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Vehicle pursuit in Front Royal lead to charges

Warren County Sheriff's Office deputies were involved in a vehicle pursuit early Wednesday morning in which the driver escaped but two passengers were arrested and charged after their vehicle crashed. Deputies at 2:37 a.m. Wednesday received a 911 call reporting a larceny that had just ...

Mount Jackson appoints interim town clerk

MOUNT JACKSON – The Town Council has appointed Susan Maziarz as interim town clerk while Heather Taylor is away on medical leave. Mayor Bucky Miller was still on vacation and did not attend the council meeting. Vice Mayor Ron Shepherd led the meeting in his absence. “Clerking is seen as ...

Caretaker sentenced in murder case

WINCHESTER -- Circuit Judge N. Randolph Bryant sentenced a Berryville woman on Tuesday to serve 20 years in prison after she entered an Alford guilty plea to killing a woman in her care. The sentencing hearing for Frances Charlene Moss-Hopkins, 57, began on Monday in Frederick County Circuit ...

Crash kills Linden woman, six others hospitalized

Aimee Nicole Shemwell, 29, of Linden, died in a crash at 7:15 p.m. Monday in Warren County, according to Virginia State Police Sgt. F. “Les” Tyler. Shemwell was in the passenger seat of a 2004 GMC Yukon SUV as the vehicle traveled southbound on Winchester Road. Her husband, Michael Spencer ...

Council backs rules for dog tethers

FRONT ROYAL – A split Town Council on Monday  nearly refused to join Warren County in approving new rules for protecting dogs. Mayor Hollis Tharpe cast the tie-breaking vote to tentatively approve new rules for tethering and caring for dogs “and other canines.” The council must approve ...

Valley Health officials urge safety during corporate meeting

WINCHESTER — Valley Health CEO Mark Merrill opened up the Valley Health corporation meeting Tuesday by talking about plane crashes. “Nuclear power plants and aviation have been increasingly safe over the years, to where now planes are as safe as they’ve ever been,” Merrill said. More ...

Warren County ACA enrollees left with few nearby doctors and hospitals

An Affordable Care Act enrollee in Strasburg has a number of places to go to look for care. There are 178 doctors within 20 miles of Strasburg in the network of the silver plan for Anthem, the sole insurer in the Affordable Care Act’s individual marketplace in Winchester and Frederick and ...

Region sees spike in overdoses

The Northern Shenandoah Valley has now had a record 38 overdose deaths this year, many stemming from the rise of heroin laced with fentanyl. According to a news release from the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition, there have been 11 reported overdoses and two overdose ...

Fire damages Toms Brook townhouse

The Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue responded to a fire in a townhouse at 22 Toms Brook Drive at 2:56 p.m. Monday. Rebecca Smith came home to find “heavy, black smoke” inside her home and called 911, Fire Marshal David Ferguson said Tuesday. Smith lives with her husband ...

Fire costs chicken processing plant $140,000

The Edinburg Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire at George’s Chicken processing plant Sunday morning. There were no injuries, but Edinburg Fire Chief Leslie Holler said that George’s lost $140,000 in the fire. That figure comes from the cost of lost products and the man-hours ...

Police looking for Front Royal man

Front Royal police are asking for the public's help in locating a local man wanted on multiple warrants for sex offenses. Police are looking for Mike Edward Haymond, 57, who is wanted on  four warrants – two counts of rape of a child less than 13 years old and two counts of sodomy of a ...

Middletown moving forward with hire

Middletown is moving forward with hiring a part time employee in the zoning department. The Town Council on Monday approved spending up to $25,000 on salary for the new hire based on the person's experience. The town is working on an advertisement for the position, which will be up to 28 ...

Front Royal man found dead in parking lot

Front Royal police are investigating, as a matter of procedure, the death of a Front Royal man found dead Sunday morning in the parking lot of a strip mall. Police were called to the South Town Center mall on South Street about 7 a.m. Sunday when a nearby homeowner saw something in the parking ...

Judge delays sentencing in caretaker murder case

WINCHESTER -- After hearing a full day of testimony from the prosecution and defense on Monday, Circuit Judge N. Randolph Bryant decided to wait until today to deliver the sentence for the Berryville woman who entered an Alford plea plea of guilty in May to killing a woman in her ...

Child died of blunt force traumas; twin injured

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office has released more information regarding Wednesday’s death of a 22-month-old child. According to a news release issued Monday, the child’s mother, Tabitha Rose Zimmerman, 28, was arrested on Thursday on two counts of cruelty and injuries to children. ...

$15.4M list of improvements submitted

Shenandoah County Public Schools has a list of $15.4 million in improvements that need to be made over the next five years. The division's proposed five-year Capital Improvement Plan for 2019-2013, submitted to the School Board last week,  includes $2.4 million in new requests from ...

Strasburg considers allowing first-floor residential apartments downtown

The Strasburg Town Council will vote Tuesday on whether to allow buildings in the “community commercial district” to have ground-floor apartments. Town Manager Wyatt Pearson said that the move comes because business owners in downtown Strasburg had approached the Board of Zoning Appeals ...

Council puts off vote on rental rules

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council again delayed a vote Monday  on a program aimed at tackling dilapidated buildings and rental properties. The council voted 4-2  to remove from the meeting agenda an ordinance to amend the Front Royal municipal code chapter on buildings by adopting a property ...

Mother charged with 2 counts of cruelty, injuries to children

The Warren County Sheriff's Office has released more information regarding Wednesday's death of a 22-month-old child. The child's mother, Tabitha Zimmerman, 28, has been charged with two counts of cruelty and injuries to children.   Chad Ritchie, 28, was arrested Thursday and charged with ...