The year 2018 was a busy one for Greater Williamsburg.
From a helicopter crash in the Bristol Commons neighborhood, to the legacy of Crawford Road, to a motorcycle club and more, here are the top-10 stories that resonated with WYDaily readers this year.
At least one dead after helicopter crashes into Williamsburg townhouse complex
At least one person is dead after a helicopter crashed into a Williamsburg townhouse complex, sparking a blaze that heavily damaged a 10-unit building. READ IT AGAIN
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Jamestown Unearthed: Cellar under church catches experts by surprise
As archaeologists at Jamestown Rediscovery continue to dig into the Historic Jamestowne church that has stood at the site of the James Fort since 1906, they’ve uncovered something they weren’t expecting. READ IT AGAIN
William & Mary students, professor among 10 arrested in Williamsburg drug investigation
The investigation began when information was received about unreported sexual assaults because of increased drug activity on or around the campus, police said. READ IT AGAIN
Behind the grim legacy of Crawford Road
The police cruiser’s blue and red lights flashed as it sat on the edge of Crawford Road, facing a stone overpass shrouded in a thick skin of graffiti. READ IT AGAIN
Man dies in apparent suicide outside Dick’s store in York County
No one else was injured in the shooting, the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office said. READ IT AGAIN
Bikes, beer and brotherhood: the motorcycle club with a heart
Turn around to the sound of revving engines on the Peninsula and a group of men with beards, beers and bikes will be there. READ IT AGAIN
Fire engine driver charged in New Year’s Eve crash with septic truck at Anderson’s Corner
A James City County firefighter is charged with reckless driving after police say he failed to obey a red light while driving a fire engine, causing a crash with a septic truck and injuring four people, including himself. READ IT AGAIN
Editor’s note: Charges against the fire truck driver were later dropped, according to court records.
Police identify mother, son in ‘apparent’ murder-suicide at Toano home
A woman and her son died May 2 in what James City County Police are calling an “apparent” murder-suicide at a home in Toano. READ IT AGAIN
Williamsburg couple goes missing on road trip through California; car, man’s remains found
The couple left their home in Virginia May 27 for a cross-country trip, authorities said. READ IT AGAIN
‘Jamestown’ TV series from ‘Downton Abbey’ producers coming to U.S.
The creative team behind the popular World War I drama turn toward life in early British settlements in North America with the new miniseries, which debuted in the U.S. on March 23. READ IT AGAIN