Virginia man, woman sentenced for torture of her son
STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — The Virginia couple who prosecutors say "systematically tortured" a boy for two weeks face 17 years in prison each after being sentenced.
STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — Records show the former superintendent of a Virginia jail is under investigation for using an inmate for work at his home and lying to investigators.
Male inmate accused of sex assault on female inmate at jail
STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — A woman who was an inmate at a Virginia jail says she was sexually assaulted in the booking area by a male inmate.
Gloria’s Pupuseria brings some of El Salvador to the Valley
STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — Gloria Gerber is always a breath of fresh air. When you enter her and her husband's restaurant on Central Avenue in downtown Staunton, someone is always greeting you hello and it's most likely Gloria from behind the counter while she's forming pupusas with her hands and looking at ticket orders.
Vultures make themselves at home in Shenandoah Valley
STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — The first thing you need to know is: they're here because you're here.
They wait in one of December's empty trees, on the high edge of a neighborhood hill on Fillmore Street, looking ungainly even at rest, like the unwanted ornaments still attached to the Christmas tree dragged curbside. One near the top spreads its wings like a nightmarish angel to gather the warmth of the rising sun.
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Virginia girl with Dravet syndrome gets Disney World trip
STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — Lucy Rhoden loves "Frozen."
There are very few movies the 7-year-old Staunton girl will watch from start to finish. She loses interest in most within minutes, but not "Frozen," a 2013 animated Walt Disney movie.
Virginia jail superintendent fired over administration
STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — The superintendent of a Virginia jail has been fired after 14 years at the helm.
2 Mary Baldwin University students reflect on lesson learned
STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — It's been more than a year since Logan Davenport and Dominic Walker stepped onto the Mary Baldwin campus as part of the first school year including full-time male undergraduate students.
A little over a year from now they'll be in the first graduating class of Mary Baldwin University that will include men receiving bachelor's degrees.
Virginia town’s sole officer pleads guilty to stealing pills
STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who was serving as a town's police chief when he was arrested on drug charges earlier this year has pleaded guilty to stealing painkillers from a friend.
University officials remove Confederate-themed exhibit
STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — A private liberal arts university in Virginia says an exhibit that included depictions of Confederate statues has been removed after some students called the installation racist.
News outlets report Mary Baldwin University administrators removed the exhibit titled "Relevant/Scrap" last week, two days after it opened. The two artists say their work was misinterpreted but agreed with its removal from the university's Hunt Gallery.
Virginia mom who gave 3 kids marijuana gets 10 days in jail
STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman who pleaded guilty to giving her three children marijuana has been sentenced to 10 days in jail.
Virginia school honoring Confederate general to get new name
STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — A school board in Virginia has voted to change the name of a high school that honors a Confederate general.
News outlets report the Staunton School Board voted 4-2 Monday to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School. The board plans to launch an online survey this week for community input on what to rename the school. Comments will be accepted through next month.
Desegregation began in Staunton at Wright’s Dairy-Rite
STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — "Desegregation happened here in March of 1952. Didn't happen to the rest of Staunton, but it happened here."
That's how Forester Wright, Jr., who goes by Junior, remembers it.
From the day Wright's Dairy-Rite opened, everybody came to the same place and got their food. This is simply the way the family was, he says.
Virginia school district to get solar panels soon
STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — A Virginia school district expects work to begin soon on the installation of solar panels at seven of its schools.
Gregory Troxell is Augusta County Public Schools' director of operations and maintenance. He tells The News Leader the district's 1.8-megawatt solar array will be the largest of any Virginia public school division.
Virginia family nurtures monarch butterflies
STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — The Bergland family are enjoying a delightful experience this summer.
After planting milkweeds in their garden and watching caterpillars feast, dozens of monarch butterfly chrysalises now line their home, porch and fence that surround their property in Staunton.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The stretches in solitary confinement inside a detention center in the mountains of Virginia were what broke him, the Honduran teen said. The guards stopped bringing food, he said. One time they let him out, and a group of them came at him. So many guards were kicking him in the gut, he said, he couldn't breathe.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for immigrant children who say they were cuffed and beaten by staff inside a Virginia detention facility said Friday they plan to press forward with a federal civil-rights lawsuit, even though two of the teens involved in the case are no longer in the United States.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Virginia's governor ordered state officials Thursday to investigate abuse claims by children at an immigration detention facility who said they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells.
Saturday’s 2A prep girls track results
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Here are Saturday's results in the class AA girls state track and field meet at Eastern Illinois: CLASS 2A
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The 18-year-old brother of a Florida school shooting suspect said he just wants to finish high school and "live my life" when he moves to Virginia to serve his probation for trespassing.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The brother of Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz can serve out his probation for trespassing in Virginia, where his lawyer says a home, a job and educational opportunities await, a judge ruled Friday.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The brother of Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz is asking a judge to allow him to move to Virginia where a full-time job awaits him.
The attorney for 18-year-old Zachary Cruz filed a motion Thursday saying Cruz has been offered a free home for one year in Staunton, Virginia. He is on six months' probation for trespassing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and needs court permission to leave.
STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man arrested on a DUI charge is accused of grabbing an officer's genitals at the police department.
STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — There's a house on Staunton's West Beverley Street that is always in bloom.
The house stands out. It's something everyone talks about, looks at and loves.
Now, the flowers are slowly disappearing and the house is up for sale — and the flower lady of Staunton has moved out.
Myrtle Cason, who's 89 years old, has lived in Staunton for more than 40 years.
STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — Brad Parks gets up early. He splashes some water on his face, forgoes shaving and leaves the house as the sun begins to rise.
His first stop is Hardee's. He walks in with his already purchased medium soda cup and fills it up with some Coke Zero.
Parks has been going to the Hardee's on Central Avenue in Staunton, Virginia, for the past year and a half. The staff there is used to him — and often he purchases multiple cups ahead of time to skip the line.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia high school students would be able to count American Sign Language as a foreign language credit beginning this fall under a bill that won approval from the General Assembly this week.
House Bill 84, introduced by Del. Dickie Bell, R-Staunton, unanimously passed the Senate on Monday. Now it will go to Gov. Ralph Northam to be signed into law.
Staunton police seeking information to help catch suspect
STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — Police in Staunton are asking the public to help with any information that might help investigators find a Virginia man with a warrant for second-degree murder.
WDBJ-TV reports that the city's police department is seeking 22-year-old Orion Jeffrey Painter. Police say he's considered armed and dangerous and could be driving a silver Jeep Cherokee.
"Advice from a blueberry: Be well-rounded. Soak up the sun. Find beauty in small things. Live a fruitful life. Be a good pick. It's OK to be a little blue. Make sweet memories!" - Ilan Shamir
"Mom, why do you only make Blueberry Buckle for Christmas Brunch or when we have overnight company? Why can't you make it more often ... like when I come home this weekend?"
Firefighters battle blaze at construction site in frigid air
FISHERSVILLE, Va. (AP) — News reports say a construction site for a new nursing home facility has burned down in western Virginia, but no one was injured.
The News Leader in Staunton reported Sunday that the blaze started Saturday night in Fishersville, about 100 miles west of Richmond.
Civil War historian re-examines burning of Chambersburg
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The armies fighting the American Civil War scrapped civility in 1864 in the pastoral countryside of the Shenandoah and Cumberland valleys.
U.S. troops burned houses in Staunton, Virginia, then Confederates invading Pennsylvania burned Chambersburg.
The valleys, bread baskets for two warring armies, saw more destruction than almost anywhere else during the war, according to author Edward L. Ayers, president emeritus at the University of Richmond.
Greater Good Gaming aims to change view about video gamers
STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — You open your eyes and glance at the clock sitting on the bedside table. It's 4 a.m. You turn your head in the direction of the doorway and glance down the hallway.
You can hear it. That faint familiar sound you have come to know so well. As you put on your robe and make your way to your child's bedroom you see the flickering light seeping through the cracks of his door.
Swastikas, racial slurs painted on Virginia bridge
STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — A Virginia sheriff's office is investigating after graffiti that included swastikas and racial slurs was found on a bridge.
Imelda Staunton dazzles as ‘Follies’ hits cinema screens
LONDON (AP) — Imelda Staunton plays a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown in "Follies," Stephen Sondheim's dizzying musical about a traumatic reunion of former Broadway showgirls.
Virginia sending National Guard troops to US Virgin Islands
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's governor has authorized the National Guard to send 120 soldiers to the U.S. Virgin Islands to help in hurricane recovery efforts.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, said in a statement Friday that the soldiers are assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. He says they will arrive next week and be deployed on the ground by the governor of the Virgin Islands.
Virginia man guilty of murder in wife’s antifreeze death
STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — A jury says a Virginia man deserves life in prison after convicting him of first-degree murder in the death of his wife, who was poisoned by drinking antifreeze three years ago.
The News Leader reports a jury found 69-year-old David Vatter of Verona guilty this week.
21 sites added to Virginia Landmarks Register
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A city park established for African Americans during the Jim Crow era of racial segregation is one of 21 new additions to the Virginia Landmarks Register.
The Virginia Department of Historic Resources says Montgomery Hall Park in Staunton was founded in 1946 as a regional facility for African Americans during the era of segregation. It included a swimming pool and a park that attracted thousands of people from nearby communities. Montgomery Hall Park was integrated in 1969.
STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — The Staunton Election Board says it is investigating a complaint from a disabled woman who said she was treated poorly by a poll worker on Election Day.
The News-Leader reports (https://stnva.nl/2smCDV8 ) that Staunton resident Lee Ann Kinkade said a poll worker called her "illiterate" and invaded her personal space while she tried to vote earlier this week using a special voting machine for those with disabilities.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's public mental hospitals are continuing to struggle with high employee turnover rates and have turned to hiring nurses from other countries to fill vacancies at some locations, a top state official told lawmakers Monday.
Authorities search for 2 inmates after jail escape
STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — Authorities are searching for two inmates who escaped from a jail in western Virginia.
Officials say 28-year-old Coty G. Johnson and 25-year-old Daniel G. Henderson escaped from Middle River Regional Jail in Staunton early Monday morning.
Authorities say the two, who were being held on drug charges, were on a trash duty assignment inside the jail's kitchen and were being escorted by an officer when they escaped at about 3:20 a.m.