Tuesday night, the Richmond School Board met for its first meeting of the school year.No one mentioned Mayor Dwight Jones comments from earlier in the day when he announced he's forming a finance team with executives from MeadWestvaco, Dominion, and Altria to look at school system finances."This working group will manage and engage in an aggressive review schedule of our financing options for maintenance and construction of public school facilities," said Jones.Last month the school division ... More>>
The principal of Huguenot High School has been placed on administrative leave pending a criminal investigation after being arrested earlier this morning.Tonight, in a closed door meeting, the Richmond City School Board decided to place Jafar Barakat on administrative leave until a criminal investigation can be completed.Sources say that Barakat has been charged with domestic assault.This is a developing story. Stay with 8News for the latest information on this story.Copyright 2014 by Young Br... More>>
Fire crews in Colonial Heights were able to safely put out a house fire in the city late Tuesday evening.According to the department, firefighters responded to the fire in the 3200 block of Bermuda Avenue, just off of East Ellerslie Aveue in the city.Crews were able to get the fire under control and there were no injures from the house.The cause remains unknown at this time.Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond More>>
Richmond Police are on the scene of a possible shooting in the area of Fairfield Court in the city's East End.The area around the 2100 block of Fairfield Court the 1800 block of North 22nd Street is being investigated by law enforcement.This is a developing story. Stay with 8News for the very latest information.Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond More>>
Performer CeeLo Green has deleted his Twitter account after inferring that having sex with a woman who is unconscious is not rape.Green's tweets, which were posted Sunday but have since been deleted, were a reply to several users who were addressing him about a 2012 incident where he was accused of spiking a woman's drink with Ecstasy. The 33-year-old woman claimed Green then took her home and sexually assaulted her.You can see his tweets on the right side of this story.Last Friday, the singe... More>>
BAYTOWN, Tx. (CNN) - It was a normal call for the men of Station 4 in Baytown. At a house one mile away, 65-year-old John McCormick collapsed while mowing his front yard. He had a history of heart trouble and, this time, his heart stopped. EMT and firefighters revived him and followed the ambulance to the hospital. But, then engine driver Luke Bednarek had an idea. They drove back to the house. “We're all fighting over who can push the mower first,” said Lt. J.D. Giles to CNN affiliate KH... More>>
As Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones proposes a reduction in the real estate tax, school leaders are worried it means growing facility needs won't be met.The mayor announced at a news conference Tuesday that he'd like to see the real estate tax reduced from $1.20 per $100 to $1.19. It's would be the first reduction since 2007 and would be the lowest rate in decades. The mayor cited growing development as the reason and the hopes of luring more businesses and residents to the city.This proposal come... More>>
After several incidents of security breaches with Target, P.F. Chang's restaurant, and other retailers, it appears to two other major companies are dealing with breaches of their own.Over the weekend, reports of several high-profile female celebrities' nude photos being leaks made their way through social media. Actresses like “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton were reportedly targeted by the hackers.Kirsten Dunst, who was also a victim of the hacking incident, took to Twitt... More>>
On Saturday the community will come together to live out the dream of a Douglas Freeman High School student who died suddenly from cardiac arrhythmia after completing the Shamrock Half-Marathon in March. Cameron Gallagher had been tirelessly planning the SpeakUp 5K to raise awareness about an issue so close to her heart. More>>
The man charged in connection with the death of a Richmond toddler will return to court on September 10.According to the Virginia Online Courts database, 43-year-old Kevin L. Webb's term hearing was continued until September 10.Webb has been charged with felony murder and child abuse charges after two-year-old O'ustin Spratley died in his care. It was later determined by the medical examiner's office that the boy died of blunt force trauma to the abdomen.He was placed under arrest in late Jul... More>>
A popular Richmond electronic store was targeted by thieves and the Richmond Police are asking the public for leads in the case.Just after 10 a.m. on Saturday August 30, a white male walked into the Capital Mac store in the 1300 block of West Main Street and grabbed four laptops worth approximately $5,000.After grabbing the computers, the man darted into a waiting car being driven by an unknown female.The suspect vehicle is described as a gold-colored, older model Chrysler.Detectives ask anyo... More>>
Richmond Police are asking for the public's help in finding the suspect who robbed an area gas station Monday afternoon. Just after 4:30 p.m., a man walked into the Shell gas station at 6332 Jahnke Road and robbed the business at gunpoint. The man was last seen fleeing the area on foot. Police describe the suspect as a black male, between 20 and 25 years of age, 5'9”, and weighing approximately 150 pounds. Detectives ask anyone with any information about this man's identity to call Richmo... More>>
The Virginia Dept. of Transportation reports that there is currently a 4.5 mile backup on Interstate 295 beginning at Nuckols Road. More>>
Steven Sotloff appeared to be beheaded on the video that emerged Tuesday. More>>
A 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed a shooting range instructor with an Uzi in northern Arizona had said immediately after the shooting that she felt the gun was too much for her and had hurt her shoulder. More>>
Dozens of juveniles escaped a Tennessee detention center Monday, authorities said, with many of the teens still on the run. More>>
Four major U.S. energy companies announced today the formation of a joint venture to build and own the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Tucker the cat may look extraordinarily sad, but she has reason to celebrate: She's found her forever home. More>>
The jury has started deliberating in Bob and Maureen McDonnell's federal corruption trial. More>>
AAA Mid-Atlantic has dubbed the first day back to school as "Terrible Traffic Tuesday" because many more people are expected on the roadways. More>>
Chesterfield County Public Schools has a comprehensive website that provides TONS of information that students and parents need to know to get back to school. More>>
Crews resumed the search Monday morning for a man who jumped overboard into the Pamunkey River Sunday. More>>
This baby isn't even out of the womb yet, but it already is living a cool lifestyle! More>>
Making the transition back to school can be a struggle for any child, but it can be a harder adjustment for kids with autism.
