Man accused of sexually assaulting teen takes plea deal
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man accused by authorities of sexually assaulting a teenage boy has entered a plea agreement.
WVIR-TV reports 24-year-old Michael Wayne Dill pleaded guilty...
Cloudy with a chance of dragonflies? Swarms visible on radar
WAYNESBORO, Pa. (AP) — Swarms of dragonflies are taking over several western Pennsylvania communities and have even showed up on weather radar.
Virginia man gets 3 years for attacking fiancée during sex
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has been sentenced to three years in prison for attacking his fiancée after goading her into a three-way sexual encounter with another...
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Local nonprofit aims to provide high-quality service dogs
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — Jarod Davis spoke up above the buzz of conversation on a recent Saturday afternoon at Positive Paws K-9 Training in Waynesboro to ask an important question: Would his dog be able to play Wii Bowling with him?
Trainer Stacey Payne's answer? Of course. Davis' service dog will not only be able to bowl but also bring Davis water to take his medicine, alert him to potentially dangerous situations and comfort him during his annual heart catheter biopsies.
Orphaned bear cubs now at Virginia wildlife center
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says a man killed a black bear over bird seed this summer, leaving her two cubs to fend for themselves.
Expert: Rare snake with 2 heads found in Virginia has died
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — A wildlife expert says a rare, two-headed snake found several months ago in Virginia near the nation's capital has died.
Man who helped in parental kidnapping seeks to delay prison
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Virginia businessman convicted of helping in a parental kidnapping is asking the nation's highest court to suspend the start of his prison term while he appeals.
The request to the U.S. Supreme Court, which the government opposes, comes three weeks before Philip Zodhiates (zoh-dee-AH'-tehs), of Waynesboro, is scheduled to begin a three-year prison term in Kentucky.
Agency says two-headed snake may go to educational facility
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — A wildlife and conservation research hospital says a two-headed snake recently found near the nation's capital may be sent to an educational facility.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia says the two-headed Eastern Copperhead was found in a northern Virginia neighborhood last week. It says a state herpetologist brought the snake to the hospital Thursday for an examination.
Planners work to avoid flood plain for history museum
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — A branch of Virginia's Museum of Natural History planned for Waynesboro would be built outside the city's 100-year flood plain.
The News Virginian reports that officials propose putting it in a municipal parking lot near the fire department that's not in the flood plain.
Man killed in shootout with Virginia deputies after homicide
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — Police say a Virginia man killed in a shootout with deputies fled the scene of a fatal shooting earlier.
Virginia State Police said in a release Monday that they've confirmed that 40-year-old Anthony Hutchinson of Waynesboro shot 29-year-old Alexia Lockett at her home in Afton in Nelson County, then fled Sunday. Later an Amherst County Sheriff's deputy spotted the car Hutchinson was driving and tried to stop it.
CROZET, Va. (AP) — Police say an employee of a central Virginia lumber company has died after being hurt while on the job.
Albemarle County police said in a news release that officers responded to an industrial accident at Yancey Lumber Company in Crozet just before 7 a.m. Wednesday.
Police say 46-year-old Floriberta Macedo-Diaz of Waynesboro sustained a life-threatening injury at the job site. She was taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center, where she died as a result of her injuries.
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — A bald eagle has been euthanized at a Virginia wildlife center after it became tangled in fishing line, the second time in a week that a raptor had to be put down after getting stuck.
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — Authorities say a Virginia man choked to death after swallowing an apparent bag of cocaine during a police raid.
News outlets report 52-year-old William Tucker of Waynesboro died Friday.
Police say a drug task force and a Waynesboro police SWAT team arrived at a Waynesboro home Friday morning for a drug investigation.
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man is accused of biting three police officers and an emergency first responder after attempting to rob a pizzeria.
News outlets report 39-year-old Aaron Hernando Talifarro Holder is charged with armed robbery and multiple counts of malicious wounding of law enforcement officers. A Waynesboro Police Department release says officers responded to a report of an attempted robbery at knifepoint at about 11 p.m. Sunday. It says Holder fled and was quickly caught.
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — The Wildlife Center of Virginia has admitted two black bear cubs after their mother was shot and killed by a homeowner defending his bird feeder.
Officials from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries said a property owner in Amherst County had complained about black bears visiting his bird feeders. The department advised the homeowner to remove the feeders, but he did not.
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — A public webcam has been set up to broadcast the lives of seven bear cubs that were recently rescued in Virginia.
Staff at the Wildlife Center of Virginia said in an email Thursday that the public can find the bear cub "critter cam" on its website .
Virginia rescue center takes in 4 bear cubs
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — The Wildlife Center of Virginia has taken in its first black bear cubs of the year, including two bears rescued by a state trooper.
The center said it recently admitted four cubs. Two female cubs from Nelson County were separated from their mother. A male and female cub from Franklin County were orphaned when their mother was killed by a car on a highway. They were rescued by a Virginia State Trooper.
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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.
Wildlife center admits 43rd bald eagle patient this year
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — Hunters using lead ammunition are posing real harm to bald eagles.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia has admitted its 43rd bald eagle patient of the year, a grim record for single-year admissions during the center's 35-year history.
Officials say nearly 70 percent of the eagles admitted had measurable amounts of lead in their blood. Six had lead levels too high for the center's in-house lead analyzer to measure.
Shenandoah National Park included in fee hike proposal
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — Visitors to Shenandoah National Park during its busiest months would face a steep fee increase under a National Park Service proposal to address a backlog of maintenance and infrastructure projects.
The popular park is one of 17 included in the proposal, which the Park Service says would raise $70 million a year.
