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Reader feedback for August 13: Courthouse alert, Suffolk lottery winner, Hampton VA training

Newport News courthouses on alert after threat

Newport News courthouses were on high alert Tuesday after a threat was made, according to a sheriff's office spokeswoman.

The sheriff's office spokeswoman would not provide specific details.

The alert was announced over the police scanner at about 11 a.m.. It stated a defendant expected in court today made the threat: "'I will not go alone.'"

•Karen Hunt: Thank goodness I am done with jury duty

•Kizzy Christian: Meaning he's not going to jail alone or what?

•Rich Sessoms: I was there all morning. What a crazy scene.

Suffolk man hits $125,000 jackpot with $5 scratch off

Daryle Halterman of Suffolk claimed a $125,000 jackpot with a $5 Virginia Lottery "Lucky Numbers" scratch-off ticket on Aug. 5.

He bought the ticket at Gas N Go on Holland Road in Suffolk, where he scratched it in the store. Upon realizing that he had a grand prize ticket in his hands, he showed it to the clerk for confirmation. The clerk checked the ticket and hugged Halterman, who exclaimed "Lord have mercy," and broke into tears.

•Monique Jordan: I love how people win a ton of money and have to have their face and full name plastered for everyone to know.

•Mike Johnson: That picture just got you so many friends you never wanted.

Hampton VA aims to improve its training

The Hampton VA Medical Center has worked to aggressively train its appointment schedulers after an internal audit showed only 50 percent of those surveyed knew the correct way to enter key information into the system.

Michael Dunfee, the center's director, said that was the most concerning statistic in a Department of Veterans Affairs audit commissioned earlier this year.

•Velva Lang Goodman: My husband would call for an appointment and it was sometimes 3 months out. He finally started going to my primary through BCBS. Appointments/health care is now much more consistent. Vets shouldn't be treated this way!

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