U.S. 33 lanes to close for bridge work

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The eastbound lanes of U.S. 33 on the Interstate 81 overpass in Harrisonburg will be closed Monday night as the Virginia Department of Transportation’s bridge replacement project continues.

The road will be closed from 8 p.m. Monday until about 5 a.m. Tuesday between Carlton Street and Linda Lane. The ramp from eastbound U.S. 33 to southbound Interstate 81 will remain open.

A detour will be in place for through traffic, using South Carlton and Reservoir streets, Evelyn Byrd Avenue and Burgess Road. VDOT advises motorists on I-81 who need to get to U.S. 33 to use Exit 247B.

All work is weather permitting.

Man arrested; 123 pounds of pot confiscated

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A New York state man was arrested after troopers found 123 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle during a Wednesday traffic stop, State Police said.

The traffic stop was initiated for speeding and following too closely on Interstate 81 in Rockingham County. During the stop at mile marker 246, the driver, Jun Yan of Fresh Meadows, N.Y., consented to a search of his Toyota Sienna.

During the search, Virginia State Police discovered 123 boxes containing vacuum sealed packages of marijuana.

The 45-year-old Yan faces charges of possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute and transporting more than 5 pounds of the drug into the state. In all, 123 pounds of marijuana with a street value of over $500,000 was confiscated.

Yan has been transported to the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Regional Jail and is being held without bond.

Department of Forestry: No uncontrolled fires

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Firefighters are mopping up hotspots in Page and Rockingham counties this weekend, but the Virginia Department of Forestry reports that there are no uncontained fires in the area.

The department said it suppressed three new fires covering 14 acres on Wednesday. All three fires were in Dickenson County, the largest of which was 10 acres.

Officials remind the public that dry, windy conditions are returning this weekend. They present an increased fire hazard and burning should be avoided in such conditions.

The statewide burning law is in effect from through April 30. The law prohibits outdoor burning before 4 p.m. when the fire is within 300 feet of the woods or dry grass.

The department adds that smoke may still be visible in some areas. Air quality information is available at www.airnow.gov.

To report a fire, call 911.

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Rockingham County breaks ground for a Buc-ees Center

Governor Glenn Youngkin and Rockingham County dignitaries and community members gathered January 30 for the official groundbreaking for a large new travel center.

Buc-ees a Texas based travel center has chosen Mount Crawford as its first of two projected operations in Virginia.

Buc-ees has purchased just over 21 acres in Rockingham County for $6.6 million.

The facility will take up 74,000 square feet off of Interstate 81.

This Buc-ees location will offer over 120 fueling stations including over 20 electric vehicle charging stations.

The facility will employ over 200 citizens and park over 600 vehicles once completed.

Buc-ees has also made a purchase of almost 28 acres for $6.5 million in New Kent County for a second Virginia Site off Interstate 64.

The Rockingham County Buc-ees is expected to open by summer 2025.

Established in 1982 Buc-ees has 34 stores in Texas and 13 centers in other states.

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VSP investigate school bus accident in Rockingham County

Virginia State Police are investigating a crash involving a school bus in Rockingham County on Friday, December 8th at 7:49 am.

A Rockingham County Public School bus traveling east on Route 689 stopped at a stop sign and then attempted to turn left onto Route 276.

While turning, it pulled into the path of a 2000 Dodge Dakota traveling south.

The Dodge could not avoid the collision and struck the bus on the driver’s side.

The driver of the school bus, Amanda Carini, 44, of Broadway, was not injured in the crash.

46 students were on board at the time of the crash.

Five suffered from minor injuries and were taken to Sentara RMH Medical Center for treatment.

The driver of the Dodge, Dennis Michael, 66, of Penn Laird, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

He was wearing a seatbelt during the accident.

Carini was charged with reckless driving and the crash remains under investigation.

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German manufacturer selects the Shenandoah Valley for first U.S. operation

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced yesterday that Leiber, an international yeast products manufacturer, will open their first United States based operation in Rockingham County’s Innovation Village.

The manufacturer will invest $20 million to establish the facility which will create 35 jobs.

Governor Youngkin said, “We are thrilled to welcome Leiber’s first U.S. operation to Virginia… The company’s new facility in Rockingham County is in strategic proximity to the Shenandoah Valley’s robust beverage processing industry, and we are confident this new partnership is a recipe for success.”

Leiber refines brewers’ yeast to produce innovative products for humans and animals.

They also work with breweries worldwide to offload brewers’ yeast for upcycling in more than 65 countries.

To view the Governor’s announcement, click here.

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Crash kills Harrisonburg teen

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Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal two-vehicle crash in Rockingham County.

The accident occurred on Tuesday at 8:42 pm off Buffalo Drive about a mile from Old Furnace Road.

A 2010 Hyundai Elantra was on Buffalo Drive when it slowed to make a left turn into a private drive.

The 2022 Subaru BRZ that was behind the Hyundai, failed to slow and crossed into the left lane when it collided with the Hyundai.

The impact caused the Subaru to run off the road and strike a tree.

The driver of the Subaru, a 17-year-old teen from Harrisonburg, Virginia died at the scene of the crash.

He was wearing his seat belt.

The driver of Hyundai and his passenger were uninjured.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Staunton man arrested for sexually abusing child

Staunton Police arrested Anthony Lewis, 67, of Staunton, on February 2nd from a Budget Inn where he was living on Greenville Avenue.

The arrest stems from allegations he sexually abused a boy under the age of 14 years old in 2021.

He is charged with one count of abduction, two counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor, two counts of forcible sodomy, and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.

He is being held at Middle River Regional Jail without bond. 

Lewis was previously convicted of forcible sodomy in Rockingham County in 1984.

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SCSO apprehend abduction suspect in Rockingham County

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Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office announced they captured the suspect they had been searching for the past few days.

Mitchell Markley Jr. was located in northern Rockingham County where a third stolen vehicle was found following a crash.

Markley was wanted for an alleged abduction that occurred in Basye as well as the theft of multiple vehicles in the process.

The victim abducted was previously found safely in one of the stolen vehicles.

Sheriff’s utilized drone units, K9 search teams, and received air assistance from the Virginia State Police to locate the suspect.

Sheriff Timothy Carter thanked the public for their cooperation in the investigation which included a community member sending in images from their trail camera of Markley.

To watch Sheriff Carter’s statement on the capture, click here.

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VSP investigates fatal crash in Rockingham County

Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred in Rockingham County on Thursday afternoon.

The crash was located along Interstate 81 at exit 245.

A Honda Accord ran into the back of a tractor trailer that had exited and stopped on the ramp.

The driver of the Honda, Selvin Turcios- Romero, 27, of Harrisonburg died at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash.

The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts.

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