Flood watch in effect for much of listening area

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A flood watch remains in effect for much of the listening area until 10 a.m., while a flood warning is in effect for southeastern Rockingham and northeastern Augusta counties until 11:15 a.m.

The National Weather Service says repetitive rounds of rain and runoff into rivers and streams could cause flooding, especially in low-lying or poor-drainage areas.

Officials recommend monitoring weather forecasts, being ready to take action should flooding occur and, of course, not driving through when water is covering the road.

Minor earthquake rumbles Stuarts Draft

The United States Geological Survey detected a 2.2 magnitude earthquake approximately 2 miles northwest of Stuarts Draft on Sunday at 6:20 pm.

According to the reported data on the USGS website, the quake was felt by more than 20 people.

This is the first earthquake in Virginia since July.

No injuries, damages, or power outages were reported, but the Augusta County Sheriff’s Department did receive several calls from residents who believed the earthquake was a possible explosion in the distance.

The Sheriff’s office and fire department investigated the reports before the announcement regarding the earthquake was made available to first responders from the USGS.

Magnitude 2.2 earthquakes are usually not felt but are recorded using seismographs.

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HPD make arrest in August 20 shooting in Harrisonburg

The Harrisonburg Police Department (HPD) announced the arrest of a suspect in the August 20 shooting that injured a man in a vehicle.

North Carolina resident Timothy Leach has been charged with aggravated malicious wounding, shooting into an occupied vehicle and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

The 43-year-old Leach is being held in the Middle River Regional Jail.

Police were initially called to the scene of the shooting at 10:45 p.m. August 20 where they found a 43 year old male in a vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound.

The victim was transported by air to UVA Medical Center where he was listed in stable condition.

Detectives believe the two men knew one another and Leach pulled up to the victim’s vehicle and shot multiple rounds but struck the victim only once.

Leach was tracked to a hotel in Augusta County by Virginia State Police, US Marshals Service agents and the Rush Drug Task Force.

With the execution of a search warrant a firearm was recovered, and Leach was arrested.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing at the time of this report.

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VDOT expands lanes near Staunton

Traffic Update

Two additional travel lanes will be constructed on Route 262 (Woodrow Wilson Parkway) in Augusta County near Staunton starting Monday, August 14.

The project will provide Route 262 motorists with two northbound lanes and two southbound lanes between the interchanges with Route 613 (Old Greenville Road) and Route 252 (Middlebrook Avenue).

Contractors will build two new northbound lanes parallel to the existing road, which currently has a single lane in each direction between Route 613 and Route 252.

When construction is complete, northbound traffic will utilize the new lanes and southbound traffic will use both existing lanes.

During stages of construction, northbound and southbound motorists should be alert for traffic-lane shifts and occasional single-lane closures.

The Virginia Department of Transportation will share details of those traffic restrictions as they become available.

The project has a contract completion date of May 24, 2024.

All work is weather permitting.

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Remains identified in Augusta County

Authorities have confirmed and identified remains that were unearthed by a contactor in the 1600 block of Tinkling Springs Road in Augusta County.

After an examination by the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office, the remains were confirmed to be human and dated back to the late 1800s-early 1900s.

The remains appear to be that of a child who passed away and was buried in a coffin in an unmarked grave.

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office thanked all agencies involved in the investigation.

The agencies are saddened by the discovery but thankful they were not connected with any current criminal activity.

A link to the press release from Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is here.

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Augusta County Deputies chase a juvenile driver

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office reports that a Deputy clocked a vehicle at 86 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone on Stuarts Draft Highway Mar. 4.

Pursuit was initiated but the vehicle continued without stopping.

With total disregard to the Deputies pursuit and passing vehicles over the double yellow line.

The driver turned on to Cold Springs Road and turned off the headlights to attempt to evade pursuing Deputies.

Deputies were able to approach the vehicle after it had crashed on Cold Springs Road throwing the driver out.

Eventually the driver walked out of the woods with head and facial injuries.

The identity of the driver and his information is being withheld as he is a juvenile.

Charges from both the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police are pending.

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NWS confirms an EF-1 tornado in Augusta County

The National Weather Service (NWS) confirms that an EF-1 tornado struck Fishersville in Augusta County on April 26.

The storm produced 90 mile per hour winds cutting a path 6 miles long and 75 yards wide.

Trees were snapped and uprooted.

Significant damage was recorded at a barn with a farmhouse losing its metal roof.

Wood from the barn lofted and was carried approximately 125 yards to become embedded in the ground in several directions.

The storm traveled west to east and finally dissipated in Waynesboro but not before ripping a steeple off a church and dropping a large tree onto a home causing considerable damage.

The tornado touched down in Fishersville at 1:04 p.m. and dissipated in Waynesboro at 1:15 p.m..

The NWS reminds citizens to heed tornado warnings when they are issued.

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