News

Drug court drops treatment provider

Local News

FRONT ROYAL — The Northwestern Regional Adult Drug Treatment Court has dropped one of its treatment providers, leaving the Northwestern Community Services Board as the drug court's sole treatment provider for the past three weeks. The board's CEO, Mike Elwell, said in a board meeting ...

Man arrested on aggravated sexual battery charge

Local News

WOODSTOCK -- The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Ashburn man Tuesday in connection with an investigation into an allegation that he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl on a go-kart ride. On May 13, Gabriel Gonzalez Reyes, 29, allegedly took the girl to ride on a go-kart at a ...

Changing accreditation comes with changes to tests

Local News

FRONT ROYAL — Between the 2004-2005 school year and the 2012-2013 school year, schools in Frederick, Shenandoah and Warren counties failed to be fully accredited a total of four times. Since then, the numbers have risen sharply. Last year, 10 schools between the three counties were listed as ...

Roanoke man sentenced in sex solicitation with a minor case

Local News

WOODSTOCK -- A Roanoke man was sentenced to three years behind bars Wednesday after he pleaded guilty in April to six charges including using a computer to solicit a minor and child endangerment. In July 2016, Justin Alexander Barger, 19, took his grandmother’s car from Roanoke to meet up ...

Judge allows cellphone evidence in child porn case

Local News

WOODSTOCK -- Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp on Wednesday denied a defense motion to suppress evidence gained from a cellphone in the case against a former Marine accused of child sex crimes. Timothy Ducharme, 22, is accused of having consensual sex with a 15-year-old girl, using technology to ...

Board picks Blanton for EDA

Local News

A familiar face is joining the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority's leadership. The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to appoint Alexander Gray Blanton to the EDA Board of Directors. Supervisors met in closed session at the end of their regular meeting before emerging ...

Property owner seeks protection for land

Local News

FRONT ROYAL – A local property owner wants to protect a mile-long stretch of land along the Shenandoah River in town. The Planning Commission on Wednesday endorsed a proposal by Ronald Llewellyn to put approximately 40.5 acres of land in a conservation easement. Conservation easements ...

Board tours Afton Inn, airs concerns

Local News

FRONT ROYAL – Members of the Architectural Review Board toured the crumbling husk of the Afton Inn this week before discussing the historic building’s fate. The board plans to consider a request by MODE Partners Inc. and the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority to ...

Woman pleads guilty to larceny, felony eluding

Local News

WOODSTOCK -- A Front Royal woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to several charges, as part of a plea agreement, including grand larceny and felony eluding police. In January, Keri Jo Baker, 19, broke into a locked room in a residential building with an accomplice and stole multiple items from the ...

Warren County supervisors OK kennel permit

Local News

FRONT ROYAL – A Great Dane breeder can run his Warren County kennel after reaching a deal with neighbors and winning approval by local leaders. The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday to approve Michael Gibson’s request for a conditional-use permit to run a commercial kennel at 387 ...

Former deputy indicted on attempted sodomy charge

Local News

WOODSTOCK -- A grand jury on Wednesday indicted a former deputy of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office on charges including attempted sodomy and kidnapping. Walter Thomas Myrtle Jr., 42, of Woodstock, is accused of attacking a woman in May in her home when he had been having mental health ...

Police Blotter: Warren County

Valley 911

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents: July 16: Austin Phillip Stewart Conahan, of Front Royal, was arrested on charges of public intoxication. July 16: Russell McKinley Racer Jr., of Front Royal, was arrested on charges of obstruction of justice. July 16: ...

Fire & Rescue Report

Valley 911

The following Shenandoah County fire and rescue departments have announced their weekly activity for Aug. 7-13: Shenandoah County Fire & Rescue Altered mental status: 2 Cardiac: 1 Chest pain: 2 Difficulty breathing: 1 Fall: 4 General illness: 3 Injured person: 1 Medic ...

SOL results suggest some schools will lose accreditation

Local News

Several schools in Shenandoah and Warren counties will miss out on full accreditation for the 2017-18 school year, based on Standards of Learning test results the Virginia Department of Education released Tuesday. According to Warren County Public Schools Superintendent Gregory Drescher, ...

Police Blotter: Front Royal

Valley 911

The Front Royal Police Department reported the following incidents: Aug. 7: Copthrone Fitzhugh, of Front Royal, was arrested on charges of assault and battery. Aug. 7: Michael Soyars, of Front Royal, was arrested on charges of domestic assault and battery. Aug. 7-8: Vincent Diggs, of Front ...