Fire & Rescue

Interstate crash sends two people to hospital

A crash on Interstate 81 near Strasburg sent two people to the hospital Friday morning,  according to Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler, a public information officer for the Virginia State Police. “It happened around 10 a.m. this morning on 81 southbound at the 298-mile marker at the overpass for ...

Winchester man injured in I-81 crash

A Winchester man was transported by helicopter to Inova Hospital in Fairfax after a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 near Strasburg on Tuesday, said Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler, a public information officer for the Virginia State Police. “It happened around 7:30 p.m.,” Tyler said. ...

Bicyclist remains on life support

Raymond Swinson Jr., the man hit by an SUV while riding his bike on U.S. Route 11 in Strasburg last week, is still in “very critical” condition, said his sister Elizabeth Swinson Wade. “He's on life support,” she said. “They don't know if he's going to wake up. There's extensive ...

Fire ban in effect for area national forests

Statewide fire bans have been instituted across several southern states as drought conditions and ample fuel sources are making for optimal conditions for wildfires. Locally, the George Washington and Thomas Jefferson National Forests enacted the same ban on Tuesday. Stephanie Chapman, an ...

Teen struck by motor vehicle

A 14-year-old girl was injured Sunday night after she was struck by a car in Strasburg. The girl was trying to cross U.S. Route 55 near Bobcat Lane, said Sgt. F.L. "Les" Tyler, public information officer for the Virginia State Police. "There was a vehicle that had stopped on the ...

Fire partially destroys home

A chimney fire destroyed much of a house at 278 Morgan Ford Road near Front Royal early Saturday evening. Firefighters were called to the scene at about 6:22 p.m. by the homeowners, Dennis and Joan Wines. Warren County Fire Chief Richard E. Mabie said the Wineses and two dogs and five ...

Strasburg woman injured in Friday crash

A single-vehicle crash sent a Strasburg woman to the hospital Friday morning in Warren County near Bentonville, according to Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler, public information officer for the Virginia State Police. He said Renee Shockey, 28, of Strasburg, was driving a 2013 Honda sport utility ...

Driver involved in bicycle accident charged with DUI

The driver who hit a man on a bicycle on U.S. Route 11 in Strasburg on Wednesday afternoon has been charged with driving under the influence, said Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler, public information officer for the Virginia State Police. “The driver of the SUV was Ernest L. Tharpe III, age 34, ...

Tractor-trailer overturns on interstate on Monday

A single-vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer sent one man to the hospital Monday night, said Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler, public information officer for the Virginia State Police. The crash occurred around 9:30 p.m. on Interstate 81 at the 301.9 mile marker just south of state Route 627 ...

Four sent to hospital after weekend crash

A single-vehicle crash in Warren County on Saturday evening sent four people to the hospital, according to Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler, public information officer for the Virginia State Police. “The vehicle was traveling northbound on 638 (Howellsville Road) when it ran off the road to the ...

One killed in crash near Mount Jackson

A single-vehicle Saturday afternoon crash on Interstate 81 killed a man from southwest Virginia and sent the driver to the hospital with “serious injuries,” according to a news release from the Virginia State Police. The crash occurred at mile marker 270, between Shenandoah Caverns and ...

Front Royal motel ravaged by flames

Several residents were displaced when a fire broke out at the Sunshine Inn at 416 S. Royal Avenue in Front Royal on Saturday morning. Shiv Patel, manager of the Sunshine Inn, said he wasn't there when the fire started around 10:30 a.m., but arrived shortly afterward. “I came within ...

Child dies in interstate crash

A three-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 near Woodstock on Friday afternoon caused the death of a 4-year-old girl. Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler, of the Virginia State Police, said the crash occurred at 3:38 p.m. on southbound I-81,  about three miles north of Woodstock. He said Greg Lee Peters, ...

Fire damages home near Woodstock

Fire damaged the front porch of a two-story, single-family house on Sycamore Lane, west of Woodstock, late Monday night, said Sgt. Zach Hottel of the Woodstock Fire Department. Hottel said he didn't know the exact address. No injuries were reported and residents were able to get out ...

Fire damages Woodstock house

A kitchen fire in Woodstock on Sunday afternoon caused up to $15,000 in fire and smoke damage to a South Main Street home. Sgt. Zach Hottel of the Woodstock Fire Department said personnel responded to a fire on the 600 block of South Main Street at 1:34 p.m. Sunday. “When we arrived, ...

Don’t get burned this fall wildfire season

Fall wildfire season began Saturday and officials are asking citizens to do their part in mitigating the likelihood of wildfires. Dry fuel, among other factors, can be an issue during fall wildfire season, which ends Nov. 30, according to Andy Pascarella, fire management officer for the ...

Stephens City teen killed in crash

A Stephens City teen was killed in a Tuesday afternoon crash in Frederick County, Virginia State Police Sgt. F.L. "Les" Tyler said late Tuesday evening. Cassie Brook Williams, 17, of Stephens City, was traveling northbound on state Route 522 a quarter mile south of state Route 681, Chestnut ...

Two hurt in Sunday crash

A Stephens City woman and her passenger were injured in a single-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon when the SUV she was driving ran off the road on U.S. 50 in Frederick County. Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler, public information officer for the Virginia State Police, said that the driver, Pamela ...

Storm knocks over tree, kills Virginia man

A tree fell on a pickup truck in Woodstock during the storm Thursday, killing a Northern Virginia man. Maj. Scott Proctor of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said authorities received a call at approximately 3:10 p.m. and deployed deputies to the scene at 22623 Old Valley Pike ...

Man killed by tree in storm identified

Authorities with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office have identified the Manassas man who was killed when struck by a tree during the storm Thursday. Maj. Scott Proctor, of the Sheriff’s Office, said the victim’s name is Matthew Wade Barto, 31, of Manassas. Proctor said Barto ...