The best time frame for these thunderstorms is from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. More>>
Chicago children will walk past even more guards on their first day of school than last year, when concerns about safety prompted the city to line the streets with 1,200 adults every day. More>>
Reading, writing and arithmetic are going high tech at Chesterfield Middle Schools this year.
Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has a new job as vice chairman and managing director of a global independent investment bank. More>>
Some students in Richmond Public Schools will be returning to buildings in desperate need of repairs. More>>
School starts today for students in Richmond and administrators are still scrambling to hire dozens of teachers. More>>
School starts today for students in Richmond and administrators are still scrambling to hire dozens of teachers. More>>
For several years Clover Hill High School has sat empty, but with a $30 million renovation it's been transformed into a state of the art facility.
The FBI said it is "aware" that someone has leaked nude photos purporting to be pictures of dozens of A-list celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton and is "addressing the matter." More>>
The first human trial for an investigational Ebola vaccine is set to begin this week. More>>
U.S. military forces attacked the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation in Somalia on Monday, the Pentagon said, in a strike a Somali official said targeted the group's fugitive leader. More>>
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is investigating a hunting accident off of Courthouse Road in Dinwiddie County. The call came in around 3:30pm Monday for a 10-year-old who was rushed to the Southside Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries resulting from a shotgun pellet that is used in hunting birds. He sustained injuries to the torso and shoulder. Officials said that the hunting party was shooting dove, since it was the first day of the dove hunting s... More>>
On Friday (August 29) Joseph Lawson, 25 years old of the 5000 block of Meadowlark Court in Richmond, was arrested for two counts of felony child endangerment subsequent to an investigation completed by the Ashland Police Department. The investigation, initiated through information provided by the public and conducted with the assistance of Hanover County Child Protective Services and The Child Advocacy Center in Richmond, concluded that Lawson assaulted a 3 year old child over a several month... More>>
Horace Thompson Owens Jr, 33, is in custody after he escaped from the Culpeper County Jail. More>>
Who defaced a statue of a Civil War general? A resident in the area reached out to 8News to find out who's behind the crime. More>>
"My mama always said you've got to put the past behind you before you can move on." Wiser words were never spoken, Mr. Gump.
A Richmond man who had been missing since Sunday afternoon has been found safe, according to police. More>>
The one item he stressed in his police report was his wife's Canon camera."It just didn't seem fair," he recalls, "because after all that we went through, to lose those, ... More>>
At 9:45 a.m. Monday morning, a Family Dollar store in Petersburg was robbed by a man wielding a gun. More>>
Police found a 2-year-old girl deceased in the back of a closed van in Roanoke Sunday afternoon; they say she was accidentally left there by a parent.
A man is fighting for his life after being shot in Suothside Richmond Sunday night. Police say the incident started with a robbery. More>>
Police are searching for suspects who fired shots into a car stopped at a stoplight on Hull Street Road early Monday morning.
