Top Headlines Feb. 25

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

These are the most viewed headlines on for Feb. 25. Stories with available video will have a headline link.

Elizabeth Smart to Speak at Bridgewater College Monday


BRIDGEWATER, Va. -- Elizabeth Smart, an advocate for legislative change as it relates to child abduction and recovery programs, will be in Bridgewater Monday night.

Smart will tell her story at Bridgewater College at 7:30 p.m. at Cole Hall. Smart's kidnapping made headlines and her recovery and advocacy has led to awareness.

Professor Jeffrey Pierson said they really look for speakers who have overcome adversity.

Pierson wants students to hear Smart's story and see how she triumphumed after a horrific situation.

Smart was kidnapped at 14 and sexually abused by her captors for nine months in 2002. Nine months later, a biker recognized her and she was rescued.

Now 25, she is the president of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation and an ABC News contributor when it comes to abduction cases.

Smart also promotes the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act and the the National Amber Alert.

Pierson said Smart is speaking out more now about her experience because the trial against her captor is over with.

Pierson said the fear of abduction is a fear students and parents can relate to.
"It is every parents' worst nightmare, I mean the idea of somebody coming into your house in the middle of the night and kidnapping your child, it's something that you see on movies but I mean, it's just really scary," Pierson said.

The speech is free and open to the public.

Also on Monday at 5 p.m., WHSV's Bob Corso sits down with Elizabeth Smart for an exclusive interview.


Duck Dynasty Stars Visit The Valley


It's day two of the Western Virginia Sport Show at the Augusta Expo. It's the biggest show like it in the state and is now in its 26th year in the Valley.

The sport show is even more popular this year thanks to a pair of celebrity special guests; Jep and Jessica Robertson from the A&E hit television show Duck Dynasty.

The husband and wife team chose the Western Virginia Sports Show as their only stop on the east coast this year.

They signed autographs and met people from the Valley all day long on Saturday.

"We just heard these people were big fans of the show, so we're excited to be here," said Jep. "We're just a couple of rednecks from Louisiana but we wanted to share that with these good people from Virginia. These people here are super nice. It's really like being home."

The Robertson's will be in the Valley until Sunday to do it all again during the final day of the sport show.


Police Investigate Slayings of Fauquier Couple


FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Police are searching for a person of interest in the slayings of an elderly couple in Fauquier County.

Police tell media outlets that 60-year-old John Wesley Jeffries of Fredericksburg is believed to be armed and dangerous. Jeffries is also wanted in Spotsylvania County on malicious wounding and other charges stemming from an incident in Spotsylvania.

Police say the bodies of 80-year-old Nelson Slack and his 74-year-old wife, Ethel, were found early Sunday in their home on Bunker Hill Road. The couple's vehicle was found Sunday afternoon on Lafayette Boulevard.

Jeffries is listed as a violent offender on the Virginia Sex Offender Registry.




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