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*Mitchell to retire as Shenandoah County's chief prosecutor

WOODSTOCK -- Shenandoah County Commonwealth's Attorney Albert T. Mitchell will be retiring at the end of the year.
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*Spotsylvania educator tapped for Frederick schools chief

WINCHESTER -- A veteran educator from Spotsylvania County has been selected as the next superintendent of Frederick County Public Schools.
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*Woman found safe after tubing mishap on Shenandoah

FRONT ROYAL -- A woman who was swept downstream from the low-water bridge over the Shenandoah River on Morgan Ford Road Tuesday afternoon has been found safe.
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*Meeting slated June 1 on Star Tannery post office

STAR TANNERY -- Residents are being asked to come together in an effort to save their local post office.
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*Court papers: Police interrupted sex act at spa during arrests

WINCHESTER -- A massage parlor worker charged with prostitution was performing a sex act on a client when police arrived at the city spa Wednesday, authorities say in court papers.
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*Two charged with prostitution at city spa operation

WINCHESTER -- Authorities say at least two women performed sex acts with clients at a city business recently.
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*Front Royal man draws jail term in deadly crash

WINCHESTER -- A Front Royal man must serve a year in jail for fleeing the scene of a single-vehicle crash in September that killed a passenger.
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*Man charged with attempted murder of Warren deputy

FRONT ROYAL -- A Fauquier County man faces a charge of attempted capital murder of a police officer in a May 4 incident involving a Warren County Sheriff's Office deputy.
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*Dirt bikes taken from Winchester dealership

WINCHESTER -- Authorities say several suspects broke into a motorcycle dealership and stole four motorbikes earlier this week.
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*Flash flood watch issued for Northern Shenandoah Valley

Showers are expected to increase in frequency and power Tuesday afternoon as the Northern Shenandoah Valley remains under a flash flood watch, according to the National Weather Service.
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*George's responds to Justice Department lawsuit

EDINBURG -- The company that bought a Tyson Foods poultry complex in Harrisonburg says the vast majority of farmers growing chickens for that operation are concerned a federal lawsuit challenging the purchase "may jeopardize their livelihoods."
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*Missing Woodstock woman found safe

WOODSTOCK -- Friends and family of Katalina Mikitarian, 21, are celebrating her being found safe Monday morning after being missing for a week.
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*Police aiding in family's search for missing Woodstock woman

A Woodstock family is asking for the community's help to find their missing daughter, Katalina Mikitarian, 21, who was last seen boarding a bus in Richmond on May 9.
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*Warning issued on scam targeting local churches

WINCHESTER -- Several local churches have fallen victim to a possible scam and authorities warned others to remain alert.
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*Sex offender to serve additional time for probation violation

WINCHESTER -- A violent sex offender from Strasburg violated probation by groping a teen girl near town less than two years after serving time for a sex crime against a child.
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*New litters could push tally of rescued cats close to 100

WINCHESTER -- Some cats authorities rescued from a Frederick County home Monday could give birth any day and push the number close to 100.
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*First Bank names new president, CEO

STRASBURG -- Scott C. Harvard has been appointed president and chief executive officer of First Bank and its corporate parent, First National Corp.
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*Dozens of cats surrendered to animal control in Frederick

MIDDLETOWN -- A man evicted from a Frederick County trailer home gave dozens of cats to authorities Monday, highlighting a trend animal control officers see during a bad economy.
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*Former teacher to spend year in jail for probation violation

WINCHESTER -- A former high school teacher convicted of having sex with a minor student must spend a year in jail for violating his probation.
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*Motorcycle event may cause traffic delays on Monday

WINCHESTER -- Motorists can expect delays as a motorcycle group travels through Frederick County late Monday morning, authorities warn.
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*Motorist shot by deputy during incident in Warren County

FRONT ROYAL -- A motorist was shot by a Warren County Sheriff's Office deputy early Wednesday after the driver rammed another deputy's cruiser, according to a news release issued by Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron.
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*Man gets 18 years in Shenandoah County gang rape case

WOODSTOCK -- A Northern Virginia man was sentenced to serve 18 years in prison for raping and committing aggravated sexual battery against two girls during a gang party Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.
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*Frederick teenager charged with stabbing family member

WINCHESTER -- Authorities say a teenage boy stabbed a family member several times at their home in Shawneeland after an argument Tuesday night.
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*Thousands turn out for Apple Blossom's Grand Feature Parade

WINCHESTER -- Thousands of people lined city streets Saturday afternoon for the Chevrolet Grand Feature Parade, one of the most popular events at the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.
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*Weather service confirms tornado caused swath of damage

WOODSTOCK -- The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado tore a 33-mile path of destruction through Shenandoah and Rockingham counties early Thursday morning.
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*Officials assessing storm damage across Shenandoah County

MT. JACKSON -- National Weather Service officials were inspecting damage in southern Shenandoah County Thursday morning, where an apparent tornado touched down hours earlier and caused severe damage.
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*W.Va. woman injured in fall at hospital parking garage

WINCHESTER -- A West Virginia woman suffered serious injuries after falling from a hospital parking garage in the city early Wednesday morning.
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*Millwood Avenue proposal goes to Winchester City Council

WINCHESTER -- A study backing the closing of part of Millwood Avenue near Shenandoah University now goes to City Council for more discussion.
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*Motorist hospitalized after fiery crash in Frederick County

WINCHESTER -- A motorist was hospitalized Monday afternoon after the Jeep Cherokee he was driving was struck head-on by a Chevrolet Impala in the 1400 block of Apple Pie Ridge Road.
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* Flood watch in effect through Saturday morning

A flood watch is in effect today through Saturday morning for portions of the northern Shenandoah Valley and the eastern West Virginia Panhandle.
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*Flash flood watch issued for Friday

The National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., has issued a flood watch for Friday for portions of the Northern Shenandoah Valley and West Virginia's eastern Panhandle.
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*Berryville officer's gun discharges during altercation

BERRYVILLE -- A town police officer's gun discharged during a response to an altercation between two people late Wednesday night.
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*Suspect sought in afternoon purse-snatching incident

WINCHESTER -- Police are looking for a suspect wanted in a purse-snatching Wednesday afternoon.
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*Lawsuits dismissed in deadly I-81 crash

HARRISONBURG -- A Texas truck driver's time spent as a co-defendant in U.S. District Court civil lawsuits stemming from a fatal crash has ended for now.
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* Afternoon forecast: Breezy, chance of thunderstorms

This afternoon's weather forecast calls for a breezy day with sunshine and a high of 80, but there is a chance that a cold front moving through the Mid-Atlantic states could bring scattered thunderstorms, some severe, to our area.
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*Daughter of NFL's Brunell to be Apple Blossom queen

WINCHESTER -- The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival picked the daughter of a former Washington Redskins quarterback to wear the crown as queen in this year's Bloom.
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*Large sinkhole forces VDOT to close Oranda Road

STRASBURG -- Excavating crews are working to repair a large sinkhole on Oranda Road.
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*Loudoun woman to serve prison time in Clarke store robbery

BERRYVILLE -- A Loudoun County woman must serve prison time for robbing a Clarke County cigarette store owner in 2010 and purse-snatching weeks later.
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*VPA honors Daily staff members with 52 news, ad awards

NORFOLK -- Northern Virginia Daily staff members received 52 awards for excellence in writing, photography, newspaper design and advertising Saturday during a Virginia Press Association conference.
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* Doo Dah Day king, queen are crowned

WINCHESTER -- Jim and Kim Stutzman donned the crowns as king and queen of the 21st annual Doo Dah Day on Friday.

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