Top 3 Headlines on WHSV.com July 31

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Valley Dentist Offering Plan for People Without Insurance

VERONA,Va. -- A Valley dentist is trying to help people who don't have dental insurance.

He is offering a new plan that is designed get people the dental care they need.

It is called Quality Dental Plan and its being offered by Dr. Daniel La Grua. He has offices in both Harrisonburg and Verona.

The plan costs just less than $300 a year for the plan and that includes dental exams, X-rays, and teeth cleanings. Dr. La Grua says around 60 percent of Americans don't have dental insurance and the plan has been popular so far.

"Its been an incredible response. The subscribers to it would be patients without insurance. I think for some people its going to cause them to have a second look to see if its even worth having insurance," says Dr. La Grua from Dental Health Associates.

Any extra family members on the plan is an extra $250 per person.

 

Matthew Comer Testifies Against Jeremy King on Day Two of Trial

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Day two of the Jeremy King trial wrapped up Tuesday. The former Pamela's Secrets employee is in federal court fighting a felony charge of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

Matthew Comer took the stand today, who is another former employee of Pamela's Secrets. After already pleading guilty, he is now testifying against King.

Comer willingly said he and King talked about and used the substance together at the store. Comer said King was the one who made the payments and ordered the bath salts for the store.

The trial is set to continue through the end of the week.

 

Ways to Prevent Smash and Grab Thefts

WAYNESBORO, Va.--Waynesboro Police Department is alerting citizens to protect their valuables after items were stolen from two cars on Monday.

The smash and grabs happened at Ridgeview park in the middle of the day, according to Waynesboro Police. Thieves smashed the windows before stealing the items. In both incidents, the victims left purses visible in the cars.

Sergeant Chris Hilliard said it is more likely to happen if you leave your valuables in plain sight. "Secure your items inside your vehicle. If you have a pocketbook or things of value, maybe iPods, phones or things of that nature, sitting in the open is more enticing for someone to try take those items," said Hilliard.

He said a car break-in can happen in a matter of seconds. Lynn Lunger who lives near the park said this incident is not surprising. "We've had our vehicles broken into and a couple of bikes stolen off of our front porch," said Lunger.

However, she said she left her car unlocked. "It seems more likely around here that people will break into cars. It seems more unusual to have the windows smashed," said Lunger.

To prevent from being a target, Hilliard recommends neighbors to take items with them when parking their car. "If you can't remove them, if you can't take them where you are going, do your best to hide them. If you have an SUV try to use a cover in the back that will cover any valuables there," said Hilliard.

Lunger said this is something she keeps in mind. "As a reminder even if you come into the pool or coming into the store for just a few minutes just to bring in your belongings with you and lock your car," said Lunger.

Hilliard tells me this case is unusual because car break-ins usually happen at night. The last smash and grab before this one was in March. The people responsible for the smash and grab on Monday will face felony charges, if caught.

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