Melissa Hipolit, WTVR CBS 6 Richmond

Melissa Hipolit

WTVR CBS 6 Richmond

Richmond, VA, United States

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$10 million shortfall: Insurance tells RPS it won't fully cover Fox Elementary rebuild

VACORP, the insurance company that covers Richmond Public Schools (RPS) buildings will not cover the full cost to rebuild William Fox Elementary School. → Read More

Man accused of beating GRTC bus driver now suspect in GRTC shooting death

The man accused of violently beating a GRTC bus driver on October 11 is now a suspect in the shooting death of a 23-year-old passenger on another GRTC bus a month later. → Read More

Richmond Schools may offer $4,000 signing bonuses amid 'critical' teacher shortage

Richmond Public Schools is grappling with a 36 percent increase in the number of teacher vacancies for the 2022-23 school year compared to the start of the 2021-22 school year. → Read More

Problem Solvers help Richmond man astonished by $783 water bill: 'That is their fault, not mine'

Allan Sharrett reached out to the CBS 6 Problem Solvers after the City of Richmond sent him an exorbitant water bill. → Read More

He was killed at a recovery home. Now his family wants more state oversight.

Chesterfield Sheriff Karl Leonard and a grieving daughter whose father died in a recovery house last November both argue Virginia needs to have more oversight of its recovery houses. → Read More

Audit finds ‘excessive’ number of unused Chromebooks at Richmond schools

Auditors discovered that more than 20,000 laptops, worth more than $5.8 million, were never assigned to students. Auditors called this an excessive number of devices. → Read More

Midlothian mom donates life-saving breast milk to babies in need: 'I feel lucky'

Inside Midlothian mom Caroline Browell's freezer is lifesaving medicine for babies in the NICU up and down the East Coast. → Read More

On her 5th round of COVID daycare closures, mom feels working parents with young kids are forgotten

While many Americans have moved on from the pandemic, parents who have small children in daycare are still living like it's 2020 with classrooms shutting down for up to 10 days because of COVID cases. → Read More

She finally got her infant into a daycare. The class closed due to a staffing crisis

Daycares have to have a certain number of staff members in each classroom. Parents already pay exorbitant prices for the services, so daycares cannot afford to pay their staff more than $10 to $15 per hour. → Read More

How Richmond is helping students stay off their phones after school

I'janee Tunstall used to watch videos on her phone after school out of pure boredom. → Read More

Woman says she heard no alarm during Richmond apartment fire: 'Check your fire detectors'

"I opened by door and I saw a fire break out across the breezeway. By that time it was heavy smoke in our apartment so we jumped out of the porch." → Read More

Fox fire response was hindered because somebody didn't reprogram alarm panel

The three numbers that might have saved Fox Elementary School. → Read More

If these metrics are met, Henrico Schools could get rid of mask mandate

Those metrics include a provision that Henrico County must fall below 100 new cases per 100,000 people or below 10% positivity on PCR tests within the past seven days and that holds for seven days. → Read More

Massage Luxe sex assault victims file $100 million lawsuit: 'This should not have happened to me'

The more Chaz Roca learned about Shawn Robinson's past in the massage industry, the more convinced she became that "this should have never happened to me." → Read More

Trey Hope's aunt found guilty of neglect

On Wednesday, the jury returned with a split verdict, finding Jackson Hope guilty of neglect, but not guilty of abuse. → Read More

Family, friends, strangers seek justice for what happened to Trey Hope

Hope, who has autism and cerebral palsy, was allegedly abused by a family member responsible for his care. → Read More

Virginia brothers saw cars 'totally spun around' on trip from Charlottesville to Norfolk

Rob and David Willis saw it all driving from Charlottesville to Norfolk through the storm Sunday. From snow to sleet to freezing rain, and plain old rain, their journey featured a little bit of everything. → Read More

Stranded on 95: Virginia officials review snowstorm decisions

"We did not think we were going to need to shut down the interstate." → Read More

Overdose deaths skyrocket in Central Virginia

Data from the National Vital Statistic System shows overdose deaths in Virginia rose more than 35 percent during the pandemic. → Read More

How newly-passed infrastructure bill could fund Central Virginia projects

The bill could also help boost Richmond projects like tree planting and green surface restoration on the Southside that are aimed at rehabbing local watersheds and the Chesapeake Bay. → Read More