Top Headlines on WHSV.com May 24

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

These are the most viewed headlines on WHSV.com for May 24. Stories with available video will have a link in the headline.

I-5 Bridge Collapses in NW Wash.; People in Water

Reporter: National AP

 

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Patrol says the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River at Mount Vernon has collapsed, dumping vehicles and people into the water.

Trooper Mark Francis said the four-lane bridge collapsed about 7 p.m.

Francis says he has no idea how many people are in the water or whether there are any injuries or deaths.

He did not know what caused the collapse.

 

New Restaurant Opens in Old Shoney's Location

Reporter: WHSV News Staff

 

STAUNTON -- Nearly a month, several Shoney's locations in the area closed their doors to the public.

A new restaurant, Hometown Grill and Buffet, reopened those same doors in the Staunton location.

Hometown Grill and Buffet is a restaurant that serves similar food to Shoney's. The new restaurant is owned by two former Shoney's employees and they rehired most of the staff that had worked for Shoney's.

Wednesday was the grand opening for the new restaurant and the owners were glad that the community came out to support them.

“We didn't do a lot of advertising, so they took what we said a few weeks ago about when we were going to open. They remembered it and they came. I did some Facebooking and a lot of people came out to support us,” said Belinda Shrewsbury, an owner of Hometown Grill and Buffet.

Shrewsbury was thankful for all the previous owner did to help. She said they couldn't have opened as fast as they did without it.

 

New Candy Contains Marijuana Chemical

Reporter: Garrett Wymer

 

HARRISONBURG -- THC is the chemical that gives marijuana its potency and now it's in a candy called, “Cheeba Chews.”

Unwrapping one may not be the same as smoking pot, but health experts say the effects are.

“People usually report hearing music clearer, seeing colors brighter. Some people can focus better,” said Kelly Sharpes a substance abuse counselor at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.

Cheeba Chews is a Colorado-based company. It calls the chews "medicine" to relieve pain for medical marijuana patients, but the hash in the taffy makes it a powerful piece of candy and a powerful temptation for teens.

“It's very subtle. It seems to do no harm to most people, until you've used for quite a time, and the THC begins to accumulate,” said Sharpes.

Sharpes said when a person ingests marijuana instead of smoking it, he or she gets the drug's full effect.

“You don't get a rush or a quick high. It comes on slow, and lasts long.”

He wanted to warn people, especially kids, to stay away.

“I've referred to it as the 'frog in the kettle' drug. The whole analogy of putting a frog in cold water on the stove, and he won't jump out. If you gradually heat the water up, he'll stay in there until the boiling point and die. THC is sort of like that,” said Sharpes.

A WHSV reporter spoke with law enforcement on the phone. A representative said Cheeba Chews are illegal in Virginia and that the chews are not a problem here in the Valley.

 

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