The New Kent Sheriff's Office along with New Kent Fire-Rescue are investigating a possible drowning on the Pamunkey River near Cumberland Road in New Kent County. Witness statements indicate that a male subject was attempting to get his stalled boat back to shore when he jumped from the boat in an apparent effort to swim back to shore. Once in the water the subject went under and did not resurface. 911 was notified at approximately 1:10 p.m. Sunday and the first New Kent Sheriff's Office memb... More>>
HENRICO, Va - Two adults and one child are displaced after an early Sunday morning fire at their home on Taylor's Crossing Court. More>>
The Chesterfield County Police Department is investigating a single-vehicle crash that killed the driver early Saturday morning. The crash occurred in the 6400 block of Jefferson Davis Highway around 1:45 a.m.Police said that a 2002 Ford Taurus was traveling south on Jefferson Davis Highway and left the road striking two power poles. The driver of the Taurus, the only occupant of the vehicle, was transported to MCV Hospital where he was pronounced dead.The identity of the driver is being with... More>>
Henrico police are investigating a shooting from Friday night after shots were fired into a home and vehicle in the 400 block of Winston Street.About 10:40pm a Police Sergeant patrolling the area of Laburnum Ave. and Delmont St. reported that shots were being fired into a residence and a vehicle parked in front of the residence. Police were provided a vehicle description of the suspects which was seen leaving the area.Another Police Sergeant spotted the vehicle traveling near Richmond-Henrico... More>>
Henrico Police have arrested a suspect for arson after crews put out a fire in a bedroom.Henrico County Division of Fire units responded to the 800 block of Nine Mile Rd in Henrico County's East End this evening for the report of a house fire. Units received the call at 11:59 PM. Initial fire attack crews found fire in the rear bedroom of the two story residence. First arriving units were able to keep the fire contained to the original area of origin. The fire was extinguished shortly after a... More>>
(AP) - Chelsea Clinton said Friday she is quitting her job as a reporter at NBC News, citing increased work at the Clinton Foundation and the imminent birth of her first child.Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton's daughter had been working at the network since 2011, sporadically doing feature stories on people or organizations doing public-spirited work. Politico magazine reported earlier this year that NBC was paying her $600,000 a year."I loved watching the 'Making a Difference' stories about r... More>>
A brand new, massive sign will soon welcome you to Carytown!The proposed Carytown Gateway Sign will replace the current one at the corner of Thomson and W Cary St."It''s going to set the tone for Carytown. It's going to bring us up to date. Still feeling that mom and pop mentality, but having a new sign is going to be like 'this is Carytown, you have arrived,'” said Raul Cantu, a member of the Carytown Merchants Association.The sign's arrival is costing the city about $250,000. The money has ... More>>
(ABC News) - For the second time this week, clashes over shrinking legroom on a commercial airplane made tempers so hot that a flight had to be diverted from its intended destination.The two incidents were part of a cluster of flight diversions this week, with the most recent one occurring just hours after two women allegedly consumed mass quantities of duty-free liquor on a plane, prompting a fighter jet escort back to Canada.As planes have become more packed, flight attendants say they have... More>>
(CNN) -- Here's a roundup of five medical studies published this week that might give you new insights into your health, mind and body. Remember, correlation is not causation -- so if a study finds a connection between two things, it doesn't mean that one causes the other.Junk food does more than make you fatWe all know that junk food isn't good for you. There's a reason they call it "junk," right? But a new study suggests that eating food full of chemicals and high in fat, sodium and sugar m... More>>
Back to school, means back to sharing the roads with big, yellow buses and it's important to do that safely.8News asked a couple of school bus drivers what advice they wanted to give motorists.When Henrico County Schools bus driver Jim Brogan is behind the wheel, he's focused on the road, but, unfortunately, Brogan shares that road with distracted drivers."I've seen them doing makeup. I've seen them riding with their knees, reading the newspaper and they're just not paying attention," says Br... More>>
A California high school teacher is back for the new school year despite allegedly posting a series of social media messages in which she vented this summer about wanting to stab her students, once complaining they "make my trigger finger itchy.""I already wanna stab some kids. Is that bad? 19 more days," reads another August tweet from the account reportedly belonging to Krista Arata Hodges, a history teacher at Newark Memorial High School.The school issued Hodges, 39, a written reprimand, A... More>>
