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Front Royal

Police: Pedestrian struck in road rage incident

Front Royal police say a vehicle struck and injured a woman in town during a road-rage incident Thursday evening. A media release issued at 4:20 p.m. Friday by the Front Royal Police Department states that officers responded at 5:45 p.m. Thursday to a report of a pedestrian struck in the 400 ...

Watchdog group seeks answers

A watchdog organization wants Front Royal resident E. Scott Lloyd,  director of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement, to address the state of detention facilities holding immigrant children. Lloyd was appointed in March 2017 as director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), a ...

Planning Commission OKs hospital’s site plan

FRONT ROYAL – Valley Health has moved a step closer to commencing construction on the new Warren Memorial Hospital. The Front Royal Planning Commission at its regular Wednesday meeting unanimously approved a site plan for phase one of the new hospital. Planning Director Jeremy Camp ...

Town moves foward with jaywalking ordinance

FRONT ROYAL – The town is a step closer to ticketing jaywalkers in an effort to curb pedestrian-related traffic incidents. The Town Council at its regular Monday meeting unanimously approved the first reading of a jaywalking ordinance, which will be up for a second reading and final ...

Council: ATF facility should remain local

FRONT ROYAL - The Town Council hopes the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Canine Center will remain in Front Royal. The council at its regular Monday meeting unanimously approved a resolution supporting the facility's continued presence in town. This comes about a month ...

Why town, county going it alone on new radio systems

FRONT ROYAL - Both the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and the Front Royal Police Department will soon have new Motorola VHF radio systems.  The county approved the $1.17 million purchase of system upgrades in June 2017 while the town will vote on a new $545,000 system that councilmembers ...

Scanner owners react to switch to encrypted police radios

FRONT ROYAL - Citizens tuning into the communications of the Warren County Sherriff's Office and Front Royal Police Department via scanners will soon have quieter houses.  Both departments plan to move to fully encrypted radio systems, which will make those scanners unable to capture that ...

Police cite officer safety as reason for encryption

FRONT ROYAL – Communications on the Warren County Sheriff’s Office’s and the Front Royal Police Department’s new radios will be fully encrypted, with Sheriff Daniel McEathron and Chief Kahle Magalis citing officer safety as the primary reason for the decision. When communications ...

Jaywalking ordinance public hearing set for Monday

FRONT ROYAL – The town plans to start enforcing jaywalking rules in response to pedestrians being struck by vehicles. At 7 p.m. today, the Town Council will hold a public hearing regarding the adoption of the state’s jaywalking ordinance into the town’s code. The proposed jaywalking ...

Historical Warren County records preserved through grant

FRONT ROYAL - Important historical county legal records will be maintained for future generations to reference thanks to a recent grant. The Warren County Circuit Court recently received an $8,713 Library of Virginia Circuit Court Records Preservation grant to restore records including ...

Groundbreaking set for memorial to families displaced by park

Work will soon begin on a memorial to the families who were displaced from their land in the 1920s to make way for the Shenandoah National Park. The Warren County Blue Ridge Heritage Project will hold a 10 a.m. Saturday groundbreaking for a 9-foot-tall memorial brick chimney off Criser Road ...

Front Royal officer gets narcotics dog and new responsibilities

FRONT ROYAL —Tony Clingerman, a master police officer with the Front Royal Police Department, came to Shallow Creek Kennels in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania in late June to train a dog to detect narcotics. But as he puts it, at the beginning of the course, he wasn’t training the dog; the dog ...

Lip-synch challenge hits valley: Local cops have fun shooting videos

Local law enforcement agencies have briefly stepped out of their role as public servants and into one of entertainers.  Several Shenandoah Valley departments recently have participated in the nationwide lip-synch video trend, which shows another side of officers. Instead of protecting ...

Front Royal police charge suspect in loan store robbery

A Georgia man has been charged in Thursday's robbery of a Front Royal loan store and may be indicted soon on charges linked to the robbery of a Winchester loan store earlier that day. Jhon Jario Lopez-Freyde, 22, of Norcross, Georgia, was recently charged with one felony count of robbery in ...

Council ponders payment options for police radios

FRONT ROYAL - The Town Council has agreed to move forward with the $545,000 purchase of a new Front Royal Police Department radio system, but must first decide how to pay for it. Police Chief Kahle Magalis said the purchase from Motorola includes $56,800 for installation, optimization and ...