VCU student crowned Miss Virginia 2019

LYNCHBURG, Va. – A Virginia Commonwealth University student was crowned Miss Virginia 2019 Saturday at Liberty University.

Camille Schrier is a graduate of Virginia Tech with degrees in biochemistry and systems biology and is currently a graduate student pursuing her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at VCU.

The Pennsylvania native was one of 24 women vying for the crown of Miss Virginia 2019.

Schrier showed her science acumen during the talent portion of the competition by conducting a chemistry experiment.

Upon hearing her name announced, Schrier fell to the floor, overcome with tears. Schrier says she never dreamed of the surreal moment because she never thought it was possible.

“Have you ever had your entire life change in one instant? Last night, mine did, as I was crowned Miss Virginia 2019. I can’t even say that I’ve dreamt of this moment… because I never thought this was possible even in my wildest dreams,” said Schrier.

Schrier says she will spend the next year traveling the Commonwealth and advocating for STEM education, drug safety and abuse prevention as well as visiting schools and children’s hospitals

If you would like to follow Schrier’s journey as Miss Virginia, click here.

Schrier will compete in the Miss America pageant on September 9, 2019.

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Enjoy the great outdoors and live music at GR Symphony’s Picnic Pops

For 25 years the Grand Rapids Symphony has packed up their gear and brought their talents to the outdoor venue at Cannonsburg Ski Area. Now for their 25th anniversary, the Picnic Pops Series has brought their most popular shows back for one incredible summer of music.

Here’s the summer lineup of concerts taking place at Cannonsburg:

July 11-12 at 8 p.m.

Classical Fireworks: Salute to America featuring with star-spangled music, fireworks, and pianist Rich Ridenour in Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”

July 18-19 at 7:30 p.m.

Here Comes the Sun: A Tribute to the Beatles featuring Classical Mystery Tour with the best of The Beatles plus a special salute to the 50th anniversary of the White Album with songs such as “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeks.”

July 25-26 at 7:30 p.m.

Dancing in the Street: The Music of Motown with three guest vocalists including Shayna Steele from the 2017 Picnic Pops show “Women Rock” with the biggest hits by The Four Tops, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, The Temptations and Stevie Wonder.

August 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Nashville: The Songwriters. Their Stories. The Symphony with singer/songwriters Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Rivers Rutherford telling stories and singing the songs they wrote for Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts and more.

Gates open at 5:45 p.m. for picnicking and pre-concert entertainment including kid’s activities. Attendees can either buy concessions or bring their own food and beverages.

Advance tickets for lawn seats begin at $20 adults, $5 students. All tickets are $5 more the day of the show.

Call (616) 454-9451 ext. 4 or go online to GRSymphony.org.

‘This is a community problem’: GRPD investigating 7 shootings in 60 hours

Police investigate the scene of a shooting on June 25, 2019 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Police are asking the community to come together after a string of seven shootings in a 60-hour time span in Grand Rapids.

“Not only is this concerning, it’s completely unacceptable, this is Grand Rapids, it’s a wonderful community, it’s a safe community, and this type of behavior, this level of violence will not be tolerated,” said Grand Rapids Police Department Sgt. Dan Adams. “The City of Grand Rapids is behind the efforts, I believe truly that the community is behind the efforts as well.”

Adams asked community members to help police with their investigations.

“We truly look to the community, because this is not a huge, huge city, people know people, it’s almost like everyone knows everyone else, and people are going to know who is involved, people are going to know connections, people are going to know where weapons are hidden and all those things,” Adams said. “And if you don’t want to give your name that can be understood, we have many avenues where people can provide information anonymously.”

Interim Police Chief David Kiddle said they have seen the amount of violence trending upwards.

“We’ve been monitoring our shootings over the last couple of months, we have been seeing a slow uptick in those numbers in the last few months, we find it completely unacceptable,” Kiddle said. “This past weekend obviously we’ve seen a larger increase in those numbers, what Sgt. Adams told you, this is not just a police problem, this is a community issue.”

Kiddle said the community needs to come together despite the issues the police department has been dealing with over the last several months.