Students and teachers at Virginia Commonwealth University are worried after the school announces more than $20 million in budget cuts.This comes after Governor McAuliffe told all state agencies, including colleges and universities, to make cuts to meet an $880 million budget shortfall.VCU sophomore Andres Rodriguez says the budget cuts are a hot topic on campus, especially among his professors."They might have layoffs and I guess that would be a really significant change because some good pro... More>>
As students head back to school, there's a long list of vaccinations kids are required to have but 8News Investigator Kerri O'Brien has learned some parents are choosing to opt out.Richmond mom Kristen Konate is one of them. Her six-year-old son Souleyman has autism. She says he began to regress shortly after he was vaccinated. She believes the vaccinations led to the autism."I believe they played a part, I can't say for sure but I think they played a part," said Konate.Now, she's not taking ... More>>
If you have a disability, regular exercise can be some of the best therapy out there, but getting in a good workout is not always possible. A new partnership between the Greater Richmond YMCA and Sportable aims to change accessibility. More>>
Prince William County Police are asking for the public's help in finding a sexual assault suspect.Detectives are searching for 23-year-old Juan Carlos Lopez Ramirez, also known as “Noah,” in connection to the sexual assault of a woman on August 27 in the county.On Wednesday, between 9:45 PM and 10:00 PM the victim, a 19 year old woman was walking in the area of Route 29 (Lee Highway) and Gainesville Square Shopping Center when a man approached her from behind and pushed her down an embankment... More>>
When school opens on Tuesday, more than 600 students in chesterfield county will be taking vocational classes at the brand new career and technical center on Hull Street. More>>
Henrico Police are searching for two coupled who made off with a diamond wedding ring set that is worth several thousand dollars from a local mall.According to police, the ring set was stolen from the Diamond Concepts store in Virginia Center Commons on Brook Road last Friday afternoon.Police said that one couple, a male and female, distracted a store employee while a second couple looked at jewelry and stole a ring set while a second store employee was distracted.Henrico County Police is see... More>>
An accident on Interstate 95 Southbound in Chesterfield is bringing traffic to a slow crawl. The incident, which is just south of Route 288, is causing nearly four miles of delays. According to authorities, a car being hauled on a trailer disconnected and then overturned. There was no one inside the car at the time of the crash. The right and center lanes of I-95 south are closed. More>>
As Carytown continues to grow into a small business center and go-to destination for both residents and out-of-towners, a new idea is being proposed to further enhance the visual appeal of the area.A rendering has surfaced for a new lighted sign that would replace the sign that currently exists at the intersection of Cary and Thompson streets.According to the Richmond Mayor's office, the sign will cost, including landscaping, lighting, and electrical work, approximately $250,000.There is alre... More>>
The Virginia Zoo in Norfolk is welcoming a new baby "screaming hairy armadillo" to their family. More>>
When one mother decided to break the good news that she was pregnant to her two young children, she got a much different reaction. More>>
The British government today raised the threat level for international terrorism to “severe,” indicating a terrorist attack is “highly likely” but, based on intelligence, not necessarily “imminent.” More>>
Closing arguments are scheduled in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. More>>
A home in the U.K. was invaded by a monstrous colony of wasps, and the infestation was like a scene out of a 1960s Hitchcock movie. More>>
Massachusetts National Guard officials confirmed the grim news that the pilot of a F-15 Eagle that crashed Wednesday morning has died.
Cyrano is a sweet Miniature Pinscher who came all the way from the Richmond SPCA to join us Friday in the 8News studio.
Dominion Virginia Power says that more than 5,000 are without power this morning in the Colonial Heights and Petersburg area. More>>
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A federal lawsuit filed Thursday alleges that police in Ferguson and St. Louis County used excessive force and falsely arrested innocent bystanders amid attempts to quell widespread unrest after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. More>>
The Virginia NAACP Youth & College Division, along with Hands Up, Don't Shoot Virginia announced that they will host a "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" Prayer Vigil, March & Rally in honor of Michael Brown, the unarmed Ferguson teen who was shot and killed by police.
With no crossing guard in sight, one retired Marine made it his duty to help children at a Pennsylvania elementary school cross the street. More>>
After years of disrepair John Marshall High School has broken ground on a new football field.
Police in Colorado are searching for the 911 caller who brought SWAT teams swarming an unsuspecting video game player in a dangerous hoax called “swatting.” More>>
U.S. scientists will begin testing an Ebola vaccine in humans next week, health officials announced today.
