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Warren County

Judge Ronald Napier announces retirement plans

FRONT ROYAL - - Hanging in a closet in the chambers of the Warren County Circuit Court are the robes of past judges. Another robe belonging to 26th District Circuit Court Judge Ronald Lewis Napier will soon be added to the rack. Napier, 63, announced Thursday that he plans to retire July 1, ...

Judge restores gun rights to felons

FRONT ROYAL – Several felons can legally possess guns after a Warren County judge granted requests to restore their rights this week. Judge Ronald L. Napier heard petitions in Warren County Circuit Court on Thursday from four individuals once convicted of felonies who said they wanted to ...

Man once committed accused of having gun

FRONT ROYAL – A Warren County man accused of having a firearm despite an order committing him to treatment – the second time in four years – remains free on bond. Kurt M. Jankowski, 33, of 997 Wilderness Road, Linden, stands charged with one count of possessing a firearm after having ...

Authority Board approves regional jail budget

FRONT ROYAL - Members of the Rappahannock-Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail Authority Board Thursday approved a $14.6 million budget for the jail that gives staff raises. The board had been considering either a 2 percent or a 2.5 percent raise to take effect either on July 1 or Jan. 1. What they ...

Police academy graduates 13

The Skyline Regional Criminal Justice Academy graduated 13 recruits Wednesday afternoon from its second law enforcement class. Newly certified Deputy Timothy Veach with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office spoke to his graduating classmates. “Looking at my classmates and what we have ...

Shenandoah River flooding, forcing alerts and road closures

The Shenandoah River rose above flood stage this morning, forcing road closures. Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue Chief Tim Williams said rain that fell on Rockingham County on Monday night made its way up the river and caused flooding in Shenandoah County's North Fork area. “We did have ...

Budget, election of officers on RSW meeting budget

The Regional Jail Authority is expected at its Thursday meeting to vote on the fiscal year 2019 budget and elect officers for another term. The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail’s proposed fiscal 2019 budget calls for spending $14.5 million, which includes $7.7 million in local ...

Man gets probation for choking girlfriend

FRONT ROYAL – A Warren County man received a suspended jail sentence Monday for strangling his girlfriend last June. Aaron Dwayne Pugh, 41, of 751 Mountain Road, Front Royal, appeared in Warren County Circuit Court where he entered an Alford plea of guilt to one felony count of ...

Three teens hospitalized after one-car crash

A single-vehicle crash on Sunday sent three Warren County teens to the hospital, according to Virginia State Police Public Information Officer Sgt. F. "Les" Tyler. Tyler said a 2002 Jeep SUV driven by a 17-year-old girl was eastbound on Farms River Road near Howellsville Road at about 8:34 ...

Cardiac catheterization lab to treat some heart patients closer to home

FRONT ROYAL — Neal Gaither, the chair of the Winchester Medical Center Invasive Cardiology Clinical Council and the medical director of the Winchester Medical Center Cardiac Catheterization lab, was showing X-ray videos from his phone of heart procedures. In one, a patient had just received ...

Study on I-81 to begin, public hearings set

The Virginia Department of Transportation has launched the I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan. As directed in Senate Bill 971, staff from the Commonwealth Transportation Board, supported by the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, Virginia Department of Transportation and Department of ...

VDOT to host Happy Creek Road public hearing

FRONT ROYAL - Citizens can share their feelings on the proposed $10.5 million worth of improvements slated for Happy Creek Road when the Virginia Department of Transportation holds a public hearing regarding the proposed construction Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Warren County Middle School, 522 ...

Teen’s death ruled suicide

The teenage girl whose body was recently discovered on Apple Mountain died from suicide, according to a Sheriff's Office news release issued Friday. Sarah Rose Genari, 17, was last seen April 26 walking away from her Apple Mountain home. Her body was discovered on May 8 in a nearby area around ...

Board seeks more administrative help at grade school

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County Public Schools Board passed a measure Wednesday that will give E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School one principal and two assistant principals. Prior to the meeting, E. Wilson Morrison had one principal and one assistant principal. During Wednesday’s ...

Police commemorate fallen comrades

MIDDLETOWN - Area police gathered Monday to remember officers who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. The Law Enforcement Memorial Service was hosted by the recently formed Skyline Regional Criminal Justice Center at Lord Fairfax Community College in recognition of National Police ...

County OKs secondary road improvement plan

FRONT ROYAL - County leaders have set priorities regarding which roads should be paved. The Board of Supervisors at its regular Tuesday meeting unanimously approved its secondary road system improvement plan. The plan is split into two lists of roads that will be paved through either the ...

FOIA requests for details of teen’s death denied

FRONT ROYAL – The cause of 17-year-old Sarah Rose Genari's death is not being revealed publicly by the Warren County Sheriff's Office or the state Medical Examiner's office in Manassas. Both agencies recently denied Freedom of Information requests submitted by The Northern Virginia Daily ...

More than a thousand students to graduate from LFCC on Saturday

Lord Fairfax Community College will see more than 1,100 students graduate at its 47th commencement exercise on Saturday. One of those students is Emily Hammersley, who along with her brother, is a first-generation college student. “I am so excited. My whole family is excited,” Hammersley ...

Grand jury indicts man in stabbing

FRONT ROYAL – A grand jury has indicted a Frederick County man accused of stabbing a person in town in February. Dennis Wayne Deaton, 53, of 8950 Valley Pike, Middletown, stands charged with one count each of malicious wounding and shooting or stabbing in the commission of a felony. The ...