Frederick County

Frederick TreeCycling program underway

Frederick County has begun its yearly TreeCycling program in which residents can bring their outgoing Christmas trees to area drop-off points to have them mulched. Gloria Puffinburger, solid waste manager for Frederick County, explained the idea behind the program, which the county has ...

Complete survey to help schools

Shenandoah and Frederick county public schools are asking students, parents, staff and community members to take an online survey to  share their viewpoints about educational issues, including digital learning and the use of technology for future-ready schools. The Speak Up Project for ...

Counties debate truck ban on road

Some Warren County leaders say too many tractor-trailers travel Reliance Road but Frederick County officials remain unconvinced. Members of the Frederick County Board of Supervisors’ Transportation Committee met earlier this week to consider Warren County’s proposal to prohibit ...

County to host transportation forum

WINCHESTER – Frederick County residents can talk with state and local officials about transportation needs at a public forum later this month. The Transportation Committee plans to hold “Driving Frederick County Forward” at 6 p.m. Nov. 30 in the government center, 107 N. Kent St., ...

Strasburg man to serve four years

WINCHESTER – A Strasburg man will serve four years in a state penitentiary for a malicious wounding charge dating back to 2012. Brandon John Luttrell, 25, was indicted in Frederick County Circuit Court on Feb. 4 on a charge of aggravated malicious wounding and pled guilty to a charge of ...

VDOT to activate signal at Lake Frederick intersection

Motorists can expect changes at a Frederick County intersection and site of a fatal crash over the summer. The Virginia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that it plans to fully activate the traffic signal at Lake Frederick Drive and U.S. 340-522 near the Frederick ...

More voices speak out against Sherando mascot

WINCHESTER – A number of Native Americans from different tribes spoke to the Frederick County School Board on Tuesday about reconsidering Sherando High School's warrior mascot. Individuals used the public comment period of a work session to speak about use of Native American religious ...

Man to serve a year for possessing child porn

WINCHESTER – A Stephens City man convicted of possessing child pornography will serve 12 months in jail following a hearing on Monday. David Anthony Donatoni, 36, appeared in Frederick County Circuit Court in August for a jury trial that lasted three days. He was initially charged with 16 ...

Surge of overdoses reported

WINCHESTER – A particularly dangerous batch of opioid drugs may have caused a rash of overdoses in the area over the past week, the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition reported on Wednesday. Winchester Police Chief Kevin Sanzenbacher said at a news conference that 19 ...

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 ...

Parent appointed to state education committee

It's been a busy few months for Christine Germeyer, chairperson of the Frederick County Special Education Advisory Committee and recent appointee to the same committee on the state level. Germeyer, who lives in Cross Junction with her family and is executive director for First Night ...

Frederick County property values up again

WINCHESTER – Most property owners in Frederick County saw the value of their investments increase, according to the latest reassessment. The Commissioner of the Revenue’s office conducted the reassessment this year, recently completed the process and sent notices by mail last week to ...

Man to be sentenced for police chase charges

WINCHESTER – A Stephenson man pleaded guilty on Friday to a list of charges stemming from nighttime police chase out of Stephens City in February. Jeremy Lee Rippeon, 33, was charged with two counts of felony destruction of property, two counts of felony eluding police and assault on law ...

Woman indicted on murder, two other charges

A Berryville woman charged with first-degree murder was among those indicted by a Frederick grand jury on Thursday. Frances Charlene Moss-Hopkins, 56, was charged with first-degree murder on June 21 after reports say she led investigators to a location where the remains of Peg Sinclair, 85, ...

Civil water dispute case set for arguments

WINCHESTER – A civil case between Stephens City and the Frederick County Sanitation Authority was set for arguments in Frederick County Circuit Court on Wednesday. Richmond attorney E. Duncan Getchell Jr. appeared in court for the authority and Thomas Moore "Ty" Lawson represented the ...

Murder case sent to Frederick grand jury

WINCHESTER – A Berryville woman charged with first-degree murder appeared in Frederick County General District Court on Friday for a preliminary hearing in her case. Frances Charlene Moss-Hopkins, 56, was charged with first-degree murder on June 21 after Frederick County Sheriff's ...

Inspections department: Missing fasteners caused ride incident

The Frederick County Inspections Department has determined why a passenger on a ride at the Frederick County Fair fell to the ground in July. John Trenary, building official at the department, wrote an executive summary of the investigation into an incident in Frederick County involving a ...

Planning Commission OKs village proffer amendment

The Middletown Planning Commission issued its final stamp of approval Monday on a proffer amendment from the Village at Middletown before sending its recommendation to the council to accept. Commission Chairman Mark Davis briefly read aloud excerpts from a letter from a representative of the ...

Police identify woman who died in I-81 crash

A driver who was killed Friday afternoon when she was ejected from her vehicle following a crash on Interstate 81 near Winchester has been identified as Scarlett L. Campbell, of Middletown. Corinne Geller, Virginia State Police public relations manager, stated in an email that Campbell, 43, ...