Top 3 Headlines on WHSV.com October 10

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Two Arrested After Children Found Locked in U-Haul Truck

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- A Virginia State Police trooper rescued two girls from the back of a U-Haul truck Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday, State Police received a call from someone who saw two visibly upset children being forced into the back of a U-Haul truck parked at the northbound Interstate 81 rest area at the 262 mile marker in Rockingham County.

Upon receiving the call, Trooper I.S. Sargent went to the rest area and found the truck before it left the parking lot.

Sargent approached the male driver of the U-Haul, Khalid L. Sheffield, and learned that indeed two girls, ages 4 and 11, were locked inside the back of the truck.

When Sheffield opened the door to the back of the truck, Sargent saw the two girls inside.

Sheffield had his belongings stored in the back of the truck, along with a makeshift bed and some food for the girls.

Upon further searching, Sargent found marijuana and various nondescript pills.

The U-Haul had been traveling from Alabama to Massachusetts, when it stopped at the rest area.

Sargent took Sheffield, 42, of Stockton, California, and his female passenger, Kathleen M. Duenas, 36, of Birmingham, Alabama, into custody without incident.

They are both being held at the Rockingham County Jail.

Sheffield has been charged with one count of kidnapping by a parent, two counts of child endangerment, two counts of possession of illegal drugs, and two counts of possession of drugs with the intent to distribute.

He is the father of the 11-year-old girl.

Duenas was charged with two counts of child endangerment, two counts of possession of illegal drugs, and two counts of possession of drugs with the intent to distribute.

She is the mother of the 4-year-old girl.

Harrisonburg-Rockingham County Child Protective Services responded to the rest area to take custody of the sisters.

 

Investigating a Strange Waynesboro Law

Reporter: Ryan Tice

WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- An interesting Waynesboro law has reached the attention of the national media.

The law states that a woman cannot drive up Main Street without her husband walking in front of the car waving a red flag.

Several websites recently picked up on this law, but Sgt. Brian Edwards with the Waynesboro Police Department said it was taken off the books 25-30 years ago.

He said the law was passed when cars were starting to gain popularity.

Today, female drivers have nothing to worry about.

"No female driver will be charged driving up main street without a husband or significant other waving a red flag in front of them. Actually that would be quite dangerous. That would be considered playing in the street and being a distraction," said Edwards.

These type of obscure laws are purged from the books every few years.

"The city attorney and city council have gone to great lengths to make sure there are no ridiculous laws on the books, laws that can be unenforceable or they can be enforced the wrong way," said Edwards.

This one is now only an urban legend.

 

 

Police Continue to Investigate String of Break-Ins

Reporter: Anna-Lysa Gayle

Page County, Va. -- The Page County Sheriff's office is still looking for more leads following more than two dozen breaking and entering cases.

Sheriff John Thomas says he and other law enforcement agencies are stepping up patrol across areas that they believe may be targeted by thieves.

This comes after another vehicle was stolen in the area.

"We have mostly received the offer and have accepted it from State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations to use their assets and they are coordinating that with us. We feel like we're getting closer. We have a number of persons of interest," said Sheriff Thomas.

Crime Solvers is still offering a reward up to $1,000 for any information regarding the breaking and entering cases.

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