Prosecutors ask a judge to revoke bond of mother of Virginia boy who shot his first-grade teacher
Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to revoke the bond for the mother of a Virginia boy who shot and wounded his first-grade teacher after she allegedly failed multiple drug tests while awaiting sentencing on felony charges.
Mother expected to plead guilty after her 6-year-old son used her gun to shoot his Virginia teacher
The mother of a 6-year-old who shot his teacher in a Virginia classroom is expected to plead guilty Tuesday to charges related to the attack, seven months after her son used her handgun to critically wound the educator.
Superintendent: Official learned of weapon before Virginia shooting involving 6-year-old
A school superintendent says administrators at the Virginia school where a first-grader shot his teacher last week learned the child may have had a weapon in his possession before the shooting but did not find the 9mm handgun he brought despite searching his backpack.
Pedestrian dies in crash on I-81 North in Wythe County
A pedestrian is dead after authorities said he was hit by a car while crossing the travel lane on I-81 North in Wythe County. Authorities said officers responded to the crash on I-81 North near mile marker 71 around 10:50 p.m. on Sunday. A man from Newport News was driving a Dodge Ram in the left lane on I-81 when he hit Justin Briggs, 41, of Wytheville, according to police. Authorities said the driver of the Dodge was unable to avoid hitting Briggs and he died at the scene. The driver was not hurt in the accident and police said the crash remains under investigation.
Amber Alert canceled as police say 3-month-old Newport News boy was found safely
UPDATEAuthorities said 3-month-old Jiraiya Sage Cherry was located safely. ORIGINAL STORYAuthorities have issued an Ambert Alert for a 3-month-old baby boy in Newport News. Police said he was last seen wearing a red-and-white striped onesie with blue pants. She was last seen wearing a black face mask and black jacket and was last seen driving a silver four-door sedan with Virginia tags. Anyone with information about where Jiraiya may be is asked to contact the Newport News Police Department 757-247-2500.
Authorities: Virginia man in ‘Camp Auschwitz’ shirt at riot arrested
(Western Tidewater Regional Jail via AP)NORFOLK, Va. – A man who was photographed wearing a “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt during the U.S. Capitol riot last week was arrested Wednesday in Virginia, authorities said. Robert Keith Packer, 56, was arrested in Newport News, where he lives. The photo of the man in the sweatshirt caused an uproar on social media. A Capitol police officer died from injuries suffered in the riot, and police shot and killed a woman during the siege. FBI spokeswoman Christina Pullen said a second Virginia man, Douglas Allen Sweet, of Grimstead, was also arrested Wednesday for his alleged participation in the riot.
‘Trump is putting countless Virginians’ lives at risk' say former Virginia, NC governors about rally
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – President Donald Trump’s rally in Virginia on Friday evening has brought criticism from Democratic leaders. The visit to Newport News is an attempt to reach rural North Carolinians, according to party officials. In a joint statement from former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt, they say that Trump has failed more than 200,000 Americans who died from coronavirus with how he has been handling the pandemic. “President Trump is putting countless Virginians' lives at risk in order to hold a political rally during a pandemic and prop up his chances in North Carolina,” the two say in the statement. Here’s McAuliffe and Hunt’s full statement:
WATCH: President Trump ‘Make America Great Again’ rally in Newport News, Virginia
President Donald Trump held a rally at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport on Friday night. For all the Federal Employees in Virginia, remember, it was me that got you the Federal Pay Raises, not Sleepy Joe Biden. I’ll be having a Big Rally in Virginia, to be announced soon! https://t.co/WwzdPhDkAZ — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 18, 2020Dr. Natasha Dwamena, a Department of Public Health district director, said in a letter Thursday that the 4,000 people expected to attend Trump’s rally at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport would be breaking Gov. She said the rally should be canceled, rescheduled or scaled down to comply with the governor’s order.
Health officials seek to block Trump rally in Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. – A Virginia health official is warning of a “severe public health threat” if a planned campaign rally for President Donald Trump goes forward Friday evening. Dr. Natasha Dwamena, a Department of Public Health district director, said in a letter Thursday that the estimated 4,000 people expected to attend Trump’s rally at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport would be breaking Gov. Ralph Northam’s executive order generally banning gatherings of more than 250 people. But it’s unlikely to make a difference, as the Trump campaign has routinely flouted public health guidelines intended to halt the spread of COVID-19.
Health officials seek to block President Trump’s rally tomorrow in Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. – A Virginia health official is warning of a “severe public health threat” if a planned campaign rally for President Donald Trump goes forward Friday evening. “The rally poses a concerning public health risk,” Dwamena said in the letter, which was addressed to the private company that leases the hangar where the rally is set to take place. But it’s unlikely to make a difference, as the Trump campaign has routinely flouted public health guidelines intended to halt the spread of COVID-19. John Fredericks, a conservative radio host and chairman of the Virginia delegation for the Trump campaign, said Democrats are trying to block the rally for political reasons. Trump’s campaign has insisted it takes appropriate health precautions, including handing out masks and hand sanitizer and checking the temperatures of rallygoers.
President Trump is having a rally in Virginia this Friday
President Trump will end the week with a rally in Virginia, according to Politico. The president will be speaking in Newport News at 9 p.m.; however, Politico reports that the main reach for this event is North Carolina voters. Last week, amid a series of tweets about Virginia, Trump tweeted, “I’ll be having a Big Rally in Virginia, to be announced soon!”...I’m playing for your guns, and I’m playing for your values. I’ll be having a Big Rally in Virginia, to be announced soon! The rally will be at 9 p.m. at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport with doors opening at 6 p.m.
Authorities identify Virginia officer who died after being dragged by car
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – UPDATEAuthorities have identified the Newport News officer that died Friday morning after she was dragged by a car as the driver was trying to get away from a traffic stop. Officer Katherine “Katie” Thyne, 24, was a Navy veteran and reservist originally from New Hampshire. ORIGINAL STORYA Newport News officer has died after she was dragged by a car trying to get away from a traffic stop. She was taken to a hospital where she died from her injuries. It happened Thursday night near Monitor-Merrimac Overlook Park just before 7 p.m.Police say the officer pulled a vehicle over when the driver accelerated, dragging the officer with the car.
Senior alert issued for missing Virginia man
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Virginia State Police have issued a senior alert to help find a missing Newport News man who suffers from a cognitive impairment. Leon Francis, 62, was last seen on Tuesday at 7 a.m. when he left his home on Wyn Drive. Francis is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. Police say he suffers from a cognitive impairment and that his disappearance poses a credible threat to his health and saftey. Anyone with information about Francis’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Newport News Police Department at 757-247-2500.