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Police Blotter: Front Royal

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The Front Royal Police Department reported the following incidents: Jan. 17: Zachary Baltimore, 27, of Front Royal. was charged with assault/battery of family member. Jan. 15: Robert Becklhimer, 61, of Front Royal, was charged with assault/battery of family member. Jan 21: ...

Rash of window shootings reported in Frederick County

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Frederick County is looking for a suspect or suspects responsible for shooting at windows this month. During the last eight to 10 days the Frederick County Sheriff's Department has received about 25 calls of vehicle or home windows being shot at by what appears to be a BB or pellet gun, said ...

Senators suggest charging tolls on trucks on I-81

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RICHMOND - Two state senators are calling for a study on the feasibility of imposing tolls on large trucks using Interstate 81. The potential toll revenue would fund safety improvements on the highway, according to Republican Sens. Mark Obenshain, of Harrisonburg  and Bill Carrico of Grayson, ...

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office investigating armed robbery

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The Frederick County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Lowe's on Market Street in Stephenson at 11:34 a.m. Monday. The Frederick County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that a man walked into the store, went to the power tool section, picked up a ...

Town man gets suspended time for assault on girlfriend

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FRONT ROYAL – A judge on Monday sentenced a town man to assaulting and strangling his girlfriend in May. Casey E. Jenkins, 27, of 117 W. 8th St., appeared in Warren County Circuit Court where he pleaded guilty to committing assault and battery on a family member and strangulation. Judge ...

Fire marshal rules weekend Hazmat concern not a health risk

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Warren County Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico said Monday that a green substance discovered in Happy Creek behind Fantasyland Park in Front Royal has been identified as a car wax-type solution. “Right now there is no immediate health risk associated with the leak, it's no danger to the ...

Vibrant economy not kind to the homeless

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The prospering economy has not been kind to the homeless in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. The economy has pushed up the price of housing and “that squeezes out the people we are trying to help,” said Michael G. Wong, executive director of the Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing ...

Battlefield Foundation receives land donation

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LURAY — The Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation has received a donation of 158 acres of land at the Cedar Creek Battlefield. During the organization’s annual meeting on Saturday, CEO Keven Walker announced that Tunstall “Joe” Powers Jr. and his wife Linda Powers donated the ...

Unique video simulator helps train heavy equipment operators

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Zachary Bowen was sitting in front of three huge Vortex simulator screens excavating a narrow trench when he accidentally dislodged the bucket from the excavating machine's arm. As three fellow students taking Virginia’s first ever two-month-long heavy machinery college class watched, ...

Area business owner came to America with just $150 in his pocket

Business

WINCHESTER – Even though starting a business is symbolic of the American Dream, it’s no less significant to Sumit Sanjel that a decade after he came to America with just $150 in his pocket, he’s now running and operating his own company. Sanjel, 28, owns My Vacuums, a vacuum retailer and ...

Morgan Ford Bridge to open to traffic Monday

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FRONT ROYAL – The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to open the new Morgan Ford Bridge in Warren County on Monday. VDOT began to detour traffic using Morgan Ford Road between Howellsville Road and Fairgrounds Road in April 2016. VDOT plans to lift the detours mid-morning Monday, ...

Edinburg Mill Restaurant celebrates grand opening

Business

EDINBURG – With long hair, strong beards and an aversion to the traditional chef’s jacket, Jason Burns, 36, and Dennis Stickley, 28, don’t match the typical chef archetype. But, the two long-time friends are now co-owners of the Edinburg Mill Restaurant that celebrated its grand opening ...

Shenandoah National Park will remain partially open

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Officials at Shenandoah National Park on Friday afternoon were preparing for the  government shutdown at midnight but it appears the park will remain partially open while the standoff in Congress continues. Guidelines from the Department of Interior call for the national parks to remain as ...

Judge: Unconstitutional law unfairly benefits incumbents

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A federal judge ruled Friday that a state law that critics have referred to as the Incumbent Protection Act violates part of the First Amendment. The law, unique to Virginia, grants incumbent politicians the power to influence or dictate the method by which their political parties nominate ...

Unoccupied Mount Jackson house ignites, cause unknown

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An unoccupied house in the 7000 block of Senedo Road in Mount Jackson suffered significant fire damage Friday around 8:20 a.m., according to Shenandoah County Assistant Fire Marshall Joe Loving. The cause of the fire is still undetermined, Loving said, but he confirmed no one was in the house ...

Four arrested in inmate escape case

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FRONT ROYAL — Matthew Perry Michael and three other people were arrested on Thursday in connection with Michael’s alleged escape Wednesday  from the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. According to a news release from the Winchester police, officers arrested Michael and three ...