. Four will go home champs in different categories. 
In addition to the Derby, there is an Antique Car Show off Caroline Street, it's University of Mary Washington Alumni Weekend and there is and American Canoe Association event.  
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 1 2013 9:00AM
Renting an apartment or house might seem like a better option than buying, but still do your homework and come prepared.
Mike Adams with Jon Properties in Fredericksburg says you should pull your most recent credit report, get a letter from your recent landlord and personal references and be ready to show a sound job history. Research the area and location and ask lots of questions. If things like trash removal, water and sewer or electric being included in the rent could save you money down the road.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 1 2013 9:00AM
AT&T cell users in the greater Fredericksburg can step out of the dark ages. 
Many people watched as Verizon expanded its' 4G service to surrounding areas last Spring. Now AT&T's change means less buffering andfaster loading of web pages, with any 4G compatible device.
Read more on what it will mean down the road in Mike Zitzs' column in this Saturday's Business section of The Free Lance-Star.
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