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Several traffic backups expected around Hampton Roads this weekend

Driving around Hampton Roads will be a little tricky this weekend because of several road closures.

Beginning at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow, Hampton Roads Center Parkway between Magruder Blvd. and North Armistead Ave. will be closed for the Coliseum Central Holiday Parade.

At 9:00 a.m., Coliseum Dr. between Hampton Roads Center Parkway and West Mercury Blvd. will also be closed. These roads will reopen at noon.

It will be a similar case in downtown Norfolk for the Grand Illumination Parade. The parade will begin at the corner of St. Paul's Blvd. and Waterside. It will end up onto Plum St. and Granby St., ending at the corner of Granby and Virginia Beach Blvd.

So, unless you're going to attend the parade, the best advice is to avoid the downtown Norfolk area.

This will also be a weekend for bridge maintenance.

Weekly Lane Closure Report

Hampton Roads, Va. - In an effort to keep you informed, VDOT publishes the following scheduled highway lane closures that may affect traffic in Hampton Roads. These closures are subject to change due to weather conditions and other unforeseen events. Other closures may occur which do not appear on this report.

LANE CLOSURES LIFTED FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
Beginning at noon Wednesday, Nov. 24 until noon Monday, Nov. 29, VDOT will remove all temporary lane closures in place for construction or maintenance activities.

For current traffic and travel information, visit the new www.511virginia.org, call 511, call the TrafficLine at 757-361-3016 or listen to 610AM.

JAMES CITY COUNTY
I-64 East/West ? Motorists should expect mobile alternating lane closures from the New Kent County line to Route 607 for pavement marking operations, Sunday, November 21 and Monday, November 22, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

JAMES RIVER BRIDGE

Local pirate loses houseboat in Hampton fire

A local pirate is going to have to rebuild his home after it went up in flames at the Hampton docks.

The fire destroyed one boat.

Peter Devlieg is a pirate without a ship.

He's known as Pirate Pete because he has spent the past 10 years fixing up and living on his boat - only to watch it go up in flames last night.

"I was walking through the parking lot, noticed some smoke, went down below, it was a little more than I could deal with so I called the fire department right then," Devlieg said.

Fire crews arrived at the dock off Settlers Landing Road in Hampton just before 9 p.m.

Firefighters were able to save the boat, but it suffered a lot of damage on the first and second decks.

Everything Pete owned was on board.

"I could have been on here any other night, I guess. I just happened to be lucky that's all."

Pete says crews on scene and the boat's sprinkler system kept the fire from spreading.

He says he is thankful for that.

14th Annual Mayflower Marathon Food Drive hosted by 106.9 The Fox and FM99


The 14th Annual Mayflower Marathon Food Drive will be held from 5:30 a.m. on Friday, November 19, until 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 21.

This 'round-the-clock food drive takes place simultaneously on both sides of the water. On the Southside, the location is the Kohl's parking lot at Pembroke Mall in Virginia Beach. On the Peninsula, the location is the Peninsula Town Center at Coliseum Central in Hampton.

All food and monetary donations collected in Virginia Beach go to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia. All donations made at the Hampton location benefit the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula.

Rick Rumble, Shelley, and the entire FM99 team, along with Mike Arlo, Sonja, and the Fox staff will be broadcasting live from both locations.

Operations Manager, Mike Beck: "The poor economy has placed more stress on the resources of our foodbanks. Our listeners have always been very generous, especially during the Mayflower Marathon.

Raising Hell in Church: Padlocked Pastor

If Alexander Jamison wants to preach on a Sunday at Wesley Grove United Church of Christ, he'll be preaching to a padlock.

Recent violence is cited as the reason for closing the church doors in a resolution posted on every entrance.

No trespassing ? a clear signal to the pastor that the people holding the keys want him out.

Wardell Langford from Wesley Grove UCC says, "He feels he has the power to come in every Sunday and do what he wants to do when he wants to do it."

A group of church members met with Newport News Police today after learning Pastor Jamison had taken out a warrant on a deacon who was assaulted in the church on Halloween Sunday.

Crawford Smith is a life member of Wesley Grove. He was one of more than a dozen witnesses who stepped forward to brief police on what happened.

"It was a very explosive situation one that you would not expect to happen in a church," Crawford says.

Lane Closures in Hampton Roads

Hampton Roads, Va. - In an effort to keep you informed, VDOT publishes the following scheduled highway lane closures that may affect traffic in Hampton Roads. These closures are subject to change due to weather conditions and other unforeseen events. Other closures may occur which do not appear on this report.

For current traffic and travel information, visit the new www.511virginia.org, call 511, call the TrafficLine at 757-361-3016 or listen to 610AM.

JAMES CITY COUNTY
Route 199 East ? Motorists should expect lane closures from the York County line to Route 321 for pavement marking operations, Tuesday, November 16, through Saturday, November 20, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Route 199 East/West ? Motorists should expect lane closures at the Route 60 and Route 143 bridge for pavement marking operations, Tuesday, November 16, through Saturday, November 20, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Neighbors react to the death of Hampton hit-and-run victim, Lilian Johnston

Edward Harper believes his neighbor, Lilian Johnston, died doing what she loved, making sure her neighborhood was clean and trash-free.

"She did it year round. It didn't matter what the weather was, you'd see her put on her coat and she'd head out, just walk up and down the road, and whenever she saw picking up, she did," Edward says.

Police say the 77-year-old was killed yesterday, as she walked along Doolittle Rd. Investigators say 32-year-old Corey Knowlin was driving drunk, and hit her. They say he was trying to get away from police.

Investigators say Knowlin had just backed into the Superior Pawn and Gun Shop just a few blocks away.

Edward says Lilian lived by herself. Her husband died more than 20 years ago and the couple didn't have any children. He says aside from an out-of-state brother, all she had was her dog.

"A couple times, the animal control guys got it. But she was right there, getting that dog back. She loved that dog," Edward says.