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The massive manhunt for Brian Laundrie is intensifying as a memorial at the final place Gabby Petito posted on Instagram is growing.
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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) - Fans of Long John Silver’s will not have to wait too long for the restaurant to be rebuilt in Staunton. The store was demolished after a fire that damaged the building back in January. But the company says the fast food chain will have a new footprint and aesthetic, and they hope to have it complete by December 20, 2021. Employees of the Staunton Long John Silver’s were able to travel to work at a different location in the meantime or will return to work when the new store is open.
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A young mother of two is fighting for her life in the VCU Health’s Burn Center after her body caught on fire one week ago in a horrible accident. According to Charlie Anne Xavier’s husband, André, she was working on a project at her family’s new brewery when something sparked and everything changed. “As of last week, we were on top of the world. We had businesses, we were doing so good, and that life was taken away in a second,” André said. “An explosion happened and she was engulfed in flames.” Eighty-five percent of Charlie Anne’s body is now covered in third-degree burns. She’s fighting for her life. “Right now, we’re in the scary stage,” André said. “The scary part is the recovery, because it’ll be years, years, years. You have to learn everything from talking to eating to everything.” André says it’s Charlie Anne’s 9-month-old and 4-year old sons who are giving her a reason to fight. “I can’t imagine the pain my wife’s feeling, and that breaks my heart to think about her pain,” André said. The medical bills, André says, are adding up. “I know the millions of dollars,” he said. “That’s for her treatment alone.” Charlie Anne’s friends put together a GoFundMe Page to help alleviate the cost. “She’s just loving and comforting and she’s one of those people that when you meet her, it’s like an instant love for them and that you have an immediate connection. She’s just one of those people that you can just kind of open up to and you feel like you have known her forever,” Jamie Schwartz said. “She is, like, the most devoted wife and the most loyal friend you can imagine,” Elizabeth Maksymonko said. In one day, more than $30,000 has been raised on the page. “It’s been absolutely incredible. I think it’s already been shared over 1,000 times. We’re more than halfway there,” Kiri Berdan said. A testament, André says, to who Charlie Anne is. “She’s beating those odds day by day. I know she’ll come home. I have no doubt,” he said. If you would like to contribute to the GoFundMe Page, click here.
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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) - COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the Shenandoah Valley, and Augusta Health reports increasing mortality rates. As the delta variant takes hold, hospital officials say they don’t have the capacity for the caseload. Since the start of the pandemic, Augusta Health has reported 215 deaths. 23 of those are from the last month, and 11 are from the last week. Augusta Health’s Assistant Vice President of Professional Services Scott Crabtree says they brought their mobile morgue back, but as of Sept. 10, it had never been touched. Now, they’ve had to put it into use, officials report. “Our existing morgue doesn’t have the capability, or the capacity if you will, to receive that number of deceased,” Mary Mannix, Augusta Health President and C.E.O. said. Mannix says deaths are increasing across all age groups. “It’s a very sad situation. We have seen obviously an increase in the number of mortalities, and sadly in all decades of life now. It’s not just mortality associated with people who are older than 65. We’ve lost 20-year-olds,” Mannix said. Mannix says deaths due to COVID-19 are largely preventable. “These deaths could have been prevented if we had a higher vaccination rate in our community. That’s what we find frustrating,” Mannix said. As COVID-19 cases rise, they expect COVID positive patient intake to increase, too. “Our COVID census ranges between 60 and 70. If this surge continues and prevalence continues to rise and if testing positivity rate continues to rise, our projections indicate that our census will go from 70 to somewhere between 90 and 100,” Mannix said. For more information about COVID-19 and Augusta Health, check out their latest update.
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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) - The Augusta County community is still processing news from the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday night. Augusta County Sheriff Donald Smith says three-year-old Khaleesi Cuthriell is presumed to be dead. “We need to figure out what all went wrong and make sure this never happens again in our community,” Smith said. Khaleesi hadn’t been seen since February, and community members are asking how the child disappeared. “This was not the outcome that our community and Augusta County is used to. This is not the outcome that any of us were looking for,” Smith said. Smith says this case has impacted much of the area. “This case is by far one of the worst cases that I’ve seen in my career. It has been extremely hard on my investigators that are assigned the case and that are working it. It’s been extremely hard on the family, and it’s been extremely hard on our community,” Smith said. Smith says their rescue mission has been turned into a recovery mission. He says they determined the girl had died after visiting Candi Royer and Travis Brown’s home earlier this week. “We were executing a search warrant there because Travis Brown and Candi Royer were living at that residence. Khaleesi was staying there as well. That was the last known location where they were,” Smith said. Smith says he’s not able to say what evidence made them draw that conclusion as the investigation as active and ongoing. Investigators say Khaleesi’s mother has been in jail and placed her into care with Royer under a diversionary agreement with social services. WHSV reached out to social services, and they say they can’t discuss specifics because it could jeopardize the integrity of the investigation.
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