Top 3 Headlines on WHSV.com August 27

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Waynesboro Police Arrest Woman in Church Break-in Investigation

WAYNESBORO -- Police arrested a woman in connection with a break-in August 12 at Waynesboro Mennonite Church.

Sarah Kay Drenning, 31, is charged with willingly or maliciously destroying church property and trespassing on church property at night.

She also faces a charge of possession of bath salts, stemming from an incident on April 30. Drenning is free on a personal recognizance bond.

 

The Commons Becomes a Gated Community

Reporter: David Coy

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- One Valley apartment complex is putting the finishing touches on a fence.

It's in response to crime in the neighborhood. The Commons Apartment Complex recently installed a fence around the complex to make it a gated community.

People living there will have to type in a pin number to open the gates when they are closed. People living at the complex hope the fence will help do away with crime.

"I like it because it is more safe for us and none of that stuff will probably never happen again. But you never know," said Commons resident Colin Tyme.

Monday night was the first time the gates closed.

 

Harrisonburg Police Holds No Tolerance Weekends

Reporter: David Coy

HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV) -- Last weekend police increased its security to make sure you're safe.

Officers started something called a, 'no tolerance weekend'.

Harrisonburg Police said last weekend was quieter than years past. They said they aren't sure why but they would like it to stay this way.

Michael Smith is just one of many students who moved in to James Madison University last weekend. He said he didn't see much happen this weekend.

"I mostly just hung out with friends and stuff. I made a lot of friends through marching band so we chilled in the night time," said Smith.

Smith said some places close to campus were packed with people.

"Some of the frat houses looked like there were some big parties going on. But not like I was there. I was just walking to downtown," said Smith.

Last weekend was a no tolerance weekend for Harrisonburg Police. It will continue every weekend until police decide otherwise. Police said the first weekend was slow.

"We didn't write as many alcohol or criminal charges as we did in years past. We wrote approximately 50 charges this year, just did the count. Last year was probably double that," said Harrisonburg Police Corporal Phillip Wonderley.

Cpl. Wonderley said he's not sure why the numbers are down compared to last year.

"Maybe the education side. We have been out knocking on doors, having the bike units and crime prevention units. Could be a variety of reasons, there's new college housing in the county. There's other places where the students are out at," said Wonderley.

Smith said things may get a bit louder this weekend. "I feel like now that people are gonna be here a week or two they are really going to feel comfortable with JMU. People who want to party are going to go out more this weekend. Especially if they are just getting used to JMU," said Smith.

Harrisonburg Police will have a command center set up once again on Port Republic Road and Devon Lane.

They are going to continue the no tolerance weekend this Friday night.

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