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by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 28 2014 8:38AM
Some people hit the stores for deals and there were crowds outside the local KMart and others before most people even had the turkey done yesterday. Others opened at 4, 5, 6 and 8 p.m. or at midnight.
We joined the madness to talk to some shoppers in Central Park. They were buying everything from clothes, shoes and makeup to big screen tvs and mobile hotspots, on the tech side. Some say they saved up to $500 dollars on their deals. As for toys, anything tied to the "Frozen" movie is on the list.
So were the people that went out on the actual holiday nicer at stores on the most thankful day of the year? Some shoppers say the people they ran into were polite, helpful, full of cheer and some were even singing Christmas carols. As for the rest, one poor woman tells us she almost got run over by another lady's shopping cart in Walmart and showed into a palette of stuff for sale. Another one says she saw someone trying to take sold out merchandise from another persons' cart.
So what makes people leave their family to go out early? Lots say it was the sales and great deals, but as many say it's a tradition. Two ladies we talked to tell WFLS they had already been at it for more than six hours. A few say they were bored after dinner and didn't have anything better to do. Entire families were also together and one of the Mom's in the group tells us, with her arms around all the kids, "this is the family, we eat together and we shop together."
by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 19 2014 8:22AM
Four men from the Fredericksburg area are in a regional jail in connection with the shooting of Conner Settle and stabbing death of Corey Clanagan at a Culpeper party on November 1st. Jonathan E. Milton Jr. of Fredericksburg faces multiple charges. He and Tonie M. Jones and Ricardo D. Powell of Spotsylvania, and Daniel M. Akordor of Fredericksburg are all charged with felony murder/lynching by mob.
by Frank Hammon posted Nov 18 2014 1:16PM
Two Maryland men have been arrested for allegedly stealing catalytic converters from along the Route One corridor over the last several months.
Witnesses spotted 590-year-old Azim Gooby and 31-year-old Daniel Myles and notified authorities. The pair faces multiple felonies and is being held in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 18 2014 9:07AM
Most of our pets beg for people food year-round, but the holidays can be more dangerous if you feed them the wrong thing.
Dr. Sheri Bakerian with Fredericksburg Animal Hospital tells WFLS that chocolate is a big no-no and can cause cardiac orneurological problems and seizures in dogs. Also avoid macadamia nuts, onions, raisins, grapes and marshmallows from the yams and greasy turkey skin.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 18 2014 9:06AM
If you've got to drive down part of Route 3 in Spotsylvania today, look out for some changes and maybe a delay. VDOT crews will close the right westbound lane, in the Four Mile Fork area just past Gordon Road, for paving. The change will be in place from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 18 2014 9:00AM
The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program is in full swing, matching local kids and families in need with donors. You can visit an area location hosting a tree and choose an angel tag that has clothing sizes and a wish-list. Checks are also being takenat the Salvation Army's office on Lafayette Blvd.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 18 2014 8:52AM
If you got backed up on Butler Road in south Stafford or had to take a detour, it's because of a sinkhole that opened up.
VDOT had to close the lanes at the Falmouth intersection and put a steel plate over it to get through the rush hour. Workto repair it will start at 7:00 tonight, through 5:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. The falling temps may have added to the issue.
by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 18 2014 7:48AM
You'd better bundle up today. We swap yesterday's rain for temperatures that won't make it out of the 30s and winds that will gust up to 30 miles an hour by this afternoon.
It's from a cold front that moved off the coast colliding with a system coming in from the MidWest. If you've got to wait for you ride at a commuter lot or at the train station, wear layers of loose fitting clothes.
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by Frank Hammon posted Nov 17 2014 2:04PM

