Top 3 Headlines June 25

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

These are the most viewed headlines on WHSV.com for June 25. Stories with available video will have a link in the headline.

Phone Scam Targets Some in Rockingham County

Reporter: Litsa Pappas

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. -- We want you to be aware of a scam that's happening in the Valley, so you'll know to avoid it if you get that call.

One scam artist wouldn't stop harassing one of our viewers in Bridgewater Monday night.

The viewer, who wishes to remain anonymous, says he received a call from someone who claimed to be his grandson. He says the caller sounded just like him and even used a personal nickname.

The caller demanded about $1,500 immediately. Then another person called, claiming to be a lawyer, asking for that same money.

Our viewer says they called about ten times in that one day, including calling his cell phone.

If you are a victim of a scam, please email us at scams@whsv.com, so we can hold those criminals accountable.

West Virginia Radio Station Offers Gun Prize to Listeners

Reporter: Litsa Pappas

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- A West Virginia radio station is taking a stand for gun rights by offering one as a prize.

"We want to promote freedom, and protecting our rights and protecting our homes and not taking the constitutional right to bear arms away from the good guys," said WELD radio host Steve Davis.

Davis' radio show is giving away a rifle worth about $1,500 over the next couple weeks.

Many people in the area love the prize, but some don't agree.

Tamara Reives used to live in Iraq and was around guns all the time.

"It's a war zone, so we have to have guns," she said, but she doesn't like the idea of promoting them, especially as a mother.

"It's the prize, why would they give a machine gun as a prize? Why not something else?" said Reives.

Davis says it's to start a conversation.

"If Americans talk about it, the right thing's going to be done. If we just keep our mouths shut, that's when we get taken advantage of and get our rights taken away from us," said Davis.

Now that 'gun control' is in the spotlight, he says it's a perfect time for this contest.

"At the end of the day, we want to make a statement, we want to stand for something and we think this is the right thing to stand for," said Davis.

Listeners have to call in during the show to answer trivia questions to get that gun.

Davis says a background check would be required before giving the gun to the winner. The drawing is set for July 4th.

Group Protests Against Animal Abuse Near Walmart

Reporter: Estephany Escobar

HARRISONBURG -- A nonprofit organization held a demonstration in our area to demand changes from Walmart about how its farmers raise its pigs.

Member of Mercy for Animals stood in front of a 10-foot-tall inflatable pig crammed in a crate near the Walmart in Harrisonburg.

The group claims one of Walmart's pork suppliers called Christensen Farms keeps pregnant pigs in small metal crates. According to the group, this makes it hard for pigs to move or lie down. In addition, the pigs end up with wounds and open sores because they rub against the metal cages.

According to the undercover investigation, workers at the farm slam conscious piglets into the ground and leaves them until they die. In addition, the group claims workers rip out the testicles and sliced off the tails of piglets without any painkillers.

Jeni Haines is with Mercy for Animals. She said she wants Walmart to phase out of narrow crates and treat pigs better.

"It's important for Walmart to know that people don't support animal cruelty and as Americans we have the right to know where our food is coming from," said Haines.

In a statement, Walmart's spokeswoman Danit Marquardt said the company is keeping open lines of communication with everyone involved.

"This is a complicated issue. We're listening closely to points of view from farmers, food manufacturers, animal rights organizations, customers and others. We think constructive dialogue and a collaborative approach is the right path to the right solution," said Marquardt.

According to Marquardt, this is an important matter to Walmart.

"We hold our suppliers to the highest standards and do not tolerate animal mistreatment," said Marquardt. "We are currently engaged with pork suppliers, food safety experts and other organizations to work towards an industry-wide model that is not only respectful of farmers and animals, but also meets our customers' expectations for quality and animal safety,"

For Walmart customer Kathy Lam, this issue is very important. She said the way animals are treated matters more than the price paid at the store for pork.

"If they can't treat them no better than that, then they shouldn't even be allowed to sell pork," said Lam. "If I go to eat it, it would remind me of what I have done and it would just upset me, upset me badly."

Therefore, she said she will not shop at Walmart until she sees some changes.

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