Top 3 Headlines on WHSV.com June 3

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

These are the most viewed headlines on WHSV.com for June 3. Stories with available video will have a link in the headline.

18 Year Old Arrested on Stabbing Charge

Reporter: WHSV News Staff

STAUNTON -- There is new information about a stabbing that took place during the weekend.

John Lee Alphin, age 18, is in jail after police say he stabbed a man on Third Street at about 12 p.m. Sunday. He's facing felonious assault charges.

According to police, Alphin stabbed another man, but investigators described the injuries as "not bad."

The case is under investigation.

Woman Charged after Collision with Bike on Trail

Reporter: Virginia AP

VIENNA, Va. (AP) -- Police say a 65-year-old bicyclist was struck by a drunken driver on a walking and biking trail in Vienna.

The collision on the W & OD trail occurred around 8:30 Saturday morning. Fairfax County police say a car driven by 28-year-old Mehak Chopra came up behind the bicyclist and hit him. The man was thrown from the bike.

The driver continued into the town of Vienna, where a police officer pulled her over. 

Chopra, who lives in McLean, has been charged with driving while intoxicated and felony hit and run.

Sugar Grove Neighbors Talk About What Could Happen if Base Closes

Reporter: David Coy

SUGAR GROVE, WV -- If nothing is done by mid 2015, the Sugar Grove Navy Information Operations Command Base could close its doors for good, taking a small town with it.

The 58-year-old naval base employs more than military personnel. Civilians also work there. If the the doors shut, that may mean others will follow.

"When you move about 500 people from the economy in any area, it's gonna be crippling," said NIOC Base Commander Bill Kramer.

Ronnie Kimble has owned Foxes Pizza Den for 21 years. He said he may have to take some drastic measures if the base closes.

"I would probably have to lay some people off because it's definitely gonna be a little slower. The Navy is probably on some days not half my business but close."

Mary Rexrode has lived in Brandywine, a neighboring town, for more than a year. She said if jobs are lost then more will follow.

"The teachers here at the Brandywine Elementary... the number of kids would go down and they could possibly lose their jobs," said Rexrode.

She said the base is also involved in community events.

"All the activities on the base, like during Halloween you can go Trick or Treating and go to all the houses. I think maybe all of that would go away too because there would be no base," said Rexrode.

The base also provides other services for nearby towns. The Navy's emergency and fire services provide a helping hand to area volunteer squads. The military is just days away from opening a new fire station on base. 

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin would like to have a plan in place by the end of this year. 

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