Police: Tractor-SUV crash kills 2 in Pennsylvania
WAYNESBORO, Pa. (AP) — State police say a crash involving a farm tractor and a sport-utility vehicle killed two people in Pennsylvania.
Police in Chambersburg said the crash occurred Saturday afternoon on Route 316 in Quincy Township.
Trooper Brent Miller said there were two confirmed fatalities. Police said Saturday night that a northbound vehicle drifted into the southbound lane and hit the other vehicle, killing the driver and passenger.
DuPont pays $400M to settle environmental lawsuits
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Chemical company DuPont has agreed to pay nearly $400 million to settle environmental lawsuits ahead of its planned merger with the Dow Chemical Co.
The Rev. William B. Kauffman, 67, formerly of Waynesboro, Pa., passed away unexpectedly at his home in Rochester on Thursday, July 27, 2017.
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — Chemical company DuPont will pay about $50 million under an environmental settlement that aims to make up for decades of mercury pollution one of its factories released into the South River in Virginia.
A federal judge approved the deal between Wilmington, Delaware-based DuPont Co. and the state and federal government last week. Court documents say it's the largest natural resources damages settlement in Virginia history.
Va. man behind ‘Foamhenge’ creates Dinosaur Kingdom II
NATURAL BRIDGE, Va. (AP) — As he remembers it, Mark Cline wasn't much of a student when he was in elementary school, so as a matter of survival he became the class clown: funny and fast-talking with a gift for drawing and a flowering imagination. Resourceful, too.
"A clown needs props, but props are expensive," he said, "so I started making my own props."
Refugee completes ‘American journey’ by graduating college
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Melisa Pilipovic has always been good with money.
She opened her first savings account at Waynesboro's First Bank & Trust Co. before kindergarten at the behest of her mother, who wanted her to understand how far money can go.
And she taught herself Quickbooks at age 13, as her entrepreneur parents also were learning the accounting software.
HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Residents will soon get their chance to weigh in on a proposed $50 million environmental settlement that aims to make up for the toxic mercury DuPont released for decades into the South River.
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — Why would someone go around shaving other people's cats?
The mystery has the attention of police in Waynesboro, a small city in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley where someone has been taking cats and precisely shaving their underbellies or legs. It's happened to seven cats since December.
Man who bit Virginia officer’s ear pleads guilty
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who prosecutors say was high on methamphetamine when he bit off part of a police officer's ear has pleaded guilty to felony charges.
News outlets report 22-year-old Robert Martin of Staunton pleaded guilty Wednesday to malicious injury to a law enforcement officer and drug charges including possession of methamphetamine.
Amid protests, church’s message of welcome echoes across US
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Amid the weekend tumult over President Donald Trump's executive order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, Walter Hansen's two-man sign shop in Waynesboro was besieged.
As protesters massed and lawyers descended on airports across the country offering to help anyone ensnared in the confusion over what the ban meant, Hansen was bombarded with requests for a simple design that originated with a Mennonite church in Harrisonburg.
Stormwater cleanup effort underway in Waynesboro
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — The city of Waynesboro has opened a man-made wetland area that's designed to filter polluted stormwater before it reaches the South River.
The News Leader of Staunton reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/2iKI2mf ) that 300 acres drain into the wetland, which is designed so that water flows through slowly and circuitously. That allows for pollutants such as phosphorous and nitrogen to settle or get absorbed by vegetation.
Salvation Army sergeant shares lessons from ringing the bell
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — Some pound away when ringing the bell, but not Salvation Army's Sgt. Maj. Darrell Jones.
The tone from his bell rings softer under his guiding hand as he prefers a more quiet approach, letting voice and actions deliver the message.
"I may say Merry Christmas 6,000 times, but I greet them all," says Jones.
When shoppers arriving approach, he is quick to offer greetings.
DuPont to pay $50M over mercury-contaminated Virginia rivers
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Chemical giant DuPont will pay more than $50 million but admit no fault under a proposed environmental settlement after releasing toxic mercury for decades that made its way into Shenandoah Valley waterways, state and federal officials announced Thursday.
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2 sentenced on charges tied to reserve officer’s killing
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two gang members convicted of racketeering and obstruction of justice charges in relation to a string of robberies and the 2014 abduction and slaying of an off-duty Waynesboro reserve police officer have been sentenced.
The News Leader of Staunton reports (http://bit.ly/2hghjNx ) that with Monday's sentences, the government has nearly wrapped up its prosecution of the 10 people who faced charges in the death of 45-year-old Kevin Quick.
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Lawsuit brought by man improperly detained settled
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — A lawsuit brought by a Waynesboro man who was confined to a psychiatric ward after police and health care workers mistook his physical ailment for a "psychotic disorder" has been settled.
Bald eagle being released into wild after broken wing fixed
CHARLES CITY, Va. (AP) — A young bald eagle that suffered a broken wing is set to be released in Virginia after being nursed back to health.
The eagle will be released by the Wildlife Center of Virginia at noon Wednesday at Berkeley Plantation.
The bird was found on the ground in June near an active eagle nest. The eagle, which suffered a fracture in the left wing, wasn't able to fly and was taken to the Wildlife Center in Waynesboro.
4 sentenced to life for slaying of reserve police officer
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Four people convicted in the slaying of a reserve police officer in Virginia have been sentenced to life in prison.
News media outlets report that Daniel Mathis was sentenced to life plus 132 years for the death of 45-year-old Waynesboro Reserve Police Capt. Kevin Quick. Shantai Shelton and Mersadies Shelton were each sentenced to life in prison plus 82 years and Kweli Uhuru was sentenced to life in prison plus 10 years.