“The police department has been held accountable, for several months now we’ve been under the gun for a variety of different issues, we need the community to come together and fight against this uptick in violent crime,” he said. “This is completely unacceptable as far as the gun activity, the GRPD will take swift action against anyone handling a gun, found with a gun, shooting a gun, whatever the case may be.

“We will pursue those individuals who conduct any sort of violent crime and we will do so with the upmost professionalism and we will ensure that the prosecutor does the same and puts some of these people away for as long as they can be put away for.”

The string of shootings started late Saturday night.

The first happened around 10:30 p.m. on Liberty Street where a suspect shot up a house after a family argument. Nobody was injured and the suspect was arrested at the scene.

A few hours later, police were called to Wealthy Street on a report of a suspect walking into a crowd, firing two shots and running away. Police are still searching for that suspect.

Around 2:29 a.m. Sunday, a 10-year-old girl was hospitalized after being shot outside a home at the intersection of Temple and Butler streets.

Minutes later, officers were sent to Robins Lock Shop near the intersection of Burton Street and Division Avenue after a man shot another man in the leg during an argument.

Investigators said none of the weekend shootings are connected.

The pattern continued into the week starting with a trio of shootings Tuesday morning.

The first happened on Jennette Avenue when someone shot into a home. No arrests have been made and nobody was hurt in the incident.

A short time later, a woman was shot twice when someone opened fire while she was sitting in a car on Dickinson Street.

In what investigators believe to be a connected incident, a man was hospitalized around 9 a.m. Tuesday after he was shot at a home on Corinne Street, just a block away from the Dickinson Street incident.

Police are still searching for two male suspects who ran away from the scene.

Anyone with information on any of the shootings is asked to contact Grand Rapids police at 616-456-3400 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345. Tips can also be reported anonymously online.

First-ever Fruit Fest happening at Grand Rapids Downtown Market

Summer is here and local produce is getting ready to be harvested. The Grand Rapids Downtown Market wants to celebrate the season with the first-ever Fruit Fest on Wednesday, June 26.

There will be tons of activities for kids, including face painting, kids craft, making watermelon slime with the Children’s Museum and strawberry juice drinks at the bar. Plus, the famous Big Banana Car will be there for photo ops.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. underneath the Market Shed.

Also in conjunction with Fruit Fest,  businesses inside the Market Hall will have fruit-themed menu item specials like rhubarb croissants, mango sushi rolls, assorted fruity drinks at Madcap, Aperitivo and Malamiah, and more!

MSP searching for 3 stolen kayaks in St. Joseph Co.

THREE RIVERS, Mich. — Authorities are searching for three kayaks that were stolen from two homes near Corey Lake in St. Joseph County.

Michigan State Police say a blue Necky brand tandem kayak was taken from a home on Point Road in Fabius Township, near Three Rivers.

The other two kayaks were taken from a home near the intersection of Shafer Brothers Road and Horseshoe Drive in Fabius Township. Both kayaks are blue and for one person. They were taken some time between 8 p.m. June 22 and 2 p.m. June 23.

Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to call the Michigan State Police Marshall post at 269-558-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP.

Here’s how to be an extra on the new WALKING DEAD show filming in Richmond

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 07: Walkers from The Walking Dead roam outside Hammerstein Ballroom during New York Comic Con on October 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for New York Comic Con)

RICHMOND, Va. — When a new series in the “The Walking Dead” franchise begins filming this summer, it will be filled with local talent. The show is now looking for extras to fill scenes and if previous versions of “The Walking Dead” are any indication — those scenes will be filled with the undead.

Filming is scheduled from July through November 2019, according to Kendall Cooper Casting.

This new story, from Scott M. Gimple and Matt Negrete, who will serve as showrunner, will feature two young female protagonists and “focus on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it,” according to a release. “Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever.”

“Production is seeking people of all ethnicities, ages, genders, and types to play various characters throughout the series,” the casting company wrote. “Specifically seeking actors with a background in movement or dance, with open availability and a flexible schedule.”

