Chase through Rockbridge Counties

A West Virginia man is behind bars after allegedly leading authorities on a chase through Rockbridge and Alleghany counties. Police say the pursuit started around 3 p.m. Saturday when Wesley Harrison refused to stop for a speeding violation on the U.S. 11 Bypass in Rockbridge County. They say Harrison ran over spikes and hit an Alleghany deputy’s car head-on before coming to a stop. The deputy suffered minor injuries.

Teen killed in an Accident

State police are identifying the 14-year old victim in a deadly accident. Troopers say the accident happened Friday around 5:30 p.m. at U.S. 11 and Forest Oakes Road in Rockbridge County when a woman driving a car made a turn onto Forest Oakes Road and struck Chandler James Golding. Golding, of Natural Bridge, was riding a bike when the accident happened and died at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

Botetourt Mourning Roger Johns

Botetourt County Fire and Emergency personnel are mourning one of their own. Authorities say 63-year-old volunteer firefighter Roger Johns was killed Friday afternoon at the scene of a crash on U.S. 220 when a fire truck that was backing up struck him. Funeral plans are incomplete at this time.

James River Ranger District Office Moving To Covington

The James River Ranger District office will move to a new location in Covington in early 2018.  The lease for the current office space expires on April 30th, 2018 and will not be renewed.  Services to the public will not change, but the location where the public obtains these services will change. The Forest Service will continue to provide information, issue recreation passes and fuelwood permits, and provide all the services currently being delivered to the public. The district is working with Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation and the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism to find a suitable location to provide visitor services beginning winter 2018.
 

Town History Comes Alive In Fincastle

On June 10th, you can take part in “Evolving Landscapes of Historic Fincastle.” It’s a walking tour of the town during which you’ll be able to check out the insides of some of the oldest buildings there. You’ll also learn about the history of the town and the people who laid the building blocks for what it is today. Registration begins at 9:45 a.m. at the Courthouse on Main Street, in Fincastle.

Exploring Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Local folks looking to start their own business are getting some advice today from experts. The Alleghany Foundation, the Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation, the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and Virginia Community Capital are presenting “The Nuts and Bolts of Small Business Financing. ” It’s the second of four workshops aimed at expanding entrepreneurial opportunities taking place in Room 424 of Warren Hall of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.

Augusta County Fugitive Caught

A man wanted in Augusta County for more than two and a half years was cuffed last week by Skyline Drug Task Force. James Terrell was arrested for a Waynesboro assault and battery incident from 2014, and a slew of charges stemming from a drug raid in Augusta County last year including eluding law enforcement and abuse and neglect of a He was taken in after a traffic stop. Also, police say two firearms were found in his possession.

Focus On Fentanyl In Waynesboro

Fentanyl has been surfacing in Waynesboro and police are looking to crack down on its prescence. WVVA reports several search warrants have been executed where Fentanyl has been discovered. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 30 to 50 times more powerful than heroin. The Waynesboro Police Department said they have been incredibly careful, since they have investigated Fentanyl cases as recent as January, when the drug was found at the scene of a fatal double overdose.

Lawmaker Calls For Probe Into Carbon Emissions Plan

A Republican state senator running for governor is planning to call a legislative hearing to investigate Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s plan to limit carbon emissions from power plants. Sen. Frank Wagner tells The Richmond Times-Dispatch that he will convene an emergency meeting of the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules within a few weeks to question McAuliffe administration officials on the executive order. Wagner has said he will do everything in his “legislative authority” to stop the governor’s power plant plan. McAuliffe, a Democrat, signed an executive order Tuesday that begins developing regulations on carbon emissions.
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Three Cuffed After Search Warrants Turn Up Drugs

Three Waynesboro residents are under arrest, charged after search warrants were issued at two locations this week. Police went to the 800 block of Grayson Avenue in the city of Waynesboro. They seized a pound of marijuana, a half ounce of crack cocaine and several hundred dollars in U.S. currency.Under arrest are Bonnie Lynne Wilson, 31 years of age, charged with felony possession with intent to distribute marijuana and felony possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. Also, 33 year old Kevin Devon Wilson, charged with felony possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and felony possession with intent to distribute cocaine. A third person, 55 year old Albert Cox, was cuffed during a search on the 21-hundred block of Cortland Street.