Top Headlines March 1

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

These are the most popular headlines on for March 1. Stories with available video will have links in the headline to that video.

Valley Woman Warns of Medicare Card Scam


A good neighbor wants to warn you about a scam phone call. It deals with changes to Medicare, but nothing about it is true.

News 3's Deon Guillory uncovered that this scam has been making its way across the country for the last year and a half. It's coming from someone with a Las Vegas number, but they gambled on the wrong woman.

Reba Simmons received the phone call Wednesday morning. She says a woman called her about a new Medicare card, asking to verify her address and her bank account number.

"She gave me nine numbers and said now, you finish them, and I told her I wasn't giving anybody my number over the telephone. I told her have a nice day and hung up," said Simmons.

Simmons has caller I.D. and wrote down the number. News 3's Deon Guillory called it three times and each time, there was a busy signal.

An internet search of the number shows that it is from Henderson, Nevada, a suburb of Las Vegas.

Several websites show comments from people who got the same call as Reba Simmons.

"It makes me angry," said Simmons.

Beth Bland, the Director of Senior Services for Harrisonburg and Rockingham County says this isn't unusual.

"People target older adults because they see them as a more vulnerable population," said Bland.

Bland works to help seniors avoid scams.

Simmons is trying to do the same.

"I just want everybody to know that it is happening," said Bland.

So you won't roll the dice and have nothing left in your bank account.

If you've received a phone call for a deal or program that may seem fishy, call the Valley Program for Aging Services at 540-568-5688.

If you feel you've been a victim of a scam or someone tried to trick you into one, call News 3's Deon Guillory at 540-433-9191 ext. 115 or you can send him an email:


New Details in Rape Case Involving Two Teenage Boys


HARRISONBURG -- There are new details in a violent rape case involving two 16-year-old boys.

A new motion, signed by the Commonwealth's attorney, called for a mental evaluation of one of the defendants.

Two 16-year-old boys face charges of brutally raping a woman in her apartment in October.

Police said it happened at the victim's home in an apartment complex off Bradley Drive. Investigators said the two teens threatened the victim with a knife and raped her. They also said the teens stole some of her belongings.

The judge decided to try the defendants as adults because the crime is so severe.


Man In Critical Condition After Malicious Wounding Case



HARRISONBURG, Va. -- A suspect in the gas station incident has been charged with attempted first degree murder, along with malicious wounding. The man wounded in the incident is now in critical condition, according to UVA Medical Center employees.

The suspect's name is Andrew Phillip Spitzer and he's from Rockingham county.

Police noticed the victim had several injuries. UVA Medical Center employees said Friday morning that Melvin Campbell of Rockingham County is in critical condition at last check.

Campbell was taken to Rockingham Memorial Hospital and then transferred to UVA Medical Center on Thursday evening.


HARRISONBURG -- A witness said it all happened fast. She said two men were arguing outside of the Royal Gas Station on Market Street. A woman was with them. One of the men got into his truck and ran the over guy over.

Harrisonburg Police Investigator Chris Rush is calling the incident a malicious wounding.

He said when officers arrived, they noticed the victim had multiple injuries. The victim was taken to Rockingham Memorial Hospital, then transferred to University of Virginia Medical Center.

No word on his condition. Investigators have detained the man driving the truck. So far he hasn't been charged. Rush said charges are on the way. Jazzmen Pritt, the witness, saw the whole thing happen.
"The guy who hit him said once or twice, I'll do it again. And then he said something to the woman. Apparently it was his ex girl-friend or something, he said to her, that this isn't over with. When this gets down it's not over with. Soo... it was definitely intense. The guy kept telling me how much pain he was just...I couldn't do anything. But as soon as the responders got there, he was responding but," said Jazzmen Pritt.

Police officers are investigating a malicious wounding case, which occurred on 1700 block of East Market street Thursday evening.

At 5:20 p.m., officers responded to a call of a man being hit by a car. The officers found the man with several injuries when they arrived. That man was taken to Rockingham Memorial Hospital and later transferred to the University of Virginia Medical Center.

The driver of the vehicle was at the scene when the officers arrived. He was detained as part of the investigation. Charges are pending.

Investigators will continue to release information to WHSV as those details become available.

Anyone in the community who has information or was a witness to this incident is asked to contact the Harrisonburg Police Department.

Callers are able to remain anonymous by calling Crime Solvers at 540-574-5050. Tipsters may also text “HPD” plus their tip to CRIMES (274637).




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