Julio Avila, WTKR NewsChannel 3

Julio Avila

WTKR NewsChannel 3

Norfolk, VA, United States

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Past articles by Julio:

HRT bus driver jumps into action, rescues lone girl walking on busy street

On July 17, Kelvin White, a bus operator with Hampton Roads Transit, encountered a scenario he never thought he’d encounter – a child all alone and in the middle of traffic. → Read More

Local Army vet's family presented with honorary pin for his service 14 years after his passing

Sgt. Richard Burrows served in the Army from 1949 to 1974, fighting in battles such as the Korean War and the Vietnam War. → Read More

Intrigued by 'Black Wall Street' and Tulsa Race Massacre, Suffolk café owner reflects on visit to historic site

"It's one thing for me to be from Virginia, for individuals here, over here who have never heard of it... I never knew it existed,” Domenick Epps, the owner of Wall Street Café, told News 3. → Read More

Waited to the last minute to file taxes? Tax expert provides tips to help speed things up

NORFOLK, Va. - Monday, May 17 is the new deadline set for Americans to file their taxes, after it was pushed back from the original date of April 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you waited until the last minute to file your taxes, you aren't alone. Intuit, the company that produces the tax-filing software TurboTax, reported that roughly a quarter of Americans wait to the last minute to file… → Read More

Local safety tech looks to educate parents on how to properly install car seats

She also knows from her own experiences when she had her first daughter. → Read More

Take a closer look at Hampton Roads Transit's new fleet of electric buses

The buses can run for about six to seven hours in the winter and up to eight hours in the summer on a single charge. → Read More

'It's always sad when a young person loses their life so young': Witness recalls deadly Norfolk crash

Remnants of the crash are still visible. Shards of plastic and glass can be seen on the pavement. → Read More

Aside from making toys, Santa Claus comforts local children in emergency situations

Santa has been working with the Virginia Beach EMS – the founders of the program -- and other regional emergency crews since 2004. → Read More

Neighbor, community help provide Gates Co. family with a new home after destructive fire

The year 2020 had a rough start for Diane Norfleet and her family after a fire destroyed their home and everything they had in January. Fast forward 11 months, and they have a brand-new home built right where their old house stood. → Read More

Weekend shootings in Virginia Beach a call to 'crack down on crime prevention measures,' analyst says

All three shootings are still under investigation. → Read More

Ill horses may be a result of malice, local horse stable and animal researchers say

"We feel absolutely defeated,” Harrell said. “We've reached out to every organization we can think of -- every hospital, every vet, everywhere, and we're just not getting any answers." → Read More

Cost of heating your home to be higher this winter, report predicts

Old Dominion University economics professor Robert McNab said this is an example of energy supply and demand. → Read More

Virginia Beach opens new early-voting, in-person polling locations

For those who prefer to vote by mail, Friday, Oct. 23 is the deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail in Virginia. → Read More

US Navy ships sets sail on maiden 90-day test mission to test ship's capabilities

It is a historical moment for the ship on its first-ever mission since its commissioning in 2018. → Read More

St. Jude Dream Home giveaway car winner thought win was a "prank," then drove off in new car

The home giveaway drawing was August 23 and a Virginia Beach school teacher won the house. → Read More

Annual fundraiser for underprivileged children goes virtual due to coronavirus pandemic

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va - For the last five years a local non-profit group, Pandas Fight Against Cancer, has held an annual fundraiser to raise money and school supplies for underprivileged children in the area, but this is the first year it has going virtual. It is a fundraiser Faline Mahaffye, Halle Trigueiro, and their organization -- Pandas Fight Against Cancer -- have put on each year -- to… → Read More

Tropical Storm Isaias devastates family's apartment, forces them out

“I probably will not be on the second floor of anybody else’s apartment by trees for a very, very long time." → Read More

Williamsburg Area Transit Authority monitors Isaias to determine Tuesday bus services

The Williamsburg Area Transit Authority is monitoring the impact of Tropical Storm Isaias to see how it will impact service. → Read More

Busch Gardens set to reopen with COVID-19 safety measures in place

After each ride, crews will disinfect the ride using a peroxide-based solution. Employees will wipe down the seat and any point a customer could hold onto. → Read More

Kayakers go out to clean up trash from local waterways

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A brigade of kayakers went out onto the water off Owls Creek Boat Launch on Sunday, not to relax, but to pick up leftover trash floating around. Derrick Jones was one of them. "I wonder why people aren't thinking about their environment,” Jones told News 3 before we boarded his kayak. That was the question on his mind, but he had an answer that involved him taking action:… → Read More