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Augusta Co. Sheriff Office Press Conferences - Child Abuse Case - Feb. 27

PHOTO 1: Augusta Co. Sheriff Randall D. Fisher giving the press information.

PHOTO 2: Elizabeth Middleton, director of Shenandoah Valley Social Services.

Tuesday Feb. 27, 20075:30 pm, The August Co. Sheriff Department held a press conference to give out information on the Father and stepmother that are suspected of Child abuse. Steven Tomlin, and Heather Tomlin had alegtliey locked there two daughters, that are 15 and 16 years old in there rooms. The rooms had little more then box springs and camping toilets. Augusta Co. Sheriff's office said the Tomlins' two daughters were kept in the rooms as punishment. The two girls where a lowed to leave the locked rooms to go to school and when not being punished where allowed to go see friends. The 15-year-old sad she'd been held in her room for 100 days. Her sister the 16-year-old was held for 128 days. The Kitchen cabinets in the home were kept locked also. Authorities learned of what was happing in the home after a friend of the 15 year old girl confuted in a friend and that friend called authorities.

The sheriff's office and the Shenandoah Valley Social Services are working closely to find out all the details. The two teens are now staying with a relative.

Photo/Story Nathan Combs

Couple Suspected Of Cruelty And Injury To a Child - Feb. 27

PHOTO 1: Steven Tomlin

Heather Tomlin

Tuesday Feb. 27, 2007 - Steven Tomlin, 35, and Heather Tomlin, 27, of 58 Old Hermitage Rd. have been charged with two counts each of cruelty and injury to a child. The couple is suspected of reversing the door locks and nailing shut the bedroom windows of there two daughters, that are15 and 16 years old. The 15-year-old told police that she’d been held in her room for months, and was only allowed out for school. Steven Tomlin and Heather Tomlin were released Saturday on a $5,000 bond.

Photo Augusta County Sheriff’s Office
Story Nathan Combs

New Hope - Crimora Rd. Car In To Tree - Feb. 24

PHOTO 1: Mr. Low had to be cut out of the car by firefighters.

PHOTO 2: The front of the car struck a tree in the accident.

PHOTO 3: Helpful hands of paramedics and firefighters prepare Mr. Low for transfer to the hospital.

PHOTO 4, 5, 6: Mr. Low being prepared and moved to the awaiting helicopter. Then being loaded for his transport to the hospital.

PHOTO 7, 8: Firefighters and paramedic at the scene of the accident.

Saturday Feb. 24, 2007 – 5:30 am Russel Low, driving west on new Hope – Corimora Rd. Ran off the road and struck a tree. He was then flown to UVA medical Center by helicopter. The extent of his injuries at this time unknown. The cause of the accident is still under investigation by Virginia State police.

Photo/Story Nathan Combs

SUV Filps On Forest Chaple Rd. - Feb. 23

PHOTO 1: Rescue crews at the scene of the accident.

PHOTO 2, 3: The SUV that the two people were thrown from.

PHOTO 4, 5, 6: Accident victims being taken care of by emergency crews and loaded into ambulances for transport to a hospital.

PHOTO 7: Personal belongings were also thrown from the SUV.

PHOTO 8: Dooms firefighter assisting a reporter.

PHOTO 9: A firefighter at the scene of the accident.

Friday Feb. 23, 2007 – 10:45 pm A SUV traveling on Forest Chapel Road, swerved to miss a deer flipped and ejected two passengers. When emergency crews arrived at the scene they found to people lying on the road that had been ejected, they were taken to Augusta medical Center with serious injuries. Two other people that were in the SUV were also taken by ambulance to the hospital. Charges will be filed against the driver.

Photo/Story Nathan Combs

Trailer Fire - Feb. 23

PHOTO 1: Fire trucks and tankers parked in front of the trailer that was on fire.

PHOTO 2: A firefighter using the hose and water to put out the fire.

PHOTO 3, 4: The fire completely gutted the trailer and causes the roof to collapse.

PHOTO 5: A firefighter at the scene of the fire.

Friday Feb. 23, 2007 – 11:12 am 1892 Deerfield Valley Road fire departments from Deerfield, Churchville, Staunton, Mt. Solon responded to a trailer fire. There were no injuries but the trailer was a total loss. It took the 20 firefighters on the scene three hours to totally extinguished the flames. The owner of the trailer does not have insurance. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Photo/Story Nathan Combs

Person Hit By Car - Feb. 23

Friday Feb. 23, 2007 – 10:55 am in the parking lot of Food Lion on W. Main St. Waynesboro, Ann Golladay 87 was struck, while leaving the store by a car driven by Elesie Hansen 83. Golladay was sent to Augusta Medical Center with unknown injuries. Hansen was charged with reckless driving.

Photo/Story Nathan Combs

Waynesboro City Council has cancelled their regularly scheduled Work Session.


February 22,


The Waynesboro City Council has cancelled their regularly scheduled Work Session on Monday, March 5, 2007, at 6:00 P.M. and rescheduled it for Monday, March 19, 2007, at 6:00 P.M. in Council Chambers of the Charles T. Yancey Municipal Building, 503 West Main Street, Waynesboro, Virginia.

Please contact Bonnie S. Stephenson, Clerk of Council, at (540) 942-6669, in Room #210 of the Charles T. Yancey Municipal Building, 503 West Main Street, Waynesboro, Virginia, if you have any questions.

Bonnie S. Stephenson, CMC

Clerk of Council

Waynesboro, Virginia

250 Churchvill Ave. Car In To Ditch Feb. 22

PHOTO 1: The car in the ditch.