The prospect of another economically and politically crippling government shutdown looms over President Obama's talk of taking executive action on immigration next month and Republican threats to thwart him by blocking certain funding measures. More>>
Good looking Labor Day weekend ahead, getting hotter through the weekend, afternoon t-storms possible Sunday-Monday. More>>
A record number of Virginians are expected to hit the road for the unofficial last weekend of summer.Nearly one million of us will travel 50 miles or more over the next four days.“We're heading to Williamsburg to hang out with some friends,” said Hugh Watts, who's traveling to Willamsburg for Labor Day.He and his family have waited all summer for this weekend.“Schools about to start back up so we wanna get the last hurrah before we get back in the rhythm of work and school,” said Watts.They'r... More>>
Why use a napkin when you can use finger naps?Finger naps, a product from South Korea, are "the world's first hygienic finger gloves" according to the company web site. The condom-like plastic naps promise to protect your thumb and index finger from oily foods like pizza, fried chicken, burgers and donuts.It is unclear why a person so concerned with cleanliness that they would use finger naps would not instead choose to use more widely available plastic gloves.An obvious food situation where ... More>>
LEBANON, Oh. (CNN) – As recent headlines this summer have been dominated with stories of children being left inside hot cars, an Ohio bus driver has resigned from her job after she allegedly forced a group of elementary school students to sit with the windows up on a bus in 90-degree weather.Police told CNN affiliate WLWT that the driver, who remains unidentified, picked up a group of children at an elementary school and, during the ride, the bus driver pulled over and forced the kids to sit ... More>>
A warning from the Internal Revenue Service: Criminals are calling taxpayers, saying they are from the IRS and telling them they owe money. Experts say there are ways you can prevent being caught up in this scam. The unnamed crooks are demanding people pay up immediately or get arrested. The number may even look like it is from the IRS on caller ID but it is a scam plan and simple says Tom Gallagher with the Better Business Bureau. "The IRS doesn't call anybody," Gallagher said. "They are t... More>>
The Valentine Richmond History Center has announced winners of the 2014 History Makers Awards. This year "Miss Community" Clovia Lawrence, Richmond Cycling Corps, Dorothy Gallimore of the Coal Pit Learning Center, Caritas and Bob Argabright are being recognized for their work to make our region a better place. More>>
(CNN) -- Apple has set Sept. 9 as the date for a big announcement.What will the company unveil?"Wish we could say more," reads an invitation sent to media members on Thursday.Multiple reports over the past few months have suggested that Apple plans to roll out two versions of an iPhone 6 this year, with screens that are 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, when measured diagonally.That would be a massive leap from the iPhone 5S and 5C's 4-inch screens and an apparent move to battle competitors like Sam... More>>
NEW YORK, Ny. (ABC News) - Joan Rivers was rushed to a New York City hospital in critical condition today after an emergency call that she was in cardiac arrest, according to a law enforcement source."This morning, Joan Rivers was taken to The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she is being attended to," Sid Dinsay, a spokesman for The Mount Sinai Hospital, said in a written statement. "Her family wants to thank everybody for their outpouring of love and support. We will provide an updat... More>>
Richmond Police are investigating after a man was found dead inside a home in South Richmond Thursday. More>>
Charges for both sisters were certified in General District Court Wednesday.
News broke on Wednesday that Hello Kitty is not a cat, but in fact, is a little girl. More>>
Richmond Police are asking for the public's help to identify the man who robbed a South Side convenience store. More>>
After almost five long weeks, we're approaching the closing days of the corruption trial for Former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.
The is the second annual hair competition and beauty expo presented by the VCC.
The trial is set to begin for the Chesterfield mother charged after her 2-year-old daughter died after she was left in a car.
Monstrous waves are pounding both U.S. coasts, with storms churning in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. More>>
How could anyone abandon such a sweet face? More>>
Police officers who opened fire while disrupting a robbery at a fast-food restaurant in Omaha killed a crew member with the TV show "Cops" as well as the suspect. More>>
Police got the call for a plane crash in the Deerfield community of Augusta County just after 9:00 this morning. More>>
Waking up to another comfortably cool morning reminds us that we're on our way into fall! More>>
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) -- Lava fountains danced along a lengthy volcanic fissure near Iceland's subglacial Bardarbunga volcano Sunday, prompting authorities to raise the aviation warning code to the highest level and close the surrounding airspace.No volcanic ash has been detected, however, and the Civil Protection Department said all Icelandic airports remained open.The country's meteorological agency said scientists were monitoring the eruption in the Holuhraun lava field, about five kilom... More>>
CULPEPER, Va. (AP) - Former Culpeper Mayor Chip Coleman is appealing a sexual battery conviction. Media sources report that Coleman will appear in circuit court Oct. 20. Coleman was convicted in general district court earlier this month of hugging a woman and rubbing his chest against hers after a Christmas party. The woman testified that Coleman continued to press against her after she told him to stop. Judge Edward Carpenter ruled there was some use of force and "sexual intent." Coleman, wh... More>>
KELLER, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police say three people were killed in a head-on collision on the Eastern Shore. Spokeswoman Corinne Geller says the crash occurred shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday. She says a van crossed the center line of U.S. Route 13 near Keller in Accomack County and hit a car. The driver and two passengers in the car died at the scene. A third passenger was flown to Children's Hospital of the Kings Daughters for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Two other passengers... More>>