Top Headlines on April 17

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

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Restaurant Owner Sentenced for Driving Past Stopped School Bus

Reporter: WHSV News Staff

HARRISONBURG –- David Miller, the owner of Dave's Taverna in Harrisonburg, will spend the next year on unsupervised probation according to court documents. Miller's case goes back to February when he drove past a stopped school bus.

Miller was at Rockingham County's General District Court on Tuesday to face two charges.

A judge sentenced Miller to 60 days in jail, but suspended all of it. He also must complete 25 hours of community service and pay a $200 fine.

Day 1 of Rudy Dean Trial: Jury Selection, Witnesses Testify

Reporter: WHSV News Staff

HARRISONBURG -- On Monday, attorneys agreed on the jury in a case that's gotten a lot of attention and the first witnesses took the stand.

Rudy Dean is facing an aggravated malicious wounding charge for shooting Robert Crawford after a road rage incident on January 30, 2012 in Rockingham County. Supporters said he shot the man in self-defense.

Crawford testified in court on Tuesday. He said he felt like Dean followed him in his car and bullied him.

Crawford stopped at his home to check his mail. He said Dean drove by his home, turned around and came back. That's when Crawford said Dean pulled up on his property and wouldn't leave. Crawford said he pulled out a baton, but didn't use it. He did end up hitting Dean with his hands and that's when he said, Dean shot him.

Dean stayed at the scene in his car and called 911.

A medical examiner was expected to testify on Tuesday next.

The trial is expected to last four days.

The week prior to the trial, the Commonwealth's attorney asked to throw out evidence in the case, including pills found in the victims car.

Local Runners Honor Boston Bombings Victims

Reporter: Estephany Escobar

HARRISONBURG,Va.-- A group in the valley dedicated its Tuesday run to those affected by the Boston Bombings.

Nearly 10 runners took a moment of silence and ran a mile silently to reflect on the tragedies.

Shenandoah Valley Track Club member Mike Betts said as runners, they are all connected.

"I'm sure they're not out running today but we will. We will take time out and run with them. Even though they're not with us. We're running with them," said Betts.

He said running in the aftermath of the attacks is a must.

"It's just a further inspiration to go out and be active and to run and to be there for those who can't now," said Betts.

Shenandoah Valley Track Club President Richard Rouzzi said he can't imagine what people in Boston are going through.

"When you're going toward to the finish line and you have something like that happen is like taking part of your life away," said Rouzzi.

He said he will be more vigilant in any upcoming race.

"Overall any race, even the smallest race, if you see anything suspicious or anything like that. We'll all be on high alert," said Rouzzi.

Betts said this tragedy will not stop him from going to any race.

"We're not gonna allow any occurrence,any attack keep us from doing what we love," said Betts.

The Grand Caverns 5K race will also honor the victims of the bombings on Friday.

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