Here’s how to apply:

EMAIL SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
Email: [email protected]
Subject Line for Non-Union submissions: “WALKING DEAD”
Subject Line for SAG/AFTRA member submissions: “SAG SUBMISSION”

SEND THREE CURRENT PHOTOS
One close-up of face and two full body photos. Please make sure these photos show your current hairstyle/length and current facial hair, if any.
ALONG WITH ALL THE REQUESTED INFO (FORMATTED AS BELOW):
1. Name:
2. Phone Number:
3. Email Address:
4. City and State you currently live in:
5. Union Status: (SAG or Non-Union) If SAG, please include your SAG number
6. Age or Age Range: (Also list DOB if under 18)
7. Height / Weight:
8. All Clothing measurements (MEN: Suit Jacket, Shirt, Pant, Waist, Shoe) (WOMEN: Dress, Pant, Shirt, Shoe, Bust, Waist, Hip)
9. Do you have any tattoos?: (If yes, briefly list location and size of tattoo)
10. Do you have specialty movement/dance/athletic experience? If so, please describe:
11. Do you have a flexible schedule? (Filming is typically a 12+ hour long commitment, typically Monday-Fridays, often short notice)
12. Do you have a car? If so, please provide the make/model, color and year along with a picture.

The production is seeking both SAG and Non-Union talent.

Other things to keep in mind:

All extra work is paid.
Local hire only, no travel or housing provided.
Email submissions are preferred, please send all required photos and info in one email.
There will be an Open Call for SAG/AFTRA members ONLY who are interested in Background and/or Stand-in work.
This will be on Saturday June 29 from noon – 3 p.m. (SAG/AFTRA members please send an email to [email protected] for location info).
SAG/AFTRA members are welcome to submit via email if preferred.
If you are Non-Union please send your submission via Email.

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Mysterious explosion in German cornfield was probably a WWII bomb

An aerial view shows a crater on a barley field near Ahlbach, on June 24, 2019. (Credit: BORIS ROESSLER/AFP/Getty Images)

An aerial view shows a crater about 33 feet wide and 13 feet deep on a barley field near Ahlbach, Germany on June 24, 2019. (Credit: BORIS ROESSLER/AFP/Getty Images)

Residents of Ahlbach, Germany, were mostly asleep at about 4 a.m. Sunday when they were jolted by a sudden blast.

Something seemed to have exploded, large enough to feel like an earthquake, and a massive crater in a cornfield was all that remained.

Police were sent to inspect the hole, which measured 33 feet wide and 13 feet deep, they said.

Was it a World War II bomb? At first, officials weren’t sure. But after a day studying the crater, they said it “almost certainly” was a 550-pound dud.

“With the former railway depot, we were quite a bomb target at the end of the Second World War,” city spokesman Johannes Laubach told the German news website Hessenschau. “We can be glad that the farmer was not in the field.”

Undiscovered bombs can often explode without outside forces acting on them, experts say, as their detonators decompose over time.

Old bombs are not uncommon finds in Germany and elsewhere, with hundreds found each year.

Police defused an unexploded World War II bomb weighing 1,100 pounds in Berlin in April 2018, CNN reported at the time.

In September, a 3,000-pound bomb discovered in Frankfurt caused nearly 60,000 people to be evacuated while experts defused it.

In May, more than 50,000 people were evacuated from Hanover after bombs were discovered during pre-construction work.

Trump on assault accuser: ‘She’s not my type’

President Trump responded to E. Jean Carroll’s sexual assault accusation Monday with a strange choice of words: “She’s not my type.”

In an Oval Office interview, the president told the Hill: “I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?”

He went on to say that Carroll, an Elle columnist who accuses him of sexually assaulting her in the dressing room of a high-end department store more than 20 years ago, is “totally lying.” “I know nothing about this woman,” he said. “It’s just a terrible thing that people can make statements like that.”

This isn’t the first time Trump has fired back at women accusing him of sexual misconduct by saying he wasn’t attracted to them, the New York Times reports. “Believe me, she would not be my first choice, that I can tell you,” he said of an accuser in 2016.

“I love that I’m not his type. Don’t you love that you’re not his type,” Carroll told Anderson Cooper on CNN after Trump’s remarks.

She said Trump was delivering his standard response to being accused of sexual misconduct. “He denies, he turns it around, he threatens and he attacks.” (Trump has denied ever meeting Carroll, despite photographic evidence.)

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