A family from North Carolina was apprehended Sunday night after the mother and two children allegedly tried to pass counterfeit bills at a Spotsylvania store.
36-year-old Abran Renolco Woolard and 24-year-old Lakeia Shaunte Woolard of Raleigh went to the Family Dollar Store at Four Mile Fork with two juveniles. The woman and children went into the store to purchase some small items, but the clerk and store manager were able to determine that the money being used was fake and called the sheriff's office.
Deputies searched their car and found a printing machine, used to print the counterfeit bills. Additionally, several hundred dollars in counterfeit currency was also seized in the search.
Detectives are following up on leads that implicate the suspects in other counterfeit cases.
The two adults are charged with Child Neglect, Counterfeiting, and Obtaining Money by False Pretense, Conspiracy, Forgery, and Manufacturing Counterfeit Currency. The children have been placed in protective custody.
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by Frank Hammon posted Nov 17 2014 1:41PM
Planning a holiday party?
Well, you might want to stock that liquor cabinet before December 8.
That's when Virginians will pay at least 24 cents more on average for a bottle of booze.
The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board approved three pricing adjustments Monday as part of Gov. Terry McAuliffe's plan to plug a $2.4 billion gap in the two-year state budget. Board chairman Jeffrey Painter said the average price of a bottle of liquor at state-run stores is $15. That will increase by 24 cents to 29 cents per bottle.
The board rejected an across-the-board increase in the markup. Instead, it raised the markup only on miniature bottles, doubled the $1 case handling fee and agreed to round up the last digit of all prices to 9.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 17 2014 10:00AM
What may end up being a lesson in making sure vehicles that transport athletes get regular maintenance causes problems last night.
Officials with the Spotsylvania Fire and Rescue Department say fumes of some sort leaked into a bus that was bringing cheerleaders from a competition in DC home to North Carolina. They reported having a hard time breathing and crews from five ambulances picked them up on Mudd Tavern Road.
Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center Spokeswoman Jeanne Burkett tells WFLS that the victims ranged in age from 5 years old to their 30s. Five of them were taken to their facility and the others went to Mary Washington Hospital. The ones that went to Spotsylvania were treated and released.
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by Frank Hammon posted Nov 14 2014 1:32PM
A robbery suspect that has held up several CVS drug stores from Fredericksburg to Richmond has struck again.
Just before 9 p.m. Thursday night the suspect entered the CVS on Jefferson Davis Highway in Fredericksburg approached the pharmacy counter holding a handkerchief to his face. He was carrying a handgun. The suspect jumped the counter and demanded a number of pills. The pharmacist complied and the suspect ran from the store.
The suspect is a black man wearing a black North Face hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and dark shoes.
He is believed to be the same suspect that robbed the CVS on Jefferson Davis Highway in Spotsylvania several weeks ago and several other CVS stores in the Richmond area.
by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 12 2014 6:55AM
There is a dense fog advisory for most of our area until 8:00 this morning. If you're squinting to drive , you might be tempted to click on your high beams to see better, but folks with VDOT say don't. Fog reflects light and can bounce your own headlights back onto your windshield and into your eyes. Always use the low-beams in and look for road edge markings to guide you.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 11 2014 10:01AM
The thought of Ebola hitting the U.S. has created some panic and scammers are taking advantage.
Virginia regulators have found more than 1,200 internet domain names with the word Ebola, more than a thousand of them registered since July. Some say they're trying to find a cure and others promise quick wealth. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 11 2014 9:56AM
Most of us have heard of Amber Alerts, when kids go missing, and even senior alerts, when it happens to the elderly. So what about the rest of us?
A State Crime Commission researcher is proposing state lawmakers consider a plan this winter for an alert for anyone missing or in danger from the ages of 21 to 60. The law would require local cops to give details on the missing adult and a picture, within two hours, to Virginia State Police.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 11 2014 9:54AM
If you're looking for a free pie from Pizza Hut, don't be tricked. In honor of the restaurant's 55th anniversary, some people are getting an e-mail coupon for one. It might come to your inbox or your spam, but don't open it--since it's a trick to put malware on your computer. When you hover your cursor over the link, it does not say If you're not sure it's legit, just leave the mail alone.
by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 11 2014 9:48AM
Essential 911 services are still up and running across our region today, but government offices, landfills and schools are closed. Governor Terry McAuliffe is speaking at a ceremony at the Virginia War Memorail in Richmond this morning. Everyone is invited to take part in a two minute moment of silence at 3:11 p.m. today. It was proposed by then Senator Jim Webb, back in 2011.
Today we honor veterans' service and a local group is helping the military still fighting. Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg is collecting things to send holiday boxes to more than 300 service members. Through next Wednesday, drop them off at nine Starbucks locations from here to Culpeper. Get the list of needs at
In addition to the troops serving overseas, there are hundreds of trained K-9s that search for explosives and do other jobs. An Army Helicopter pilot from Ohio helped convince his Mom to help. They started the Military Working Dog Cooling Vest Project, to help keep them working and safe. Learn more or donate at
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by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 11 2014 9:41AM
Police in Prince William need your help to find the people suspected in the fatal shooting of a 16 yearold high school student this week.
It happened at Woodbridge Senior High School, around 4:30 yesterday afternoon. The young man was pronounced dead at the scene and the suspected shooter or shooters got away. They are only described as two black men and one white, that got away in a pickup truck.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 11 2014 4:40AM
Veterans can get a free haircut at a Great Clips in the region, clean up your ride at a Rio car wash location and get into a Virginia State Park, all for free. There are also lots of events going on in the region and restaurants serving up free meals. Find out where to be:
by Frank Hammon posted Nov 7 2014 3:31PM
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The well dressed bank robbery suspect wanted in Spotsylvania and Stafford Counties has been arrested in Orlando, Florida.
The U.S. Marshall Serrvice arrested 61-year-old Wayne Byrd Friday afternoon following a brief foot chase.
Byed allegedly robbed two area banks this past Monday and is wanted for a couple of bank robberies in Southeast Georgia.
Byrd will be taken before a U.S. Magistrate Judge for purposes of identity and extradition back to the Commonwealth of Virginia, where he will face prosecution for the above listed bank robberies. Byrd is also listed as a person of interest in one other bank robbery, which occurred earlier this year in Spotsylvania County.
by By MATTHEW BARAKAT Associated Press posted Nov 7 2014 2:23PM
SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) - Republican Ed Gillespie has conceded the Virginia Senate race to the Democratic incumbent, Mark Warner.

