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Supporters ventured out to the 2013 Making Strides of Peninsula walk in Newport News

Newport News, Va. – Walkers and supporters alike braved the dreary weather today in support of breast cancer awareness.

With over 80 teams participating and over 1,000 participants, local organizers in conjunction with the American Cancer Society’s, hosted the 2013 Making Strides  of Peninsula, Va.

The 5k walk took place in Newport News on a charted course through the beautiful Mariner’s Museum.  During the 3.1 mile trek, walkers were able to listen to the sounds of the Annie-Wade Band while crossing such landmarks as the Lion’s Bridge which overlooks the James River.

Walkers and supporters were also able to take part in fun-filled activities such as prize drawings, an aerial “human pink ribbon” picture, and much more!

According to organizers of the 2013 Making Strides of Peninsula VA Walk, the event was able to raise $109,581.77.

Update: EBT system outage resolved

Update: Xerox released a statement addressing Saturday’s EBT system outage: “Beneficiary access to programs such as SNAP, TANF, and other programs has been restored to the 17 States where Xerox provides EBT service. Re-starting the EBT system required time to ensure service was back at full functionality. Beneficiaries who required immediate access to their benefits could work with their local merchants who could activate an emergency voucher process where available. We appreciate our clients’ patience while we resolved this issue and apologize for any inconvenience. We realize that access to these benefits is important to families in the states we serve. We continue to investigate the cause of the issue so we can take steps to ensure a similar interruption does not re-occur.”

(CNN) – A computer failure halted the processing of food stamp purchases in parts of the country Saturday, a Xerox spokeswoman confirmed.

Update: Victim and suspect identified from shooting at a party in Newport News

Newport News, Virginia – According to officials, Newport News officers working extra duty at the Magnuson Hotel heard gunshots in the parking lot around 2:00am and immediately began searching for victims.

Two men with gunshot wounds were located in the parking lot, both 23 years-old and from Hampton.

One man was shot to death and two others injured after an altercation at a party inside the Magnuson Hotel on Omni Boulevard in Newport News Saturday.

According to police, the deceased victim has been identified as Victor Rasheem Russell. The suspect in this shooting investigation is 24 year old, Matthew O’Neil Allen.

Allen has been charged with one count of murder and malicious wounding and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felon.

Allen was treated at a local hospital for injuries to his face and head. He is in the custody of the Newport News City Jail.

Newport News garbage truck destroyed by fire, driver injured

Newport News, Va. – A worker had to be taken to the hospital and a garbage truck was destroyed after flames engulfed the vehicle in Newport News on Thursday.

This happened in the 300 block of Ilene Drive in the Denbigh section of the city.

Calls came in about the incident at around 12:49 p.m. and when crews arrived on the scene, they say the truck was fully engulfed.

The driver of the garbage truck was emptying trash cans when flames started coming from the engine.

Officials say the flames spread quickly and the driver suffered minor burn injuries. He was taken to Riverside Regional Hospital for treatment.

More units responded to the scene and they placed absorbent pads on the road to stop oil from the truck from entering storm drains. Workers from the Solid Waste Division also arrived to help clean up.

Officials say they conducted a preliminary investigation and an unspecified mechanical failure in the engine caused the fire.

Dramatic attempted robbery caught on surveillance video

Newport News, Va. – Newport News police say 18-year-old Lonell Boddie is the gunman behind a dramatic attempted robbery in this surveillance video.

Police say he is one of the men who walked into the Speedy Mart on Jefferson Avenue and 19th Street.

Investigators say Boddie pulled a gun on the two clerks behind the counter demanding cash. One of the clerks grabbed the gun.

In the video, you can see the two wrestling with the gun as the clerk grabs the suspect’s arm.

What you can’t see is the gun actually fired off a shot, and the bullet just barely missed the clerk.

“With the shot going off and the close proximity of the struggle of the weapon, someone could have easily gotten hurt from that,” says MPD Russell Sutton with the Newport News Police Department.

During the scuffle, the gun fell behind the counter and the suspects ran. The clerk grabbed the gun and followed them with it.

Newport News man accused of sexually abusing little girl

Newport News, Va. – A 26-year-old Newport News man has been charged after police say he sexually abused a 12-year-old girl.

The girl, who was 11 at the time of the alleged abuse, told a teacher that a family friend touched her inappropriately over the summer.

Police say they conducted an investigation and they found that between May and July of 2013, Cornelius Overby of Heritage Way visited the girl’s home, went into her bedroom, exposed himself and inappropriately touched her.

He turned himself in to police on October 6th.

He has been charged with sodomy, object sexual penetration, aggravated sexual battery, and indecent liberties with a child under 15.

We’ll continue to update this story as we learn more information.

UPDATE: Two injured during attempted robbery in Newport News

Newport News, Va. – Police say two people were injured during an attempted robbery Saturday night in Newport News.

It happened outside of Speedy Mart, located on Jefferson Avenue, around 7 p.m.

Police say units responded to the scene around 7:15 p.m. in reference to a shooting. Officers found two people injured; a 52-year-old Newport News woman and a 58-year-old Newport News man.

The investigation showed the man was the victim of a robbery. The man was approached outside of the store by a young man wearing a dark grey or black hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, and a black and white bandana partially covering his face.

Police say the suspect demanded money, and the victim complied. During the robbery, the victim attempted to get away by moving toward the front door of the business.

The suspect fired a gunshot, which shattered the door glass, and entered the business.