Top Headlines on May 22

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

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Supervisor Talks About Harrisonburg Police Department Award Winner

Reporter: Carly Stephenson

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- For the first time, the Harrisonburg Police Foundation honored four police officers with awards.

It hits a personal note for Sergeant Jason Kidd, who has worked with Investigator Christopher Watson, one of the winners, for ten years.

Overall, the police foundation got 36 nominations, which came from fellow officers.

Watson won the Police Officer of the Year award and has been with the department for 11 years.

Other awards include Supervisor of the year and Recruit of the year.

Watson works in the investigative unit and Kidd said he's one of the people who's dedicated to his job.

"Above all is his work ethic and his integrity, he's a great guy, a personal friend and just the quality of the work he does is excellent. Just as an example his memory, to remember cases, I mean he can remember faces and names of the folks he's dealt with ten years ago and is able to talk in detail about incidences he recalls from a decade ago," said Sgt. Kidd.

In Harrisonburg, the department is focusing on implementing the geographical police strategy.

Kidd said that means they're focusing police presence in areas that truly need it.

The Police Foundation hopes to continue the new awards tradition every year.

FBI: Man Fatally Shot in Boston Bombing Probe

Reporter: National AP


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The FBI is leaving open the question of who fired the fatal shot that killed a man being questioned by authorities in the Boston bombing probe.

The bureau initially said that an FBI agent fired the fatal shot when the man being interviewed, Ibragim Todashev, initiated a violent confrontation.

Subsequently, the FBI issued an updated statement that did not specify who shot Todashev. The updated statement said that other law enforcement personnel participating in the interview included two Massachusetts State Police troopers.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI says a man being questioned by authorities in the Boston bombing probe was fatally shot when he initiated a violent confrontation.

The shooting incident early Wednesday took place in Orlando, Fla., where an FBI agent along with other law enforcement personnel were interviewing the man, identified by the FBI as Ibragim Todashev.

In a statement, FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said the FBI agent acted on an imminent threat and shot the interview subject.

Todashev was killed and the FBI agent was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

An FBI team was dispatched from Washington to review the shooting, a standard step that is taken in such incidents.


Company to Install Solar Panels on Low Income Housing in Harrisonburg

Reporter: Carly Stephenson


HARRISONBURG, Va. -- For the first time in Virginia, people in a low income housing apartment building will be using solar energy for their utilities.

Secure Futures, a company in Staunton, has signed a 20 year solar services agreement with the Harrisonburg Housing Authority.

CEO Doctor Tony Smith said people with the housing authority approached him with plans for solar panels on the roof of that building.

Dr. Smith said it will be a way to save apartment residents and taxpayers money.

Thirty percent of the project is funded by federal tax credits and according to Dr. Smith, none of it is through state credits.

The company has installed other projects, including panels at Eastern Mennonite University.

The solar panels will be installed by September on North Main Street at the Polly Lineweaver apartment building.

There are 60 units in the building and the panels will be a total of 34 kilowatts.

Dr. Smith said the installment will offset the electric usage by almost 6 % every year.

"The public housing authority is very dependent on taxpayer funds so this is some small way in which we can contribute to reducing the burdenance of government, also creating more affordable housing with the housing authority," said Dr. Smith.

The Harrisonburg Housing Authority will prepay 85 % of the solar services for $78,000.

According to Secure Futures, the project will save $135,000 in electricity costs in 35 years.


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