Gillespie says he won't seek a recount in the tight race even though state law entitles him to one.

The latest numbers from the State Board of Elections show Warner leading by more than 16,000 votes, or nearly a percentage point, out of more than 2 million ballots cast.

Warner has 49 percent of the vote, Gillespie has 48 percent and Libertarian Robert Sarvis has 2 percent.

Warner is one of Virginia's most popular politicians and had been expected to handily win a second term.

But Gillespie - a former Republican National Committee chairman - rode a wave of support for GOP candidates nationwide, and almost knocked Warner out of the Senate.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Republican Ed Gillespie is facing a choice whether to concede the Virginia Senate race or fight on after Democrat Mark Warner claimed a narrow second-term victory.

Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman, has not spoken publicly since Tuesday night, when he said he wanted the vote-counting process to play out.

But his campaign announced a news conference for Friday afternoon.

The latest numbers from the State Board of Elections show Warner leading by more than 16,000 votes, or nearly a percentage point, out of more than 2 million ballots cast.

Warner has 49 percent of the vote, Gillespie has 48 percent and Libertarian Robert Sarvis has 2 percent.

If the numbers hold, Gillespie would be entitled to ask for a recount under state law, but would have to pay for it himself.

Warner, a former governor who's one of Virginia's most popular politicians, had been expected to win the race handily. Despite being outspent, Gillespie rode a national Republican wave that made the contest far closer than predicted.

On Thursday, Warner told reporters he was confident that his lead would hold up. He said it would be unprecedented in Virginia for such a lead to evaporate in either the canvass, as the formal counting process is called, or a recount.

Warner said he was focusing now on his next term, which would begin in January, and planned to promote a centrist agenda that could attract bipartisan support.

