Top 3 Headlines on July 5

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HPD Makes Arrest in BB&T Bank Robbery

HARRISONBURG -- The Harrisonburg Police Department arrested a 16 year-old male in connection to Monday's BB&T Bank robbery.

Police charged him with one count of bank robbery Wednesday. He is from Harrisonburg and additional charges are expected. His name and mugshot are not available because he is a minor.

“This successful investigation would not have occurred had it not been for the assistance from the citizens of the City of Harrisonburg. The Harrisonburg Police Department continues to investigate and compare the most recent bank robbery to the one that took place in April at the Bank of America. Investigators will determine if there are similarities and links between these two incidents.” said Lt. Chris Rush, Division Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division.

HPD is encouraging anyone with additional information to contact the Criminal Investigations Division of the Harrisonburg Police Department at 540-437-2640.


Anyone with additional information, who wishes to remain anonymous, is asked to call Crime Solvers at 540-574-5050. Tipsters may also text “HPD” plus the tip to CRIMES (274637).

Mobile Food Trucks get a Boost From Valley Fourth Event

Reporter: David Coy

HARRISONBURG -- Holidays like Independence Day help mobile food trucks boost their business. When your business doesn't have a main location, your business may find it hard to do well.

One of the first things you think of when you hear fair, food seems to always follow.

"Sometimes an event you don't think you do very well at, comes back with phone calls or people wanting to do special events," said Diane Roll, owner of Mama's Caboose.

Roll has had her food truck since 2011. She said being a part of an event or fair helps business.

"What your price points are. You can sell things for a dollar or you can sell things at ten dollars and of course that's going to determine your sales for the day," said Roll.

Food trucks really depend on events like the Valley's Fourth.

Carl Strite owns Strite's Donuts. He said when he sets up shop at events it's really hit or miss.

"We just go where crowds of people are. For us anymore it's becoming part of the rest of the business. We do well at these events and festivals, all in all it's a part of the rest of the business. We're out on the street everyday," said Strite.

Roll said events like the Valley's Fourth help with advertising.


"A lot of times when you do something like this you might walk home and go 'it wasn't as lucrative as I thought' but then down the road somebody who had your food comes back and says 'I really want more of that," said Roll. 

'Black Widow' Narrowly Wins Women's Hot Dog Title

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Black Widow of competitive eating has narrowly defended her title.

Sonya Thomas, of Alexandria, Va., devoured 36 and three-quarters hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win the women's competition at the annual Fourth of July Coney Island event.

The 100-pound Thomas went toe-to-toe with Juliet Lee with a second to spare. Lee ate 36 dogs.

The count was much lower than last year, when Thomas broke her own record by eating 45 hot dogs and buns.

The Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest has been a city tradition for 97 years.


Joey Chestnut is vying for his seventh straight title in the men's competition. His personal best and the record is 68 hot dogs and buns.

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