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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 4 2015 10:58AM
The wrecked police cars, flashing lights and all the commotion you may have seen this morning, on I-95 north at the Dale City Rest Area, is all about safety.
Three state troopers that were hit by cars and hurt within a week are speaking at the 10:00 a.m. event. The Drive to Save Lives Campaign is a reminder of Virginia's Move Over Law. When you see a police, rescue or recovery vehicle stopped with flashing lights, you are required to slow down and move over a lane, as soon as it's safe.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 4 2015 10:56AM
Even though we're about to deal with another bout of winter weather, soon enough it will be other seasonal threats, like tornadoes.
A dozen of them hit Virginia last year, so it's time to get prepared. Nearly 400,000 people have already registered for the statewide tornado drill on March 17th. is intended to prepare businesses, schools and colleges, families and individuals in the event of a tornado. Get more at readyvirginia.gov.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 4 2015 10:55AM
If the weather allows it, don't forget that you can come speak out locally tomorrow night on proposed hikes to the ride on VRE from Fredericksburg. The public hearing is set for 7:00 p.m. in the Fredericksburg City Council Chambers. The four percent jump would help pay for increases in running the trains. Amtrak step up tickets would also jump from three to five dollars.
by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 4 2015 10:54AM
Unless you are a die hard cold and snow lover, you're probably ready for Spring now, so enjoy the low 50s today because it sure won't last. Bill Deger with Accuweather tells us that a massive storm system headed this way will be responsible for our big change.
The key to accumulation in Fredericksburg and the surrounding areas will definitely be how quickly the temperature falls and the snow changeover. Rain is expected to turn into a wintry mix shortly after midnight tonight. The mix will change over to snow, probably toward the early morning hours. Forecasters say what does fall will be heavy and hard to deal with in the beginning, but could get more fluffy as the day goes on tomorrow. The best projections is that Fredericksburg and the immediate surrounding counties could get up to six inches by late tomorrow, into tomorrow night and then comes the return of dangerously cold temperatures.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Mar 3 2015 7:17AM
Fredericksburg Police are still trying to find the suspect they think could have started the entire wild brawl they responded to at Central Station on Princess Anne Street early Monday morning. It apparently involved more than 50 people inside and then more outside. One Fredericksburg was arrested nearby in connection after a police chase. They say one woman that had a seizure in the commotion was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 26 2015 9:40AM
VDOT tells us that most roads in the Fredericksburg area are considered moderate with snow or ice coverage. They are also moderate in Stafford, Caroline, King George and Louisa. It's a little worse in Spotsylvania, where primary roads are mostly moderate with snow or ice, but secondary roads and bridges along with ramps are considered to be in severe condition. Only icy patches are being reported on roads in Orange and Culpeper. 
Virginia State Police say they have responded to over 230 crashes and more than 190 disabled vehicles because of the snow, as of just after 9:00 this morning. Just three of them have been in the Fredericksburg Division, which and includes Culpeper, Warrenton, Harrisonburg and Winchester. The state police are still advising you not to drive until a little later today so VDOT crews can finish clearing the roads.
When you do get out, VRE is running on a normal schedule, but is urging caution in its' parking lots and station platforms. Metro is also on schedule, but some Amtrak trains to DC from the south were canceled. Service north from DC is on time. FRED buses were going to run late, but decided to close today. You can get the latest road conditions on VDOT's 511 page and the latest on what is open in the region on this page by keyword search: Storm Watch.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 25 2015 7:56AM
Thankfully the Spotsy Sheriff's Office says they didn't find anyone firing a gun in the area of Marye Road yesterday afternoon. It launched an extensive search after getting a call from a group of construction workers around 3:30 p.m., who thought someone was firing at them. It may have been someone doing target practice nearby and snow covered trees and ice covered ponds made the noise sound closer.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Feb 25 2015 7:21AM
Pay attention when you are driving on I-95 and other major roads around the region.
A lack of it led to a 23 year old from Quantico to lose control of his SUV early yesterday, overturn and hit a police cruiser. State Trooper I.J. Dallam Sr. was parked on the left side of the road, running radar when it happened and was treated at a hospital and released. Just over ten hours later, another trooper was hit during a traffic stop on I-66 and was seriously injured. 
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