(CNN) - "My dog is having nervous breakdown."
"My toe is stuck in a faucet."
"I got upset watching 'The Hunger Games.'"
"I'm having my dead grandmother dug up for a police investigation."
These are just a few of the creative excuses workers gave to explain their absence from work in a survey with HR firm CareerBuilder.
The company says 30 percent of workers over the past year called in sick even when they were not.
The survey also shows that 22 percent used the days for doctor's appointments, 16 percent used sick days for catching up on sleep and over 30 percent used the days when people just didn't want to go to work.
But if you're thinking of playing hooky you may want to think twice. Almost 30 percent of employers said they checked up on their employees by either calling them or requiring a doctor's note.
Witnesses tell WAVY.com the attack of a shopper was the cause of a heavy police presence at the Ross department store at Military Circle in Norfolk Wednesday night.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.
Michelle Price with Newport News Public Schools told WAVY.com at least three city school buses ran substantially late Wednesday afternoon, delivering children home several hours after dismissal.
Plans to enhance a popular park in Smithfield are on hold. Some people say City Council is trying to commercialize a natural and historic treasure, and leave them out of the loop.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
Hampton Fire units arrived at the scene of a residential fire in the 3800 block of Shell Road just after 6 p.m.
A police standoff at a Newport News home turned deadly Wednesday evening.