Top Headlines Feb. 12

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

These are the most popular headlines on WHSV.com for Feb. 12th. Click the links to watch video, if there is any, for each headline.

North Korea Warns of 'Second and Third Measures'

 

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea says its nuclear test was its "first response" to U.S. threats and warns it will continue with unspecified "second and third measures of greater intensity" if the United States maintains its hostility.

The North's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that its nuclear test Tuesday was a "self-defensive measure" that does not violate any international law.

The test is seen as a crucial step toward North Korea's goal of building a bomb small enough to be fitted on a missile capable of striking the United States.

North Korea's test drew immediate condemnation from Washington, the U.N. and others. Even its only major ally, China, voiced opposition.

 

 

Neighbors are Concerned about Speeders

 

 

STAUNTON -- Robertson Street is a quiet road near Bessie Weller Elementary School causing a commotion among the nearby neighbors. Neighbors said it is used as a cut-through for parents to get to a nearby school.

Michelle Wynn lives in the neighborhood and spends a lot of time on the porch at her best friend's house.

"Her grandson is over here daily. He's autistic. Sometimes, he'll wander outside of this gate. We have concerns of people speeding down this street. We have handicapped signs that the city has posted up for Tyler," said Wynn.

Neighbors complain that these signs have no effect on drivers.

"Our main concern is the safety of not just Tyler, but the other kids around this neighborhood."

Sarah Roberson is the administrator to the Sears Hill Community Facebook page, where complaints were just posted last week. Roberson said police have been cooperative and brought a speed monitor onto the road.

"It was there for one day, one day, not even 24 hours," said Roberson.

Wynn said she thinks it should have been in place for at least a week. After checking the monitor, police decided there weren't enough people speeding to put an officer on the road.

"Our definition of something to be concerned about and their definition, doesn't match up."

Wynn thinks they should at least reduce the speed limit.

"Because when I'm driving and I look at my speedometer, to me 25 seems fast on these roads," said Wynn.

With cars parked on both sides of the tight street, you can't see kids in front or behind cars.

So far, these neighbors have been lucky.

"It doesn't take the fear away just because something hasn't happened. And it would be a shame for something to happen in order for some changes to be made."

There are crossing guards on Hampton and Gay streets that report any cars they think could be dangerous.

Roberson said she's talked with members of the school board.She is hoping to expand the school zone to get the speed limit reduced, but she said that could take a long time. 

 

 

Police Make Second Arrest in Credit Card Theft Case

 

 

HARRISONBURG -- Police made two arrests in connection with a credit card theft and forgery case.

On Friday, investigators obtained warrants for two men, Michael Andrew Webb, 20, Churchville, and Joshua Russell Rankin, 35, Staunton, in relation to larceny and theft of credit cards and fraudulent use at department stores.

After a search, police arrested Rankin on Tuesday.

Rankin faces the following charges:

  • Two (2) misdemeanor counts of entering a vehicle with the intent to commit a crime (18.2-147)
  • One (1) felony count of principal in the 2nd degree to grand larceny (18.2-18/18.2-95)
  • Six (6) felony counts of principal in the 2nd degree to credit card larceny (18.2-18/18.2-192)
  • Two (2) felony counts of principal in the 2nd degree to credit card fraud (18.2-18/18.2-195)
  • Three (3) felony counts of principal in the 2nd degree to receiving goods fraudulently (18.2-18/18.2-197)
  • Three (3) felony counts of principal in the 2nd degree to credit card forgery (18.2-18/18.2-193)
  • Two (2) felony counts of principal in the 2nd degree to identity theft (18.2-18/18.2-186.3)
  • Three (3) felony counts of principal in the 2nd degree to money laundering (18.2-18/18.2-246.3)
  • Twenty (20) felony counts of conspiracy to commit a felony (18.2-22)

 

Officers arrested Webb and he is being held at Middle River Regional Jail.

He is charged with the following:

  • Two (2) misdemeanor counts of entering a vehicle with the intent to commit a crime
  • Twenty-one (21) felony counts of conspiracy to commit a felony
  • Two (2) felony counts of grand larceny 
  • Six (6) felony counts of credit card larceny 
  • Two (2) felony counts of credit card fraud
  • Three (3) felony counts of receiving goods fraudulently
  • Three (3) felony counts of credit card forgery
  • Two (2) felony counts of identity theft
  • Thee (3) felony counts of money laundering

 

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