PHOTO 2: A tow truck pulling the wreck car out of the ditch.

PHOTO 3, 4,: Once the car was pulled out the damage was visible

Thursday Feb. 22, 2007 - 12:15 am Tyler Murpey-Smith driving a 1995 Mazda landed in a ditch and overturned on Churchville Ave. Causing $6,000 in damages and has been charged with a DUI. There were no injuries.

Photo/Story Nathan Combs

Waynesboro City Council Agenda For Feb. 26, 07


1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance

2. Consent Agenda (any item placed on the consent agenda shall be removed and taken up as a separate matter, if so requested by any member of Council, otherwise all items will be voted on with one (1) motion).

a. Approval of minutes of the previous meeting (2-12-07 Regular Meeting) and dispensing with reading of minutes.

b. Second consideration/adoption of an ordinance regarding the request of Waynesboro TC, LLC, to close and vacate a portion of the right-of-way of existing Shenandoah Village Drive near its intersection with Route 340 (Rosser Avenue) that coincides with the planned realignment of Shenandoah Village Drive.

c. Second consideration/adoption of an ordinance appropriating $2,000.00 from the Unreserved Fund Balance of the Library Special Book Fund for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007. (Software Purchase)

d. Receive Viewer’s Report and schedule a Public Hearing for March 26, 2007, to consider the request of Brower Limited Partnership to close and vacate a 10’ alley between 1022 W. Main Street and 1030 W. Main Street in order to expand an existing business operation.

e. Adoption of Amended FY08 Budget Calendar.

3. Resolution recognizing the retirement of W. Terry Ellison.

4. Follow-up presentation by City Assessor, John M. Kiger, regarding real estate reassessment.

5. Receive the 2006 Annual Report of the Planning Commission.

6. Consider adoption of a resolution regarding Regional Water Supply Planning and application for a FY08 Water Supply Planning Grant.

7. Consider a request by Headwaters Soil and Water Conservation District to co-sponsor the planning phase for possible future dam rehabilitation projects at South River Dam #7 (Wilda) and South River Dam #19 (Waynesboro Nursery).

8. Consider introduction of the following ordinances:

a. Amending City Code Section 2-2 changing the name of the Industrial Development Authority to the Economic Development Authority.

b. Appropriating $6,200.00 from the Unreserved Fund Balance of the Water Fund for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007. (PW Operations Building Improvements)

c. Appropriating $83,784.00 from the Unreserved Fund Balance of the Sewer Fund for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007. (PW Operations Building Improvements and Equipment)

9. Citizens’ comment period.

10. Communication, Correspondence, and Calendar

11. Consider holding a Closed Meeting under Section 2.2-3711 of the Freedom of Information Act, Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, (a) (3) for discussion or consideration of the disposition of publicly held real property, where discussion in an open meeting would adversely affect the bargaining position or negotiating strategy of the public body, more specifically to discuss bids received after advertisement for the sale of property declared by City Council to be surplus property, and, under the same section, discussion regarding acquisition of real estate for a public purpose, more specifically to discuss acquisition of an easement for the greenway.

12. Adjourn

The Waynesboro City Council encourages the participation of all City citizens. For those with special needs, please notify the Clerk of Council (540-942-6669) of any accommodations required, including assisted listening device, at least five days prior to the meeting you wish to attend.

Car Into Power Pole - Feb. 18

Sunday Feb. 18, 2007
6:50 am Steven Conner traveling on E. Frederick St in Stanton, hit a utility pole. The cause of the accident was due to a medical condition. Mr. Conner was not charged. He was taken to Augusta Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.
Photo/Story Nathan Combs

Dairy Barn On fire - Feb. 18

PHOTO 1: Flames and smoke pour out of the top of the equipment shed.

PHOTO 2, 3: Fire engines from six companies responded to the scene.

PHOTO 4, 5: Firefighters tear into a section of the roof, then use water to knock down the flames.

PHOTO 6, 7, 8, 9, 10: The firefighters using hoses and water to fight the fire.

PHOTO 11: A firefighter passes in front of me shed the equipment shed on claims in flames.

PHOTO 12: Firefighters on the roof pour water into the trench cut to keep the fire from spreading to the milking parlor.

PHOTO 13: Water had to be brought in using tankers. The water was placed into a reservoir with firefighters to use.

PHOTO 14: looking through a door at the fire.

Sunday Feb. 18, 2007- 1:15 am at 147 Cove View Rd. a milking equipment shed caught fire and took 30 firefighters two hours to knock down. The equipment shed had to have a trench cut in the roof to keep the fire from spreading to the attached to milking parlor. There were no injuries or farm animals injured. While the equipment shed was a complete loss firefighters were able to save the milking parlor. The investigation into the cause of a fire is still under investigation.

Photo/Story Nathan Combs

3 Car Wreck 340- Feb. 17

PHOTO 1: fire crews on the scene directing traffic on 340.

PHOTO 2, 3: The red SUV that pulled out and hit the white Subaru.

PHOTO 4, 5: In the southbound lane facing the wrong direction, the Subaru sustained heavy front end collision damage.

Saturday Feb. 17, 20076:00 pm A red SUV making a right turn onto 340 struck a white Subaru and another vehicle. There was heavy damage to the SUV and the white car. The Subaru that was heading north got knocked into the southbound lane. The driver of the SUV was charged with failing to yield. There were only minor injuries.

Photo/Story Nathan Combs