Top Headlines Feb. 22

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

These are the most popular headlines on WHSV.com for Feb. 22. The headline links will take you to additional video, when available.

Sheriff's Deputies Are Searching for a Man Wanted on Several Charges

 

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY -- Rockingham County Sheriff's deputies need your help finding a man wanted on several charges.

Ramiro Arcos Garcia, 30, is wanted on 12 counts, including: carjacking, hit and run with personal injury, conspiracy to commit a felony, felonious assault and abduction to extort money for immoral purpose.

If you have any information about Garcia, call the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office with your anonymous tip: 540-574-5050.

 

State Ban Prevents Use of Welfare For Tattoos, Adult Entertainment

 

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- According to the Washington Post, a plan unanimously approved in both the Virginia House and Senate makes it illegal to use welfare benefits at liquor stores, tattoo parlors or for adult entertainment.

James Warsing, who owns TJ's Dermagraphics said that in his 40 years in business, said he has not seen one person try to use welfare benefits through a benefits card.

Warsing said that to his knowledge that seldom happens.

The TANF program provides eligible families with a cash payment every month to help them with their basic needs.

Warsing said no tattoo shop he knows of would accept cash benefits from the Temporary Assitance for Needy Families program.

Some tattoo parlors do accept credit cards, but he only accepts cash.

Warsing's store also operates as one of three authorized tattoo and piercing schools in Virginia.

When training his students, he makes sure to explain what to do in a situation when a customer comes in and isn't being up front about their background.

"It's a great idea but I do know there are individual tattoo studios that do not accept that at all. When I train students to go out I get them to understand that when dealing with this it's very hard to get your money back," said Warsing.

There is a federal law in place that requires states to prevent unauthorized spending of benefits. That includes casinos, entertainment, alcohol, piercings and tattoos.

This measure in Virginia is simply making it official on the state level.

 

 

Backseat Driver in Va. Faces DUI Charge

 

 

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- A backseat passenger in a car that ran off the road and crashed in Bedford County has been charged with driving under the influence.

While rare, a DUI charge filed against a passenger is not unprecedented in Virginia.

The Roanoke Times reports that this incident involved 23-year-old Brandi Snow Williams. She and four others were hospitalized last month after their vehicle ran off Virginia 24 and flipped.

The Roanoke woman was charged with misdemeanor DUI and reckless driving after a passenger said she grabbed the steering wheel, causing the crash.

Ten years ago, the Court of Appeals of Virginia upheld a guilty verdict of a man who grabbed the wheel of a relative's car while he was drunk.

 

 

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