Top 3 Headlines on WHSV.com October 16

These are the most viewed headlines on WHSV.com for October 16. Stories with available video will have a link in the headline.

Shifflett Denied Bond By Judge

Reporter: Carly Stephenson

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The suspect in a high speed car chase was in court Tuesday.

Cecil Shifflett's attorney said his client went to see a neurologist and something was discovered in Shifflett's brain that needs treatment.

The attorney suggested an electronic monitoring system to keep track of Shifflett, but the judge rejected this and Shifflett's bond motion was denied.

Shifflett's fiance Linda Davis was in court and becoming visibly upset in the court room when he was denied bond.

He faces a total of 15 charges, including assault on law enforcement. 

 

New Road Should Be Completed by November

Reporter: Carly Stephenson

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A major construction project in Harrisonburg that was supposed to be completed more than a month ago is still not finished.

The Erickson Avenue - Stone Spring Road connection will connect the east and west sections of Harrisonburg.

Phase three, which will connect South Main and High Streets, was delayed because of a water main break. Harrisonburg Vice Mayor Charlie Chenault said this road should be finished by the beginning of November.

Crews spent time this afternoon laying concrete along the section closest to Pear Street. The new road will accommodate bikers with bike lanes, as well as walkers.

Once it's finished, it will help ease traffic in other parts of the city. Initially, the contractor was so ahead of schedule that the date was moved to September.

"Yes, we did have a major break in a 30 inch water line which had to be repaired. It wasn't anticipated and it wasn't part of the project, but you know, we had to fix something that big. It is important to note though that the contractor is still ahead of schedule," said Chenault.

Once this road is finished, it's supposed to help ease traffic on Port Republic Road and Maryland Avenue. Phase four will be on the other side of Route 42.

The city is applying for a $2.5 million revenue sharing grant for that.

They'd have to match that amount, but Chenault said that grant would help them get most of that phase finished.

 

Police Continue to Investigate String of Break-Ins

Reporter: Anna-Lysa Gayle

PAGE COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- 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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