Top Headlines on WHSV.com June 11

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

These are the most viewed headlines today on WHSV.com for June 11th.

Richmond Airport Reopens after Receiving Threat

Reporter: Virginia AP

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Richmond International Airport has reopened its terminal following a threat that prompted an evacuation.

The airport announced the terminal's opening in a posting on Twitter shortly after 9:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Virginia State Police Sgt. Thomas Molnar says the airport received a threatening phone call shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Canine units were brought in to sweep the terminal and the parking decks. The airport says nothing was found during the sweeps.

Molnar says airport workers will resume normal operating procedures.

Most flights were held while the airport was checked. Molnar says five flights were permitted to land, although they were to be held short of the terminal.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified.
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Richmond International Airport has been evacuated due to a threat.

Airport spokesman Troy Bell says a phone call of a threatening nature was received shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday. The airport was then evacuated.

 

No other details were immediately available.

Two Men from Area Arrested for Allegedly Looting Copper in Okla.

Reporter: Virginia AP

MOORE, Okla. --The Moore Police Department said it arrested two men from the area on June 2 for looting from a disaster area.

Steven Daniels from Harrisonburg and Justin Wagner from McGaheysville face misdemeanor charges for allegedly stealing utility wires in the aftermath of a tornado, according to Moore Police.

A Moore Police officer said people usually steal wires for the copper inside.

Harrisonburg Police Department Investigator Mike Spiggle said this is not shocking.

"I was surprised from hearing from hearing from someone in this area traveling all the way. But anytime there is a natural disaster there are going to be people trying to take advantage of the situation and trying to make money on their own," said Spiggle.

Daniels said he was in Oklahoma to buy scrap metal and volunteer. 
He said that they contacted the city to ask what was needed to remove the debris.

He said when they got in town, he saw the devastation. That's when Daniels said his cell phone was lost or stolen.

"They've had issues with people looting down there and that's why they were on the lookout for people looting," said Daniels. ""That wasn't the situation it was a misunderstanding."

However, he said he was charged with trespassing.

Spiggle said people flock to disaster areas especially when there is no one around.

"They probably knew the houses were going to be abandoned it. That the resources as far as the law enforcement and national guard are going to be spread out throughout the area. They were trying to take advantage of the situation," said Spiggle.

Daniels said he was just trying to do business and help.

"Who in their right mind will travel 1,200 miles to steal," said Daniels.

He is the owner of Absolute Recycling and Recovery. The business website lists 155 E. Market street in Broadway as its location. However, WHSV searched confirmed with town government, the address did not exist. When a reporter contacted the company, an employee said the company was located in Roanoke but said he could release an address. Roanoke City said this company did not operate out of Roanoke.

Daniels said the company has a storage facility in Broadway but he does not feel comfortable releasing the address.

Spiggle said copper is good business, especially if you do not have to pay for it.

"If copper is about $3 for number one grade or around that, we will tend to see an increase on the thefts either from construction sites to abandoned residences," said Spiggle.

Daniels and Wagner posted a $10,000 bail and were released from jail on June 3.

According to Spiggle, copper thefts vary in the city of Harrisonburg from year to year.

Morning-After Pill Ruling

Reporter: National AP

NEW YORK (AP) -- The federal government on Monday told a judge it will reverse course and take steps to comply with his order to allow girls of any age to buy emergency contraception without prescriptions.

The Department of Justice, in the latest development in a complex back-and-forth over access to the morning-after pill, notified U.S. District Judge Edward Korman it will submit a plan for compliance. If he approves it, the department will drop its appeal of his April ruling.

According to the department's letter to the judge, the Food and Drug Administration has told the maker of the pills to submit a new drug application with proposed labeling that would permit it to be sold "without a prescription and without age or point-of-sale prescriptions." The FDA said that once it receives the application it "intends to approve it promptly."

Last week, an appeals court dealt the government a setback by saying it would immediately permit unrestricted sales of the two-pill version of the emergency contraception until the appeal was decided. That order was met with praise from advocates for girls' and women's rights and with scorn from social conservatives and other opponents, who argue the drug's availability takes away the rights of parents of girls who could get it without their permission.

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