He said he wants "to show that we can get the Senate to actually work."
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by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 6 2014 10:32AM
Have you seen the orange barrels sitting on the sidewalk on one side of the Falmouth Bridge, between Fredericksburg and Stafford? They're covering a gaping hole in the north side of the railing. It happened when a man charged with DUI ran into it twoweekends ago. His insurance company has gotten a repair bill, but the sidewalk will stay closed until they pony up.
by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 6 2014 10:30AM
Have you headed into downtown Fredericksburg before for dinner and decided to do a little shopping first, only to find lots of stores closed.
That's going to change with the "Open Late Fridays" campaign, that starts this Friday. Morethan 50 stores have committed to stay open until 8 p.m. for the seven Fridays before Christmas. If they are part of it, you'll see a yellow flag in front of the store.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 6 2014 10:29AM
If you live in north Stafford or within ear shot of the Marine Corps Base Quantico, expect some extra day and nightime noise for the rest of the week. The base is set to do live fire training exercises from 6:30 a.m. today til' to 2:00 a.m.tomorrow and again during the same hours tomorrow into Saturday.
by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 6 2014 10:25AM
If you need to go through a healthcare exchange for insurance next year, get ready to shop. The sign up period for the exchanges opens next Saturday.
It's supposed to be easier this year, but maybe more expensive, with some flat rate co-pays going to percentages of the total bill. The insurance marketplace sign-up will run through February 15th of next year.
by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 6 2014 10:24AM
Investigators think there may have been a failure in one of the two engines in the unmanned Antares rocket that blew up over the eastern shore last week. Dulles-based Orbital Sciences says it will likely stop using that type of engine. The company DOES still plan to fulfill its contract with NASA to deliver all remaining cargo to the Space Station by the end of 2016.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 5 2014 9:47AM
Washington National Cathedral is planning a special tribute ahead of Veterans Day, this Friday. It will feature the U.S. Marine Corps Orchestra, National Cathedral Singers and readings from American war letters during conflicts from the past 100 years. It's free and open to the public, starts at 7:00 p.m. and no tickets are required.
by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 5 2014 9:32AM
A Spotsylvania County man will serve 15 years in prison for child porn charges. According to, Joseph Gregory Poston was sentenced on Monday.
He pleaded guilty in July to multiple charges. He was arrested last November, after a Spotsylvania Child Victim Unit Detective was alerted to a complaint of sexual abuse by a local high school student. Poston had been using text messages to contact a 14-year-old girl for solicitation. He's also required to register as a sex offender and be on good behavior for life.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 5 2014 9:31AM
A new charge for a Caroline County farrier, already convicted of seven counts of animal cruelty in 2009, after two horses he was transporting died following a crash.
Michael Anthony Wilkerson Sr. of Ruther Glen is charged with driving on a suspended license in Hanover. It happened early Sunday morning near the Caroline line. His horse trailer came loose and hit some trees. The impact killed one horse. The second was euthanized at the scene.
by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 5 2014 7:36AM
More Republicans than Democrats came out to vote yesterday, even though turnout was pretty low, and it means they'll take over control of the Senate. Exit polls at precincts across Virginia and other states show that the changes to healthcare was one of the big factors that brought them to the polls.
In Virginia, just over 12,000 votes separated Senate Democrat Mark Warner and challenger Ed Gillespie when the polls closed. The results still are not certified, but it was enough for Warner to hold onto his seat. The less than one percent difference could still mean a recount is ahead though. State law allows Gillespie to request one and they have to foot the bill.
Local Congressman Rob Wittman easily won, to hang onto his First District seat. Republican and college professor Dave Brat won Congressman Eric Cantor's former 7th District job, to represent folks locally from Spotsy, Culpeper and Louisa to Orange. Party support here is different though. The many town council seats and one for the school board seat were won by Independents.
Three of five ballot questions passed in Spotsy, so lawmakers can borrow more cash for transportation, schools and public safety. As for widows and widowers of military vets in the state, they'll start getting a break on real estate taxes.
Click here,, to see a all the results local and state results.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 4 2014 8:38AM
How's your kids' hearing? If you haven't already gotten a notice about it and their eyes being tested at school, you probably will.
It happens within 60 days of classes restarting if they are new to a school or going into kindergarten,third, seventh or tenth grade. Results should come no later than the Thanksgiving break.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 4 2014 8:38AM
You might be enjoying the changing leaves and beautiful skyline this year, but things are more dry, so be careful. The Fredericksburg Fire Department says never toss out cigarettes or anything else flammable. Also avoid combustible plants in the yard, keep brush cleared from trees and bushes and always stack firewood 30 feet of more from your house.
by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 4 2014 8:27AM
Expect some overnight delays on I-95 south for the rest of this week, as crews do repair work on the bridge over the Po River in Spotsylvania. It will starting each night at 9:00 p.m. and be done by 5:00 a.m. There will be intermittent single and double-lanes closed, just north of Exit 118.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 4 2014 8:16AM
This is a day that folks who take VRE into NOVA and DC for work often leave early to vote, so the service is being adjusted today.
The first one, train 301 on the Fredericksburg line, leaves Union Station at 12:55 p.m. The largest one, with eight cars, leaves at 3:35 p.m. More cars will also be on all the others, from 4:10 p.m. until 6:40 p.m.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Nov 4 2014 8:15AM
New rules in effect July 1st mean you need a photo ID to vote today.
Dr. Steve Farnsworth with the University of Mary Washington says even though there is a Senate race, two House races and some others that affect us, lots of people still won't vote. You can still get a provisional ballot without and I.D. and a form to get a temporary one. You then have until noon this Friday to get your ID to your local registrar's office. See the entire list of acceptable documents at
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by Frank Hammon posted Nov 3 2014 2:53PM
Area law enforcement authorities are looking for the well dressed man who robbed two banks this morning.
The first robbery happened shortly after 10 a.m. atthe BB&T ofice on Warrenton Road in Stafford County.
The suspect walked to a teller and demanded dmoney and showed a handgun in his waistband.
About a half hour later the same suspect entered the Union bank on Route 3 in Spotsylvania and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash a second time.
He was last seen in a a black SUV with out of state tags.

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