Fire & Rescue

Shooting suspect dies following police pursuit

A helicopter lifts off from eastbound Interstate 66 near Markham where the suspect in the murders of a TV reporter and cameraman ran his car off the road during a police pursuit. The suspect,  Vester Lee Flanagan II, 41, of Roanoke, died later at the hospital from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Rich Cooley/Daily

August 26, 2015

Vester Lee Flanagan, 41, of Roanoke, the suspect in the fatal shootings of a television reporter and cameraman earlier today in Moneta, Virginia, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a police pursuit on eastbound Interstate 66 near Markham.

Officials react to fire department rift

Chris Ritenour, president of he Strasburg Fire Department, addresses Strasburg Town Council on Tuesday night.  Rich Cooley/Daily

August 11, 2015

STRASBURG – Several Town Council members urged the president of the Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department on Tuesday to consider getting outside help in responding to internal complaints of unprofessional conduct, poor training and uneven disciplinary actions.

More Strasburg firefighters criticize department

August 10, 2015

Dan Rothstein is not the only member of the Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department dismayed over what he sees as a lack of training, discipline and leadership within the organization.

Local officials mull Strasburg firefighter tensions

August 6, 2015

WOODSTOCK — A letter accusing the leadership of the Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department of mismanagement and some of its younger members of misconduct has gotten the attention of local government officials.

Fire destroys house near Middletown

August 4, 2015

A pet cat alerted a sleeping couple who fled to safety early Tuesday morning as fire destroyed their house near Middletown.

Search warrant details forest fire investigation

July 31, 2015

Search warrant documents filed Friday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court show authorities have targeted an Edinburg man in their investigation into several forest fires July 24.

Authorities investigate national forest fires

July 29, 2015

WOODSTOCK – The U.S. Forest Service and the Shenandoah County fire marshal are investigating several fires that broke out Friday in the George Washington National Forest near Edinburg and the Wolf Gap Campground.

VFW rebuilding plans on hold after fire

Aerial units from Warren County, Strasburg, and Stephens City attack the roof area of the Front Royal VFW Post 1860 on North Royal Avenue during the July 11 fire. Rich Cooley/Daily

July 28, 2015

The future location of VFW Post 1860 in Front Royal remains uncertain more than two weeks after a fire destroyed its headquarters building at 1847 N. Royal Ave.

Fire station rocked by member’s accusations

July 27, 2015

Shenandoah County Fire Chief Gary Yew met Monday with officials from the Strasburg Fire Department to discuss an officer’s wide ranging accusations of misconduct and mismanagement in the department.

For some flood evacuees, return to homes a relief

Leon McCray, pastor of Lighthouse Church and Marketplace Ministries, stands inside the foyer of his church in Woodstock while a dehumidifier dries out flood damage Wednesday afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily

July 15, 2015

Residents of the Woodpark Lane trailer park who were forced from their residences by flooding were back home enjoying a quiet afternoon Wednesday after restoration of normal water, electrical and sewage service.

Cleanup after the flood

Kristin Bibb, a manager at the Spring House Tavern in Woodstock, stands on the top of the culvert pipe behind the restaurant on Tuesday. Flood waters from Spring Hollow washed out the back parking lot of the restaurant Monday morning after a flash flood dumped around 4 inches of rain on the  area. Rich Cooley/Daily

July 14, 2015

Waterlogged Woodstock continued to feel the effects of flooding with more than 119 people waiting for a signal Tuesday that they could return to their homes more than a day after heavy rains forced their evacuations.

Torrential rain, flooding hit Woodstock

Shenandoah County firefighters Mark Staffa, left, and  Derrick Dotson, right,  escort J.R. Pitcock and his son  Joseph, 13, and dog Jasper out of the water from their trailer at Wood Park Lane in Woodstock on Monday morning. The flooding forced at least 45 people from their residences at the trailer park. Rich Cooley/Daily

July 13, 2015

WEATHER ALERT! Residents of Woodstock and other areas that saw flooding on Monday morning need to be alert this afternoon for more rising water. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch that is in effect from 2 p.m. through late tonight for our region as well as portions of Maryland and the Washington, D.C., metro area.

Overturned truck

Pete Quinones, a Stephens City Volunteer Fire Department member, walks across the parking lot outside Lord Fairfax Community College where this tractor trailer overturned on Friday morning. The tractor trailer deposited what police described as a “significant” amount of mulch at the Middletown campus. No one was injured and there was no damage to property. The driver was not charged.   Rich Cooley/Daily

July 10, 2015

Pete Quinones, a Stephens City Volunteer Fire Department member, walks across the parking lot outside Lord Fairfax Community College where this tractor trailer overturned on Friday morning. The tractor trailer deposited what police described as a “significant” amount of mulch at the Middletown campus. No one was injured and there was no damage to property. The driver was not charged. Rich Cooley/Daily

I-66 crashes send three to hospital

June 26, 2015

Two separate crashes near mile marker 11 on Interstate 66 sent three people to the hospital and caused traffic delays for more than three hours Thursday evening.

Man found dead in house fire

Firefighters and investigators stand outside this burned-out section of a home at 30 Cedar Lake Court in Warren County on Sunday morning. A man's body was found while firefighters were battling the blaze.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 15, 2015

Authorities have tentatively determined the death of a man found inside a burning home in Waterlick on Sunday morning to be a suicide.

Arrest made in arsons

Tanya Smoot

April 22, 2015

A five-month investigation into four arson fires at two neighboring Front Royal residences ended Monday with the arrest of a town woman who lived in one of them.