Top Headlines Feb. 20

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

These are the most popular headlines on for Feb. 20th.

Driver Hits Man in Crosswalk, Sends Man to Hospital


HARRISONBURG-- A man was hit by a car on Tuesday night as he was crossing Cantrell Ave. near Main St., according to Harrisonburg Police.

The man, identified as Daniel Holland, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to RMH.

The driver, Dale Simmons of Linville, Va., was turning off of Main St. onto Cantrell Ave. when his car hit Holland, who was in the crosswalk. Simmons was charged with failure to yield right of way to a pedestrian. 


Former Va. Inmate Portrayed Self as Millionaire


DANVILLE, Va. (AP) -- A former state prison inmate in Virginia who portrayed himself as a millionaire was able to persuade people to send him money and an auto dealer to give a new vehicle to a friend.

Now 59-year-old Stanley Paul Tatum faces 41 months in a federal prison on mail fraud. The government announced Tatum's sentencing Tuesday in federal court in Danville.

Tatum conducted his fraudulent transactions while an inmate at Green Rock Correctional Center in Chatham during 2008 and 2009. Prosecutors said he told his victims that he was a millionaire and convinced them to send him U.S. Postal Service money orders. He also conned a national insurance company to create eight policies for several vehicles.

All told, Tatum's prison scams resulted in the loss of more than $33,000.


Superintendent Proposes Staff Pay Raises


Superintendent Doctor Scott Kizner proposed a two percent pay increase in the budget for fiscal year 2014 to the Harrisonburg school board.

In Fiscal Year 2013, the city schools' budget totaled over $58 million. For 2014, Kizner proposed a budget nearly $59.5 million.

If his proposed budget is approved by the school board, he will ask the city council for $870,000 extra.

He said the extra money comes from deep federal cuts and an increase in health insurance.

In addition, he said he wants to invest in technology, the fine arts academy and the dual immersion program.

Moreover, he wants to give staff a two percent raise that will cost $800,000 dollars and the state has only helped with $250,000.

"Investing in our people is the best thing to do. We can to attract the best people, we want to retain the best teachers because it's really not the superintendent, not the school board who will make the difference will be the people in front of the children," said Kizner.

He said he wants to eliminate some positions of people who retire or leave the school system.

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