Top 3 Headlines on June 20

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

These are the most viewed headlines on for June 20th. Stories with available video will have a link in the headline.

Fallen EMS Hero to be Honored at National Event

Reporter: David Coy

WAYNESBORO -- After passing away a year and a half ago, one fallen Valley emergency responder is being honored at a national event.

The Waynesboro First Aid Crew lost a hero in January 2012. Although he's gone, he's not forgotten.

Timothy Kyle Southern was killed in a car accident on his way to a call. Kyle was a emergency responder for Waynesboro.

"He cared about everybody. He always wanted to be everybody's friend. He never wanted to see anybody hurt or picked on or whatever. He always tried to take somebody under his wing and help them," said Tim Southern, Kyle's father.

Kyle will be honored Sunday by the National EMS Memorial service.

"To us it really makes us feel really good and heart warming to know that someone here in the first aid crew or someone in the community nominated him for such a high honor," said Southern.

Kyle's family received a check from the Waynesboro First Aid Crew to pay for part of the trip to Colorado.

"Not very many other organizations would give you three or $400 towards a trip. So it really means something that they think enough of Kyle to give us that, to go on the trip," said Southern.

Receiving the honor means a lot to the Waynesboro crew. Thomas Stevens was Kyle's friend for 14 years. He said when Kyle died, it hit home.

"For several weeks, it took us to actually realize he was gone. We talk about him all the time, all the crazy things we've done here," said Stevens.

Kyle's family knows he died doing what he loved.

"He really enjoyed it. He loved the winter time here with the first aid crew. He loved the bad storms. He loved being out and about with all the crew people here," said Southern.

Kyle's family will leave on Friday for the ceremony in Colorado Springs. His former co-workers said, Kyle was very fun and loved telling jokes. 

Fire Destroys Family's Home

Reporter: WHSV News Staff

WAYNESBORO-- A fire destroyed a family of three's home on the 500 block of East Side Highway. It happened just after 1 a.m. on Thursday morning.

The Augusta County Sheriff's Office said the whole back of the house caught on fire, and the home is badly damaged.

Three adults lived there. Fire fighters are investigating a cause.

The Red Cross is helping the family find a place to stay.

Missing Inmate Captured in Washington, DC

Reporter: WHSV News Staff


UPDATE: The Virginia State Police says escaped inmate Karan Batra was located in Washington, DC Wednesday evening. The State Police and U.S. Marshall's service took him into custody at 6:45 p.m.

PREVIOUS STORY: The Virginia State Police and Virginia Department of Corrections are searching for an inmate who escaped from custody while on a work-release assignment at about 10 a.m. Wednesday morning in Weyers Cave. The inmate was assigned to a VDOC Work Release crew that was landscaping the grounds of the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in Weyers Cave.

The inmate is Karan Batra, 44, an Asian male. He is 5 feet 5 inches in height and weighs approximately 165 lbs. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and an orange, DOC work shirt. His convictions are for non-violent crimes and he does have connections to Northern Virginia, specifically the Alexandria area.

Anyone with information about Batra is asked to immediate dial #77 on a cell phone or 911 to contact State Police. Though the individual is not considered dangerous, he should not be approached.

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