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Past articles by Deanna:

Virginia Peninsula Foodbank is in desperate need of donations

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Shelves are bare at the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. It’s a sign of the times. “The food bank has been turned upside down because of COVID. We’re serving so many more people. Two and three more times as many people as last year during certain parts of the summer,” said CEO of […] → Read More

Man charged with murder after woman found dead on Thanksgiving in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Police have charged a Virginia Beach man with murder after a woman was found dead on Thanksgiving. 27-year-old Jacob N. Davis has been charged with second-degree murder and animal cruelty in the case. Police say they were called to the home in the 6300 block of Shelby Lane on Thursday […] → Read More

Multiple organizations partner to feed 1,200 people in Hampton Roads for Thanksgiving

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — It’s a group effort, between the Salvation Army, CMA CGM, and the Port of Virginia, to feed more than 1000 people just in time for Thanksgiving. There were volunteers filling to-go boxes of thanksgiving style food to feed our community in need. “We will be giving away over 1200 hot and […] → Read More

With many bare shelves, food banks hope for donations during Mayflower Marathon

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — The donation section of the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank has many bare shelves. COVID-19 has impacted many families, as well as the community’s ability to donate. But both the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore are hoping a big annual food drive will bring in […] → Read More

Newport News mother says thief steals package containing clothes for her baby

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A warning from a Newport News mother to her neighbors, watch out for porch pirates. “You don’t steal from people, especially around this time,” said Samantha Stokes. The thief saw the package at her door, but may not have seen the camera that was recording their every move. “Luckily, they […] → Read More

Wife of sailor killed by forklift thanks the community for support

MOYOCK, N.C. (WAVY) — Holding back tears and surrounded by her two children, Brandi Foti remembered her husband, Chief Petty Officer Adam Foti, on Monday. “He was a great man, a great dad, a great brother, a great friend, a great son-in-law, he was just a great guy and he was taken too soon from […] → Read More

Market in Virginia Beach opens for veterans and their families

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Supporting our military members and their families, a military market has popped up in Virginia Beach. This was the second Military Owned Market event this year. “It’s focused on military families, so whether that’s a veteran-owned business, a veteran-spouse-owned business, even active-duty family-owned business,” said 1701 operations manager Alexandra Craig. […] → Read More

NC health officials say 900 who attended beer festival should be tested for COVID-19

Health officials said Olde Mecklenburg Brewery was hosting a "Mecktoberfest" event and packed everyone inside when it began to rain. → Read More

VDOT reminds drivers what to do if you’re stuck in a tunnel during a crash

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Gregory Jones took cell phone video from inside the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Sunday night that has now been viewed more than 300,000 times. “There’s a car on fire in the middle of the tunnel guys; it’s smoking it’s so bad,” said Jones. A fiery crash caused smoke to build up inside […] → Read More

Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office looking for help to clean up areas in the city

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Coming together to help out the community: Portsmouth Sheriff Michael Moore says the sheriff’s department has many programs that help residents. One of those programs: grass cutting. “That’s a service we offer our senior citizens as well as our disabled and disabled citizens in the city of Portsmouth and really, it’s […] → Read More

Video chat allows residents at Westminster Canterbury to tutor students

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Learning virtually is what many students and families had to adjust to this year. President and CEO of Westminster Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay Ben Unkle says they found a way to connect residents and former educators in their retirement community to students by using a Birdsong video chat app. Unkle […] → Read More

Police warn of fake Instagram account soliciting donations following death of missing teen

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Police are now warning residents of a scam reportedly attempting to profit following the recent death of a missing teen in Norfolk. On Friday, Newport News Police say they’ve found the body of Asia Cowell, a Norfolk 17-year-old who had been reported missing, and are investigating her death as a homicide. […] → Read More

Community holds prayer vigil after 18-year-old shot in the head in NC

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Family and friends of Tristian Swartz, gathered at his family’s home in Chesapeake to pray for the 18-year-old. The sheriff of Camden County, North Carolina, says Swartz was shot in the head while he was sitting in a car. His family says this all happened last Sunday. He has been in […] → Read More

‘Poker run’ to be held this weekend for family of 9-year-old shot and killed in July in Chowan County

CHOWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — The family of Makiia Slade is still searching for answers in her death. Investigators in Chowan County say the 9-year-old was killed back in July when she and her mother were driving south on US 17 near West Queen Street and someone began shooting into their car. Detectives say there […] → Read More

VB woman gathers snacks to hand out to first responders

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach resident Jordan Hatmaker says she wanted collect snacks and drinks to give out to first responders to show her appreciation for the work they do. “The way I got the idea for all of these snacks and goodies, is just because I hear the sirens going off all […] → Read More

VB military family gets help with rat infestation — and a complete home makeover

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — It has been a tough few years for the Bowstring family, and 2020 hasn’t been much easier. Stacy Bowstring says back in March, her husband was already on deployment on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, so she and her girls decided to stay in Florida with her parents. In June, […] → Read More

Goodwill sees a shift in what families are buying during back-to-school shopping

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Around this time every year, as families shop for back-to-school items, they’re usually looking for something specific, like clothes and shoes. This year, the items in-demand are a little different. “What we see this year, with a shift to virtual schools and people being stuck at home for the beginning of […] → Read More

VB school division discusses upcoming school year in board workshop

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Coronavirus has made making back-to-school plans difficult. The Virginia Beach School District decided two weeks ago to start the school year with virtual learning. In the school board workshop that started at 4 p.m. Tuesday, school leaders talked about how virtual learning attendance is required by law. They said unlike […] → Read More

1 Marine dead, 2 injured, 8 missing after amphibious assault vehicle accident at Camp Pendleton

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — One Marine has died, two injured and eight others were missing after an amphibious assault vehicle accident off the coast of southern California, the Marines said early Friday. The accident happened Thursday and search and rescue efforts were underway Friday morning with support from the Navy and Coast Guard, the […] → Read More

Cooling centers open in Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — The extreme heat can take a toll on both people and pets. Cooling shelters have opened for people needing a break from the heat, some of which are at libraries in Newport News. “You can find something to read, you can access the internet, you can use one of our […] → Read More