Top Headlines WHSV.com May 21

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

These are the most viewed headlines on WHSV.com for May 21st. Stories with available video will have a link in the headline.

Neighbors Shocked By Post Office Roof Collapse

Reporter: Litsa Pappas 

Neighbors say they've never seen anything like the roof collapse at the Bridgewater Post Office.

Police say a drunk driver hit the building, causing part of the roof to come crashing down.

One neighbor says he had to stop and take a picture of the damage on his way home. He says there are usually people in that area, so he's glad no one was hurt.

"I mean obviously I was just like 'wow I guess the roof fell off," said Roman Leckey. "I'm surprised it wasn't worse to be honest because it looks like it's pretty manageable, it just kinda fell off kinda clean. I don't know, I always thought that if it fell off it would be like disaster."

The post office still opened today as usual. The damage didn't affect customers.

 

Former Police Officer and School Resource Officer Arrested

Reporter: Garrett Wymer

 

STAUNTON -- A former Staunton police officer is in Middle River Regional Jail.

John Nuckolls was arrested on Sunday by his former co-workers. Investigators say Nuckolls was online talking to who he thought was a 14-year-old girl, when in fact, it was a police officer. Police say the conversation turned sexual and Nuckolls arranged to meet the fictitious girl.

When Nuckolls arrived at the meeting place on the south side of the city Sunday night, he met officers instead.

Nuckolls was a police officer until he retired in 2008. He then worked as a resource officer for R.E. Lee High School.

Lisa Klein, the public information officer for the Staunton Police Department, said when an officer does something like this, he or she betrays the badge.

“You can say it's one of our own, but when you do something like this, you are not one of ours. When you betray the badge, that's a terrible thing. There's no room for dirty cops,” said Klein.

Klein said the police department conducts operations like this one on a regular basis. 

Click It or Ticket Campaign More Important After Numerous DUI Arrests

Reporter: Litsa Pappas

 

Sergeant Brian Edwards has been working with the Waynesboro Police Department for 20 years.

In all that time, he says it never gets easier seeing the brutal injuries of people who aren't wearing a seat belt.

"A child can be thrown about a compartment, a driver or front seat passenger, their heads can hit the windshield even at very slow speeds," said Edwards.

Still, he says many people don't buckle up.

"People say that they're safe drivers and they may feel that they don't need to put on a seat belt, they may not need to restrain their children. Those folks shouldn't worry about their own driving, they should worry about the driving of others."

Waynesboro Police just arrested half a dozen drunk drivers in just 24 hours. One of them got caught driving under the influence for the sixth time!

"It's disturbing more than shocking," said Edwards.

He says you chances of surviving a crash are 800 times greater if you buckle up.

"If they're ejected, or the momentum forces them through a windshield, there's a very good chance that they're going to die or suffer some serious injuries," said Edwards.

Serious injuries that for the most part can be prevented from a single click.

It's something officers will be watching for during the next two weeks, especially over Memorial Day weekend.

Plus, Edwards says it can take about five hours to make a DUI arrest, from the time the driver is pulled over to the time the driver is taken to jail.

He says it can waste resources, so make sure you drive carefully.

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