Top 3 Headlines on WHSV.com September 9

These are the most viewed headlines on WHSV.com for September 9th. Stories with available video will have a link in the headline.

State Police, V-DOT Explain Cable Guard Rails After Collision

Reporter: Carly Stephenson

State Police said Maria Simonov-Romero was driving an SUV south on Interstate 81 on Thursday, when her car cross the median and went airborne, into the path of a tractor trailer.

Virginia State Police and the Virginia Department of Transportation are explaining how the cable guard rail affected the collision.

The cable guard rail is relatively new; it was installed in 2009. V-DOT is conducting their own investigation to see how the guard rail played a role. State police revealed it prevented another crash from happening.

The barrier involved is the first of its kind installed in the Commonwealth. The posts, connected by high tension cables, are meant to give more protection to keep vehicles from crossing the median.

The car however went airborne with the tires touching the top of the barrier. After that, First Sergeant Pyanoe said that the barriers did do their job. "As the impact occurred both vehicles went back into the median and the cable barrier actually prevented them from going back into the southbound lanes," said First Sgt. Pyanoe.

V-DOT has crews looking at how the cables performed during the collision. First Sgt. Pyanoe said they are still trying to figure out what caused the crash, whether it was related to distraction or fatigue.

Harrisonburg Police Investigate Church Breaking and Entering

Reporter: Estephany Escobar

HARRISONBURG, Va.-- Harrisonburg police are currently investigating a breaking and entering at the Victory Baptist Church.

According to the pastor, it happened between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Someone smashed one of the window, stealing an unknown amount of money and letter opener. HPD estimates the damage of the window to be nearly $400.

An officer said the first church in this area it was broken into. Neighbor Latekah Marcell said she is surprised it happened close to home. " It actually does make me feel less safe because we live so close to the church so it is scary to know about it. But I think it's a good thing, we do know what happened so we can be aware," said Marcell.

If caught, the suspect could face charges for breaking and entering, larceny and property damage. If you have any information, contact police at 540-434-4436

Neighbors Notice Improvement after New Regulations in Housing Complex

Reporter: Estephany Escobar

HARRISONBURG, Va.-- Neighbors in Harrisonburg notice the noise difference in a housing complex for students in Rockingham county after it implemented new regulations.

Mark Whalen had complained about the noise levels and large parties at Aspen Heights. However, this weekend he noticed the difference.

"It was more like a normal residential community. It was greatly appreciated," Whalen said. "It was a lot more pleasant, the community was quiet, didn't hear loud music until the early hours in the morning, didn't hear people screaming and carrying on, didn't see excess traffic."

Currently, residents will have to follow some new regulations, including they cannot bring in more than two guests into the complex. However, there are exceptions for family members. They are admitted, even if a tenant has two guests already on site.

In addition, tenants will have to check in with security guards every time they come in.

"As crowded as it was getting and loud, the past couple weekends, I could see it getting out of control fast. If they didn't reign it in," said Whalen.

Neighbor Dale Diaz said if every weekend is like this one, the regulations are working. "I was actually surprised they are stringent as they are. My hope is for the students for them to see the consequences of what they've done and maybe things could be relaxed for them a little bit," said Diaz.

Whalen said some of the regulations may have to be changed, if students have concerns about guests and transportation. "Right now it just needs to be monitored. Make sure that the changes that happened this weekend continue for the next few weekends and they don't lose sight of the progress they've made," said Whalen.

Diaz said this issue has made it aware of the issue of not having an ordinance in Rockingham County. She said it affects neighbors living near other noisy complexes and people firing guns.

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