Top 3 Headlines on WHSV.com December 12

These are the most viewed headlines on WHSV.com for December 12. Stories with available video will have a link in the headline.

House Fire in Fulks Run

FULKS RUN, Va. (WHSV) -- Rockingham County Fire and Rescue said they got a call around 12:45 a.m., from a neighbor who said he heard a man screaming for help.

When crews arrived at the home in the 13000 block of Brocks Gap Road, they found the home engulfed in flames.

The fire was started by a wood stove, according to Rockingham County Fire and Rescue.

The Rockingham County Sheriff said crews saw smoke coming from the chimney, but are not sure if that is the cause.

The man living in the home, said he noticed fire coming from the back of the house.

No was was injured in the fire.

The house is not suitable to live in right now.

The Red Cross is providing the individual with financial assistance to help with meals and clothing, and will continue to coordinate recovery assistance.

He is now staying with family.

 

Determining The Future of Pamela's Secret

Reporter: Amelia Nahmias

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Following up on the sentencing of Pamela's Secrets owner Augustus Julias, the store remains boarded up on South Main Street.

Julias did agree to pay the United States more than $86,000 in cash, so the lot remains in his name and the store front stays.

It's been closed down for more than a year and could stay that way.

Lou Armentrout is the office manager at Leon's Electric, the business directly next door to Pamela's Secrets.

Armentrout's in-laws have lived and worked here since the store opened; Armentrout said there was never a problem.

"Really you didn't hear a lot out of them. There was traffic, but you never saw anything that was unusual. He was a good neighbor," said Armentrout.

She doesn't mind the empty building next door and said it's quiet and she actually uses it as a landmark.

"All I have to say is, do you know where the Pamela's Secrets business is? We're right next door," said Armentrout.

The land still belongs to Julias and in the nine years he's away things could change, but it doesn't make a difference to Armentrout.

"He decides to sell it, and another business moves in, that would be fine. I don't think anybody is going to try and tear it down or anything of the sort," said Armentrout.

Prosecutors could have decided to make Julias forfeit this property to the government because of the criminal activity that took place inside the building.

If Julias does end up losing the property while he's in jail, Armentrout wouldn't mind having a replacement.

"It's pretty quiet. You have the car dealerships and other things up and down this stretch. So, I look forward to another business coming into Harrisonburg," said Armentrout.

The building was never seized by the government, it was just shut down and used as evidence.

With the case over, the property will be treated like any other and will likely be there for years.

  

Amtrak Train Collides With Vehicle in Virginia

WAVERLY, Va. (AP) -- Police say an Amtrak train has collided with a vehicle in Virginia and there are injuries.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Anaya says the accident occurred on Route 40 in Waverly around 6 a.m. Thursday.

Anaya says there are unknown injuries and a medical flight is heading to the scene.

Troopers are investigating the crash.

Anaya says no other information is available.

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