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Urine sample odor causes evacuation of Virginia VA building

HAMPTON, Va. – The Hampton VA Medical Center was evacuated Wednesday afternoon due to a potential hazmat situation that was determined to be the smell of a urine sample, according to fire officials.

Dispatch said the call came in at 2:16 p.m., according to Hampton Division of Fire and Rescue spokesman Battalion Chief Anthony Chittum.

John Rogers with the VA told WTKR there was a pungent, overwhelming odor, determined to be the smell of a urine sample, on the first and second floor of building 144, which houses mental health services.

As a precaution, the building’s staff and patients were evacuated.

“We are looking into this matter, and we are concerned for our employees’ and veterans’ safety,” Rogers said.

No injuries were reported. Two staff members that came in contact with the substance were placed under medical observation and were released Wednesday night.

Samples of the urine were sent to Richmond for analysis.

The VA said in a statement that the Hampton Division of Fire and Rescue’s hazmat team tested the air quality. The building was cleared for operations and will reopen at 7 a.m. Thursday.

Man smashes window to rescue puppy trapped in hot car

NORFOLK, Va. – A Virginia man started recording after he noticed a dog trapped inside a hot car, but when no one arrived to help he says he did the only thing he could think of to save the pup – he smashed out the car’s window.

U.S. Army veteran Jason Minson told WTKR it was more than 80 degrees Tuesday afternoon when he saw the black Lab mix puppy trying to get cool inside a car parked near Old Dominion University in Norfolk.

He said the window was cracked about an inch, so he gave the dog water from a water bottle – and it drank two full bottles. Minson said he had called police right away to report the trapped dog, but it took them some time to respond to the area.

In a video Minson posted, he said he thought the dog was going to die.

WTKR spoke to him Wednesday, and Minson said if he came across the same situation again, he wouldn’t hesitate to act.

“It’s cruelty leaving a living being in conditions that hot; it’s cruel,” he said.

Norfolk Police said their officers can smash out a car window to rescue a dog if the circumstances call for that, but it’s not clear if that extends to citizens like Minson.

“I honestly didn’t think the dog would make it long enough for the fire department to get there,” he said.

The dog was taken by Animal Control officers and is doing better now in the care of animal shelter staff.

Minson, who has a Great Dane service dog named Rex, said he would never think to leave his dog in a hot vehicle, just like he would not leave one of his children in those conditions.

“They depend on us to take care of them like a child would. If you’re going to be a dog owner, you have to step up to those responsibilities.”

If the roles were reversed, Minson said he would hope someone would act on behalf of his dog.

“Everyone is always in a rush. Rush here, rush there, pick up kids, get groceries and we forget. I don’t know how you could, but some people forget. If I ever got out and went in the store and forgot about Rex, I would pray someone would knock my window out,” Minson said.

Animal Control tells WTKR charges are pending against the dog’s owner.

Norfolk Police urge anyone who sees a pet trapped inside a hot car to call 911.

Virginia police officer thanks boy who gave him Easter dinner with surprise at school

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – After a young boy gave Easter dinner to a patrolling officer in his neighborhood, the officer came back to thank him.

Jeremiah gave food to Officer E. Beganovic and his partner while they were working on the holiday, according to a Facebook post on the Newport News Police Department’s page. Friday, Beganovic stopped by Jeremiah’s school and delivered Chick-Fil-A to all of the kids in his class.

Beganovic also stopped by Jeremiah’s house to deliver a thank-you card to Jeremiah’s mom for “raising such a thoughtful and considerate young man.”

Jeremiah said he gave Beganovic the food because his mom told him to, and said, “When you do nice things for other people, good things will come back and happen to you.”

“That chance encounter has grown into a beautiful friendship,” the Newport News Police Department said in a Facebook post.

Virginia police officer thanks boy who gave him Easter dinner with surprise at school

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – After a young boy gave Easter dinner to a patrolling officer in his neighborhood, the officer came back to thank him.

Jeremiah gave food to Officer E. Beganovic and his partner while they were working on the holiday, according to a Facebook post on the Newport News Police Department’s page. Friday, Beganovic stopped by Jeremiah’s school and delivered Chick-Fil-A to all of the kids in his class.

Beganovic also stopped by Jeremiah’s house to deliver a thank-you card to Jeremiah’s mom for “raising such a thoughtful and considerate young man.”

Jeremiah said he gave Beganovic the food because his mom told him to, and said, “When you do nice things for other people, good things will come back and happen to you.”

“That chance encounter has grown into a beautiful friendship,” the Newport News Police Department said in a Facebook post.