Top 3 Headlines on WHSV.com October 18

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Deputies Still Searching for Criminal Solicitors

Reporter: Estephany Escobar

SHENANDOAH COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office needs your help.

Be on the lookout for two unlicensed solicitors who are targeting the elderly.

They have struck New Market, Fort Valley and Mount Jackson.

Deputies said once they are at your door they ask to come in and when you're distracted, they steal prescription pills, money and other valuables.

Deputies arrested James Sausman, Mark Smith and Donna Minch Wednesday for soliciting without a license.

In Shenandoah County, you need a permit if you want to solicit.

The sheriff's office said it is still looking for other suspects in the robberies.

The sheriff recommends you to not let anyone into your home you don't know.

You also should check for a solicitor's permit before talking to them.

If you notice anything like this happening in your area, you can contact the sheriff's office.

 

Waynesboro Police Warn of Bear Incidents

MEDIA RELEASE FROM WAYNESBORO POLICE

October 17, 2013

Over the past several weeks the Waynesboro Emergency Operations Center has received an extraordinary number of bear sightings and bear related calls for service in various areas of the city.

In some cases bears have gotten into trash, been observed in yards, trees, and reportedly even attempted to enter one residence.

In most of the cases the bears are reported just traveling through an area or property which does not generally require a police response due to their being no threat to persons or property. In some cases; however, due to the proximity of humans or domestic animals, as well as damage to property by the bear, officers are dispatched.

Even though the number of calls for bears this year appears to be significantly higher than previous, we always have some calls due to the city’s proximity to their natural habitat, as well as, certain feeding behaviors and the natural curiosity of this animal.

This, coupled with the public’s perception of bears has led us to take this opportunity to make our citizens aware of useful tips or information to minimize the likelihood of human/bear confrontations.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries web site has just such information and interested readers may follow the link below to learn how to prevent and/or handle bear encounters.

 

Dudunia Could Face Deportation

Reporter: Estephany Escobar

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Givi Dudunia, 20, will serve 24 months in prison his role in the murder of Ben Graessle, a Spotswood High School graduate who died after being shot last December.

There was a somber tone in the courtroom on both sides.

Dudinia's mother seemed sad as her son did not say much to the judge.

Graessle's family also seemed nostalgic during the sentencing.

Dudunia will also pay $5,000 for accessory after the fact of a homicide and accessory to using a firearm, charges he pleaded guilty to in August.

Thursday, the judge asked him several times if he understood that this could impact his immigration status.

Dudunia replied, "yes".

The Commonwealth's Attorney, Marsha Garst, said Dudunia pushed Graessle several times setting in motion the incident that led to Graessle's death.

Dudunia said he is not a U.S. citizen yet, but his lawyer said his client is here legally.

"Certainly is now my objective as Commonwealth's Attorney to assure that this criminal Givi Dudunia doesn't stay in the United States after his role of not only Mr. Chaplin, the murderer, but also hiding the murder weapon," said Garst.

She said the sentencing today brings some closure to the family, Garst said it would give them even more closure if Dudunia would be deported.

Dudunia's lawyer said his client plans to remain in the U.S. Dudunia pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement.

"The family agreed to these terms and this brings closure to the family and of course the Commonwealth is pleased with the outcome and believes it has brought justice to Ben Graessle," said Garst.

As the Graessle family left the courtroom, Mrs. Graessle hugged Garst as she closed one part of this tragedy.

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