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Raccoon tests positive for rabies in Newport News neighborhood

Newport News, Va. – A resident is being treated after coming into contact with a raccoon that tested positive for rabies in the Newmarket area of Newport News.

Officials say the resident was exposed in the area between Briarfield Road and Mercury Blvd.

The victim told authorities that the raccoon appeared sick and the animal was submitted for testing.

If you have been exposed, you are asked to call the Health Department at (757) 594-7340. After hours, please contact local Animal Control at (757) 595-7387.

Jefferson Lab to test tornado warning siren on Friday

Tornado in Accomack County, photo by John AnnisNewport News, Va. – The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility will conduct a test of its tornado warning siren at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 10, 2013.

Depending on weather conditions at the time of the test, the siren could be heard by anyone within a 1.5-mile radius of the lab.

The test will be carried out over a period that could last from 30 seconds to three minutes. The test will be of the wavering tone (also called high-low-high or 10-4-10).

Jefferson Lab uses the siren to quickly alert members of the lab community who are working outdoors to “take cover” in the event of tornadoes and tornado warnings in the immediate vicinity of the lab.

Four without a home after Newport News fire

Newport News, Va. – Four people are now without a home, officials say, after a morning house fire in Newport News.

On Thursday, May 9, at 2:40 a.m., the Newport News 911 Center received notification of a house fire in the 1000 Block of 24th Street in the East End community of Newport News.

Fire crews arrived three minutes later, to find flames coming out of the one-story home.

Crews quickly began searching the home and attacking the fire. Crews were able to bring the fire under control within sixteen minutes.

Most of the fire damage to the home was contained to a bedroom, but there is smoke damage throughout the home. The preliminary estimate for the damage is around $30,000.

The home is being condemned – displacing four adults. The Red Cross is being called to assist the displaced residents.
No injuries to residents or fire personnel are being reported.

Denbigh High School placed on lockdown after gun found

Newport News, Va. – A Denbigh High School student notified a security officer that another student brought a gun to school on Wednesday.

The school was placed on lockdown, according to Michelle Price with Newport News Public Schools, and the student believed to have the gun was obtained.

That student was searched, and the gun was not found in his possession.

School security officials had enough information to know that the student may have planted the gun somewhere, Price says.

Officers searched the school and found the gun ouside on the school grounds in a bush on the edge of the school property.

The student has been taken out of school and recommended for expulsion.

The gun was an inoperable airsoft pistol that resembled a real pistol.

It was inoperable because there was a piece missing that was needed in order to shoot it. It’s similar to a BB gun, but shoots plastic pellets, officials say.

Annual Newport News Police march, ceremony this week

Newport News, Va. – The Newport News Police Department will hold its annual Police Memorial March and Ceremony on Friday, May 10, 2013.

The event will begin with a memorial march from Washington Avenue and 30th Street at noon and proceed down Washington Avenue to City Hall.

Participants in the march include city officials, the Newport News Police Pipe Band, Newport News sworn officers, civilian employees and volunteers, and the Newport News Sheriff’s Department.

Other city departments, along with law enforcement agencies from neighboring jurisdictions, have also been invited to participate. The community is invited to participate in the march and to attend the ceremony to remember those officers who gave their lives while protecting the city and to show their support for those officers who continue to fight the war on crime today.

1980 Newport News abduction investigation still ongoing

Newport News, Va. – It’s been more than 30 years since a mystery woman stole Newport News baby David Blockett from his mother’s arms.

For years, the case had grown cold until a 2011 NewsChannel 3 investigation prompted Newport News police and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to renew their efforts to find David Blockett.

On December 11, 1980, a so-called Marie Kelley claiming to be a social worker, showed up at teenage mother Vanessa Blockett’s door.  She convinced the teen mom to let her take her two-week-old son David and two-year-old son Frederick to a Christmas party.  Frederick was found that same day, but the woman and David slipped away forever.