Top Headlines on WHSV.com May 20

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

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Vineyards Deal With Damage To Grapevines

Reporter: Carly Stephenson

 

MOUNT CRAWFORD, Va. -- With the frost last week, wineries are dealing with damage to grapevines.

Some are dealing with more damage than others, which depends on a number of variables, including land elevation.

Head Winemaker Stephan Heyns at CrossKeys Vineyards said there's not too much you can do.

However, you can use wind machines to minimize possible damage.

Some wineries also spray their vines with potassium or nitrogen before a frost.

The wind propeller mixes the hot and cold air so that the temperature increases around the vines.

The closer the vines are, the more likely they will be spared from frost.

When there's a frost or unknown weather event, winemakers already have reserves on hand from previous years.

"The young vines we definitely had a big loss on that, most of those are gone, of the older vines we've got about 60 % loss on that. So we definitely have some fruit. Luckily the bud break was uneven, so we've got some buds that are still coming out, so we'll still have a little bit more than what we think we are going to have, but we definitely had a big loss," said Heyns.

They'll be looking at the buds over the next few weeks.

The amount of damage depends on the amount of hours that it's below 32 degrees.

Heyns says it's also about the quality of the grapes, which they will determine once they start harvesting in August.

 

Waynesboro Man Arrested In Drug Sting

Reporter: WHSV News Staff

 

Officers with Waynesboro's Police Department arrested a man in connection with a drug sting on Friday, May 17, 2013.

Police arrested Jon Dennis Jackson Jr., 27, at an apartment in the 200 block of South Delphine Ave.

Using a search warrant, the Deparment’s SWAT team raided the apartment and found Jackson with a large amount of marijuana (stored in plastic containers and labeled with different street names), drug distribution paraphernalia and over $3,300 in cash.

Officers arrested Jackson on one felony count of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. He was transported to Middle River Regional Jail where he was released on a $5,000 bond.

 

Two FBI Agents Killed In Training Accident In Virginia

Reporter: Virginia AP

 

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- Two FBI agents have been killed in a training accident in Virginia.

A spokeswoman for the FBI's Norfolk office, Vanessa Torres, said Sunday that the accident occurred Friday afternoon off the Virginia Beach coast.

Torres says the accident is being investigated. She didn't have any further details.

The agents weren't identified.

 

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